NH Bankers Brings Future Leaders in NH Banking Industry to Washington DC 

Last week, New Hampshire Bankers Association (NH Bankers) brought a group of future leaders from NH’s banking industry to Washington DC. The trip provided an opportunity for them to venture into advocacy at the national level to understand the intricacies of public policy and the impact this policy has on NH’s banks and its customers they serve. This event’s non-stop agenda was the perfect introduction to NH Bankers’ grassroots advocacy in action.

The group began with an annual NH Business Day luncheon event, hosted by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the Business & Industry Association of NH, which featured high-level Senate and Administration officials who spoke about issues important to New Hampshire businesses. This was followed by the Experience NH reception, which showcased NH’s tourism, hospitality, fine arts, and food and beverage offerings.

Attendees’ busy schedule continued with a meeting with American Bankers Association (ABA) for a legislative update and a regulatory agency briefing with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Highlights of the FDIC visit included being the first group of bankers to meet with newly appointed FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams on her second day. They also met with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), members of our Congressional delegation, a briefing at the Treasury, and a briefing at the White House with Mark Calabria, Chief Economist for Vice President Pence.

Julie Buker, AVP, Retail Operations & Administration Officer from Franklin Savings Bank said, “The Emerging Leaders fly in to DC was a wonderful and empowering experience.  As community bankers, it is important that we advocate for our industry so that the policy makers understand how increased regulation impacts our ability to serve our customers and invest in our communities. This trip provided the platform to share our personal experiences with regulators and reinforced that we can make a difference.”

NH Bankers Association with future leaders from New Hampshire’s banking industry, visiting with Jelena McWilliams, new FDIC Chairman. Pictured from left to right are: Susan Snowden, Bangor Savings Bank; Scott Cooper,  Bangor Savings Bank; Kimberly Nason, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Benjamin Paul St. Pierre, TD Bank; Scott Littlefield, Profile Bank; Heather Capraro, Franklin Savings Bank; Tara Booth, Sugar River Bank; Jelena McWilliams, FDIC Chairman; Christiana Thornton, President and CEO, NH Bankers Association; Tania Baert, Bank of New Hampshire; Julie Buker, Franklin Savings Bank; Stefanie L. Gulick, Ledyard National Bank; John Swenson, Federal Savings Bank; Matthew W. Guild, Savings Bank of Walpole; Ryan Hale, NH Bankers Association.

For more photos of the trip, go here.