Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Despite Challenges, Opportunity Awaits

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Despite Challenges, Opportunity Awaits

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Over the past three years, I have had the special opportunity to be part of a dynamic leadership team at ABA. I have traveled across our country working with bankers, legislators, and regulators. While banks differ in size, charter, and geography, the qualities they share strengthen our industry and our country. Here are a few of my observations and conclusions:

1. Our industry is vital to the continued economic success of our country.

2. Bankers are the heart and soul of their communities.

3. Industry unity is critical for our future success.

4. The Alliance of State Bankers Associations is indispensable.

5. Industry pride begins with bankers who have confidence in the essential roles their banks play.

As I reflect on these observations, I am very excited about the future of our industry. Yes, we have challenges, but we also have the opportunity to make a difference for our industry and for our country. I am confident we will continue to do so.

With your help and support, I have attempted to lead with commitment, passion, and vision--coupled with thoughtful compromise. In my world, leadership is a team sport, not an individual endeavor. I've been joined by Jeff Plagge, John Ikard, and Gary Hemmer. Each member of this team has contributed greatly to our success. With the addition of Dan Blanton during our convention in New Orleans, Oct. 20-22, they will continue to provide the leadership that is vital for our member-driven organization.

I also have benefited from the support and help of the extremely talented staff at ABA. The staff members demonstrate daily their knowledge and versatility by dealing with a myriad of issues. …

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