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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 and opportunities for training, leadership development and networking
  • Promote banking as a career
  • Identify opportunities to complement and collaborate with State Banking Associations
  • Identify, connect and engage Emerging Leaders across the country to build a National Community and awareness of ABA and SBA opportunities
  • Expand political engagement among emerging leader bankers
  • Grow and create mentoring opportunities and resources

Advisory Board Members

Emily-GrayEmily B. Gray, Chairman
Senior Vice President/Senior Credit Officer
Hardin County Bank
Savannah, TN
blake-taylorBlake Taylor, Vice Chairman
Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending & Construction Financing
Southern First Bank
Columbia, SC
arron-franzenArron Franzen
Assistant Vice President
First Community Bank
Glasgow, MT
Bob-GloverBob Glover
Vice President & Investment Officer
The Peoples Bank
Ripley, MS
brittany-kercherskyBrittany A. Kerchersky
Assistant Vice President, Manager of HR & Organizational Development
Farmers National Bank
Emlenton, PA
chandler-dewey-owdomChandler Dewey Owdom
Director, Communications & Strategy
Virginia Bankers Association
Glen Allen, VA
jada-grandy-mockJada Grandy-Mock
CRA Strategies Director
Fifth Third Bancorp
Charlotte, NC
jeff-kangerJeff Kanger
Executive Vice President
First State Bank Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
jevon-reileJevon Reile
Chief Information Officer & SVP
First Citizens National Bank of Upper Sandusky
Sandusky, OH
jocelyn-kellyJocelyn Kelly
Assistant Vice President & State Government Relations Manager
Citizens Bank
Providence, RI
jon-myckle-priceJon-Myckle D. Price
Senior Vice President, