Jan. 5, 2011
A simple equation sums up my professional life so far: 20 + 20 = 40. Last year, 2010, marked my 20th year of service to the merged Indiana Bankers Association/Community Bankers Association of Indiana—for which I received a lapel pin. It also marked, due to 20 years of prior service as a banker in Muncie, 40 total years of banking experience—for which I gained entry into the IBA Forty Year Club.
But as any community banker can tell you, this profession is more than lapel pins and club memberships. It’s people.
Banking is the business that supports all others, making it possible for “the things that human beings want to do and need to do to improve society,” as Bill Salin Sr. of Salin Bancshares Inc. says. A healthy banking system promotes job growth, economic development and pursuit of dreams. Without banks and their capital, there would be no middle class—only people of means or no means, with no way up for the unfortunate many.
I am proud of this industry and its support of communities, honored to be a part of it for the past 40 years, and eager to keep on working to keep it strong. The strength of the Indiana banking community is the strength of Indiana.
– S. Joe DeHaven