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ICBA's 2011-12 officers and Executive Committee members are out to protect the interests of the nation's community banks

During the ICBA National Convention and Techworld last month, ICBA formally inducted a new slate of community bankers to serve as volunteer officers and Executive Committee members for 2011-12. The committee, led this year by Chairman Sal Marranca, will work as a team to guide the nation's largest banking association under the policies set by its 95-member board of community bankers.

ICBA's 2011-12 Officers and Executive Committee


Salvatore Marranca

Little Valley, N.Y.


Jeffrey L. Gerhart

Newman Grove, Neb.

Vice Chairman

William A. Loving

Franklin, W.Va.

President and CEO

Camden R. Fine

Washington, D.C.


Jack A. Hartings

Coldwater, Ohio


Steven R. Gardner

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Director at Large

Noah W. Wilcox

Grand Rapids, Minn.

Director at Large

Rebeca Romero Rainey

Taos, N.M.

Immediate Past Chairman

James D. MacPhee

Schoolcraft, Mich.

Past Chairman

R. Michael Menzies Sr.

Easton, Md.

Past Chairman

Cynthia L. Blankenship

Grapevine, Texas


Salvatore Marranca

Cattaraugus County Bank, Little Valley, N.Y.

Bank assets: $180 million

Thanks to ICBA's nonstop advocacy on financial regulatory reform and related issues, "people in Washington are asking community bankers for their opinions," says Sal Marranca, president, CEO and director of Cattaraugus County Bank. As our industry's leading ambassador, Marranca is prepared to field lots of questions from policymakers, media and others.

Marranca says he wants more community bankers to join him in the effort to serve and advocate for the industry. A member of the ICBA Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, he serves on the ICBA Services Network board of directors. Previously, he has also been chairman of ICBA's Congressional Affairs, Membership/Marketing, Policy Development, Regulation Review, ICBPAC and Strategic Planning committees and secretary of the ICBA Executive Committee. He also recently served as an advisory board member to the ICBA TCM Bank board of directors.

Why get so involved? "ICBA is the only organization that has my back and protects the franchise value of my community bank," he says simply.

In his western New York region, Marranca is a trustee of the New Directions Youth Foundation and a director of the County of Cattaraugus Industrial Development Agency. He is a past board member of the New York State Banking Department and a director and past president of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State.

Marranca did a tour of duty with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and has completed international banking volunteer assignments in Kazakhstan, Russia and Croatia. Long ago he has he was a senior bank examiner with the FDIC. He also taught a class on community banking at New York's St. Bonaventure University.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Bethany College in West Virginia in 1968, where he was awarded the President's Athletic All-Conference Football Award and, in 2000, was inducted into the Bethany Athletic Hall of Fame. He has two daughters and lives in Little Valley with his wife, Kay.

As our industry's leading ambassador, Marranca is prepared to field lots of questions from policymakers, media and others.


Jeffrey L. Gerhart

Bank of Newman Grove, Newman Grove, Neb.

Bank assets: $34 million

Many community bankers come from a family tradition of banking. Few come from a family tradition of service to ICBA at the highest levels. A fourth-generation banker, Jeff Gerhart draws inspiration from his parents, H. …