Thank you for the honor of being able to serve our industry as this year’s Chairman. As you may be aware earlier this year the ICBSD was left with a vacancy in the Vice Chairman position. While Scott Campbell was willing to serve a second term as chairman the association by-laws do not allow for consecutive terms as Chairman.
As you also may be aware my day to day duties with Reliabank recently ended, however I still remain an active part of the Relaibank board of directors. I came to the ICBSD spring board meeting expecting to step down from the board. After a lengthy board discussion, I felt it my duty to step up and fill the Vice Chairman void.
I am honored to be your Chairman because this is my chance to give back to the community banking industry that has given me so much! I look forward to staying busy and am excited that I will have ample time to keep up with issues that impact our member banks and time to devote to the ICBSD mission of helping community banks succeed.
It is my intention to continue the growth and further the influence the ICBSD has been marching towards since 2012 with the hiring of Greg McCurry as our President & CEO. This will be done through continue to work on the strategic plan action items started in the fall of 2015.
Your association will continue to be a strong independent voice for community banks. We will continue to improve the recognition of South Dakota’s community banks with both our state and national elected officials. We will continue to expand the value of membership through strategic partnerships with community banks vendors. We will also continue to expand our ICBSD relationship with other state community banking organizations to find synergies and common items that will be of value to members on a regional basis. Lastly we are continuing to raise the caliber of speakers and presenters at both our Retreat and Director/Executive Management Conference.
The quality of the speakers at this year’s Retreat were the best we have ever had. Feedback from members in attendance has been great. I would encourage you to attend next year’s event, you will not regret it.
Please help us be a strong voice for South Dakota’s community banks by getting involved. Attend event’s, utilize our webinar training product, invite the ICBSD to speak at your bank’s board meeting or execute committee meetings and lastly contact me with your ideas about how we can use our resources to help your bank.
In closing I want to share the words that were shared by this year’s ICBA representative at the Retreat. Jack Hartings, ICBA Immediate Past Chairman asked the group to “Stand Up, Step Up and Speak Up”. If not, you then who will advocate for our industry?