Romero Rainey, Merski and Habursky recognized for community bank advocacy
Washington, D.C. (Dec. 14, 2018)—Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)® senior executives were named to The Hill’s 2018 list of the nation’s top influencers. ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey and ICBA Group Executive Vice President of Congressional Relations and Strategy Paul Merski were both featured on the annual listing for their political savvy in successfully advocating on behalf of the nation’s community banks. ICBA Assistant Vice President of Advocacy Joshua Habursky was recognized for his leadership of the Grassroots Professional Network, which he founded and chairs.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent community bankers and join my colleagues in thanking our members who selflessly volunteer their time, effort and passion to benefit their customers and communities,” said Romero Rainey. “It is an honor to be included in this list of distinguished professionals, and to have my colleagues Paul Merski and Joshua Habursky recognized for their incredible work as well. I look forward to continuing our work with policymakers to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish.”
A third-generation community banker born and raised in Taos, N.M., Romero Rainey is the former chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos. As ICBA’s new president and CEO, Romero Rainey oversees the organization’s advocacy efforts for tiered and proportionate community bank regulation. She was at the helm when ICBA and the nation’s community banks achieved substantial regulatory relief with passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155).
The landmark law was inspired by ICBA’s regulatory relief platform, the Plan for Prosperity, and is the culmination of years long efforts by ICBA staff, including ICBA’s congressional relations team leader Paul Merski. Under Merski’s direction, ICBA-led outreach included hundreds of meetings with key policymakers, joint state association letters, and community banker grassroots advocacy.
While Habursky is recognized by The Hill for his work with the Grassroots Professional Network, he was also instrumental in ICBA’s regulatory relief advocacy. Over the years he has worked to implement ICBA’s grassroots campaigns, which have featured tens of thousands of community banker messages to lawmakers.
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 www.icba.org.