Member Networks

Member Networks: Building on Shared Success

When you join ICBM, you’re becoming part of a community. Each of ICBM’s networks are designed by community bankers for community bankers. They are also designed to provide opportunities to exchange ideas and share best practices and challenges.

What are ICBM Networks? 

All of our networks offer attendees insights from expert presenters and peer discussion tailored to their areas of responsibility. 

How much do networks cost? 

They are FREE as a benefit of your membership in ICBM (except for the compliance network). You read that right, FREE! Sign up below.

Have a question about our networks or want to join? Contact Patti Coles

Our Networks:

AG Network

November 19, 2019

Location: Mankato – location to be determined

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Why Attend? 

The Ag Network increases ICBM’s involvement in Minnesota agricultural issues, provides more opportunities for bank members to get involved, and offers education sessions focusing on key ag lending issues. Like our other networks, the new Ag Network will provide a forum for ag lenders to learn from guest presenters, tackle challenging industry issues, and share best practices.

Past Meeting Expert Presentation: 

“Handling Agricultural Inter-Creditor Disputes”, Matthew Bialick, Johnson | Bialick Law, LLP

Overview: The downturn in the agricultural economy has given rise to an explosion of inter-creditor disputes between banks and agricultural goods/service providers.  This presentation will provide information on statutory agricultural liens, priority and perfection issues, and will give banks the tools they need to deal with competing creditors and effectively preserve the value of their collateral.

Three Take-Aways 

#1 What are the major types of statutory agricultural liens

#2 How statutory liens are perfected

#3 What is the effect of the failure to properly perfect an ag lien

CEO Network

Choose from 2 locations!

  • August 20, 2019 | Mankato, Courtyard by Marriott Mankato, 901 Raintree Rd
  • August 21, 2019 | St Cloud, Courtyard by Marriott, 404 W St Germain St

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


August Presentation:

  Presented by Frederick Martin Advisors, Dean Schumann

Over the past two to three years, the number of community banks making a core vendor change has escalated and is predicted to continue for the foreseeable future.  Should your bank be considering a change as well or should you stay with your current vendor?  Frederick Martin Advisors presentation will cover reasons why you should or should not consider a vendor change. 

You may also be considering an acquisition.  There will be also be a discussion on what you should look for in the target bank’s IT contracts that may be a deal killer in moving forward with the acquisition.

Whether you stay with your current vendor or make a change you will either be signing a renewal or new agreement.   This presentation will identify key contract terms and service level agreements that the vendors don’t want you to know about or fully understand.  You will also learn how to create “leverage” to help get the terms you want.  Frederick Martin will provide recommendations on terms you should modify or add to your IT agreements that will make them favorable to your bank.

Why Attend? 

Few things can help you more as the CEO of a community bank than learning from the firsthand experience of your peers. Would you like an opportunity to sit down with the CEO of another community bank, how about a room full of them? ICBM’s CEO Network offers you that opportunity and more.

CEOs that join the network are paired with peers – discussion groups are limited to 15 participants and based on asset size and market to ensure topics are relatable and competition is minimal. To ensure you get the highest value out of each forum, the facilitator will encourage participants to submit topics of interest prior to the event.

Attendees will: 

  • Discuss current industry challenges.
  • Solve your most pressing problems.
  • Obtain access to highly respected industry experts.
  • Expand your personal and professional growth and form lasting relationships with your peers

CCO Network

Choose from 3 locations!

  • August 20, 2019 | Mankato, Courtyard by Marriott, 901 Raintree Rd
  • August 21, 2019 | *Bloomington, ICBM, 7900 International Dr Ste 685
  • August 22, 2019 | Park Rapids, Northwood Bank of Minnesota, 1200 East First St

*You can attend any network hosted at ICBM’s headquarters via GoToMeeting. Simply check the box on the RSVP form.

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Why Attend?

ICBM developed the Chief Credit Officer Network to give you the opportunity to connect with other CCOs. The Network covers challenging business topics that CCOs face in both public and private sectors. It allows CCOs to address issues and review new solutions in managing high-risk exposure.

This network is designed for and by CCOs. Participants help determine the meeting agendas which ensures the events are relevant and applicable to your bank. Meeting locations include southern Minnesota, northern Minnesota, and the Twin Cities metropolitan area, with specific locations announced at least four weeks prior to the meeting.

