“It’s up to us, all of us, to work together—through ICBA and our great state associations—to push through and achieve goals that are clearly within our grasp,” Zimmerman said.
In his remarks, Zimmerman reminded the community bankers of their role in helping create a pathway for bipartisan community bank regulatory relief. He encouraged them to build upon the strong foundation created over years of advocacy to:
“Community bankers hold the seeds to America’s economic prosperity in our hands. Let’s go ahead and plant them—one seed at a time,” Zimmerman said. “Our customers, our communities and our nation will thank us.”
Zimmerman thanked ICBA President and CEO Cam Fine for transforming ICBA into one of the most influential and respected organizations in the nation. He said Fine’s successor, Rebeca Romero Rainey, is the right person to help lead the association into the future.
In closing, Zimmerman implored the community bankers to mentor the next generation of industry talent, showcase the difference community banks are making locally, and foster a resurgence of de novo institutions to meet customers’ evolving needs.
“The future holds great promise, but it is up to us to make sure that promised is realized,” Zimmerman said.
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