Washington, D.C. (Dec. 16, 2019)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) announced today that Charles Potts has joined as senior vice president and chief innovation officer. In this role Potts will drive ICBA’s innovation strategy to develop impactful, value-added solutions that help community banks meet their customers evolving financial services’ needs.
“As new market entrants and technology advancements transform our industry, ICBA is answering the call for bold leadership and vision, working with our members to bring to market the best of technology with the quality service for which community banks are known,” said ICBA Services Network Chief Operations Officer Kevin Tweddle. “Charles’ expertise in the banking industry and experience with promising fintechs will serve our members well as ICBA embarks on the next chapter of our innovation journey.”
Potts’ extensive financial services experience spans more than 25 years and includes executive positions at several fintechs and international financial service providers. He previously served as executive managing director at First Performance Global, where he led business and corporate development activities for its card-control and fraud alert platform. Before that he served as CEO for NetClarity, a start-up in the University of Florida’s Business Incubation Hub. Most recently he worked at the Advanced Technology Development Center, leading the fintech practice where he mentored startups as part of the Georgia Tech-based incubator.
Potts holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in five U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $4 trillion in deposits, and more than $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.