Succeeds longtime executive Linda Echard who retired
Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2016)— ICBA Bancard®, the payments-services subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), today named Chrystina Giorgio as president and CEO. She was appointed by unanimous decision of ICBA Bancard’s board of directors and succeeds Linda Echard, who served for 30 years as president and CEO and retired in June.
“Tina’s leadership experience in financial services coupled with her strategic thinking and expertise in emerging payments make her the right person to lead ICBA Bancard at this pivotal time in our industry,” said Noah Wilcox, ICBA Bancard chairman and chairman and CEO of $231 million-asset Grand Rapids State Bank in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Giorgio brings more than 25 years of payment systems experience, including more than 19 years at Sandy Spring Bank in Maryland, most recently as senior vice president, deposit operations and digital delivery. During her tenure at the bank, Giorgio held leadership roles in vendor management, marketing, and client services. She has also served on several boards and committees with the Federal Reserve, NACHA and other industry organizations.
Camden R. Fine, ICBA president and CEO and a former community banker, applauded Giorgio’s new role. “Tina is exceptionally well-qualified to be the next president and CEO of ICBA Bancard. Her record of accomplishment is impressive, and she brings the perspective of a community banker, so she understands what our members need to be competitive. We’re all excited to have her onboard.”
Giorgio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland University College. In addition, she is a graduate of BAI’s Operations and Technology Management for Banking and Financial Services program at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
About ICBA Bancard
ICBA Bancard is the wholly owned payment services subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America. ICBA Bancard provides community banks with equitable access to cutting edge credit card options, debit card options, ATM and merchant processing solutions as well as exclusive services including the Fraud Loss Protection Plan, portfolio consultations and portfolio analytical tools.
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services.