Making Good in Banking: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanMarch 23, 2013 


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Intermountain bank honored

GoBankingRates awarded Intermountain Community Bank first place among industry peers in its Financial Institution Awards.

The bank excelled in three judging categories, including community involvement. The bank contributed $153,641 and 2,598 volunteer hours to causes and organizations such as local food banks and animal shelters in 2012.

In the member incentives/special promotions category, Intermountain stood out through its incentive plan "to make our customers individually and collectively successful," the company said in a news release.

In the customer service category, Intermountain told GoBankingRates, "ICB is proud to live our mission by listening to our customers at every stage of their lives to help them determine and meet their expressed financial goals as well as to offer steps to future solutions." is a national website that connects readers with the best interest rates on financial services nationwide, as well as personal finance content, news and tools.

In addition, Intermountain Community Bank is a Better Business Bureau Integrity Counts! honoree, as well as a winner of the Idaho Governor's Brightest Star for Volunteerism Award.

Wells Fargo grant helps NNU

Northwest Nazarene University recently received $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support expanding its Master of Business Administration program in Twin Falls. Wells Fargo designated the funds for the purchase of technology that will support delivery of "real-time" classroom instruction from any satellite location or campus in the NNU network.

Credit Union League chooses new leader

Chris Johnson will replace Alan Cameron, who is retiring on June 30, as president and CEO of the Idaho league. Johnson officially begins his tenure on June 3.

Most recently, Johnson was associated with The Collingwood Group as an independent consultant providing legal expertise to their mortgage purchases, servicing clients and offering compliance consulting services.

Johnson worked for the Credit Union National Association as vice president, state governmental affairs, from 2006 to 2010. He monitored state legislative and regulatory issues, prepared issue digests, served as liaison with legislative and regulatory organizations, and supported league advocacy efforts.

Before joining the national association, he worked for Freddie Mac as managing associate general counsel, lending legal and advocacy support to their mortgage purchase and servicing functions. He also managed the mortgage law department's staff and budget.

Johnson has an extensive background in advocacy, financial services regulatory compliance, public relations, legal matters, negotiation and consummation of business transactions, and management of personnel and budgets. He honed his legal advising, negotiating, public speaking and management skills working for a prominent U.S. law firm and in a corporation that was for a time the second largest diversified financial enterprise in the world.

Johnson graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and obtained his law degree from the University of Utah's College of Law in Salt Lake City.

The Idaho Credit Union League is the trade association representing the interests of Idaho credit unions and their more than 620,000 members. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives providing affordable financial services to people from all walks of life.

Home Federalpromotes Fesler

Terry Fesler is now senior vice president and branch business banking manager, a new position created to help support a more streamlined approach to the lending process for the bank's small business clients, with improved underwriting guidelines and loan decisions, within 24 hours in most cases.

Based in Eagle, Fesler will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic oversight to help branches grow and add value to their business banking relationships. He also will help develop new products and pricing, provide training and manage the branch business banking sales process for the entire bank.

Fesler has 17 years of banking experience including branch management, commercial lending and business development. He attended the College of Idaho, is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, and received his bachelor of science degree in management from Boise State University. He is an ambassador with the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, a board member of West Valley Little League, a board member of Optimist Youth Football anda past board member of the American Red Cross.

D.L. Evans sponsors Miss Boise program

The bank sponsored an academic scholarship of $200 to the pageant's 2013 scholarship program.

The program was held in January and aims to recognize young women's accomplishments and award scholarships to the top contestants.

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