As you know, when we unite as bankers and allies our voice can be powerful. Choosing the two most important Congressional races each cycle for traditional banks and encouraging our members to donate what they can to tip the scales is working!
Help us grow our ranks as we gear up for next year's fight by nominating friends to our cause. You can nominate individuals on our website HERE. Or, you can nominate many at the same time by emailing a spreadsheet including at least their name, email address, and state to
The top five referrers will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card, and every other referrer will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card! Contest starts TODAY and ends at midnight Pacific Time August 30, 2021. Send us the names of everyone that shares your love of banking!
Jon Jones to Represent the State of Washington on FOTB's Banker Board

Jon M. Jones has been appointed to represent the state of Washington on FOTB's Nationwide Banker Board. He has been the President and CEO of Washington Business Bank in Olympia since 2007.

Jon is currently the Immediate Past-Chairman of the Board of the Washington Bankers Association and the Washington State Member Director to the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.
Kristin Dittmer joins FOTB's Banker Board Representing Utah

Kristin B. Dittmer has been appointed to represent the state of Utah on FOTB's Nationwide Banker Board. In 2010, Kristin joined EnerBank USA in Salt Lake City as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer and has been serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2016.

Kristin is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the Utah Bankers Association and serves on the Advisory Board for the Eccles Opportunity Scholars Program at the University of Utah.
Karl Adam appointed to FOTB's Advisory Council

Karl Adam has been appointed to the Friends of Traditional Banking's Advisory Council. Recently named as president of the South Dakota Bankers Association, Karl has been a community banker for 25 years.

He has been president and CEO of Dakota State Bank, market president of First Dakota National Bank, and chair of the South Dakota Bankers Association.
Congressman Andy Barr to Meet with FOTB Leaders in August

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), and one of our best advocates on the House Financial Services Committee , will be holding an exclusive Zoom visit with Friends of Traditional Banking's leadership teams in August. Rep. Barr was the sponsor of the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act and in 2018 became the first House member endorsed by FOTB. As a result, hundreds of bankers around the country poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into his close race and took pride in his thrilling 51% victory!

If you are interested in representing YOUR state on our Nationwide Banker Board and participating in leadership calls like this, please email for more information. As you can see, many states still have vacancies and we'd love to have you more involved!

The Who, What, and How of Ransomware
A message from our sponsor BankOnItUSA:

Year over year from 2019 to 2020 there has been a 158% growth in ransomware in North America. And attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated. Protecting your bank from cyber-attacks is an everyday reality for you.

What is causing ransomware to proliferate? Who is plotting these attacks? Why are banks ransomware targets? What steps can we take to protect our bank?

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Friends of Traditional Banking is a non-partisan grassroots effort organized by bankers in 2012 to improve the political and regulatory environment for the traditional banking industry in the U.S. FOTB is the inverse of a PAC--instead of spreading a little bit of money to a lot of campaigns, they focus a lot of money on a couple of key campaigns.