Message from MBA Chair Ramaker
CEO Search Update
Feb. 24, 2015
As previously reported, Dennis will be retiring later this year. He has done an outstanding job of leading our association through some very difficult times. As we search for our next leader, please be assured that the association is in excellent health and well positioned to move forward. The MBA has hired a search firm, Korn Ferry, to assist the Search Committee. To read Chairman Ramaker's full update.
2015 MBA Financial Literacy Awards
Each year, the MBA recognizes Michigan banks and their efforts to increase financial literacy. Recipients are selected from across the state and honorees are recognized at the MBA BEST Conference March 31- April 2, 2015.
Michigan banks are encouraged to submit an entry for both the Financial Literacy Award and the Innovator Award, created last year. The deadline for both awards is March 2, 2015.
View the criteria and submission guidelines here.
2015 MBA Marketing Awards
The MBA wants to see your bank's award-winning marketing campaigns at the MBA BEST conference. These MBA Marketing Awards are designed to recognize excellent bank marketing concepts. To enter, bring your bank's marketing campaign with you to BEST to place on display.
New this year: You may enter twice in any of the suggested categories below. If you'd like to enter the same category twice, you are free to do that, too. But only two total entries per bank. Work must have been seen by the public between February, 27 2014 and February 28, 2015. View entry form here.
- Print (Direct mail, newspapers, magazine, books, billboard)
- Public Relations (PR, events and advertising specialty)
- Digital & Electronic (screen shots of website, banner ads, blogs, social media)
- Broadcasting (TV and radio)
The deadline for all broadcasting entries is March 9. View entry form here.
Op-Ed: MBA Supports Anti-Patent Troll Bill
MBA president and CEO Dennis Koons wrote an opinion piece in support of HB 5701, expected to be considered soon in the Michigan legislature. The bill would protect Michigan citizens and employers from unscrupulous attacks by patent trolls. View Op-Ed.
Gov. Snyder Signs Nation's First Right of Inspection Law
MBA’s five-year advocacy campaign results in success for Michigan banks
Gov. Snyder signed the first “right of inspection” bill in the nation, a success for Michigan banks, and the result of five years of advocacy efforts driven by the MBA and Michigan bankers.
“This Michigan law represents the new national standard and provides valuable new tools for all banks throughout Michigan,” said MBA president and CEO Dennis Koons. “By protecting bank collateral, it helps banks maintain their communities and neighborhoods. Read the MBA press release.
Op-Ed: Action Needed to Protect Consumers' Data
All industries, companies and persons who collect and handle customer account and identification information should be held to similar high standards.There are steps that elected officials in Washington and Lansing must take.
To read the full op-ed by MBA President and CEO Dennis Koons, click here.
Dennis Koons Featured on Business Beat
MBA President & CEO Dennis Koons recently spoke with Chris Holman of Michigan Business Network about cybersecurity, the Michigan economy and potholes.
Listen to the interview. (Approx. six minutes.)
MBA Selects New Endorsed Partner: Secure Banking Solutions
The MBA, through its fully-owned subsidiary MBA Service Corporation, has selected a new endorsed partner, Secure Banking Solutions, based in Madison, South Dakota.
New Tool Protects Elderly
Bankers are often relied upon as a first line of defense in the protection of their elderly customers. Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF), an MBA Endorsed Partner has created the “Preventing Elder Financial Abuse Video Toolkit” which now gives your bank the ability to educate family, friends, those in your social organizations and community to look for signs of elder financial abuse and how to prevent it.
Click here to order the toolkit or call (877) 232-0859 for more information.
MBA Sends Letter to MI Delegation on Behalf of MI Bankers
The MBA sent a letter to every member of the Michigan delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives urging our Members of Congress to support two bills designed to amend the “cumbersome and unnecessary” portions of the Dodd-Frank Act. Read the full letter, here.