The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced several staff promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Kevin Tweddle was named chief operating officer for the ICBA Services Network; Rhonda Thomas-Whitley and Michael Emancipator were named vice president and regulatory counsel; and Erika Brereton was named director of marketing project management and video production.
ICBA commends these highly respected and dedicated professionals for their contributions in helping foster an environment where community banks, their customers and their communities flourish, ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. Congratulations Kevin, Rhonda, Michael and Erika on this well-deserved recognition. We are fortunate to have such talented men and women engaged in ICBAs ongoing mission and working to serve the needs of community bankers across the country.
Tweddles expanded title reflects increasing responsibilities since joining ICBA in 2017 as group executive vice president of innovation and financial technology. In his new role as chief operating officer, he will provide leadership, management and vision for the Services Network. Tweddle will also continue to drive ICBAs innovation, change management and financial technology strategies, which are well underway thanks to his leadership. Recent ICBA initiatives include the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator in partnership with The Venture Center and the newly announced ICBA ThinkTECH Network powered by FinXTech Connect, which will launch in early 2019.
As part of ICBAs government relations team, Thomas-Whitley and Emancipator will continue advocating on behalf of the nations community banks to ensure their voice is represented throughout the policymaking process. Thomas-Whitleys areas of responsibility include consumer regulation and compliance and payments law. Emancipators areas of expertise include consumer financial regulation and community development law.
As part of ICBAs marketing and communications team, Brereton will continue to apply her video production and project management skillset to produce creative, compelling content that furthers the community bank story, encourages engagement, and expands ICBAs digital footprint.