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Tim’s Takeaways: Community Banking in a COVID & Post-Election Environment

On November 19, GSBC offered a webinar that addressed the current banking and economic environment. The panelists included Cindy Blankenship (Bank of the West, Texas), Don Musso (FinPro, Inc.) and Michael Stevens (CSBS) who discussed issues that were ‘top of mind’ and strategic opportunities for community banks.

Special Announcement: Michael Stevens Named President-Elect of GSBC

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC), America’s premier community banking school, has named Michael Stevens its president-elect effective May 1, 2021.

Community Banking in a COVID & Post-Election Environment

This uncertainty, combined with the existing pressures of the pandemic environment, calls for community bank leaders to be as informed as possible on critical issues facing banks in the next 3-6 months.

A Letter From Tim Karsky, GSBC Past Chairman

Although the GSBC Class of 2020 had to delay their graduation to 2021, I am positive the experiences you have gone through this year will make you better bankers. You have adapted to many changes on the fly, and I hope you will share with your banker friends what you have learned.

How to Best Serve Your Employees & the Bank in a Pandemic Environment

With all the unprecedented things that have been put on your plate as a community banker due to COVID-19, we’re here to offer some guidance, best practices and direct takeaways on how to manage employees’ needs while maintaining a successful financial institution.

Special Announcement: Koch to Retire from GSBC in 2021

The Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) has announced that Timothy Koch, president, will retire following the July 2021 Annual School Session.

Turning New PPP Accounts Into Long Term Relationships

In this webinar, we are going to discuss tangible things bankers can do in the first 90-120 days after acquiring a new customer to ensure the relationship with them becomes long-term. 

Observations on the Economy for Bankers

By Timothy Koch, Ph.D., GSBC President and Scott Hein, President, Hein Consulting According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), real GDP plummeted by 32.9 percent (annualized) in the second quarter of 2020, the largest drop ever recorded. This follows a 5 percent drop in the first quarter. As noted in Figure 1 below, GDP…

Bates of Iowa to Lead GSBC in 2021

Mary Kay Bates, president and chief executive officer of Bank Midwest in Spirit Lake, Iowa, has been elected chair of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) for 2021. As president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Bank Midwest, Bates leads a regional, $1 billion community bank that provides banking, insurance, wealth management and…

Schroll of Nebraska Elected Vice Chair of GSBC

Kim Schroll, executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of NebraskaLand National Bank in North Platte, Neb., has been elected vice chair of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) for 2021. Schroll’s community banking career began in high school at the First National Bank in O’Neill, Neb., where she was a runner,…

Community Bank M&A in Light of COVID-19

COVID-19 has significantly impacted every aspect of American life. This includes community bank mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The community bank M&A environment is different today than it was “pre-COVID-19.” Get a better understanding of this new environment.

GSBC Faculty Panel: Where is the Economy Headed?

Each year during the first week of GSBC’s Annual School Session, the entire student body attends the much-anticipated faculty panel in the Wolf Law Courtroom. This year, the panel is coming straight to your desktop. You’re invited to see economics experts discuss, debate and share insights on what could economically lie ahead for community banks.