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For Immediate Release
October 31, 2016
ABA Media Contact: John Hall
(202) 663-5473
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Illinois Banker Elected as Chairman of ABA’s Community Bankers Council


​WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association has elected Howard A. Jaffe as chairman of ABA’s Community Bankers Council for the 2016-2017 association year. Jaffe is currently president and COO of Inland Bancorp, Inc. in Oak Brook, Ill.
Jaffe currently serves on ABA’s Membership Committee, Advisory Board of Endorsed Solutions and previously on the Government Relations Committee.
“Community banks make up such a core part of our industry,” said Jaffe. “It is an honor to advocate on behalf of these institutions and shed light on the critical challenges impacting their everyday line of work and overall vitality.”
The Community Bankers Council consists of bank presidents and CEOs from all across the country. Members meet twice a year to strategize on government relations issues, banking trends and competitive priorities, providing guidance to ABA on a number of community banking issues.  As CBC chairman, Jaffe will lead the Council’s efforts and represent the group’s collective viewpoint on Capitol Hill, at conferences and during high-level industry meetings. 
Jaffe began his banking career in 1975 as an auditor for the First National Bank of Highland Park in Illinois. He was later appointed senior vice president, overseeing the bank’s financial control and administration activities.
Throughout his 35 years in the financial sector, Jaffe has held several key leadership positions, including president and CEO of Inland Bank & Trust and CFO of MB Financial Bank; Northern States Financial Corporation; Talco Holdings, Inc., and NBD Banks in Illinois.
Jaffe received his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting with a minor in computer science from Northern Illinois University and Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University.
He succeeds outgoing Community Bankers Council chairman, James Edwards, Jr., CEO of United Bank Corp.
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $16 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans.