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Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2021)Independent Banker magazine, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), announced its 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders. The award recognizes up-and-coming innovators, influencers, and civic servants that represent the future of community banking.

“ICBA commends these talented community bankers who lead by example and stepped up to help their banks navigate the coronavirus pandemic when their customers needed them most,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “Their ingenuity, passion and dedication to community banking have made a lasting positive impact that benefits the communities they serve.”

The feature story in the June issue of Independent Banker highlights how the 40 Under 40 honorees have overcome challenges and answered calls for innovation while staying true to the guiding principles that sets community banking apart. Candidates were judged on character, leadership, community involvement, and innovation.

The article organizes the winners into the following community banking categories: marketers; paycheck protection program champions, innovative leaders, customer and community service and lenders and mentors. Bank technology services provider FIS, of Jacksonville, Fla., sponsored this year’s program.

Ensuring tomorrow’s leaders are well-positioned to address today’s real-world challenges is central to ICBA’s mission of creating and promoting an environment where community banks flourish. This focus is also the genesis behind ICBA’s LEAD FWD Summit, a two-day leadership conference designed to cultivate community bank talent. The September annual event features the latest thought leadership on a range of topics that offer market-tested strategies for improved bank performance and enhanced customer service.

“Education and the advancement of community bank leaders remains a focus for ICBA, which is why we have put such an emphasis on our 40 Under 40 Awards, along with the very best educational programing for the next generation of community bankers,” said ICBA Group Executive Vice President, Community Banker University® Lindsay LaNore. “We will continue to deliver relevant and timely educational offerings in support of our members and their work on behalf of urban, rural and suburban communities nationwide.”


About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA 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. 

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, over $4.4 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.


About Independent Banker

Independent Banker is the number-one source of community banking news for ICBA members. Published monthly, the magazine features best practices from experts, stories from community banks themselves, thought-provoking features and news of how ICBA is fighting for the industry on Capitol Hill. Learn more at www.independentbanker.org