Iowa brothers receive IBA’s James A. Leach Leadership Award

Iowa brothers receive IBA’s James A. Leach Leadership Award

/ Features
Neal and Dwight Conover share many life experiences. The brothers, Iowa natives, share a combined 100 years of finance work and decades of leadership experience ...
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Bowman: M&A overhaul needs updated competition consideration

Bowman: M&A overhaul needs updated competition consideration

/ Chronicles
Reforms to bank merger guidelines must factor in the modern competitive threats community banks face from credit unions, fintechs and ...
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A celebration of holding companies

A celebration of holding companies

/ Leadership
The Bank Holding Company Association was formed in fall of 1981, four years prior to the start of my career ...
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Lending process automation: Risk vs. reward

Lending process automation: Risk vs. reward

/ Operations
The best way to beat online lenders is to match what they can do. And for that to happen, you ...
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Chronicles

OCC fines Sterling Bancorp $6 million for fraudulent mortgages

/ Chronicles
The OCC issued a $6 million civil penalty against Southfield, Mich.-based Sterling Bancorp over fraudulent mortgages issued by its employees ...
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Consumer sentiment increases, remains far lower than last year

/ Chronicles
Consumer sentiment slightly increased this month but remained far lower than last year, according to September’s University of Michigan Surveys ...
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Minnesota bank rebrands to Keen Bank

/ Chronicles
The $175 million First National Bank of Waseca, Minn., recently rebranded as Keen Bank ...
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First State Bank acquiring Farmers and Merchants Bank

/ Chronicles
Loomis, Neb.-based First State Bank is expanding in the south-central part of the state by acquiring Axtell-based Farmers and Merchants ...
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Southern Missouri to buy Citizens Bancshares

/ Chronicles
Poplar Bluff-based Southern Missouri Bancorp is acquiring Citizens Bancshares in a $140 million stock-and-cash transaction ...
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Biden administration expresses support for CBDC

/ Chronicles
The Biden administration is expressing support for creating a central bank digital currency while saying more research is needed on ...
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People

CCFBank appoints local business leader to board

/ Directorships
Altoona, Wis.-based Citizens Community Federal National Association appointed Bill Bertrand to its board of directors. Bertrand is the president and ...
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Wisconsin Bankers Association hires three employees

/ Promotions & New Hires
The Wisconsin Bankers Association hired Kelly Hageman, Cindy Thoennes and Donny Wilson to its subsidiaries. Hageman joined the association’s Employee ...
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Ames National Corporation names executive vice president

/ Promotions & New Hires
Michael Wilson was appointed executive vice president of innovation and corporate services for Iowa-based Ames National Corporation. Wilson has served ...
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Opinion

Considering ‘brand’ as a recruitment and retention tool

/ Marketing
Bankers often think of the word “brand” in terms of customer acquisition, but when competition for talent is fierce, should ...
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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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Community Relations

TS Bank once again leads school speaker series

/ Community Relations
Treynor, Iowa-based TS Bank is once again leading a motivational speaker series this month as part of its TS Promise ...
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One Community Bank donates $1,000 to service dog nonprofit

/ Community Relations
Oregon, Wis.-based One Community Bank donated $1,000 to the nonprofit Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs. Wisconsin Academy for Graduate ...
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Chelsea State Bank marks 125 years by donating $200K

/ Community Relations
Michigan-based Chelsea State Bank marked its 125th anniversary by donating $200,000 to local organizations.  The donations included a $125,000 pledge ...
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