Black Hills Retreat – Meet the Presenters: Derek Williams

Derek Williams, ICBA Immediate Past Chairman, President & CEO, Century Bank & Trust

Presentation: An Update From ICBA

As the independent voice for community banks across the nation, ICBA continues its unwavering efforts to create a level playing field and promote policies that allow independent community financial institutions to flourish.

Immediate past ICBA chairman Derek Williams will draw from his tenure leading the association to provide South Dakota’s community bankers with an exclusive perspective on ICBA’s latest advocacy efforts.

Breakout Session: Banker Banter

In this breakout session, Derek Williams will discuss hot topics and industry changes that South Dakota community banks are facing.

Presenter Biography

Derek B. Williams is immediate past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the only national organization that exclusively represents community banks.

President and CEO of Century Bank & Trust in Milledgeville, Ga., Williams has served ICBA and the community banking industry for many years. William serves in many leadership roles at ICBA. He is chairman of the ICBA Nominating Committee, a member of the Policy Development committee and Executive Committee liaison for the Independent Community Bankers Political Action Committee and the Cyber and Data Security Committee. Williams served as ICBA Chairman in 2023-2024.

Williams previously served on the Executive Committee as treasurer from 2016-18 and also served three years on the FDIC Community Bank Advisory Committee.

Active in his local community, Williams serves as chairman of the Communities in Schools of Milledgeville, Baldwin County; vice chairman of the Milledgeville Baldwin County Development Authority; and member of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Council. He also previously served as chairman of the American Cancer Society of Muscogee County in Columbus, Ga., is a past chairman of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia and is former treasurer of the Milledgeville Rotary Club.

Williams received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Georgia. He is also a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking.