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Eight ICBA Bankers Are Among Top Women in Banking

Washington, D.C. (October 11, 2005) - The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) congratulates the executives from ICBA member banks who were selected as the most powerful women in banking or women-in-banking to watch by U.S. Banker magazine.

"ICBA congratulates these eight women for their success, extraordinary talent and hard work," said Camden R. Fine, ICBA president and CEO. "We are fortunate to have community bankers of this caliber dedicating their lives to our nation's communities."

Named among the 25 most powerful women in banking are:

  • Mary Lynn Lenz, president and CEO, Slade's Ferry Bancorp, Somerset, Mass.
  • Patricia Moss, president and CEO, Cascade Bancorp, Bend, Ore.
  • Anne Arvia, president and CEO, ShoreBank, Chicago, Ill.
  • Susan Pittman Horton, chairman, CEO and president, Wheatland Bank, Spokane, Wash.
  • Ellen Sas, chairman, CEO and president, NorthStar Bank, Seattle, Wash.

Of the 25 women-to-watch - U.S. Banker calls them "Venture Catalysts" - the three who come from ICBA member community banks are:

  • Lynda Nahra, president and CEO, Community West Bank, Goleta, Calif.
  • Karen Hail, senior vice president and chief operating officer, MidSouth Bank, Lafayette, La.
  • Garnetta Massey, senior vice president, head of business development and marketing, The Harbor Bank of Maryland, Baltimore.

Each year, U.S. Banker recognizes the most powerful and up-and-coming women in banking. This year, U.S. Banker reported 5,070 women were considered by the magazine for recognition. Official recognition comes October 20 at a Most Powerful Women in Banking Gala held in New York, New York.