Bank owners wrestle with incorporation question

Bank owners wrestle with incorporation question

/ Regional Meetings
The late December tax law changes have sparked a debate about whether bankers in subchapter S institutions should convert to C corporation status. Several speakers at the Bank Owners' Seminar in Kansas City on April 17 shared thoughts on the question. The one-day forum was hosted by the Bank Holding ...
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Card skimming, cloning on the rise and hurting banks

Card skimming, cloning on the rise and hurting banks

/ Regional Meetings
One day before Mike Burke, a robbery and crisis management consultant with Shazam, spoke to bankers in Des Moines about ...
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Iowa regulator updates industry, touts succession planning

Iowa regulator updates industry, touts succession planning

/ State Meetings
Though 96 percent of the 275 state chartered banks in Iowa have a CAMELS rating of 1 or 2, there’s ...
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Kansas bank regulator tapped for community bank spot on Fed board

Kansas bank regulator tapped for community bank spot on Fed board

/ Chronicles
Michelle Bowman was nominated April 16 by President Trump to join the Federal Reserve Board. Bowman currently serves as the ...
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Chronicles

Deal gives QCR entry into Springfield, Mo. market

/ Chronicles
QCR Holdings, Inc., of Moline, Ill., is purchasing the Springfield, Mo.-based Springfield Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Springfield First ...
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Associated extends its minority, LMI lending program

/ Chronicles
Associated Bank, N.A., Green Bay, announced it will commit $2.4 billion in loans and investments in minority communities, low- to ...
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Holding Company merges banks

/ Chronicles
Ameri Financial Group., Inc., of Stillwater, Minn., has merged its two banks into a single charter: Eagle Valley Bank of ...
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People

Minnesota banker responds to need for physicians in rural Midwest

/ Profiles
The United States is facing a crisis in rural health care. In the next decade, demand for physicians is projected ...
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Foresight Financial names new president

/ Promotions & New Hires
Linda Heckert has been named president and chief executive officer of the State Bank of Davis, Rockford, Ill. Heckert was ...
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CRE expertise highly valued at Minnesota community bank

/ Directorships
When Steve Huston, president and CEO of Bankwest, Rockford, Minn., invited Greg Ebert to join the bank’s board, Ebert responded ...
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Opinion

When ‘Big Data’ becomes actionable data

/ Opinion
“Big Data” is more than just the trend du jour. Banks that are leveraging the power of big data (data ...
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Spring is the season to prune credit portfolio. Grab your shears!

/ Opinion
I have long been an advocate for “pruning and planting” in the credit portfolio. Now, the notion of “planting” is ...
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Beware the dreaded ‘deconversion fee’

/ Operations
Making sure you have the best technology solutions in place for your community bank is tough enough.  Making a change ...
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Community Relations

Bell Bank extends giving program to professional soccer team

/ Philanthropy
Bell Bank, Fargo, N.D., announced on April 17 it is entering into a 10-year partnership with the Minnesota United FC, ...
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Peoples Bank funds annual scholarship at Valparaiso University

/ Philanthropy
Peoples Bank, Munster, Ind., is funding the Peoples Bank Scholarship at Valparaiso University for students with financial need. Starting next ...
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Minnesota bank helps indigenous veterans overcome transportation challenges

/ Outreach
Stearns Bank, St. Cloud, Minn., donated $108,000 to Wounded Warriors Family Support. The money will be used to help Native ...
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