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. 

Networks are four-hour meetings consisting of a keynote speaker followed by peer-to-peer discussions. Networks are also free to members, unless otherwise noted. 

Have a question about our networks? Contact Patti Coles

Explore the variety of networks offered through ICBM to determine which is the right fit for you and your bank: 

Our Networks:

Community banks are the backbone of Minnesota’s Ag economy. With so many facets to consider in Ag banking – and in agriculture generally – ICBM’s Ag Network brings lenders together for education and peer networking. The Ag Network acts as a forum for Ag lenders to hear from guest presenters, discuss challenging industry trends and exchange ideas for best practices.

Like all ICBM networks, your fellow bankers help to define meeting topics that address the issues and challenges you face on a daily basis. That means you’ll receive information across a variety of topics relevant to Minnesota ag lending that you can take back to help your bank succeed. 

The Ag Network is free and open to ICBM bank members. If you are interested in joining or want to learn more, contact Doug Krukowski at

Upcoming Ag Events

Hot off the press, we’ll be having an Ag Network meeting Nov 28th, 10:00-2:00 at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Mankato. Please contact Doug Krukowski at or 651-789-3981 with any questions or to reserve your spot at the meeting. 

ICBM's 2018 Ag Conference is July 19-20 in Willmar. Register now!

Come join us at Farmfest on August 7-9, 2018 at the Gilfillan Estates in Redwood Falls. The show attracts over 30,000 attendees each year from over 500 local & national companies for three days of education, political forums, field demonstrations, and networking. You also won’t want to miss opportunities to see the latest technology in the farming industry.

FREE Attendance for Volunteers!
Want to go, but not volunteer? Buy your discounted tickets here.

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.

Our 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. 

Why Attend?

  • You have the opportunity to discuss current industry challenges with fellow CEOs.
  • Solve your most pressing problems with the insight and best practices of your colleagues. 
  • Obtain access to highly respected industry experts who can speak to your specific situation.
  • Strengthen your personal and professional growth and form lasting relationships with your peers, expanding your network of those that share your commitment to community banking.

Who Should Attend?
Community Bank CEOs or Presidents

Sample Topics:

  • Profitability Strategies Strategic Planning Regulations
  • Asset Liability Management Technology
  • Succession Planning Board Productivity
  • Karl Nelson, Founder and CEO KPN Consulting. KPN Consulting is a consulting and training firm that assists community banks with strategies to improve profitability, risk control, and business development. Karl serves on the faculties of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin and Boulder, Colorado, the Graduate School of Bank Investments & Financial Management in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as the faculties of the state banking schools in Florida and Tennessee.


$595 (includes materials for three meetings, continental breakfasts, and lunches)
Exclusive to ICBM Members - limit 15 participants each location

Contact Jim Amundson at or 651-789-3985 if you are interested in attending.

If you are interested in CEO Network meetings in your area or for more information, contact Jim Amundson at or 651-789-3985.

Connect on Issues Unique to Chief Credit Officers

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.

The CCO Network is free and open to ICBM members. If you are interested in joining or want to learn more, contact Doug Krukowski at 651-687-9080 or

The Human Resources Network offers an opportunity for member banks’ human resources professionals to share ideas and best practices. Facilitated by ICBM, 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. Past HR Network topics include:

Changing Rules & Options for Retirement Plans
    Kevin Miller, Molly Ferderer, and Todd Mathison; Fringe Benefits Design of MN

HR Update
    Mary Krakow, Fredrikson & Byron

Healthcare Reform: Impact and Implementation
   Tom Armbruster, Armbruster Executive & Employee Benefits (AEEB), an ICBM Partner
   Sue Sieger, General Manager, Benefits Design Group, working with AEEB
   Bob Stein, Benefits Design Group

New Non-Exempt Status of Mortgage Loan Officers
   Mike Bourgon, Kelly Colosimo and Kasia Anderson

What to Include (or Exclude) in an Employee Handbook
   Mike Bourgon, Kelly Colosimo and Kasia Anderson

Calibrating Consistency: Improving Rater Reliability in the Performance Management Process
   Deb Marshall, Wipfli

HR Update
  Mary Krakow, Fredrikson & Byron

Management Avenue: Managing Performance in a Changing Economy
  Barb Dusek, Relevant Movement

For more information, contact Patti Coles at or 651-789-3987.

Cooperative Bank-to-Bank Network

The ICBM Liquidity Network is a cooperative bank-to-bank network established in February 2009 to provide an additional funds management tool for ICBM member banks. ICBM provides a communication link between Network members who have available liquidity with those members who may have emergency, short-term funding needs.  

ICBM is responsible for maintaining network member-contact information. Participating banks are not legally bound to provide funding or even respond to requests as part of their participation in the Network. There is no fee assessed by ICBM in conjunction with hosting the Network and all funding terms, pricing, documentation and other conditions are negotiated directly between participating members.

The Network, currently consists of 148-member banks, is tested at least twice per year to assure its effectiveness as a source of funding and to validate the availability of funds for Network members. 

The most recent test for emergency funding, completed in December 2017, resulted in 63 banks committing nearly $15.6 million in two and a half hours.

The Liquidity Network is open to all ICBM member banks. To become a member, print the Liquidity Network Agreement and fax it to ICBM at 651-687-9387, or contact Jim Amundson for additional information.

Exchange Ideas and Learn New Techniques

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. Network events are planned by community bank marketing professionals, so the topics and speakers are always relevant to your concerns. The Network is free to ICBM bank members.

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

  • Traditional Outreach
  • Online Outreach
  • Strategic Planning
  • Media Relations
  • Communicating with Tomorrow’s Customer
  • Brand Management

Past Marketing Network topics:

Marketing Technology Update; UDAAP as it relates to Marketing
    Linda Albrecht, Eide Bailly

Marketing with Restricted Budgets and Bringing in New Business
    Tom Grady and Darin Vogel, BrandBank

Managing Your Public and Media Relations
    Lori Gerval, Finish Line Marketing

New Business Development Strategies
    Tim Stenlund, Harland Clarke

Don’t Just Sit on the Bleachers: Step Up to the Plate!
    Dan Lehv, Assistant General Manager, St. Paul Saints

Writing the Right Stuff and Getting It Printed
    Cindy Cofer Evert, Cindy Evert Consulting

Social Networking: Yes, It's for Banks
    Aaron Weiche, Five Technology

For more information, contact Patti Coles at or 651-789-3987.