FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ICBA’s Fine Recognized on The Hill’s List of “Top Lobbyists”
Fine “represents the little guys of banking, gives them a large voice”
Washington, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2013)—Camden R. Fine, president and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the nation’s voice for community banks, was named a top lobbyist by The Hill on its annual list of the most influential advocacy leaders. Fine has been named to the list every year since 2008. The story, released by The Hill today, says “Fine represents the little guys of banking, but he gives them a large voice as a critic of ‘too big to fail’ giants.”
“I’m deeply honored to be named by The Hill as a top lobbyist on behalf of the community banking industry. As a former community banker, it is a privilege to advocate for the nation’s nearly 7,000 community banks, which help local citizens and economies thrive every day,” Fine said. “Largely due to the efforts of the community bankers who volunteer their time and talents to the association, ICBA continues to ensure a bright future for the community banking industry by aggressively advocating to Washington policymakers the vital role community banks play in America’s economic system. I’m incredibly proud of what we do at ICBA and extraordinarily passionate and dedicated to fulfilling the association’s mission.”
Fine joined ICBA in May 2003 and was named president and CEO in 2004. A native Missourian, Fine previously chartered and organized Midwest Independent Bank in Jefferson City, Mo., and served as its president and CEO for nearly 20 years. In addition, he owned MainStreet Bank of Ashland, Mo., a $50 million-asset community bank in central Missouri. An active member of ICBA prior to becoming the association’s president and CEO, Fine served on the ICBA Bancard board, several ICBA standing committees and the association’s board of directors.
Fine is currently leading the charge on a host of issues critical to the community banking sector, including advocating for much-needed community bank regulatory relief. “Ending excessive regulatory burden for community banks is job one at ICBA,” Fine said. He will also continue to focus on tiered regulation and ending the epidemic of too-big-to-fail, which distorts our nation’s free market system. Additionally, the issues of reforming the government-sponsored enterprises and mortgage regulations remain high on his list of top priorities.
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for nearly 7,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit www.icba.org.