Thank you for your support of the ICBSD during 2015. We could not be the strong advocate for community banking this association has become without each of you. A special thank you goes out to the ICBSD board of directors and committee members. They are the energy that keeps your association moving forward towards our constant goal of providing more value to our members each year.
In August of this year, the board conducted a strategic planning session with Philip Smith, attorney with Gerrish McCreary Smith out of Memphis, TN. Through pre-meeting surveys and our daylong session, many great opportunities and topics came to the surface. Most importantly was the board’s commitment to strengthen and grow your association for the benefit of our member community banks in South Dakota.
To achieve this objective, we have recently made two strategic changes in our association staffing. We have hired Shelli Anderson to serve as our Finance Manager, and Summer Geraets has transitioned to become our Director of Communications. We are very happy to have them both on our team. These changes will allow me to focus more on our legislative advocacy and on building strategic partnerships for the benefit of our members.
Member education and career development programing was another topic that the board spent considerable time discussing. The board has tasked the ICBSD to create a new offering that we are calling Member Networks. We will be offering the following networks: CEO, Risk Management, Compliance Networks, CFO, Chief Credit Officer, and Leadership Development.
These peer group networks will allow our community bank members to learn, share and create relationships with other community bankers in similar roles through peer sessions that meet 3 times per year. In addition, as part of the Leadership Development network, members will be allowed to attend 3 other network meetings to gain knowledge from a cross section of bank roles.
We have partnered with KPN Consulting from Atlanta, GA, to facility our network meetings during 2016. I encourage you to view more information and to register for the Member Networks on our website at www.icbsd.com/networks.
The last item of focus at the strategic planning session is the revitalization and expansion of the ICBSD committee structure. Below you will find two new committee descriptions. If you or someone from your organization is interested in serving on a committee or our board of directors, please contact me or this year’s Chairman R. Scott Campbell.
Legislative/PAC Committee - Develops policy recommendations on state and federal legislation affecting South Dakota community banks and makes recommendations as to ICBSD PAC contributions to candidates and political parties within South Dakota. In addition, the Committee helps facilitate grassroots political activities.
Career Development & Education Committee - Works to advance the efforts of the ICBSD to enhance the professional development of community bankers and build a strong community banking professional community. Provides recommendations and develops programs and partnerships with education providers to create programing in the areas of bank education, professional development, and leadership training.
As we move into 2016, your association is stronger than ever, and with your continued support, we will continue to increase our value to our members throughout South Dakota.
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