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Aaron Kness, President and CEO of Iowa State Bank in Fairfield, announced that Karl Metcalf, the bank’s vice president of lending, has been recognized as a Paycheck Protection Program Champion on the “40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders” list by Independent Banker magazine.
Each year, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recognizes up-and-coming innovators, influencers, and civic servants that represent the future of community banking.
The feature story in the June issue of Independent Banker highlights how the “40 Under 40” honorees have overcome challenges and answered calls for innovation, while staying true to the guiding principles that set apart community banking. Candidates were judged on character, leadership, community involvement, and innovation. The article organizes the winners into the following community banking categories: marketers, paycheck protection program champions, innovative leaders, customer and community service, and lenders and mentors. Bank technology services provider FIS, of Jacksonville, Florida, sponsored this year’s program.
Kness commented, “Last year, when the Paycheck Protection Program was announced, Karl and his team immediately stepped up to study the program and figure out the best way to deliver the product. Then they proactively reached out to help businesses and farmers in need. What Karl initiated, and his team was able to do, for our clients during the pandemic was outstanding. It was the perfect example of what community banking can accomplish.”
Karl has been a member of the Iowa State Bank team since 2013, when he came to banking from the insurance industry. In addition to earning his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Drake University, Karl is a graduate of the Iowa School of Banking, finishing second in his class, and a graduate with honors from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Jared Lyle, the bank’s senior vice president of lending, added, “Karl’s national recognition is well deserved and I am extremely proud of him. His expertise, coupled with his ability to tirelessly serve others, was a bright star to the 411 Iowa businesses that his team helped during the pandemic.”
You can find the entire “40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders” list at Independent Banker.