Washington, D.C. (August 2014) The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) recognizes Astra Bank of Abilene, KS for reaching an important milestone as an ICBA member. This year marks the community bank’s 55th year as a member of ICBA, the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the nation’s nearly 6,500 community banks.
“ICBA is fortunate to have Astra Bank as a member of the association for 55 years,” said Camden R. Fine, ICBA president and CEO. “Community banks such as Astra Bank are relationship bankers that are passionately committed to serving the needs of their local customers and communities. It’s community banks like Astra Bank that drive economic stability and prosperity on Main Street and make their communities better places to work, live and prosper.”
Community banks reinvest in their communities daily because they are an integral part of the economic, financial and civic fabric of thousands of towns and cities across America. They are common-sense lenders that do right by their customers and exist solely to serve the needs of their local customers and communities.
“As an ICBA member, Astra Bank is proud to be part of a nationwide network of community banks that advocate on behalf of this great industry and its valued customers,” said Kyle Campbell, President/Chief Executive Officer, Astra Bank. “Astra Bank looks forward to continuing its role with ICBA to help strengthen and preserve the community banking industry so that consumers across the nation can experience the difference of working with a local community bank for years to come.”
Of the nearly 6,500 community banks nationwide, nearly 5,000 are ICBA members. Representing more than 24,000 locations nationwide and employing 300,000 Americans, ICBA members hold $1.2 trillion in assets, $1 trillion in deposits, and $750 billion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community.
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,500 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit www.icba.org.