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IBAT Hosts Fifth Annual Bank Lending Institute

November 29 — The Independent Bankers Association of Texas recently hosted its Bank Lending Institute at Hotel Contessa in San Antonio. Nearly 40 community bank lenders — 26 in level one and 11 in level two — attending the program, which took place Nov. 11-16. Participants included loan officers, commercial and consumer lenders, branch managers, credit analysts, management personnel and aspiring chief financial officers. BLI is a two-year program that meets each November for a week. Now in its fifth year, it seeks to provide community bank lenders with the tools and skills necessary to serve their customers while effectively managing risk, enhancing profitability and building a lending portfolio.

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Meeting the Challenges: Investments, fintechs and regulations

By Bill Poquette, Editor-in-Chief

Three big challenges facing community bankers were addressed at the opening session of the recent Missouri Independent Bankers Association convention: investment strategies for a flattening yield curve, the competitive threat of global fintech giants, and regulatory pressures.

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IBAT Elects Board Members

November 6 — The Independent Bankers Association of Texas recently held its 44th annual convention at La Cantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio. At this annual gathering attended by more than 600 community bankers and industry advocates, new officers and directors who will serve through 2018-2019 were elected and several awards were presented.

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ABA Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

October 22 — A new lawsuit brought by Outten & Golden LLP on behalf of Christine “Christy” Walika, alleges that women and minorities employed by the American Bankers Association “are subjected to systemic discrimination and a culture of fear designed to deter them from reporting discrimination or otherwise advocating for equal opportunity,” according to a release from the firm.

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Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Honored

October 4 — Community Bankers Association of Illinois annually presents a Service Development Award to a provider of goods and/or services to Illinois community bankers who have performed above and beyond the call of duty to benefit the cause of community banking through CBAI either during the past year or over a period of years. CBAI announced at its 44th Annual Convention, held recently in St. Louis, that the recipient of the 2018 Service Development Award is Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.

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