President's Message - July / August 2014
We just returned from our 123rd Annual Conference & Trade Show in Chicago. We had a great time hosting this flagship event and we enjoyed seeing so many great friends and colleagues. Special thanks go to the hundreds of bankers, associates, exhibitors and guests who attended our conference. Attendees benefitted greatly from the keynote presenters, educational workshops and networking opportunities. A big thank you goes to our educational presenters who worked hard to ensure their sessions were informative, and to our many sponsors who helped make the Conference and our PAC events a success!
During our Annual Business Meeting, we talked about the Association’s financial strength, our substantial increase in membership, and our ever growing list of “value-added” quality services and products that our accessible only to our members. We attribute much of our success to the work and commitment of our Board of Directors and committee volunteers.
Our new 2014-2015 IBA Board of Directors and leadership team was elected and sworn into office during the Annual Meeting while several exceptional industry leaders who were stepping off the board or a committee were honored for their many years of service. We are grateful to these industry leaders for volunteering their valuable time and for helping the Association grow ever stronger through the years. With 20 new member banks in just the last year, the IBA is poised for even more growth.
A very special thank you goes to 2013-2014 IBA Chairman Charie Zanck of American Community Bank and Trust and to Immediate Past Chairman Marty Davis from the Murphy-Wall State Bank for their many years of dedication and service to our industry! At the same time, we congratulate Kevin Rogers of Philo Exchange Bank who assumed the Chairmanship of the IBA, together with more than 220 Illinois bankers serving on an IBA board or committee.
It is hard to believe that this year’s Annual Conference is past, and we are now gearing up for another round of member networking events and several more educational conferences to finish out the year! Needless to say, our number one priority is to give you access to the highest quality education available, and to create meaningful opportunities for you to network with your peers and with elected officials. Speaking of elected officials, be sure to register at www.ilbanker.com for one of our many “Let’s Talking Banking” events, where you will have an opportunity to meet face to face with your area’s state and federal lawmakers.
In the meantime, have a safe and happy rest of the summer and, as always, feel free to contact the IBA if you have any questions, comments or concerns.