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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ICBA Expands Mid-Atlantic Office to Include Maryland

Existing Base of Membership Is Strong Foundation for Future Growth

Washington, D.C. (September 6, 2006)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that it is expanding its presence in Maryland by adding the state to the association’s Mid Atlantic Regional Office.

“ICBA has had a long-standing and strong base of membership in Maryland for years. Our research shows that a larger number of financial institutions in Maryland can benefit from the programs and services that ICBA offers, and we want to reach out to those institutions to show them how membership in ICBA can help their bank,” said Paul McGuire, ICBA’s Senior Vice President, Director, National Sales Group. “Within local communities, community banks offer local, personalized services to consumers and help small businesses start and expand through their lending programs. ICBA helps these banks provide even more value to their customers and communities.”

As the trade association that exclusively represents the interests of community banks in the nation’s capital, ICBA addresses the specific needs of community banks to help them nurture and grow their franchises. In addition to working with Congress on banking and consumer-oriented legislation, ICBA offers business opportunities to community banks through its five for-profit subsidiaries that offer credit cards, reinsurance, residential mortgages, retail financial services and securities.

“The benefits of ICBA membership are tremendous, and we’re pleased to fully engage and reach out to community banks in Maryland,” said John McNair, ICBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. “Outreach to new members and additional support for our existing members helps ensure community banks fully understand how membership with ICBA will help them serve their customers better, while helping them be more competitive and profitable.”

ICBA recently expanded its reach in many areas of the country.  Aside from Maryland, West Virginia was recently added in the Mid-Atlantic, which also includes Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In addition, ICBA added Louisiana to its Southwest region. 

Learn more about ICBA at www.icba.org.

John McNair can be reached by phone at (717)-541-0237 or email at john.mcnair@icba.org.




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