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Independent Banker® Names 2016 Innovation Award Recipients

Nov 10, 2016

CBW Bank, River Valley Bank and United Texas Bank recognized

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 10, 2016)Independent Banker® magazine, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), announced CBW Bank, River Valley Bank and United Texas Bank as its 2016 Innovation Award recipients. IB magazine recognizes these community banks for their ability to overcome challenges through innovative problem solving and thought leadership.

“We are extremely pleased to recognize our three winners, who are leading the way with smart innovation while remaining true to their community banking roots,” said Chris Lorence, ICBA Group Executive Vice President of Member Engagement and Strategy. “Strong, nimble and closely tied to their communities, community banks like these seek not only to provide great customer engagement but to continuously raise the bar for the financial services industry. We are pleased to recognize them as innovation elite.”

This year’s panel of judges evaluated a wide range of submissions based on their creativity and resourceful strategies toward innovation. This is the first year the magazine has held this contest, with Automated Systems Inc. as this year’s sponsor.

Profiles of the three winners are highlighted in the November 2016 issue of Independent Banker magazine. To learn more about community banks visit

About ICBA 
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for nearly 7,000 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. For more information, visit

About Independent Banker
Independent Banker is the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America—the number one source ICBA members rely on for community banking news. IB covers the news topics and trends that are important to the nation’s community bank senior executives. The magazine’s mission is twofold: to keep members informed about and connected with their national association and its activities; and provide members with timely, relevant information on developments to grow their business within the rapidly evolving financial services industry. For more information, visit

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