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ICBA Promotes Two to Senior Regulatory Counsel Names Congressional Relations Manager

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2008)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced three promotions in its government relations department.

Christopher Cole and Robert Rowe, both regulatory counsel, have been promoted to senior regulatory counsel. Cole represents ICBA in issues related to bank safety and soundness, Basel II, deposit insurance, mutual institutions, and corporate governance/SEC. Prior to joining ICBA in 2003, Cole was a vice president and assistant general counsel at First Virginia Banks, Inc., Falls Church, Va., now part of BB&T.

Rowe has been with ICBA since 1995. His areas of focus include the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering activities, the Community Reinvestment Act, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Truth-in-Lending, data security and privacy. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Treasury Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group.

Aaron Stetter, director of state relations, has been named manager of congressional relations. In his new role, Stetter will help advance ICBA's pro-community bank agenda on Capitol Hill, as well as engage ICBA grassroots support on key issues. He joined ICBA in 2005 as associate director of state relations and later was promoted to director of state relations. Prior to joining ICBA, Stetter was manager of grassroots programs for the National Restaurant Association.

"Rob and Chris have each done an excellent job for ICBA. We have had many successes because of their considerable knowledge, expertise and efforts. Our member banks are fortunate to have each of them representing community banks before the bank regulatory agencies," said Karen Thomas, ICBA executive vice president and director of government relations. "Aaron has been outstanding as director of state relations. I am certain he will be equally effective advocating on behalf of community banks on Capitol Hill."