Magazine article Independent Banker

Avoid the Snooze Button

Magazine article Independent Banker

Avoid the Snooze Button

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During my inaugural speech at the ICBA national convention last month, I said something that seems to have struck a chord with many of you. The line I used has spurred tweets and a lot of interesting discussions with you, my fellow community bankers. And I'm so glad that it has. That was my intention after all.

I asked that you never hit the snooze button. And as your new ICBA chairman, I realize that seems like a big request. After all, we all get tired sometimes. I get it. But as a fourth-generation community banker-with a passion for this great industry and for what we do-I won't hesitate to ask that of you again as I write my first IB column. Why?

Because we're all a team, and we're all in this together. I may be your humble leader over the next year-and believe me, I couldn't be more excited about that-but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to ask for help. That's what we do as good leaders after all, right?

As a community banker, you are a difference- maker in your community. Every one of us needs to speak up and advocate for what is right and what is important to keep community banks strong. I said it in my speech, and I'll say it again, advocating is about people. It's about passion. Advocacy is about telling your story. And if anyone is up for a big task it's you!

As community bankers we know our purpose- we were called to this great industry for a reason. We have something big to protect and grow. We are a living legacy to the community banking industry. I ask that you join me this year in helping to advocate our cause for a higher purpose. …

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