Magazine article Independent Banker

Network, Inspire, Engage

Magazine article Independent Banker

Network, Inspire, Engage

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Iremember the very first ICBA convention I attended like it was yesterday. It was 20 years ago this March, and I had just made the decision to return to Taos to work with my parents at the bank. I was a senior in college and so excited about the possibilities of returning to my hometown to make a difference and to engage in investing in the future of my community.

ICBA's national convention was an inspiration at this point in my career, as I was unaware of the community banking industry, yet so excited to engage with thousands of other people just as passionate and excited about what they were doing.

Fast-forward 21 years, and 21 conventions later, I'm now preparing to attend ICBA Community Banking LIVE next month as ICBA chairman. Wow-what an honor, to say the least! As I gear up for what I know will be the best convention yet, I encourage us all to think about how we utilize this event and other ICBA educational offerings throughout the year to engage and inspire those young bankers considering a career in our industry.

With education sessions ranging from leadership and FinTech to cybersecurity and compliance, we community bankers will have all of our bases covered. We'll get to know the latest issues facing our industry and, more importantly, explore opportunities that we can take back to our community banks and begin instituting right now.

As always, ICBA has some amazing general- session speakers lined up for us. This year, we're lucky enough to hear from three American heroes. I can't wait to hear what NASA astronauts and twin brothers Mark and Scott Kelly have to say. …

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