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Eight ICBA Women Bankers and ICBA Chairman Are Among Top Women in Banking

Washington, D.C. (October 6, 2006)—Nine women executives of banks that are members of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), including ICBA Chairman Terry Jorde, have been named among the most powerful women in banking or women bankers to watch by U.S. Banker magazine.

"ICBA congratulates these women for their success, extraordinary talent and hard work," said Camden R. Fine, ICBA president and CEO. "We are fortunate to have community bankers of this caliber dedicating their lives to our nation's communities."

Named among the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking are:

  • Patricia Moss, president and CEO, Cascade Bancorp, Bend, Ore.
  • Susan Horton, chairman, CEO and president, Wheatland Bank, Spokane, Wash.
  • Barbara Smith, senior vice president, The Heritage Bank, Hinesville, Ga.

Among the 25 Women to Watch are:

  • Lynda Nahra, president and CEO, Community West Bancshares, Goleta, Calif.
  • Carol Nelson, president and CEO, Cascade Financial Corp., Everett, Wash.
  • Cristin Reid English, COO, Capitol Bancorp, Lansing, Mich.
  • Karen Lee Hail, senior vice president and COO, MidSouth Bank, Lafayette, La.
  • Deborah Meekins, president and CEO, Sonoma National Bank, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • Terry Jorde, president and CEO, CountryBank USA, Cando, N.D.

Each year, U.S. Banker recognizes the most powerful and up-and-coming women in banking. This year, over 5,000 women were considered by the magazine for recognition. In conjunction with the ranking, U.S. Banker and SourceMedia are hosting the 2006 Most Powerful Women in Banking Gala at The Pierre, 2 East 61st Street, New York, N.Y., on October 23.