Bank CEOs: Despite inflation, Midwest economy strong

Banking CEOs say the Midwestern economy remains strong but still faces challenges, according to Creighton University’s monthly Rural Mainstreet Index report.  The overall index fell in January to approximately 61 from 66.7 the previous month. The index ranges between 0 and 100 — a reading of 50 represents growth-neutral expectations. The index dropped in Colorado, … Read more

Laurent becomes first female Louisiana Bankers Association CEO

The Louisiana Bankers Association board of directors elected Ginger Laurent as CEO starting Jan. 1.  Laurent is the first woman to assume the position in the association’s 122-year history and succeeds Bob Taylor, who retired Dec. 31 after serving as CEO since 2007. Laurent has worked at LBA for nearly 22 years, including as chief … Read more

Epstein appointed DFI deputy secretary

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary-designee Cheryll Olson-Collins has appointed Patti Epstein to succeed her as the DFI deputy secretary.  Epstein assumed the role Monday. Prior to that, she was the administrator of the DFI’s Division of Corporate and Consumer Services. She has held leadership positions in charitable organizations and private sector businesses, including more … Read more