As I contemplated my thoughts for this month’s blog post, I suddenly found myself choosing between several relevant topics. Rather than choose, I decided to address a couple of them in short fashion, so please excuse my ramblings.
I would like to begin by giving a special thanks to Sens. John Stinner, Matt Williams, and Rob Clements for their willingness to set aside their personal lives and businesses to serve the citizens of Nebraska.
Sens. Stinner and Williams are beginning their third year in the Legislature while Sen. Clements was recently appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts to fill an unexpired term. Sens. Stinner and Williams are both past chairmen of the Nebraska Bankers Association, while Sen. Clements previously served on the NBA Government Relations Committee and Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Board of Trustees. Not a week goes by that your NBA team does not receive unsolicited positive comments from other organizations, senators, and statewide elected officials about how fortunate the banking sector is to have such distinguished public servants offering common sense leadership on the many complicated state policy topics.
Sen. Stinner currently chairs the Appropriations Committee. His experience and background in banking and accounting are invaluable as this committee develops strategies for confronting the state’s $900 million shortfall. Sen. Williams serves as vice chairman of the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee, in addition to the Health & Human Services and Planning Committees. Both Sens. Stinner and Williams are sponsoring affirmative legislation on behalf of the NBA during the current legislative session addressing various policy issues such as banking regulation, executive officer licensing, and workforce housing. Sen. Clements sits on the Appropriations Committee and is quickly using his banking and actuarial skills to help sort through the many demands placed on the state’s budget.
These gentlemen, by virtue of their positions in the Legislature, also serve as confidants and personal advisers for your NBA lobbying team. Again, special thanks to these individuals for offering their talents and leadership skills to make a difference for the state of Nebraska.
Arrigo Celebrates 30 Years
The success of every business is defined by the quality, skills, initiative, and creativity of the employees who work and represent the business. Your association is no exception! This month, the NBA pays special tribute to one of our key long-term employees, Ron Arrigo, who is celebrating 30 years of service to the NBA and Nebraska’s banking industry. Ron currently serves as NBA senior vice president, with responsibilities for member education and internal operations. In the three years I have worked with him, I have found Ron to be a consummate professional who understands the challenges and opportunities faced by our member institutions. He also is creative and willing to grow and evolve to meet new challenges in today’s ever-evolving world. Please help me in congratulating Ron on reaching this important milestone in his career.
Strategic Planning Update
As you probably know, in early 2016, the NBA Board of Directors contracted with Financial Shares Corp. (FSC) of Hinsdale, Ill., to help facilitate an NBA strategic planning process. To garner member and industry input, FSC has completed personal meetings with NBA leadership and key staff; conducted member surveys; led group planning sessions with the NBA, NBISCO, and VEBA Boards, NBA Past Chairmen, select Leadership Program alumni, Young Bankers of Nebraska representatives, and NBA staff; and also completed numerous member and non-member interviews. The draft plan was presented to the NBA Board of Directors on March 23 for initial response and input. The final plan will be presented to the NBA membership at the NBA Annual Convention on May 4. Be on the lookout for how the NBA will grow and evolve to help meet the needs of Nebraska’s banking industry into the foreseeable future.
Richard Baier, a proud husband, father of two, and the president/CEO of the Nebraska Bankers Association (NBA). Avid about growing the Cornhusker State's banking industry.