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ICBA Announces Alliance with Chartwell Compliance to Launch ICBA Compliance and Risk Management

Offers community banks compliance and risk management consultation services

Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2012)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced a strategic alliance with Chartwell Compliance to launch ICBA Compliance and Risk Management, which will offer community banks all-in-one integrated regulatory compliance and risk management consulting services. The strategic alliance also offers testing, audit, enforcement action and outsourcing services for community banks. The partnership comes at a time when many community banks face increasing regulatory and compliance challenges.

“ICBA is pleased to offer our members this valuable strategic alliance with Chartwell Compliance so they can more easily and effectively navigate the tumultuous regulatory and risk management environment and focus on what they do best—serving their local customers and communities,” said Cindy Blankenship, chairman of ICBA Services Network and charter shareholder, director and vice chairman/chief operating officer of Bank of the West, Grapevine, Texas.

“The decision to work with Chartwell was a natural one because the company is attuned to emerging trends, new regulations and rules, and issues relating to the financial services industry,” said Dan Clancy, executive vice president and director of strategic alliances for the ICBA Services Network. “We look forward to offering Chartwell’s unparalleled offerings to our members.”

Chartwell Compliance provides regulatory compliance consulting for community banks that focuses on the rules and regulations affecting bank and non-bank financial institutions. The company’s regulatory expertise includes solutions for issues such as the Bank Secrecy Act; loan compliance (commercial, consumer, real estate); deposit compliance; the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA); the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE); the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA); portfolio quality; social media; capital requirements; state and federal regulations for money services businesses; and payments products. Chartwell Compliance can also assist community banks with anti-money laundering, fraud and corruption issues as well as due diligence and investigations, operations and governance.

“Chartwell is deeply honored to work with ICBA and community banks across the nation to help them address crucial business issues so they can continue to be such robust and important financial institutions within their communities,” said Dan Weiss, CEO of Chartwell Compliance. “Chartwell’s consultants will work with community bank staff to ensure they receive unparalleled customer service while getting the most out of Chartwell’s esteemed services, which will help them do business more quickly and efficiently.”

Weiss went on to explain that Chartwell Compliance consultants have experience in corporate operations, planning and leadership. In fact, the average experience of Chartwell consultants is 30 years. Chartwell’s group includes veteran community bankers and experienced authorities on regulatory compliance, risk management and financial crimes.

“The diversified experience of our consultants will provide our community bank clients with access to experienced examiners, operators and regulatory policymakers,” Weiss said. “Our vast, multi-disciplinary experience allows us to help community banks design and implement compliance and risk-management programs and practices properly calibrated to address both the current and prospective regulatory environment. As a result, community bank products and services can be launched more quickly and remain appropriately priced, usable and compliant—all while remaining high value.”

For more information about Chartwell Compliance and Risk Management, visit the newly launched website at www.icbacompliance.com.