Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are enjoying a happy and prosperous 2018. And, I hope you’ve managed to escape the cold and flu season! I haven’t unfortunately and will remember January 2018 as the month of the “hack”. My wife says I’m a little annoying and should probably toughen up. But enough about me.
The ICBND calendar of events really starts to heat up in March and I encourage your participation. The Emerging Leaders Development Program schedule is set for the year and the puck drops on Friday, March 9th with a day-long session in Grand Forks followed by a joint social and hockey gathering with the ICBND Board of Directors that evening at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. A special thanks to Choice Financial and First State Bank for hosting the Board meeting and Emerging Leaders meeting, respectively, and to Bell Bank for their sponsorship support!
March also brings the ICBA Convention in Las Vegas March 13-17 at the Venetian Palazzo. We’re sure to have another outstanding turnout of community bankers from North Dakota and ICBND will be co-hosting another Great Midwest Get Together at the Yard Bird Southern Table and Bar inside the Venetian on Wednesday evening of the convention. It’s not too late to still save money on your registration for this event.
Also in March is the ICBND Community Bankers for Compliance Program on March 27 and 28th. Please remember that membership in this invaluable compliance program is by bank and most benefits can be utilized by all of your bank’s employees.
Before I sign off, I also want to remind everyone of the ICBA Capital Summit in Washington, DC on April 8-11. ICBA puts on a high energy event and this is our opportunity to join community bankers from across the country to advocate our cause to our Congressional delegation and regulators. I’m hopeful that Senate Bill 2155 (led in large part by Senator Heitkamp) will have at least had floor time in the Senate by the time we show up in DC!