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Kidd-Johnson To Lead New Mexico Community Bankers


Aug 3 - New officers and directors were elected during the 28th Annual Meeting of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico at the Inn of the Mountain Gods near Ruidoso, N.M.
Dion Kidd-Johnson, president and chief operating officer of Western Bank in Alamogordo, was installed as the 2012-2013 ICBA/NM Chair during the annual member banquet. In addition to serving as the new ICBA/NM Chair, Kidd-Johnson is a board member and current chair of the New Mexico Student Loan Guarantee Corporation. Other community involvement includes past chairman of the Committee of Fifty in Alamogordo, member of the Transportation Committee of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, member of the White Sands Rotary Club,  past member and secretary of Our Savior Lutheran Church Council, and member of the New Mexico State University's Small Business Development Center's Advisory Council. She also is past chair of the State of New Mexico Manufactured Housing Committee.
Joining Kidd-Johnson on the ICBA/NM board of directors executive committee for the coming year are chair-elect Sean Ormand, president of First New Mexico Bank of Silver City; vice chairman Ron Shettlesworth, president and CEO of Main Bank in Albuquerque; secretary/treasurer Ray Litherland, chairman of Community 1st Bank in Las Vegas; immediate past chairman Sam Spencer, president and CEO of Lea County State Bank in Hobbs; and, Jerry Walker, president and CEO of the ICBA/NM.

Board of director members elected to serve a two-year term by the ICBA/NM membership include Justin Harper, president of Citizens Bank in Las Cruces; Don Padgett, president of Century Bank in Santa Fe; Craig Reeves, president of the First National Bank of New Mexico in Clayton; David Wiberg, president of City Bank New Mexico in Ruidoso; and Gordon Morris, chairman of American Heritage Bank in Clovis.

Continuing in their current two-year term on the ICBA/NM board are Danny Beyhan, chief operations officer at Citizens Bank in Farmington; Kent Carruthers, president of Citizens Bank of Clovis; Greg Levenson, president of Southwest Capital Bank in Las Vegas; Robin Willingham, vice president of the James Polk Stone Community Bank in Hobbs; and Rebeca Romero Rainey, board chair of Centinel Bank in Taos. David Stone, president of the James Polk Stone Community Bank in Portales, will continue to serve on the ICBA/NM board and is the national ICBA state director for New Mexico.
The theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting was “Before There Was New Mexico - There Were New Mexico Community Banks.” The New Mexico Centennial and eight community banks that were chartered during territorial days, which are still in operation today, were recognized at the annual banquet. 
Those banks are First National Bank of Santa Fe - chartered in 1870; The Bank of Las Vegas (recently renamed Southwest Capital Bank) - chartered in 1890; Pioneer Bank in Roswell - chartered in 1901; First National Bank of Artesia (recently renamed First American Bank) - chartered in 1903; Citizens Bank in Farmington - chartered in 1905; Portales National Bank (recently renamed the James Polk Stone Community Bank) - chartered in 1906; Western Bank of Lordsburg - chartered in 1907; and Century Bank in Santa Fe - chartered in 1910.
ICBA/NM is the only trade association in New Mexico that solely represents the interests of community banks before the New Mexico Legislature and regulatory agencies. The ICBA/NM membership is comprised of 47 community banks holding more than $9.85 billion in deposits at 220 locations statewide and employs more than 2,300 New Mexicans.