ICBA President Recognized for Community Service

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ICBA President Tom Sheehan, president and CEO of Grafton State Bank in Grafton, Wis., received the 2000 Outstanding Community Banker Award from the Community Bankers of Wisconsin.

The association accepted nominations from its 225 member banks, and a panel of judges selected Sheehan for his outstanding service to the bank, his community and the banking profession.

This isn't the first award Sheehan has received. The Grafton Chamber of Commerce also named him Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1999.

Like many other community bankers, Sheehan has always been involved in his hometown, serving four years as president of Grafton's economic development corporation. He is now serving as chairman of the recently created Community Development Authority.

But his community involvement doesn't end there. He is treasurer of the Ozaukee County Development Corp., a member of St. Mary's Hospital Foundation's board of directors and a member of the local Police and Fire Commission, to name a few.

Sheehan stressed that community bankers need to "get out of their banks" if they are going to survive. "There is too much happening in the industry and the more bankers you talk to and more meetings you attend, the better banker you will be," he said.

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