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ICBA Banking Conference Features Nationally Known Instructors/Federal Regulators

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 22, 2006)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) is holding its Certification Conference Sept. 25-27 in Minneapolis. The three-day program entitled Current Issues Affecting Community Banks is designed for community bankers interested in staying on top of auditing, compliance, bank security, and technology issues.

"This is great training if you are considering a certification program or are looking to be updated on the most important regulatory issues facing community banks today," said Greg Martinson, ICBA Senior Vice President/Director of Sauk Centre Operations. "Learning new skills and keeping up with current banking issues is a key to successful community banking and creating the best possible customer experience."

The conference is designed for those enrolled in ICBA certification programs. Featured instructors are Jerry Felicelli and Tom Danielson from ICBA's Internal Audit Institute, David Bequeaith and Matthew Schriner from ICBA's Compliance Institute, and Dean Schumann from ICBA's IT Institute. Additional speakers are from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Federal Reserve.

Participants will meet with peers, industry experts and regulators to discuss the daily challenges of community banking. It's capped off with a certification reception. The program is repeated from Oct. 23-25 in Dallas, Texas.

ICBA offers educational and networking events throughout the year for hundreds of community bankers nationwide to further their understanding of their chosen profession. The programs offer certification which raises the standards of professionalism in the industry and gives bank customers a consistent benchmark to look for when selecting a banker.

To date, more than 2,000 community banking professionals have achieved ICBA certification. ICBA certification program participants gain up-to-date regulatory and operational skills and suggestions they can take back to their local community and put into use immediately.

Learn more about ICBA educational offerings and certification by visiting www.icba.org.