Who were ICBA’s Top Lenders of 2022?

Last year, community bank loan producers were faced with both record-low interest rates and a glut of deposits. But as they always do, they came through for individuals and businesses in their communities with a combination of personalized service and prudent risk management practices. Here, we highlight some of last year’s most successful loan producers in the areas of agriculture, commercial and consumer/mortgage lending.

Out of Office: Tigh Livermont

Tigh Livermont, a customer service representative at $1.5 billion-asset Security First Bank in Lincoln, Neb., competes in rodeos and recently won the title Miss Indian Rodeo 2022.

40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders in 2022

Our fourth annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders competition highlights the achievements of young community bankers across the nation. From innovators and digital bankers to mentors and educational advocates, these bankers are making a profound impact on their communities.

Tyrone Beatty

Out of Office: Tyrone Beatty

After becoming a fan of The Great British Baking Show, Tyrone Beatty, assistant branch manager at $2.3 million-asset 1st Security Bank of Washington in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., added baking to his long list of interests.

Justin Kitzinger

Out of Office: Justin Kitzinger

Justin Kitzinger, a private banking officer at $6 billion-asset Bankers Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, dedicates 200 hours each year to volunteer firefighting.

ICBA Executives group

The ICBA 22/23 executive committee is all in

From credit union overreach to onerous overregulation, the 2022/23 ICBA board of directors has plenty on its to-do list. Executive committee members tell us what advocacy issues they’ll be focused on during their terms, while board members share their words of wisdom for up-and-coming community bankers: themselves.

Long-serving community bankers and their stories

What’s the secret to professional longevity? Four long-serving community bankers share the many ways they’ve grown in their respective careers, how the industry continues to evolve and, most importantly, what a life in community banking has meant to them.

Eric Andrews

Out of Office: Eric Andrews

The chief credit officer of $1.4 billion-asset Gorham Savings Bank in Gorham, Maine, has had a passion for drumming since the fourth grade. Today, he has his own jazz quartet and plays in a 17-piece big band.

Keith and Michell Ventris

Out of Office: Keith Ventris

In September 2021, the president of $194 million-asset Oklahoma Bank and Trust and his wife, Michelle, brought new life to an abandoned building by reopening it as Split Decision, a bowling alley and axe‑throwing facility in Clinton, Okla.

Brad Bolton’s journey to banking

Brad Bolton, president and CEO of Community Spirit Bank, is taking the reins as chairman of ICBA for 2022/23. He tells us why he believes independent community banks are so important and how he aims to ensure his bank’s longevity.