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ICBA Bancard Announces New Hire, Promotions

Jun 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2019)—ICBA Bancard, the payment services subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), today announced Rebecca Kruse’s hire as executive vice president of operations. ICBA Bancard also announced staff promotions for Julie Hanson to executive vice president of relationship management and Joe Buse to senior vice president of relationship management. 

“As a former community banker and payments veteran, Rebecca’s insights will be invaluable to our efforts in developing suitable payment offerings that help our clients achieve their strategic goals and meet the evolving payment needs of their customers,” ICBA Bancard President and CEO Tina Giorgio said. “We’re excited to welcome Rebecca and congratulate Julie and Joe on their well-deserved promotions for their hard work and dedication on behalf of the nation’s community banks.”

Kruse has more than 15 years of payments-related experience, having most recently served as vice president of card systems and fraud prevention manager at Sandy Spring Bank. In her new role, Kruse will plan, direct, organize, and implement ICBA Bancard solutions, oversee the fraud team, and manage ICBA Bancard processing partners in accordance with the company’s strategic mission. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information and science from the University of Maryland University College and is pursuing her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in information systems from Hood College.

As part of the relationship management department, Hanson and Buse help ICBA Bancard clients evaluate their portfolio for optimal performance and have a combined 50 years of payment-related expertise. As executive vice president, Hanson oversees ICBA Bancard’s relationship management team, which includes Buse, and is responsible for helping community banks leverage payment solutions, improve performance, and enhance customer engagement opportunities. She holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and in political science from the University of Wisconsin. Buse holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Marquette University and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.

About ICBA Bancard

ICBA Bancard® is the wholly owned payment services subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America. ICBA Bancard’s community bank issuers generated more than $28 billion in sales volume in 2018 and are ranked collectively as the 24th largest credit card portfolio in the United States. ICBA Bancard enables thousands of community banks to provide competitive credit card, debit card, ATM and merchant processing solutions. The company also provides exclusive services to issuers including its Fraud Loss Protection Plan, marketing support, and product education. For more information, visit

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in five U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at