Camden Fine, longtime president and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America, will depart the organization in May 2018.
Rebeca Romero Rainey, a third-generation community banker, was named Fine’s successor. Romero Rainey is owner, chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, N.M., and ICBA immediate past chairman.
Fine, a native Missourian and longtime community banker and bank owner before coming to ICBA in May 2003, announced to more than 1,000 bankers at the 2017 ICBA Capital Summit that he would step down on his 15th anniversary on May 5, 2018.
Fine, who has been named a Top Lobbyist by The Hill newspaper for nine consecutive years, said he is proud of his accomplishments through the years, including waging a campaign to prevent Wal-Mart from receiving a bank charter, raising the limit on FDIC insurance to $250,000 and making FDIC insurance assessments more equitable for community banks.
Romero Rainey thanked Fine for his service to ICBA and the nation’s community banks and said that she was honored and humbled to have been asked by the the ICBA executive committee to succeed Fine next year.
Romero Rainey has served ICBA and the community banking industry for more than 15 years. She has been chairman of the Federal Delegate Board and of the Minority Bank Council. She has served on the FDIC Community Bank Advisory Committee and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Community Depository Institution Advisory Council.
At the state level, she is the past president and a current board member of the Independent Community Bankers of New Mexico and has received the New Mexico Governor’s award for Outstanding Women.
She is a graduate of the Wellesley College in Massachusetts and the Pacific Coast School of Banking.