Magazine article American Banker

ABA Votes to Revise Top Organizational Structure; the Change Is Aimed at Simplifying the Nominating Process for Association Officers

Magazine article American Banker

ABA Votes to Revise Top Organizational Structure; the Change Is Aimed at Simplifying the Nominating Process for Association Officers

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NEW YORK -- A revision of the top organizational structure of the American Bankers Association has been approved by a unanimous vote of its membership at the annual convention here.

Aimaed particularly at simplifying the nominating process for association officers, the revision eliminates the 122-voting-member ABA council. That body, which has been for many years the nominating committee of the whole association, is being replaced by a seven-member nominating committee named by the ABA president.

The change is expected to cut down on or eliminate the battling in recent years as rival candidates from six ABA regions have sought the post of president-elect, which after one year leads to the presidency.

The most recent example was the six-month campaign ended earlier this year between Donald T. Senterfitt, vice chairman of Sun Banks of Florida Inc., Orlando, and William Rodgers, chairman and chief executive officer of Security Bank & Trust Co., Blackwell, Okla.

That contest went right down to the wire and resulted in Mr. Senterfitt being nominated president-elect at the ABA council's annual meeting in Florida. His victory was sealed Monday when he was unanimously approved president-elect at the national convention.

Nominations for officer posts, as well as for the board of directors, will be made directly from the membership, with any eligible banker free to request consideration from the nominating committee. …

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