Independent Banker

Founded in 1950, Independent Banker is a monthly trade magazine published by the Independent Community Bankers of America.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 3, March

15 Minutes with ... Joseph Casey
President and CEO, $88 million-asset AmBank, Silver City, N.M.Q: What kind of reputation do you want your bank to have?A: When I was in Denver running a bank, a guy said to me this was the first time he felt comfortable in a bank. He said, "I've always...
Aloha, Solutions!
This month's Tool Shop includes vendors and products on display at the ICBA National Convention and Techworld in Honolulu this month as well as a few other new product selections.*System IntegrationComplianceOneWolters Kluwer Financial Services has launched...
Call to Order
Barney Frank, House Financial Services Committee chairman, outlines his community bank agendaWashington is the ultimate game of chess-well-suited for the deliberate-minded and those comfortable plotting 10 steps ahead. So it seems fitting that a man...
In Sync
Harmonizing retail delivery strategies for the physical and virtual branch By Kelly PikeCustomers at Amboy National Bank in Old Bridge, N.J., have choices.They can choose to walk into the bank, chat up their favorite teller and open a money market account...
Potential Shareholders among Today's Institutional Investors
All of us have seen proxy fights or read about activist investors making trouble or demanding changes at a bank. These stories catch headlines, but they also create an environment where all "institutional" investors are painted with the same brush.The...
Preventative Measures
A SYSTEM OF ACH RISK-MANAGEMENT VALVES CAN HELP BANKS BYPASS THE BIG LOSSIncreasingly community banks are turning to payments, specifically Automated Clearing House (ACH) origination, as a service to their corporate customers and through their home banking...
The Law of Unintended Consequences
It seems that there's always something on the horizon that guarantees employment for bank compliance officers. In the coming months, a provision in the 2007 Defense Authorization Act may keep compliance officers busier than usual. The Talent Amendment-so...
The Toughest Job I'll Ever Love
As I pen my last column as ICBA chairman, I cannot believe how quickly my term has passed and how privileged I have been to share this incredible journey with you these past 12 months.Before accepting the nomination as chairman, my predecessors told...
We Are One!!!
One of the most enjoyable rewards of serving as ICBA's president and CEO is the opportunity to meet regularly with our nation's talented and dedicated community bankers-many of whom I served with on ICBA committees as a fellow banker. Nobody is closer...