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MBA Committees

The MBA has three types of banker involvement groups: committees, special interest groups, and task forces. The differences are in the length of member involvement and charge. Committee members are asked to serve up to three one-year appointments. Special interest groups and task forces have no restrictions on the length of appointment. All committees, special interest groups, and task forces report to the MBA Board of Directors. Each group has an MBA staff liaison that plans meetings, takes minutes, and carries out the work of the group.

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NameDescriptionStaff Liaisons
AgriculturalThe committee serves as a resource for and provides direction regarding agricultural issues that impact the banking industry including legislative, regulatory, education, public relations, and relationships with other agricultural and business organizations. Meets three times per year. Kim PhilipsonAgricultural
AML/BSA GroupThe committee develops related educational programs and assists the compliance department with emerging issues and evaluations of new and existing products. Meets twice per year. Renee Lawler, Tom Boswell-HealeyAML/BSA Group
Annual Meeting Planning/Bank Management Task ForceThe committee advises on the educational needs of senior and C-suite bank management, serves as an advisory to the association’s involvement in the Society of Bank Executives and provides direction for the planning of the Annual Summit. Meets twice per year. Carla Bush, Kim PhilipsonAnnual Meeting Planning/Bank Management Task Force
Bank Leaders of Tomorrow Conference PlanningThe committee serves the purpose of providing insights, educational programming, and resources that enable and encourage new bankers to develop their careers and become involved in the industry. Chris Harrison, Kim PhilipsonBank Leaders of Tomorrow Conference Planning
Bank Staffing & Higher Education Task ForceThe task force identifies and develops resources and educational programs to support Minnesota banks in attracting, recruiting, and retaining the next generation of bankers. It forges relationships with higher education institutions in the state to encourage relevant educational opportunities for aspiring bankers. Meets as needed. Diane Brower, Renee Lawler, Carla Bush, Chris HarrisonBank Staffing & Higher Education Task Force
Commercial/Retail LendingThe committee develops related educational programs and serves as a resource regarding emerging lending issues. Meets once per year. Chris Harrison, Renee Lawler, Chris Harrison, Renee LawlerCommercial/Retail Lending
ComplianceThe committee develops related educational programs and assists the compliance department with emerging issues and evaluations of new and existing products. Meets three times per year. Tess Rice, Tom Boswell-Healey, Renee Lawler, Keith JohnsonCompliance
DE&I CommitteeThe committee serves the purpose of providing insights, educational programming, and resources that enable and encourage Minnesota banks to create and foster diverse, equitable and inclusive cultures both within their banks and in the communities they serve. Meets three times per year. Carla Bush, Diane Brower, Kim PhilipsonDE&I Committee
Employee Benefits TrustThe Employee Benefit Trustees review existing programs and consider new insurance opportunities. They also oversee our group Dental, Life, and Disability Plans which provide outstanding value to our members. Barbara Markus, Stacy Meyer, Diane Brower, Brent Stokesbary, Ashley ReetzEmployee Benefits Trust
Government Relations CouncilThe council assists the association’s GR staff with in-depth analysis of issues, makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, communicates issues to government officials, and acts as ambassadors to banker colleagues for stronger grass-roots involvement. Council members represent banks of all sizes, are very interested in the political process and have specific expertise in issues impacting the industry. Meets three times per year. Therese Kuvaas, Tess Rice, Roy Terwilliger, Joe WittGovernment Relations Council
MarketingThe committee provides counsel, feedback, and resource development for MBA’s marketing and communications activities as well as educational programs and networking opportunities for bank marketers and communications professionals. Meets twice per year. Renee Lawler, Carla BushMarketing
Operations/Technology CommitteeThe committee serves as a resource for and provides direction regarding operations, technology and security issues that impact the banking industry. It develops related educational programs including the annual Operations and Technology Conference. Meets once per year. Jay Tambornino, Renee LawlerOperations/Technology Committee
Women in Banking Conference PlanningThe committee develops related educational programs including the annual Women in Banking Conference. Meets once per year. Chris Harrison, Kim PhilipsonWomen in Banking Conference Planning