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First Option Bank president elected to community bank board

First Option Bank President Blake Heid has been elected to the Independent Community Bankers of America, an organization that promotes the interest of community banking (Submitted photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today

announced that community banker Blake Heid, CEO/President of First Option Bank, OF Osawatomie was elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks.

First Option has a branch in La Cygne, and since establishing that branch has kept a very active presence in the community.

“It’s a privilege to be elected to represent our industry and shine a light on the work of the nation’s community banks, which build better communities,” Heid said. “As relationship-based lenders, community banks offer hands-on personal service and invaluable financial expertise to local consumers and entrepreneurs. I look forward to working alongside ICBA as we serve their mission to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish.”

In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Heid’s duties include engaging in grassroots activities in Kansas and serving as 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.

ICBA is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to promoting the interests of locally operated community banks and savings institutions. With trusted financial expertise and high-quality customer service as their hallmarks, community banks offer the best financial services option for millions of consumers, small businesses and agricultural enterprises.

“Blake is a respected member of his community and a dedicated advocate for our industry,” said ICBA Chairman Brad M. Bolton, president, and CEO of Community Spirit Bank in Red Bay Ala. “We are fortunate to have Blake serve in this volunteer capacity and leverage his valuable experience and perspective in service to the community banking industry and the customers and communities we serve.”

According to a press release, the goal of ICBA is to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish. With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute roughly 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.

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