Is YOUR state represented on our board?
Our tremendous success the last two election cycles is driven by our Nationwide Banker Board, with a banker leading the team-building effort in each state. 
Click on the link below to see who is representing your state. Then reach out and see what you can do to help build our team of friends in your state! If your state seat is vacant, contact our FOTB Executive Director Mike Winder at mike@friendso> to learn how easy it is to get involved!
FOTB LEADERS IN THE NEWS: The two articles below are examples of where our leaders have been published recently in outside publications that may be of interest to our members.
An Alternative to Forming a Public Bank
"Recently there has been growing support to form a public bank that provides financial services for the underserved, including the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry, and extending credit to fund much needed infrastructure development and affordable housing," said Friends of Traditional Banking Vice Chair, Virginia Varela, who is also president and CEO of Golden Pacific Bank, in a recent op ed for the Sacramento Business Journal. 
"Reversing rules for existing community banks is a much better pathway to addressing problems for the unbanked. California banks are already established, and they have the capacity and willingness to serve their communities well." 

Read her full op ed here:
Investors should encourage a resurgence of local community banking
"The number of community banks in our nation is at the lowest point in recent history. From a high of 18,033 in 1985, there were 5,477 as of the third quarter of 2018," said Friends of Traditional Banking Advisory Council Member 
Alex Sanchez, who is also president and CEO of the Florida Bankers Association, in a recent CNBC op ed. 
"Because of the interest and value in community banks, many have sold to larger institutions as heavy consolidation has occurred in the banking sector. This consolidation creates opportunities for investors to start new community banks."
Read his full op ed here
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New ICBA Chairman: Use Your Influence
New ICBA Chairman Preston Kennedy encouraged 2019 ICBA LIVEĀ® attendees to exert their political influence to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish. Speaking to community bankers gathered in Nashville, Kennedy said community bankers are competitors who don't roll over when faced with a challenge. 
Regulatory Guidance: 
Is It Law or a Very Good Idea?
Recently, several U.S. senators asked the banking agencies to state whether supervisory guidance has the force of law or not. In other words, are banks required to follow supervisory guidance in the same way they are required to follow laws and regulations?
Read more about tips from our partner at BankOnIT for how to meet these threats:
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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. 
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