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Emerging Leaders Council Webpage

ABA is committed to developing the next generation of bankers. To further that goal, ABA created a 22-member advisory board which includes representatives from 21 states and banks of all sizes, reflecting a diverse group of dedicated future industry leaders – the majority of whom are active in their state emerging leader or young banker programs. These 22 bankers are uniquely positioned to help ABA identify the most effective strategies to recruit and develop Emerging Leaders both through better collaboration with state associations as well as with the creation of new training and networking opportunities.

Mission Statement

The board’s mission is to attract, connect and develop the current and next generation of bankers to lead our industry. Members will guide ABA in the creation of new opportunities to engage emerging leaders in leadership development, networking, mentoring and advocacy. The board will seek to complement, reinforce and integrate with the emerging leader programming developed by state banker associations and identify opportunities to build on existing financial literacy and community engagement programs. Browse ABA's Emerging Leaders Resources.


To ensure a strong, diverse, dynamic, strategic and talented future leadership of ABA and the banking industry.

Strategic Priorities

  • Identify programming ideas for training and leadership development
  • Expand networking and mentoring opportunities
  • Promote banking as a career
  • Identify opportunities to complement and collaborate with state associations
  • Expand political engagement among emerging leader bankers
  • Raise awareness of financial literacy and other community engagement programs

Advisory Board Members

Emily Gray Emily B. Gray, Chairman
Senior Vice President/Senior Credit Officer
Hardin County Bank
Savannah, TN
Blake Taylor Blake Taylor, Vice Chairman
Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending & Construction Financing
Southern First Bank
Columbia, SC
Arron Franzen Arron Franzen
Assistant Vice President
First Community Bank
Glasgow, MT
Bob Glover Bob Glover
Vice President & Investment Officer
The Peoples Bank
Ripley, MS
Brittany Kerchersky Brittany A. Kerchersky
Assistant Vice President, Manager of HR & Organizational Development
Farmers National Bank
Emlenton, PA
Chandler Dewey Owdom Chandler Dewey Owdom
Director, Communications & Strategy
Virginia Bankers Association
Glen Allen, VA
Jada Grandy-Mock Jada Grandy-Mock
CRA Strategies Director
Fifth Third Bancorp
Charlotte, NC
Jeff Kanger Jeff Kanger
Executive Vice President
First State Bank Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
Jevon Reile Jevon Reile
Chief Information Officer & SVP
First Citizens National Bank of Upper Sandusky
Sandusky, OH
Jocelyn Kelly Jocelyn Kelly
Assistant Vice President & State Government Relations Manager
Citizens Bank
Providence, RI
Jon-Myckle Price Jon-Myckle D. Price
Senior Vice President, Trust
Security Federal Savings Bank
Logansport, IN
Josh Huseman Josh Huseman
Director, Wealth Management
First National Bank
DeKalb, IL
Katherine Rodriguez Katherine Rodriguez
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Moody National Bank
Galveston, TX
Kimberly Moyers Kimberly R. Moyers
Market President
First United Bank & Trust
Morgantown, WV
Leslie Nuon Leslie Nuon
Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager of Business Banking
Zions Bank
Salt Lake City, UT
Lynn Howe Lynn C. Howe
Chief Retail & Customer Experience Officer
Kennebunk Savings Bank
Kennebunk, ME
Pete Giorno Pete Giorno
Senior Vice President, Commercial Region Manager
People’s United Bank
Concord, NH
Raul Presco Raul Presco
Vice President
Dime Community Bank
Brooklyn, NY
Sandy Starnes Sandy Starnes
Vice President, Emerging Products & Services
The Citizens Bank
Batesville, AR
Stacy Cox Stacy Cox
Chief Operations Officer, SVP
Croghan Colonial Bank
Fremont, OH
Tammy Kelley Tammy Kelley
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Table Rock Community Bank
Kimberling City, MO

​Questions or suggestions? Please contact Caitlin Taylor.