Community banking

Melanie Dressel, pioneering bank CEO, dies


In addition to transforming Columbia Banking System and navigating it through the financial crisis, Dressel was an industry leader.


'It's time to move on': Comments of the week


American Banker readers share their views on the most pressing banking topics of the week. Comments are excerpted from reader response sections of articles and our social media platforms.


Why this bank says it’s time to slow down SBA loan sales


Seacoast Commerce Banc Holdings in San Diego will keep more of its small-business loans on its balance sheet in response to rapidly changing economic and political conditions.


Distrust of large institutions makes this the year of the community bank


Community banks should jump at the chance to show consumers and policymakers how different they are from big banks.


Small-bank specialties on the rise


Here are five ancillary business lines that lately have appealed to community banks pursuing new sources of loans or fee income.


Women chair U.S. trade groups; Canada grooming female CEOs


Dorothy Savarese and Rebeca Romero Rainey now chair two important trade groups … Mary Lynn Lenz, Patti Husic and Terry Jorde weigh in; Barclays CEO Jes Staley talks hiring diverse leaders and how to keep them; and more.


Bay Banks hires veteran lender for key regional post


Gary Armstrong, former Richmond, Va., market president for Park Sterling will have a similar role at Bay Banks.


What Andrew Jackson could tell us about Trump’s banking policy


If President Trump takes a stand against large banks and in support of smaller banks, he would be following the legacy of the nation’s seventh president.


Opus loses money again after recording another big provision


The California bank has hired an outside firm to review its loans and will de-emphasize health care lending.


Trade groups' female chairs look to inspire more women


For the first time, the chairmen of the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America are women, marking an important milestone for the industry.