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ICBA Grows Member Relations, Advocacy and Marketing Departments

Jun 07, 2019

Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2019)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today announced four new hires in support of ICBA’s mission to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish. Casey Christopher will serve as vice president of member relations, Kathy Jo Gauger as director of member relations, John “Jack” Coleman as director of advocacy and Mike DeVoll as director of marketing engagement.

“ICBA is privileged to employ such experienced and dedicated professionals,” said Terry Jorde, ICBA senior executive vice president and chief of staff. “We are proud to represent the nation’s community banks and look forward to leveraging the diverse skillsets of these talented individuals in service of our members and local communities nationwide.”

As part of ICBA’s member relations team, Christopher and Gauger will work directly with ICBA members to ensure they are making the most of their membership through community bank-focused education and best-in-class products and services—all in an effort to meet their business objectives.

Christopher has more than 15 years of financial service experience. She most recently served as first vice president, senior correspondent banking business development for CenterState Bank in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in organizational communication from Ohio University and is a graduate of the Florida School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

Gauger’s extensive financial services background includes 20 years with Wolters Kluwer Financial Services in St. Cloud, Minn., in technical sales and client support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and psychology from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Augsburg College.

As director of advocacy, Coleman will leverage ICBA’s powerful community bank grassroots network to help advance key policy positions with members of Congress and the regulatory agencies. He most recently served as grassroots advocacy manager for the American Bankers Association. He has also worked in grassroots advocacy for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from The George Washington University.

As part of ICBA’s marketing team, DeVoll helps deliver creative and impactful campaigns for enhanced member engagement. DeVoll has considerable experience in political advocacy marketing, serving most recently as the senior account and marketing manager at The Campaign Workshop. He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Delaware.

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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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