Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

ABA's Amazing State Partnerships

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

ABA's Amazing State Partnerships

Article excerpt

WHEN A CRISIS UNFOLDS, IT DOESN'T take long to find out where your strength lies.

That happened for me last September when I began getting calls on Sunday afternoons and at midnight to discuss damage control on the issues impacting our industry as the financial crisis intensified.

The callers were ABA officials and state banking association executives from all over the country. I heard the passion and commitment and relied on the expertise of our state executives as we developed our response.

ABA's partnership with our amazing state associations is critical. They are the perfect complement to ABA.

State associations provide the local connections our industry needs. They energize their members to write and call their representatives. Together, we cover the home front and the national scene. Both of us are essential to making a difference in supporting candidates who understand the role of banking in the economy and in encouraging Congress to support banking policies that promote and protect economic growth and job creation.

State association executives play a vital role both statewide and nationally. I see that as ABA's chairman, and I know that from my involvement in the Massachusetts Bankers Association and my work with our president, Daniel J. Forte.

There's an old saying: "It's not who you know; it's who knows you." Dan knows every member of our state delegation in the House and Senate as well as anyone. And they know him. And that's the point.

Other state executives are the same way. That's the key to making a difference in Washington. That's why their calls are returned. And that's why bankers coming to Washington can get an appointment to see their elected representatives and key staff operatives.

Our state association executives are so important to ABA that a state association division representative sits on the ABA Board. …

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