Independent Banker podcast also recognized with a 2024 Trendy Award

Washington, DC (Feb. 28, 2024) — The Independent Community Bankers of America’s (ICBA) Independent Banker magazine took home top honors in its category for this year’s Association Trends 2024 TRENDY Awards, while the Independent Banker podcast also received recognition in the best podcast category.

ICBA Independent Banker was awarded gold status by a panel of judges based on the strength of its editorial content, design aesthetic, and production quality, while its Independent Banker podcast counterpart was awarded bronze status for relaying valuable information to its core audience — community bankers.

“We're thrilled to be recognized for reporting on important community bank issues that directly impact community banks and their customers while imparting practical tips and inspiring stories that resonate and underscore the value of the community bank business model,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “We share this acknowledgment with our members, who have graciously shared their unique and empowering stories with our readers and listeners and who strive every day to make a meaningful difference in the communities they serve.”

According to an Independent Banker readership survey, 85% of readers say Independent Banker helps them make informed decisions that improve their bank’s business and 94% of readers have taken at least one action as a result of reading the magazine.

A 2023 Content Marketing Awards recipient for top association publication, Independent Banker continues to be a valued member ICBA benefit. The Content Marketing Awards is the largest and longest-running international content marketing awards program.

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America® has one mission: to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish. We power the potential of the nation’s community banks through effective advocacy, education, and innovation.

As local and trusted sources of credit, America’s community banks leverage their relationship-based business model and innovative offerings to channel deposits into the neighborhoods they serve, creating jobs, fostering economic prosperity, and fueling their customers’ financial goals and dreams. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at