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ICBA Promotes Joe Schneider to Vice President of State Relations

April 5 – The Independent Community Bankers of America have announced the promotion of Joseph Schneider, director of state relations, to vice president of state relations. In his new role, Schneider, who has been with the association since 2009, will continue to serve as the primary liaison between ICBA and its network of 46 affiliated state and regional partner associations.


Joe Freeman Adds President of Pioneer Financial Services to His Title

Nov 4 – Pioneer Financial Services, a subsidiary of MidCountry Financial Corp., has announced that Joe Freeman will serve as president of the company effective Oct. 29, 2010. While he has served as president of Pioneer Financial Services’ subsidiary companies, Freeman will now add the responsibility of president of the holding company, as well as continue his role as chief operating officer. Freeman assumes the position from Thomas H. Holcom, who has been named chairman.


PNC’s Tiny Branch: Big Things Come in Small Packages

By Toni Lapp

If your bank is struggling to expand its base, consider the tactic of Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank. As Chris Hill, PNC experiential sales channel manager, tells it, he’d been going to “lifestyle events” – art fairs, marathons, music festivals and the like — to talk banking with people over the course of several years.


Independent Bankers Assn. of Texas Elects Board Members and Bestows Honors at Convention

October 14 – The Independent Bankers Association of Texas  recently held its 42nd annual convention at La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. At this annual gathering attended by 700 community bankers and industry representatives, new officers and directors who will serve through 2016-2017 were elected and several awards were presented. 


BankUnited Implements Online Banking Solutions for Advanced Commercial Online Banking Capabilities

October 10 – Online Banking Solutions has announced that BankUnited, headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida, has selected OBS to complement its commercial online banking systems with event-based information delivery and secure file transfer with file mapping.


Regions Bank, Fundation and TruFund to Provide Loans to Underserved Small Businesses

September 14 – Regions Bank, together with Fundation Group LLC, a digitally-enabled small business lender, and TruFund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), have jointly announced a first-of-its-kind agreement to provide small-dollar loans to underserved small businesses.


ICBA Bancard Buys Portfolio From Fifth Third

August 11 – ICBA Bancard, the payments services subsidiary of Independent Community Bankers of America, announced that its credit card bank, TCM Bank, N.A., has acquired the agent bank portfolio of Fifth Third Bank. The purchase marks the largest credit card acquisition in TCM’s history, bringing its total assets to $292 million.


Senators Call for Tailored Rules From CFPB for Community Banks

July 25 – A bipartisan coalition of 70 senators urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to carefully tailor its financial rules to match the unique role of community banks and credit unions in cities and towns across the country. (more…)

Best Practices for Mitigating Political Risk

By Joe Wheeler


Have you ever considered that what happens in the state capitols and Washington D.C. can result in substantial risk to your bank? The truth is, it can.


Ellie Mae and Wells Fargo Streamline Mortgage Technology Workflows

May 16 -Ellie Mae, a leading provider of innovative on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, has developed a process with Wells Fargo to enable joint customers to deliver loan data in a streamlined, efficient and secure manner.


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