The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recently announced that community banker Ken Hale, president and CEO of Natchitoches, Louisiana-based BOM Bank, has been elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks. In addition to Louisiana, BOM Bank serves customers in East Texas.
“I am honored to be elected to represent our industry and help share the positive story of community banking with policymakers,” Hale says. “Community banks are trusted, relationship-based lenders that deliver personalized service and invaluable financial expertise to local consumers and entrepreneurs. We drive positive economic prosperity both nationally and at home.”
In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Hale’s duties include being a liaison between independent community bankers and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C. He will also work to recruit new members to ICBA.
“Ken is a dedicated community banker who is highly respected in his community and by his industry peers,” says Noah W. Wilcox, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Wisconsin-based Grand Rapids State Bank. “We are delighted Ken has generously offered his time and valuable professional talents to the service of the community banking industry.”
Established in 1903, BOM Bank operates 14 Louisiana branches and one in Hemphill, Texas.