Personal engagement and story-telling are the keys to effective grassroots advocacy and have helped community bankers achieve positive gains in Washington, ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said at ICBA’s 2019 Capital Summit.
Addressing community bankers ahead of a second day of meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Romero Rainey lauded their efforts to ensure their voices are heard in the nation’s capital. “Nothing is more impactful than the specific stories and examples that you bring to the table,” she said.
Romero Rainey said she is proud to represent the uniqueness, history, tradition, and belief in local communities that are the hallmarks of community banking, noting that some of the largest financial institutions have unsuccessfully attempted to brand themselves as community banks. “You don’t just wear the label of community banker,” she said. “You live the label.”
Romero Rainey said that while the community banking industry’s achievements have had tangible results, such as the recent reemergence of de novo bank charters, there are many more opportunities to push the needle forward. She noted that Tuesday’s Capital Summit speakers—Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)—mentioned several of the same priority issues despite their party differences.
With the 2019 ICBA Capital Summit in the books, community bankers can view the conversation using the #CapitalSummit19