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ICBA Certification Conference Features Nationally Known Instructors/Federal Regulators

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2007)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Annual Certification Conference, Oct. 22-24 in Phoenix, Ariz., will give community bankers tools to stay on top of trends in auditing, compliance, bank security and fraud.

"For community bankers who are considering a certification program or are looking to be updated on the most important regulatory issues facing community banks today, the ICBA Certification Conference is great training," said Greg Martinson, ICBA senior vice president/director of Sauk Centre operations. "New skills and keeping up with current banking issues are critical to successful community banking and creating the best possible customer experience."

The three-day program, entitled Current Issues Affecting Community Bank, will be led by financial industry experts from LarsonAllen LLP, Bequeaith Banking Solutions and RSM McGladrey, Inc. Additional speakers from the federal banking regulatory agencies are:

  • Bret Morgan, senior examiner, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Laura L. Boughner, senior examiner, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Cindy Hedgecoke, national bank examiner and field office analyst, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Participants will meet with peers, industry experts and regulators to discuss the daily challenges of community banking. Topics include: internal control considerations for community banks, computer assisted audit tools and techniques, communicating risks in report writing, Fair Credit Reporting (FACT) Act update, proposed changes to Regulation Z, enterprise risk management, and understanding the impact of fraud.

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 community bank customers a consistent benchmark to look for when selecting a community 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.