ICBA Message to Community Bankers During ICBA LIVE: Be Bold in Innovation, Leadership and Life

Mar 18, 2019

Lineup includes Sophia the Robot, Cybersecurity Expert and Inspirational Speakers

Nashville, Tenn. (March 18, 2019)—Beginning today, nearly 3,000 community bankers, industry leaders and financial experts will gather for the 2019 Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) national convention, ICBA LIVE®, at the Music City Convention Center in Nashville.

The event, which runs through Friday, March 22, is the largest and most comprehensive educational and networking event for community bankers in the nation. Attendees will discuss top-of-mind issues with industry experts during more than 60 learning labs and explore state-of-the-art products and services offered by leading vendors in the Expo.

“ICBA LIVE is the premier event for community bankers to come together to network, learn and engage on issues that are top of mind for our evolving industry,” said ICBA Chairman Tim Zimmerman, CEO of Standard Bank in Monroeville, Pa. “The themes of this year’s event include being bold in innovation, in leadership and in life—all things that community bankers strive for as they build better communities through localized, relationship lending every day.”

This year’s event will also showcase the fintech finalists from ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator, in partnership with The Venture Center. Each early-stage company will have seven minutes to demo their high-tech, high-touch solution to attending community bankers during the ThinkTECH Showcase this afternoon. Community bankers will vote through the ICBA LIVE app and determine the fintech that best suits their business needs.

Speakers at ICBA LIVE include Zimmerman; ICBA Chairman-elect Preston Kennedy, president and CEO of Zachary Bancshares Inc. in Zachary, La.; and ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey, who will also host a Q&A with Sophia the robot. Rounding out the convention speaker lineup are Vinh Giang, CEO of Luminary Productions; Theresa Payton, former White House CIO and cybersecurity expert; and John O’Leary, best-selling author and inspirational speaker.

Receive up-to-the-minute convention information with the ICBA 2019 Mobile App and by following #ICBALive19 on Twitter. Visit the ICBA LIVE webpage to learn more.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 52,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 760,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in five U.S. counties. Holding more than $4.9 trillion in assets, $3.9 trillion in deposits, and $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

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