ABA Banking Journal - June 2014 - (Page 52)
Community Bank Group
Community Bank Group
ABABJ: What topics dominated the
recent Community Bankers Council
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
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.
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
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
(online banking, etc.)
Email Kandace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: ABA 2013 Deposit Account Fraud Survey.
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ABA Banking Journal - June 2014