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From the Beginning

In September 1889, a group of 47 Nebraska bankers traveled to Kansas City to attend a convention of the American Bankers Association. While there, the Nebraskans decided to form a state association to represent Nebraska’s fledgling banking industry. Four months later, the Nebraska Bankers Association became a reality with the organization’s first convention held on Jan. 22, 1890. A total of 232 banks were represented at this organizing convention, and the Nebraska Bankers Association came into being.

Now, more than a century later, Nebraska’s banking industry continues to be united under the banner of the statewide trade association that was formed on that winter day in 1889 by those forward-looking pioneer bankers.

The NBA's History: A Timeline

To celebrate our 125th year serving our member banks, click through our interactive timeline to view all happenings regarding the NBA and the banking industry as a whole since banking in Nebraska began. (Note: you must click on the right arrow to change to the second slide. Subsequent slide changes can be done using the right arrow key on your keyboard).



The NBA's Mission

As the voice for the Nebraska banking industry, our mission is to provide extraordinary service for extraordinary members. Our vision is to be the foremost resource and advocate for Nebraska's banking industry.

The association constantly monitors the banking scene, watchful for new ideas and approaches to help Nebraska’s financial institutions respond to an ever-changing environment. The NBA strives to respond quickly to events that impact its member institutions. Priorities include legislative representation, education, industry promotion and public relations, cost-saving products and services, and an array of other services designed to meet the needs of Nebraska’s banks and savings and loan institutions.

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The Decision-Making Process

The official decision-making body of the NBA is the board of directors, which meets four to six times a year to deal with policy issues affecting the association. Board members, representing eight geographic regions of the state, are elected to three-year terms during the NBA’s annual meeting. The two immediate past presidents/chairmen, as well as the chairman and chairman-elect, also serve on the board of directors.

Besides the NBA board of directors, there are three standing committees that direct and oversee various projects and activities carried on by the association each year. Committee members are chosen from each of the eight geographic districts to ensure that the state is fully represented in the NBA’s committee system. The standing committees include: Government Relations, NBA Education Advisory, and BankPAC.

In addition, the NBA has a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, the Nebraska Bankers Insurance and Services Company (NBISCO). Among other functions, NBISCO is the administrator of a group health insurance plan for bank employees, known as the NBA Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA). Both NBISCO and VEBA have separate governing bodies.

Participation on committees and boards within the Nebraska Bankers Association is seen as an opportunity for bankers to develop their leadership skills and to gain a broader perspective of the banking industry. Upcoming vacancies are announced in January, and committee appointments for the coming year are made by the NBA chairman-elect each spring.


For More Information Contact:

Joni Sundquist
Senior Vice President

Nebraska Bankers Association / 233 South 13th Street, Suite 700 / PO Box 80008 / Lincoln, NE 68501-0008