National Meetings

Complex issues require nuanced thinking

Gretchen Carlson addressed ICBA bankers on March 16, where she shared her story of growing up in Anoka, Minn., learning to play the violin, watching her father lose the family car dealership and her mother win it back. The 1989 Miss America pageant winner became a television news reporter for CBS, a news anchor in Cincinnati, and eventually a Fox News contributor. [Continue]

Bankers take lesson from expert on digital experience

Urging bankers to find their space somewhere “between The Jetsons and The Flintstones,” digital media expert Erik Qualman gave bankers a road map for becoming digital leaders. Qualman, the author of several books, was the keynote speaker March 15 at the annual convention of the Independent Community Bankers of America. Using the acronym STAMP, he encouraged bankers to keep in mind five words: Simple, True, Act, Map and People. [Continue]

CBA head urges banks to make most of current political climate

Richard Hunt, president and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association, told bankers their industry stands to benefit from the current political environment, but warned favorable conditions may not last through this fall’s elections. The Consumer Bankers Association represents the retail banking industry, including large community banks, regionals and the nation’s largest banks. Hunt spoke Jan. 28 at the Acquire or Be Acquired conference in Phoenix. [Continue]