President's Message - March / April
Volunteer, connect, serve, engage, participate, attend, register and respond … these and many other action verbs are used daily in our IBA offices. We are nothing, and our service means nothing, without the involvement of our members, partners, associates and preferred vendors.
The IBA is proud of our more than 220 volunteer bankers and associates who serve on our boards and committees. While their roles differ, their end game is the same. That is to ensure that the IBA is fulfilling the needs of our industry, whether it is to set policy, to develop timely education, to monitor and respond to the myriad compliance questions, to share ideas, or to simply to make the IBA better in everything we do.
In March, we paid special tribute to our volunteers during our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch during the ONE Conference in Peoria. We presented this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award to Patti Hartmann of the FNB of McHenry, who has devoted endless hours of her time to the IBA, to our industry and to many charitable organizations in her community. Congratulations Patti! See the Illinois Banker magazine or ilbanker.com for information on how you can sign up for an IBA committee.
Volunteering is just one way to be engaged. The IBA offers so many other opportunities. For example, we are known for our surveys. Two of note are the Bank Compensation & Benefits Survey, which is considered the best in the industry for cash and non-cash compensation for bankers and directors, along with sick leave, vacation time, bonus information and other benefits; and our Regulatory Feedback Initiative (RFI), which collects data about your most recent bank exams so that we can work with regulatory agencies to encourage necessary changes in the examination process. We urge you to consider taking time to complete these and other important surveys that benefit the industry. Your responses help us help you!
Of course, attending IBA events — educational seminars and conferences, lobbying and grassroots programs and networking events — are other ways to engage in our industry. Speaking of grassroots, we all know that advocacy — talking to elected officials about your business and our industry — is the only way to ensure elected officials realize that our industry is integral to our entire state’s economy. There is no question that you should attend our Springfield Lobby Day on April 21. We care about our industry, and we are proud to defend it and protect it — with your help!