American Bankers Association

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American Bankers Association - Washington DC

The American Bankers Association is the united voice of America's banks—small, regional and large—that together employ more than 2 million women and men, hold nearly $17 trillion in assets, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend more than $10 trillion in loans.

ABA believes that government policies should recognize the industry’s diversity and role as drivers of economic growth and job creation. Laws and regulations should be tailored to correspond to a bank’s charter, business model, local markets and risk profile so banks across America can serve their customers and communities.

Contact:  Krista Donlon   202-663-5127


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BakBeat - Minneapolis, MN is the premier online source for timely or breaking community banking news. is the perfect complement to our monthly print magazine BankBeat (formerly NorthWestern Financial Review), which offers in-depth articles that analyze and inform the most important trends, topics and issues in the industry. The name BankBeat signals a renewed commitment to people who work in banking. When something is alive, it has a beat, and we believe banking is very much alive. In journalism, reporters cover a “beat,” and for us, the only beat is banking.

Contact:  Tom Bengston   612-929-8110

Center For Payments

Center for Payments

About The Center For Payments

The Center for Payments is a cooperative program sponsored by 11 payments associations with the purpose of helping members and staff better prepare for the continued evolution in U.S. payment systems. Current participants in the program include ePayResources, EPCOR, MACHA, NEACH, PaymentsFirst, Shazam, Southern Financial Exchange, The Clearing House Payments Authority, UMACHA, WACHA and WesPay.  These associations represent over 10,000 financial institution members, businesses and stakeholders with an interest in U.S. payment systems.

Contact us at and follow us on Twitter (@Center4Payments).


Credit Union Associations of the Dakotas

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Credit Union Associations of the Dakotas

The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) is the professional financial trade association serving 72 credit unions that employ nearly 2,200 individuals in 230 branches.

With more than 492,000 members in North and South Dakota, Dakota credit unions have assets in excess of $7.1 billion and are currently providing Dakota consumers with over $5 billion in loans.

In our mission to help credit unions succeed, CUAD plays a key role in growing membership and helping to provide service excellence to members from offices in Bismarck, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Contact:  701-250-3968

Credit Union National Association


Credit Union National Association

Credit Union National Association is the most influential financial services trade association and the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America's credit unions. We work tirelessly to protect your best interests in Washington and all 50 states. We fuel your professional growth at every level and champion the credit union story at every turn.



ECCHO - Dallas, TX

ECCHO was created twenty-eight years ago to facilitate the electronification of the check, was at the forefront of the Check 21 effort and worked hard to achieve full-scale image exchange.  When the Fed requested public comment on amendments to Reg CC, ECCHO worked with its counsel to map the proposed changes on a 50+ page spreadsheet, facilitated a subcommittee to walk through each change and get members’ feedback, and sent a detailed response to the Fed.  ECCHO created a webinar and briefing paper to explain proposed changes in plain language. 

ECCHO responded  to the unprecedented  proposal of the FTC to ban RCCs, which would stifle legitimate payments based on an incorrect perception of the level of fraud.  ECCHO responded to the Fed’s Consultation Paper which recommends creating a new “Faster Payments” system while not supporting any improvements to the check payment system.  ECCHO continually monitors the environment for opportunities and liaises with industry groups.

Contact: Scott Miller 214-273-3200

FRPA - Your Partner in Fighting Financial Crime

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FRPA - Plymouth, MN

Since 1997, The Financial and Retailers Protection Association (FRPA), has been the Midwest leader and not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting financial and serious retail property crimes. It is the only organization in the United States that focuses on local concerns and looks for global property crime trends to prevent, identify and deter these types of crimes through education.

The FRPA formed in 1997 in Minnesota as a not-for-profit association and quickly expanded to provide member support to other states interested in our approach. The FRPA manages information from financial institutions and retailers regarding common investigations concerning financial frauds and serious organized property crimes. FRPA has developed theft reporting databases for use by its members, while actively looking for crime patterns and trends within the local community and for regional trends.

Contact: Kate Cole

ICBM - Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota


ICBM - Bloomington, MN

Organized in 1962 as Independent Bankers of Minnesota, the current Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM) was created to represent the unique interests of “independent unit banks” in Minnesota. In 1992, the word “community” was added to emphasize the focus on the important role that community banks play in their local economies to support families, schools, and businesses.

Every educational opportunity, networking event, and legislative advocacy effort conducted through ICBM is created for community bankers by community bankers. ICBM provides a source of information and a powerful voice in government by uniting the influence of all community bankers under a single entity. When ICBM works to represent your bank, you’re being represented by a fellow community banker.


Contact: Kathy Burton 651-687-9080

ICBND - Independent Community Bankers of North Dakota


ICBND - Bismarck, ND

The Independent Community Banks of North Dakota is the only statewide association exclusively representing the independent community banks of North Dakota. We enable our independent member banks to provide competitive, profitable, high-quality financial services to their communities.

We at ICBND are driven by the needs of our members. Our mission is to be a proactive industry advocate before state, federal, legislative and regulatory bodies; to promote the importance of community banks to local, state, and national economies; and to create cooperative products, services, and educational offerings to assist our members to compete and flourish in a constantly changing financial services marketplace.


ICBSD - Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota


ICBSD - Watertown, SD

Federal regulations are restricting community banks which are an integral part of South Dakota’s Main Street! Independent community banks reinvest local dollars into families, small businesses and farm operations which creates jobs and stimulates growth within their communities. It is our mission to protect and enhance independent community banks throughout South Dakota.

Contact: Megan Olson 605-878-3040

MCUL - Michigan Credit Union League


MCUL  - Lansing, MI

The Michigan Credit Union League will strengthen the credit union community and its image by providing advocacy on important issues, coordinating cooperative initiatives and by providing high-quality solutions that help credit unions succeed and enrich the lives of their members.