Aug 9, 2011 – BankNews Media is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Miller to its team as advertising account executive. In this capacity, she will be responsible for sales of the company’s print, digital and online products. As a key member of the BankNews Media advertising team, she is responsible for generating new business and maintaining current advertising accounts for BankNews and BankNews Mid-Week, as well as for the company’s state banking journals: Banking Matters (Oregon), California Banker, Florida Banking, Illinois Banker, In Touch (Kansas), Maine Banker and Texas Banking. She also handles banner advertising and sponsorships to the company’s website, BankNews.com, and electronic newsletters, BankNews eDigest and BankNews Technology Focus.
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Jan 24 – Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan has named Tim Long to be senior deputy comptroller for bank supervision policy, and that Jennifer Kelly will succeed Long as senior deputy comptroller for mid-size and community bank supervision.
February 17 – Bluepoint Solutions has announced that CMO Andrew Tilbury, Robert Einstein, CEO of UMe Federal Credit Union, and Anita Hutchinson, VP of Marketing of UMe Federal Credit Union, will discuss the challenges facing community financial institutions from both within and beyond financial services. Learn how an institution of any size can differentiate itself and effectively compete in a rapidly shifting market in this 60 minute webcast session.
February 9 – Rampant interest in mobile payments is expected by 2015, along with a significant increase in mobile commerce. Due to this, Gartner, Inc., predicts that by 2017, U.S. customers’ mobile engagement behavior will drive mobile commerce revenue in the U.S. to 50 percent of U.S. digital commerce revenue. A recent Gartner survey found that mobile commerce currently generates 22 percent of digital commerce revenue.
July 30 – In the wake of a recession that should’ve taught Americans the importance of having emergency savings, a new GOBankingRates study conducted in partnership with The Penny Hoarder has found that nearly three out of four Americans have little or no money saved. Of 3,000 survey respondents, 44.5% reported not having a savings account, while 28.5% reported having less than $1,000 in their savings accounts.
Feb. 14 – Leading trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries have announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring paths to increased information sharing, better card security technology, and maintaining the trust of customers.
Outside directors play a vital role in the success of any community bank. Together with bank management, successful community banks depend on directors who are informed, engaged, proactive and attentive.
Dec 4 – The American Bankers Association – through its Corporation for American Banking subsidiary – has endorsed the secondary market options available through Fannie Mae to help community banks remain competitive in their local markets.
Nov 22 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers during a trip to the University of Delaware. The committee will provide guidance to the Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.