Washington, D.C. (June 2, 2023) Independent Banker magazine, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), announced its fifth annual list of 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders. The award recognizes up-and-coming innovators, influencers, and civic servants that represent community banking excellence.

"ICBA congratulates this year’s honorees as we celebrate the rising talent who is poised to shape the future of the community banking industry,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “These honorees are dedicated to their customers and communities and ICBA is proud to acknowledge their achievements and looks forward to watching their continued progress and success in the years ahead.”

The feature story in the June issue of Independent Banker highlights how the 40 Under 40 honorees have dealt with tumultuous market conditions, leveraging their local expertise and sound business practices to improve customer experience and create greater economic resilience within their communities. Candidates were judged on character, leadership, community involvement, and innovation. The article organizes the winners into the following community banking categories: lenders, educators, innovators, volunteers, marketers, and project leaders. Bank technology services provider FIS, of Jacksonville, Fla., sponsored this year’s program.

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 employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding $5.8 trillion in assets, $4.8 trillion in deposits, and $3.8 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