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Iowa fintech firm helps to the seal the deal

/ Technology
LenderClose, a fintech startup based in Des Moines, Iowa, is developing new ways for banks to close deals, particularly in the mortgage market. BankBeat talked to its CEO Omar Jordan about the young company’s take on crossing the finish line ...
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How do your people rank on CX?

How do your people rank on CX?

/ Operations
There is a distinction being made now between customer service and customer experience, or CX. The former involves interactions with ...
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Nebraska banking icon Andrew “Skip” Hove dies

Nebraska banking icon Andrew “Skip” Hove dies

/ Obituaries
Icon of Nebraska community banking and longtime figure in Washington, D.C., regulatory circles, Andrew C. “Skip” Hove Jr., died in ...
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Jackson Winsett

Communication key to community involvement

/ Profiles
Jackson Winsett, assistant vice president and community affairs officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, views the connection ...
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Chronicles

Industry reacts to Volcker Rule revisions

/ Chronicles
Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting has signed a final rule amending the Volcker Rule to tailor and simplify the ...
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Alerus to go public

/ Chronicles
North Dakota’s Alerus Financial plans to launch an IPO later this year, potentially raising $75 million based on the registration ...
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Heartland buys QCR’s Rockford Bank & Trust

/ Chronicles
Rockford-based Illinois Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Iowa’s Heartland Financial USA, has agreed to acquire the assets and deposits ...
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Mutual of Omaha bought by CIT Group

/ Chronicles
CIT Group’s banking subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A., is acquiring Mutual of Omaha Bank for $1 billion, mostly in cash and ...
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Eagle Bancorp to buy Western Holding Company of Wolf Point

/ Chronicles
Helena, Mont.-based Eagle Bancorp is buying Western Holding Company of Wolf Point, Mont., in a half-and-half cash and stock deal ...
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Ames National to acquire Creston bank

/ Chronicles
Iowa State Savings Bank will be sold to Ames National Corp later this year through a stock purchase agreement ...
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People

Holt named president of First Farmers

/ Promotions & New Hires
Converse, Ind.-based First Farmers Financial Corp., has named Mark A. Holt president of its subsidiary First Farmers Bank & Trust ...
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CSBS hires senior economist

/ Promotions & New Hires
Thomas F. Siems, a former economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has joined the Conference of State Bank ...
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Bremer beefs up ag department

/ Promotions & New Hires
Marc Schober was hired to a newly created director of specialized agriculture solutions position at Bremer Bank, St. Paul, Minn ...
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Opinion

M&A pro tip: Have a master contract list

/ M&A
While termination and change-in-control penalties can play a significant role in an M&A transaction, third-party contracts can impact a deal ...
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Password management critical to protecting data

/ Technology
Many companies these days use online services, rather than internally hosted applications, making password management and second-factor authentication key ...
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Entrepreneurship starts with you

/ Leadership
An entrepreneur is someone who surveys the landscape, looks for things that could be improved, and acts toward that improvement ...
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Community Relations

Iowa banks join to support local hospital

/ Community Relations
Local banks in and around Britt, Iowa, are teaming up to support a remodeling project at Hancock County Healthy System ...
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Kansas bank praised for financial literacy efforts

/ Community Relations
Topeka-based Silver Lake Bank set up a branch inside Washburn Rural High School and put the task of running the ...
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S.D. Junior Achievement gets boost from Dacotah

/ Community Relations
Dacotah Bank pledged $2,500 to Junior Achievement of South Dakota for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year for the Brookings and ...
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