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Kansas Bankers’ Optimism Shines Through at Annual Convention

By Kristin Rulon

July 29 – The saying “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity and an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” could easily resonate with community bankers. No stranger to challenging times, bankers know that you have to find the humor when and where you can. Community Bankers Association of Kansas held its 38th annual convention in Wichita July 20-22 with an unwavering optimism despite the nature of the topics under discussion, from monetary policy implications to bank robbery/active shooter safety. (more…)

Loan Growth Doubles in Community Banks and Thrifts in the Northeastern District, OCC Reports

November 3 – The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has reported improving conditions among community national banks and federal savings associations (FSAs) supervised by the OCC’s Northeastern District that stretches from Maine to South Carolina.


Cook Brothers Scholarship Program Re-launched at Community Bank

October 12 – In 1945 Charlie and Howard Cook were successful manufacturers of concrete mixers for the construction trade. During that time, it became difficult for their customers to obtain equipment financing. Charlie and Howard were committed to finding a way to help their customers purchase the equipment they needed. Ever resourceful, the brothers opened a bank to finance their customers’ purchases.


Comerica Releases 2013 Sustainability Progress Report

July 8 – Comerica Incorporated has announced the release of its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report on The online report, which updates progress made in several key sustainability areas of focus, highlights Comerica’s achievement of its first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal. 


Why STAR Financial Bank Went All-in on PFM

Why invest in PFM? This is one of many questions that banks are currently tossing around about personal financial management technology. Will our customers use it? Where is the return on investment? With traditionally low user adoption rates, many industry pundits have closed the door on the future of PFM. Seems like a nice idea, they say, but not something consumers are going to invest time in.


Wisconsin Bankers Association Names New Leadership

Dec 11 – (Madison) Banking advocacy expert Michael Semmann has been named senior vice president and chief operations officer effective immediately for the Wisconsin Bankers Association, the state’s largest financial industry trade association. Semmann most recently held the position of vice president – government relations and communications. 


Stinson Morrison Hecker to Open Office in Denver

Dec 7 – The law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, based in Kansas City, Mo., has announced that on Feb. 1, 2013, the firm is opening a new office in the Denver Tech Center at 5613 DTC Parkway, Ste. 970, Greenwood Village, Colo. with the addition of partners Ernie Panasci, Deborah L. Bayles, Zsolt K. Bessko, Perry Glantz and Kristin S. Godfrey, along with four associate attorneys and three staff employees.


Bernanke Discusses U.S. monetary Policy and International Implications

Oct 16 – Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke spoke at the “Challenges of the Global Financial System: Risks and Governance under Evolving Globalization,” A High-Level Seminar sponsored by Bank of Japan-International Monetary Fund, Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 14, 2012. Read his speech below.


Sollen Technologies adds to regional sales team

Sept 11 – Sollen Technologies, an Internet-based application services provider of product, pricing and best execution capabilities for the mortgage industry, has selected Kristina Sides as regional sales associate. Sides adds six years of mortgage experience and loan product knowledge to Sollen.


Fiserv unveils tools to keep borrowers in their homes

June 27 – Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a provider of information technology services to the financial and insurance industries, has released preemptive mortgage default resources including, Predictive Risk Index Score Modeling (PRISM) and Home Retention Solutions, that enable financial institutions to proactively identify and contact troubled borrowers with customized repayment solutions to try to keep them out of foreclosure.


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