ABA Banking Journal - June 2014 - (Page 52)

AROUND THE ABA focus on Community Bank Group KANDACE WELCH VP, Community Bank Group ABABJ: What topics dominated the recent Community Bankers Council spring meeting? Kandace Welch: Council members focused on strategies for boosting income, reducing expenses, and managing compliance demands. Banking has become much more complicated in the wake of Dodd-Frank, but the bankers were determined to find ways to succeed despite the challenges. ABABJ: What drives attendance at the ABA's National Conference for Community Bankers? KW: I attribute the NCCB's strong following to the fact that the conference is planned by bankers (who serve on the CBC) for bankers. That ensures the program content is relevant and compelling. The conference is known to be a very productive meeting, where you take home ideas and contacts that really help your bottom line. The NCCB program also helps bankers build relationships with peers that extend beyond the conference. ADVOCACY ABA, State Associations Push Priority Bills ABA and the state bankers associations are continuing to push for enactment of two bills-H.R. 4521 and H.R. 2673-that are significant priorities for the ABA/State Bankers Alliance Regulatory Relief Task Force. The task force was formed to identify regulatory restrictions on credit availability and unite the groups' efforts to address them. H.R. 4521, introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), would exempt mortgage lenders with less than $10 billion in assets from the Dodd-Frank Act's escrow requirements, and servicers handling fewer than 20,000 loans from the servicing rule. H.R. 2673, championed by Rep. Andy Barr (RKy.), would deem all loans held in portfolio as qualified mortgages. "Both of the measures will help consumers and financial institutions by providing greater lending options without imposing additional challenges and costs," says ABA Executive Vice-President James Ballentine. n BANK COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Nebraska Banker Matt Williams to Receive Top Ag Banking Award ABA will present Nebraska banker Matt Williams with its annual Bruning Award for outstanding leadership in agricultural banking. Williams, president of Gothenburg State Bank in Gothenburg, Neb., and former chairman of ABA, will receive the award at the ABA National Agricultural Bankers Conference, Nov. 9-12, in Omaha, Neb. Named for Nebraska banker Frank Bruning-the first recipient 17 years ago-the award recognizes the lifetime achievement of individuals who have dedicated their careers to providing credit and guidance to farmers and ranchers, as well as their fellow agricultural bankers. Following the agricultural and economic crisis of the early 1980s, Williams was one of three people who aggressively recruited companies to his hometown. Today, four Fortune 500 companies operate in Gothenburg. n Banks Stop $13 Billion in Fraud Attempts in 2012 Other (online banking, etc.) Debit card fraud $5B 8% 38% 54% Questions? Email Kandace at kwelch@aba.com. Check fraud $7B Source: ABA 2013 Deposit Account Fraud Survey. 52 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | JUNE 2014 $1B

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - June 2014

Chairman's View
Editor's Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
Affordable housing pioneer
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
Lines of defense
Top performing community banks
Compliance Clinic
Compliance Inbox
Around the ABA
Legal Issues
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - June 2014

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