Rising Stars 2022: Kevin Forristall

Rising Stars 2022: Kevin Forristall

/ Features
When considering a community banking career, most people would do their research, maybe take a class or two, or talk to a lender or analyst. But cold-calling the head of your local institution? That’s the strategy Kevin Forristall opted for when he was considering a move from Wells Fargo to ...
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The rise of the chatbot (and do you need one?)

The rise of the chatbot (and do you need one?)

/ Technology
Just 15 percent of community banks have already deployed chatbots with another 19 percent planning to invest and/or implement this ...
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Rising Stars 2022: Emily Boardman

Rising Stars 2022: Emily Boardman

/ Features
If there’s a thread that runs through Emily Boardman’s banking career, it’s growth. She left the public accounting field to ...
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Attention to merchant services can deepen commercial relationships

Attention to merchant services can deepen commercial relationships

/ Features
In life cash is king but in commercial lending it is cash flow that rules. Bankers interested in helping commercial ...
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Chronicles

Manufacturing growth slows in June

/ Chronicles
Manufacturing growth slowed in June across the Midwest as the majority of supply chain managers predicted a recession would occur ...
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Landmark buying Freedom Bancshares

/ Chronicles
Manhattan, Kan.-based Landmark Bancorp is buying Freedom Bancshares and its subsidiary bank for just over $33 million ...
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FDIC outlines plan to raise base deposit rates

/ Chronicles
The FDIC plans to increase deposit insurance assessment rates by 2 basis points by Jan. 1 ...
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U.S. ag lending hit nearly $100 billion in 2021

/ Chronicles
America’s ag banks increased agricultural lending by 5.5 percent last year to $99.6 billion, according to the ABA’s Farm Bank ...
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Midland States Bancorp completes branch buy

/ Chronicles
Effingham, Ill.-based Midland States Bancorp, Inc., completed its acquisition of the Mokena and Yorkville, Ill., offices of FNBC Bank and ...
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Two Rivers Financial buys Iowa bank

/ Chronicles
Burlington, Iowa-based Two Rivers Financial Group, Inc., is acquiring the two-branch Lee County Bank ...
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People

First Farmers EVP/COO to retire

/ Retirements
David Eikenberry, executive vice president and chief operations officer of First Farmers Bank & Trust in Converse, Ind., will retire ...
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TS Bank names business lending VP

/ Promotions & New Hires
Austin Diehm has joined TS Bank as vice president of business banking in its Council Bluffs, Iowa, office.  ...
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Oxford Bank Corporation succession plan announced

/ Promotions & New Hires
Michigan-based Oxford Bank Corporation announced that Senior Vice President and CFO Richard Miller will retire next year. As part of ...
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Opinion

Climate risk ahead? How your bank can prepare

/ Regulation
Climate risk, or the risk that climate-related changes pose to financial institutions, is demanding more and more attention from researchers, ...
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High commodity prices can create sticky situations

/ Agriculture
This spring the Ag Press has been filled with breathless articles about the future direction of commodity prices. “Wheat Hits ...
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Agenda Item No. 1: Good governance

/ Leadership
Just as banks must adapt their strategic goals and operations to changes in local business conditions, the broader economy, and ...
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Community Relations

Midwest BankCentre donates office to nonprofit

/ Community Relations
Midwest BankCentre recently donated a St. Louis office to the Dream Builders 4 Equity nonprofit ...
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One Community Bank awards three $1,000 scholarships

/ Community Relations
Oregon, Wis.-based One Community Bank awarded three students $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship recipients included: Lydia Gold of Madison, Wis., a recent ...
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Citizens Bank Minnesota awards 8 scholarships

/ Community Relations
New Ulm-based Citizens Bank Minnesota awarded eight student scholarships this year as part of the bank’s annual scholarship program.  As ...
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