Pub 9 2021 Issue 1

13 The Community Banker SHAZAM, INC. ICBACHAIRMANAPPOINTS PETE JOHNSON TO ICBPAC COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITY BANK OF MONTANA NAMES NEWMARKET PRESIDENTS IN BILLINGS AND GREAT FALLS Associate Member News Member News Member News S HAZAM, Inc., a nationwide provider of financial services to community financial institutions, has been selected to par- ticipate in a pilot program to guide the development of the Federal Reserve’s instant payments offering, the FedNowSM Service. FedNow will offer community financial institutions another network through which to access faster payments infrastructure. SHAZAM will help shape the FedNow Service’s features and functions, provide input into the overall user experience, ensure readiness for testing and be the first to experience the FedNow Service before its general availability. “We look forward to working with the Fed as they develop their first major new payment system in four decades,” said Paul Waltz, SHAZAM’s President and CEO. “We expect our input will further define the service and adoption roadmap, industry readiness ap- proaches and overall instant payments strategy for the community financial institutions who depend on us to ensure they’re on the competitive edge of payments.” SHAZAMhas historically been at the forefront of providing innovative, faster payment solutions. As a true payments partner with amission to strengthen community financial institutions, supporting the FedNow Service provides yet another real-time payments network available to community banks and credit unions so they can, in turn, offer their cus- tomers ways tomove their money as rapidly and efficiently as possible. The FedNow Service will provide an important payments infrastructure when it becomes available in 2023. Financial institu- tions and their service providers will be able to use the service as a springboard to bring the benefits of safe, efficient instant payments to communities across the country. T he Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced the reappointment of Pete Johnson, President and CEO of Opportunity Bank of Montana (NASDAQ: EBMT), to serve on ICIBA’s Inde- pendent Community Bankers Political Action Commit- tee (ICBPAC). ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks and plays a vital role in advocacy with key allies in Congress to strengthen the mission of ICBA. “I am honored to represent our industry to help ICBA communicate the positive story of communi- ty banking,” Johnson said. “Community banks are trusted relationship-based lenders, invested in the success of their customers and the economic pros- perity of their community.” Johnson has served in other volunteer roles for the ICBA and is the current Montana Delegate to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Johnson’s duties include engaging in grassroots activities inMontana to promote pro-community bank policies and serving as a liaison between community banks and ICBA staff and leadership inWashington, D.C. The ICBA creates and pro- motes an environment where community banks flourish. Pete Johnson, President, CEO Opportunity Bank Bruce Glennie, Market President, Billings Matt McKamey, Market President, Great Falls O pportunity Bank of Montana announced the hiring of two new Market Presidents. Bruce Glennie has joined the bank as Market President in the Billings Market, and Matt McKamey has assumed the Market President role in the Great Falls Market of Opportunity Bank. With more than 25 years in the banking industry, Mr. Glennie has extensive experi- ence managing agricultural and com- mercial lending in Billings and Montana’s Highline. His success in building strong performing teams is an asset to Oppor- tunity Bank as the local branch network continues to grow. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business fromMon- tana State University and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School. Mr. McKamey brings strong agricul- tural industry experience to grow the commercial and agricultural portfolio. He joins a seasoned consumer banking and home lending team in the Great Falls market. His leadership will guide that team to expand Opportunity Bank’s impact on the business community in Great Falls. McKamey holds a Master in Agribusiness from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from Montana State University.