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Community Bankers Association of Ohio Endorses ICBA Securities

Washington, DC (Jan. 26, 2011)-ICBA Securities, Inc., the broker/dealer subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), today announced it has received the endorsement of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio. CBAO is the 34th state banking association to endorse the services of ICBA Securities, which provides fixed-income investment products and services to community banks.

"The Community Bankers Association of Ohio's endorsement of ICBA Securities will be of great value to the independently-owned community banks throughout Ohio," said Gregg Lewis, ICBA Securities chairman and chairman of First Option Bank, Osawatomie, Kans. "ICBA Securities offers a varied portfolio of investment products and has a strong track record of providing great returns for community banks."

Since 1989, ICBA Securities, a wholly owned subsidiary of ICBA, has offered broker/dealer services with an inventory of portfolio investment products to community banks. ICBA Securities specializes in providing quality investment products, services and education to community banks to help to create and maintain a high performing investment portfolio.

CBAO represents independent community bank and thrift institutions and is the oldest statewide financial trade association in Ohio. The association serves, protects, and promotes the interests of its members through legislative and regulatory representation, special events, education and training, insurance and financial services, communications, and other valued services.

"We are very excited to partner with ICBA Securities for our Investment Portfolio provider," said Karen Stypinski, product and service coordinator, for CBAO. "ICBA Securities truly understands the needs of community banks and how to best service them".

For more information on ICBA Securities, visit www.icbasecurities.com.