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ICBA Announces Jeff Oody as Community Banker of the Year

Oct 12, 2016

Oody is president and CEO of Community State Bank in Starke, Fla.

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 12, 2016)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today announced that Jeff Oody, president and CEO of Community State Bank in Starke, Fla., is the association’s national Community Banker of the Year. This annual award recognizes the exceptional work and commitment of individual community bank employees and their dedication to local communities.

“We are pleased to honor Jeff Oody as ICBA’s 2016 Community Banker of the Year,” said ICBA Chairman Rebeca Romero Rainey, chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, N.M. “His passion, drive and commitment to his community are an inspiration to the bank’s employees and exemplify the spirit of community banks nationwide.”

Under Oody’s leadership, Community State Bank has undergone a makeover from the inside out. Since joining the bank more than four years ago, on the heels of the financial crisis, he has worked with the bank’s employees to take the bank from fledgling to thriving. Bank employees are empowered every day to deliver the products and services their customers want and encouraged to engage in civic service. As a result, the bank continues to develop new products and innovative ideas and offerings for their customers. “Only an excellent leader has a vision and knows how to make it happen,” said a Community State Bank staff member who nominated Oody for the award.

Jeff’s civic and humanitarian contributions are also significant. He and the bank are passionate in helping low-income children in the community and Oody and his family have even taken in local children that were homeless and had nowhere else to turn. He has received numerous awards, including recognition as “Rotarian of the Year” and J.E. Tomlinson Business Person of the Year.

In addition to Oody being name ICBA Community Banker of the Year, three regional winners from the East, Midwest and West were also named. The winners will be featured in the December issue of Independent Banker®, ICBA’s award-winning monthly publication and the number-one source of community banking news for ICBA members. Oody and the regional winners will also be recognized at the 2017 ICBA Community Banking LIVE® national convention in San Antonio.

This year’s regional award recipients are:

  • East: Michael Kochenour, chairman/CEO, York Traditions Bank, York, Pa.
  • Central: Todd Langenfeld, president/CEO, Farmers Trust & Savings Bank, Earling, Iowa
  • West: Benjamin Nelson, senior vice president, D.L. Evans Bank, Burley, Idaho

ICBA seeks nominations from community bankers, customers and community leaders to identify passionate, innovative and savvy community bankers for this prestigious award. This is the third annual contest the association has held, which was sponsored this year by SHAZAM.

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The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for nearly 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.

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