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Community Bank of Raymore VP Reflects on Career Marked by Service

By Kristin Rulon

Shauna Stephenson

When Shauna Stephenson was 17, she walked into a branch of a local bank to make a transaction. She must have made a good impression, because she left with a job offer from the branch manager. (more…)

A Circuitous Route to a Banking Career

Jessica Green worked as an elementary schoolteacher before joining her family’s bank in Hamilton, Mo., where she now works as executive vice president.

By Kristin Rulon

One person may be determined to make banking a career and earn the appropriate college degree(s); another person may  serendipitously fall into a banking career. Then there is the person who has deep roots in banking and knows what the future ultimately entails, such as Jessica Green, executive vice president of operations at The Hamilton Bank in Missouri. For Green, a fourth-generation banker, growing up in the banking world made the transition from elementary education teacher to banker fairly smooth. (more…)

Bankers’ Optimism Reflected at ICBA Annual Meeting

Focus remains on lightening regulatory burden, while practical matters like customer experience gain attention.

By Toni Lapp

March 20 – The Independent Community Bankers of America Community Banking Live! organizers could hardly have hoped for a more optimistic set of circumstances surrounding ICBA’s annual meeting March 15-18.  The Federal Reserve announced an interest rate increase on the first full day of the conference, which came a week after ICBA leadership met with President Donald Trump; needless to say, the mood was upbeat at the event in San Antonio, Texas. (more…)

Program Strives to Educate Multicultural Borrowers on Home Buying

January 17 – National Mortgage Insurance Corp., a subsidiary of NMI Holdings Inc., is helping to educate mortgage lenders on how to best reach out to multicultural borrowers. The company is educating lenders through speaking engagements, webinars and social media. (more…)

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. 


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