ICBA Community Banker of the Year

Community bankers are the superheroes of their communities. Their strength supports the economic well-being of their towns, cities and neighborhoods. They lift new businesses off the ground, have the endurance to make it through economic ups and downs, and the agility to take on new ideas and technologies.

The ICBA Community Banker of the Year award is to recognize the superheroes among our members on a national level.

This award is for bankers who show:

AGILITY – in bringing teams together to obtain better results

STRENGTH – in their dedication to the organization’s success

SUPER SPEED – in embracing change and innovation

ADAPTABILITY – in being creative, resourceful and impactful

Nomination Criteria

Candidates are nominated via a website submission form. 

  • Any community banker, in any position, can be nominated for the award. 
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Anyone can nominate a community banker for consideration.
  • Videos are welcome: the nominator is welcome to submit a video submission if they choose.

Awards & Recognition

The ICBA Community Banker of the Year winner will:

  • Receive a prestigious crystal award
  • Be recognized by thousands of community bankers and financial industry advocates at the ICBA LIVE convention.
  • Will receive a complimentary registration for the ICBA LIVE convention.
  • The National Winner will receive complimentary airfare to the ICBA LIVE convention.
  • Be featured in Independent Banker® magazine.
  • Be announced in an ICBA press release.
  • Be featured in ICBA’s NewsWatch Today and Member Access e-newsletters.
  • Be recognized nationwide as a community bank superhero.

2018 Community Banker of the Year Winners

The 2018 ICBA Community Banker of the Year is:

Ken LaRoe
Founder, Chairman and CEO
First GREEN Bank, Orlando, Florida
Twitter:  @GreenBankCEO @FirstGreenBank


2018 Regional Award Winners


Stanley Wilmoth
President/CEO, Heritage Bank of Nevada, Reno, NV


Josh Rowland
CEO and Vice Chairman of Lead Bank, Kansas City, MO
Twitter: @JoshRowlandKC @Lead_Bank


Scott McComb
Chairman, President and CEO of Heartland Bank, Whitehall, OH
Twitter: @gscottmccomb @Heartlandbank

2017 Community Banker of the Year Winners

The 2017 ICBA Community Banker of the Year is:

2017 ICBA Community Banker of the Year

Joe Fazio
Commerce State Bank
West Bend, WI


2017 Regional Award Winners


Christopher Palmer
President/COO, Pioneer Bank, Roswell, NM

Christopher Palmer Community Banker of the Year


Peter Nelson
President, Glenwood State Bank, Glenwood, MN

Peter Nelson Community banker of the Year


Kathy Underwood
President/CEO, Ledyard Bank, Hanover, NH

Kathy Underwood Community Banker of the Year

2016 Community Banker of the Year Winners

2016 Community Banker of the Year

Jeff Oody
President/CEO, Community State Bank, Starke, FL

Regional Award Winner West

Benjamin Nelson
Senior Vice President, D.L. Evans Bank, Burley, ID

Regional Award Winner Central

Todd Langenfeld
President and CEO, Farmers Trust & Savings Bank, Earling, IA

Regional Award Winner East

Michael Kochenour
Chairman/CEO, York Traditions Bank, York, PA