Operational risk resources to help community banks stay secure amid cyberattacks

  By Joel Williquette In the wake of the high-profile cyberattacks on SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline affecting national security and the everyday lives of Americans, cybersecurity has never been a more pressing concern to community banks. Fortunately, ICBA offers access to various resources to help community banks maintain their edge in cyber defense. Operational Risk ICBA Read the Rest…

Robert Fisher: Lead with integrity

  One of my early mentors told me, ‘It’s often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.’ That piece of advice has … allowed us to be a little more progressive as a bank. Leading a family-owned community bank offers a lot of opportunities, but transitioning into the helm comes with a number Read the Rest…

How A Small Montana Bank Became A Big Payroll Protection Program Lender

The economic downturn from COVID-19 has pummeled main street businesses, but the Payroll Protection Program loans of the Cares Act have saved hundreds of thousands of them. On April 3, 2020, the first day of the first round of PPP loans, the number one lender in the country was, surprisingly, Montana’s Stockman Bank. Over the Read the Rest…

CSBS Elects Montana’s Melanie Hall as Chair 

Washington, D.C. – The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) today announced the election of Montana Commissioner of Banking and Financial Institutions Melanie Hall as the new chair of the CSBS Board of Directors.   CSBS also elected new officers for 2021-22 and announced new committee chair appointments during the organization’s annual membership meeting, held Read the Rest…

Crypto Chronicles: Bitcoin 101 for Community Bankers

The payments industry is abuzz with excitement as one topic continues capturing headlines, with profound implications for community banks: Bitcoin. As the original digital currency, Bitcoin has steadily climbed from obscurity to reach a total market capitalization of over $1 trillion. The lofty valuations, however, often come with precipitous declines—it is not uncommon for Bitcoin’s Read the Rest…

MIB Partners with MSU to Create Community Banking Program

February 8, 2017 — “The Montana Independent Bankers Association (MIB) is pleased to announce that the Association is teaming up with Montana State University to create and implement a community banking program for students attending that top-notice education institution. This program is an exciting development for Montana’s community banking industry.  MIB is collaborating with the Read the Rest…

MIB Holds Joint Legislative Meeting with MBA, State Legislators

On January 18-19, 2017, MIB and the Montana Bankers Association held their biennial joint state legislative meeting in Helena.  The board of directors of both associations met to discuss legislation introduced during the 2017 Montana Legislature that impact Montana’s banking industry, including a proposed sweep of $650,000 from the Division of Banking’s assessments and fees Read the Rest…

Ashley Kuehn of First Montana Bank Wins 2016 Outstanding Young Banker Award

To recognize upcoming leaders in Montana’s banking community, MIB honors one special young banker each year.  This scholarship is based on the community banking values of good citizenship, community service, and sound banking skills.  This award not only recognizes the impact that the candidate has in his or her business each day, but also the Read the Rest…

MIB Announces Recipient of 2016 Graduate Banking School Scholarship

In order to help our member banks provide the highest quality education to their bank employees, MIB is pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship-level banking school of their choice for the 2016 year.  The applicant must have five years minimum banking experience and be currently employed by an MIB member bank, among other qualifications.  Applications Read the Rest…

Executive Leadership of Cybersecurity (ELOC) seminar

The Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) are sponsoring an Executive Leadership of Cybersecurity (ELOC) seminar in Helena from March 21 – 22, 2016.  Supervision and exam personnel from the Federal Reserve and the FDIC will also be attending this seminar and assisting with the tabletop Read the Rest…

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