This is the time of year for all of us to take a look back, reflect on our successes, and learn from the mistakes we've made. It has been a busy year for our association. Let’s take a look back –
January started off strong with the ICBSD holding our first ever
Legislative Breakfast. For years your association has been distributing PAC money to state legislative candidates without ever pushing our agenda during the legislative session in Pierre. This changed in 2013 with our Love Your Community Bank Breakfast. It was a great opportunity for many of our board members to speak with our South Dakota elected officials and spread the word of the importance of community banking to the South Dakota economy. Join us January 21st, 2014, for a Legislative Lunch at the Capitol. Look for more information on our website www.icbsd.com.
March brought community bankers from across the nation together in Las Vegas for the annual ICBA National Convention and Tech World. The annual tradition of the Great Midwest Get Together was held with South Dakota joining forces with North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin for a wonderful reception that gave bankers time to reconnect with old friends. This year’s National Convention will be held in Honolulu, HI, March 2-6.
April sent seven ICBSD members to Washington D.C. to meet with our three legislative offices. The ICBSD-endorsed Plan for Prosperity was a major part of our talking points along with the hot topic of the week, which was S. 798, the bill proposed to end Too-Big-To-Fail policies. If we as an industry want to continue to make progress towards regulatory relief, I would recommend you attend the 2014 Washington Policy Summit, April 29 - May 2. Get more information at www.icba.org/wps14.
May brought together bankers for the boards of the ICBSD and ICBND to continue our discussions regarding how the two associations can work more closely together. It was also a great time for the leaders of both associations to network, share ideas, and build valuable friendships. At this meeting, it was decided to continue with the ICBSD/ICBND Liquidity Agreement that many of you participate in.
July is the highlight of the year for me and I know many of you who attend our ICBSD Retreat at the Sylvan Lake Lodge. This year we had over 155 in attendance! The highlight of the weekend was our Keynote Speaker, Jim Olson. Jim’s stories of his time working for the CIA were truly riveting and had everyone on the edge of their seats. The other highlight was the annual PAC Auction. This year, for the first time in the PAC’s history, we surpassed $10,000 raised at the event. The date of this year's retreat is July 24-27. Make plans to join us!
October was packed with activity. It started with a trip to Williamsburg, VA, for the annual Council of Community Banking Associations (CCBA) meeting. This was a great opportunity for me to gather knowledge and ideas from my counterparts from across the United States.
Our second signature event, the CEO/Directors' Conference, was held in
Sioux Falls on October 23- 24. We had over 100 bankers in attendance. Feedback from the event has been very positive. Next year’s
conference will be held a little later in the year, November 19-20, again at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls. Make plans to attend and bring your board of directors.
Following the Directors' Conference, I flew to White Sulfur Springs, WV. I currently serve on the ICBA National PAC Committee under the direction of Committee Chairman, Jack Hopkins. We spent the time discussing the national convention and PAC fundraising opportunities.
December 5th. The Association closed out our activity for the year by speaking at the South Dakota Banking Commission Board Meeting.
Now let’s see what we have to look forward to in 2014 – As you have seen from previous newsletters and mailings, the ICBSD is embarking on two new initiatives in 2014. The Emerging Leaders Program and the CCBSP Partnership with Secure Banking Solutions. Emerging Leaders Planning for the Emerging Leaders Program started back in 2012, with the plan to launch the initiative in January of 2014. To date we have nine bankers signed up to participate. We are well on our way to our goal of 15 members. The first meeting will be held January 21st in Pierre. Check out more information on our website www.icbsd.com/leaders.
CCBSP Program ICBSD has partnered with Secure Banking Solutions to provide a training program for financial institutions that is designed to prepare your key staff members to defend your institution from today’s threats, while ensuring compliance with current regulations. Attendees will enhance their skillset and knowledge base in the areas of information security to better demonstrate their abilities for risk management, information security program development, and IT auditing. Following the successful completion of this program, members will become Certified Community Banking Security Professionals (CCBSP). The first meetings of the CCBSP Program will be held January 22-23. Find out more on our website at www.icbsd.com/ccbsp. In 2014, make it a priority to get involved with our new Emerging Leaders Program and our exciting new partnership with Secure Banking Solutions, the Certified Community Banking Security Professional program. In addition, please make it a point to get involved with your community banking association. Make plans now to attend one or all of our many conferences and events. Join us at our golf tournament, Directors’ Conference, annual retreat, Legislative Lunch and Emerging Leader meetings held throughout 2014.
McCurry, a native of MN and resident of Mitchell, SD, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications / Marketing from the Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to joining the ICBSD as President and CEO, he directed the marketing, sales and government relations efforts at Santel