BOULDER, COLO. – The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) is pleased to announce that eleven individuals have recently graduated from the Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers® (EDI), a rigorous 19-month leadership development program for up-and-coming executive officers of community banks.

The graduates are pictured left to right: Robby Harmon, TriStar Bank, Dickson, Tenn.; Drew Wade, West Alabama Bank & Trust, Reform, Ala.; Joe Conover, Northwest Bank, Arnolds Park, Iowa; Brett Wyss, Integrity Bank & Trust, Monument, Colo.; Justin Dahlheimer, First National Bank of Osakis, Osakis, Minn.; Tyson Oakes, FirstOak Bank, Independence, Kan.; Clint Shoemaker, The Guaranty State Bank & Trust Co., Beloit, Kan.; Kimberly Nelson, BankSouth, Atlanta, Ga.; Jim Strickland, Bank South, Watkinsville, Ga.; Ram Amara, State Bank of India, Los Angeles, Calif.; Arnold Strebe, Starion Bank, Bismarck, N.D.

EDI combines hands-on leadership development training with sophisticated bank management strategies to position community bank executives for long-term success. Over the course of 19 months, participants experienced expert coaching and mentoring by experienced bank CEOs, and completed a series of projects designed to improve their banks’ overall performance.

“The time and effort invested by these graduates to better themselves and their banks is significant,” said GSBC President Tim Koch. “Their communities should be proud to have leaders who are actively preparing for a successful future.”

GSBC is presently enrolling a cohort of 12-15 individuals to begin EDI in April 2019. Enrollment is competitive, and early application is advised. Please visit the program page for more information.