Compliance Forum


2019 Meetings:

September 10:  *Bloomington ICBM | 7900 International Dr, Ste 685

September 11: Worthington |Comfort Suites & Convention Center | 1447 Prairie Dr

September 12: RochesterApache Hotel & Empire Event Center | 1517 16th St SW

September 17: Long PrairieMinnesota National Bank |706 S Lake St

September 18: PerhamUnited Community Bank | 301 W Main St

*You can attend any network hosted at ICBM’s headquarters via GoToMeeting. Simply choose that option on the registration form.

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Price: $695 per year for first attendee, $100 per person for additional attendees from same bank. This price is from January 2019 – December 2019 for three meetings throughout the year. 

If you would like to register, please contact Patti Coles at or 651-789-3987

Why Attend? 

Compliance and compliance officer support are two of the most significant issues facing our bank members today. This network was developed to help ICBM members stay on top of regulations and best practices.

ICBM Compliance Forum groups are kept small enough to allow for individualized attention. Network members establish priorities and topics. A day-long format divides the time between topical presentations, small group discussions, and networking with other compliance professionals.

HR Network

Date: November 14, 2019

Location: *ICBM, 7900 International Drive, Suite 685, Bloomington MN 55425

*You can attend any network hosted at ICBM’s headquarters via GoToMeeting. Simply check the box on the RSVP form.

Time: 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Why Attend?

The Human Resources Network offers an opportunity for member banks’ human resources professionals to share ideas and best practices. Facilitated by ICBM, Human Resources Network meetings offer your human resources staff a venue to learn new techniques and address challenges unique to human resources at independent community banks. ICBM secures speakers and other educational opportunities for its members. As a member of ICBM, your human resources staff can join the Network at no charge.

Human Resources Network meetings focus on topics decided upon by the members.

July Presentation: 

Effective Ways to Manage Employees with Performance Problems

  Dorraine Larison, Attorney; Gray Plant Mooty

We will discuss how to best navigate the difficult task of managing employee underperformance and misconduct.  The presentation will also include various methods for addressing performance issues, best practices for documenting problems, and tips on minimizing the risk of legal claims.


  • Lean when and how to document disciplinary actions.
  • Gain an understanding of how to avoid and address performance issue.
  • Learn about the common mistakes made by managers in the discipline process

Marketing Network

November 6, 2019

Location: *ICBM, 7900 International Drive, Suite 685, Bloomington, MN 55425

*You can attend any network hosted at ICBM’s headquarters via GoToMeeting. Simply check the box on the RSVP form.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Why Attend Marketing Network? 

The Marketing Network gathers marketing professionals from member banks, offering a forum for discussing best practices, exchanging ideas and techniques as well as sharing challenges unique to independent community banks and their marketing teams.

Marketing Network meetings focus on topics decided upon by the members, to ensure that you get the highest value out of each event. 

July Presentation:

Marketing plays a key role in growing your customer base, but how much can you do without running into a compliance issue?

ICBM has invited Linda Albrecht from Eide Bailly to help our marketing network attendees understand how they can engage in targeted marketing and lead generation activities do not run afoul of regulations. Linda will answer questions like:

    • How can banks engage in targeted marketing to certain geographic areas without a compliance issue?
    • What concerns are there around targeted marketing via email?
    • What do marketers need to know to ensure advertising remains compliant?
    • Does marketing for loan customers carry more compliance risk than deposits?


Technology Network

November 5, 2019

Location: *ICBM, 7900 International Drive, Suite 685, Bloomington MN 55425

* You can attend any network hosted at ICBM’s headquarters via GoToMeeting! If you’d like to do so, simply select that option in the RSVP form.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Why Attend?

Industry trends for technology have created a constantly changing landscape for community banks. In recent years, cyber security, core processing, and vendor management have all become hot topics amongst our members, especially as regulators have ramped up their oversight for IT.

Bank technology managers who participate in ICBM’s Technology Network come together to collaborate and to discuss specific technology challenges and solutions and to learn best practices from one another.

July Presentation: 

Managing the Bank’s Ratios, Risk, and Regulation in the Changing Technology Landscape, LockNet, an EO Johnson Company

In the changing landscape of bank technology, it is important to have key metrics in place to ensure your financial institution maintains strong CAMELS ratings, while managing information security risk and meeting all the necessary regulatory requirements. This presentation will give strategic guidance, key metrics and considerations when making investments in technology, managing risk and leveraging your vendor partnerships.

  • Managing CAMELS Ratings as relates to Technology and Vendors
  • Bank Metrics on Investment Technology and Risk Management
  • Developing Strong Vendor Management and Partnerships

View Presentation Recording from July

7900 International Drive, Suite 685,

Bloomington, MN 55425

Phone: 651.687.9080

Fax: 651.687.9387

© 2018 ICBM. All Rights Reserved.

A proud state affiliate of the