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ICBA Independent Banker Recognizes Exceptional Community Lenders

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Washington, D.C. (July 3, 2012)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recognized five exceptional lenders who represent the best and brightest in the community banking industry. The five community bankers are featured in the July issue of ICBA Independent Banker, the award-winning monthly magazine that is the nation’s number-one source for community banking news.

“Community bankers are the unsung heroes on Main Street,” said Chris Lorence, ICBA executive vice president/chief marketing officer.  “They work tirelessly and efficiently for their communities every day to effectively invest deposits locally, developing amazing results that help their community thrive. That’s why ICBA loves sharing the stories of these extraordinary individuals so more people can appreciate their contributions to the banking industry and their value to their communities.”

The community bankers named as exceptional community bank lenders were nominated by their peers on the basis of their knowledge, professionalism and integrity in serving individuals, families, nonprofits and small businesses throughout their communities. The honorees are:

  • Misty Buscher, Mortgage Loan Originator, Security Bank, Springfield, Ill.—Buscher closed the year with nearly $24 million in residential mortgage loans, exceeding her annual loan production goal by 155 percent.  Likewise, she nearly doubled the amount of her required sales calls, making 95 instead of 50.  However, Buscher proves there is more to being a successful loan officer than hard numbers.  She attributes her success to strong communication skills and community involvement.
  • Tracy McQuoid, Manager, Lending Operations, Arundel Federal Savings Bank, Glen Burnie, Md.—George Behr, president and CEO of Arundel Federal, praises McQuoid for possessing a depth of experience and unflagging enthusiasm for making loans. “There’s no boilerplate” for McQuoid, he says.  “Tracy looks at a loan, and if there’s an issue, she tries to figure out how we can service that customer and do the loan properly within the strict standards that we have.  [For] every loan she does, it’s as if it’s her first day on the job.”
  • Sidney Mattson, Eastern Michigan Bank, Croswell, Mich.—Mattson is a natural fit as a community agricultural leader, having grown up on a farm and earned a bachelor’s degree in dairy science.   He has steeped himself in the community by joining the local farm bureau, attending sugar beet and milk-producer meetings and participating in 4-H youth livestock sales.  He keeps track of crop prices and trends that affect agriculture, which are important to his customers.
  • Tommy Stephens, Vice President, Senior Underwriter, Cadence Bank, Birmingham, Ala.—When it comes to loan underwriting, nothing is more important than the facts.  And when it comes to small-business loans at Cadence Bank, no one is better prepared to dig deep for the details than Tommy Stephens.  Stephens “has an innate sense honed over 25 years in the business,” says Buddy Morris, manager of centralized underwriting and senior vice president. 
  • Dana Uhlenhopp, Executive Vice President, Lincoln Savings Bank, Reinbeck, Iowa—Uhlenhopp maintains his own sizeable portfolio of loan accounts despite his more-than-full-time demands of supervising all of Lincoln’s lending. Bank President Steve Tscherter says Uhlenhopp is “the epitome of a community banker, exhibiting honesty and integrity in his banking and community involvement.  I can’t find anyone who doesn’t like him.”

Several dozen other community bankers were nominated by their supervisors and co-workers as exceptional lenders.  For a listing of these other community bankers and to read the feature article, visit the ICBA Independent Banker website at www.independentbanker.org.

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