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ICBA National Convention Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Celebration

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2005) - The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the nation's largest banking trade organization, will host some of the biggest names in the banking world during ICBA's diamond anniversary celebration.

ICBA's yearlong 75th anniversary celebration officially kicks off at ICBA's National Convention and Techworld, March 9-13, 2005 in San Antonio, Texas. The convention is the largest educational gathering of banking executive decision-makers and an annual favorite among ICBA members. This year's convention will feature over 80 workshop sessions and more than 200 exhibitors.

An impressive lineup of banking newsmakers, including Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, FDIC Chairman Donald Powell, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Julie Williams and FinCEN Director William J. Fox will be among the speakers headlining the event.

Keynote speakers include Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, former presidential envoy to Iraq, giving a rare and fascinating glimpse into America's effort to protect Iraq's future and make the world more secure, and Commander Scott Waddle, author of "The Right Thing," a fascinating tale of success and lessons for business professionals trying to navigate today's uncertain seas.

"Convention is always a special time, but this year is particularly special, with our 75th anniversary celebrations," said Camden R. Fine, president and CEO of ICBA. "I think our members will be impressed by the excellent educational and networking opportunities available, and the anniversary celebrations we have planned."

ICBA was founded in 1930 with just 28 members. Today, the association has nearly 5,000 members, and this year's convention will draw 3,000 attendees.