Magazine article Independent Banker

Working for You

Magazine article Independent Banker

Working for You

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I've been a small-boat sailor since childhood, and I've found that sailing can be much like life. So much of success comes from knowing how to read the winds and being able to change course quickly-not if, but when necessary.

As community bankers, we navigate these winds every day in our communities-some- times we find the wind at our back, at our side and occasionally in our face. But just as any experienced sailor realizes, sometimes the wind simply surrounds you, changing moment to moment. As a community banker you rely on our experience and ability to be nimble to glide along successfully and as smoothly as possible- always being there for your customers and communities.

While supported by the fundamentals of the community bank business model, you certainly have the wind at your back every day. You also have ICBA and its staff available and ready to help you-they are another wind at your back and at your side every step of the way. And while increasingly excessive regulatory burden is a wind in our faces-I know that the team at ICBA is working hard every day to reverse that trend so you can more easily set sail and serve your communities even more than you already do.

And speaking of ICBA staff, I have to say how truly blessed we are as community bankers to have ICBA and its dedicated and talented staff working for us. They help us navigate some very difficult issues by harnessing our industry's collective power and voice in Washington. ICBA staff is working tirelessly to address issues important to you. The public policy victories we've seen as community bankers don't just happen-especially in Washington. They happen because of the hard work, perseverance, and smart strategies and tactics set forth by your community banking leadership supported by ICBA's government relations team, along with the support of ICBA's marketing and communi- cations department. …

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