Rebeca Romero Rainey: Shifts in lending

Loan providers are multiplying, and we cannot underestimate the need for a frictionless loan, one that removes hoops for our customers and feels simple, efficient and effective.

Who were ICBA’s Top Lenders of 2022?

Last year, community bank loan producers were faced with both record-low interest rates and a glut of deposits. But as they always do, they came through for individuals and businesses in their communities with a combination of personalized service and prudent risk management practices. Here, we highlight some of last year’s most successful loan producers in the areas of agriculture, commercial and consumer/mortgage lending.

Ensure your community bank is inclusive

For a workplace to be truly inclusive, its employees should feel accepted for who they are and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. We asked community bankers and experts for their advice on ensuring employees feel a sense of belonging.

Introducing the 2022 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator finalists

The 2022 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator spotlighted some of the hottest, most innovative fintech providers. We asked each of this year’s cohort to weigh in on how community banks can harness some of today’s most exciting technologies and solutions to bolster business and enhance their customers’ experiences.

Out of Office: Tigh Livermont

Tigh Livermont, a customer service representative at $1.5 billion-asset Security First Bank in Lincoln, Neb., competes in rodeos and recently won the title Miss Indian Rodeo 2022.

Back to school

Blue Ridge Bank uses one of its new branch locations as an innovative, hands-on classroom for local high school students.