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SunTrust Names Scott Hotham to New Consumer Banking Role

November 5 – SunTrust Banks Inc., Atlanta,  has named Scott Hotham to lead its Retail Investments and Premier Banking units. In this newly-created role that consolidates leadership of the two teams, Hotham will report to Brad Dinsmore, head of Consumer Banking, and oversee the bank’s financial advisors, premier bankers and sales teams delivering investments, products and services to mass affluent clients.

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ETA Names Scott Talbott as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Feb. 10 – The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the global trade association of the payments technology industry, has announced the next step in its continued expansion of government relations activities with the hiring of seasoned financial industry and government affairs professional Scott Talbott as the association’s new Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. In this position, Talbott will be responsible for developing and executing ETA’s federal and state legislative and regulatory strategies on behalf of ETA’s more than 500 member companies. 

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Arizona: First Scottsdale Bank Assumes Deposits of Gold Canyon Bank

April 8 – Gold Canyon Bank, Gold Canyon, Ariz., has been closed by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the FDIC as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with First Scottsdale Bank, National Association, Scottsdale, Ariz., to assume all of the deposits of Gold Canyon Bank.

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Bank Of Scottsdale plans to raise the bar for authentic, personalized service

July 21 – Bank of Scottsdale, an independent community bank with a hometown style, is now being formed to serve local Scottsdale businesses and residents from its Hilton Village Office Park location on McDonald and Scottsdale roads. The bank’s management team of proven executives with more than 70 years combined banking knowledge will bring local focus and banking experience to a market that is receiving continually deteriorating customer service from larger, impersonal financial institutions.

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Scottrade Bank moves forward, two new executives join management team

Online investors select St. Louis’ Scottrade for best customer loyalty

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…)

Millennials Now the Largest Generation in the Housing Market

July 28 – New research from TD Bank® reveals that millennials are more conservative with their money than their youth would suggest. In fact, nearly two-thirds are saving cash in order to buy their first home.

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ETA White Paper Examines Products and Services Geared Toward Financial Inclusion for Broader Constituencies

July 21 – The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the global trade association representing the payments technology world, has released a white paper that explores how ETA member companies are driving financial inclusion and access by using technology to deploy innovative products and services.

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Risk Summit Keynote Announced

July 11 – Sageworks, a financial information company that provides loan portfolio and risk management

solutions to banks and credit unions, has announced Tom Morris, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker for its 2016 Risk

Management Summit. Set for Sept. 14-16th in Austin, Texas, the Summit is the premier conference covering the allowance

for loan and lease losses (ALLL) and stress testing, and will feature presentations, panels, roundtable discussions and

networking opportunities.

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