Nov 20, 2019
The latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast continues
a pre-Thanksgiving tradition by interviewing the winners of ABA's
2019 Community Commitment Awards. Recorded before a live
audience at ABA's Annual Convention in Seattle, where the awards
were presented, each interview explores the winning program or
initiative at each bank and provides insights on how they might be
implemented or adapted at other banks. These stories present the
perfect inspiration as we prepare for the season of thanks and
The full episode presents excerpts from each interview. To
listen to the full conversation with each Community Commitment
Award winner, click on the links below.
housing (co-winner): Alec Gorynski, VP for community
development and corporate philanthropy, FNBO, Omaha, Nebraska, and
Amanda Brewer, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
housing (co-winner): Kimberly Smith-Moore, SVP
and NeighborhoodLIFT program manager, Wells Fargo.
Community and economic development: Alex Fennoy, EVP
for community and economic development, Midwest BankCentre, St.
inclusion: David Loundy, chairman and CEO, Devon Bank,
Financial education: Louis Beck, chairman, and Keith
Borders, VP for community development, Union Savings Bank,
older Americans: Debbie Gulan, regional community
banking manager, IncredibleBank, Wausau, Wisconsin.
military families: Ruth Christopherson, SVP for
Citi Salutes, Citi.
Volunteerism: Donna Dodson, AVP and banking
operations manager, First Financial Northwest Bank, Renton,
George Bailey Distinguished Service Award:
Kathy Luria, SVP for community affairs and philanthropy,
Webster Bank, Waterbury, Connecticut.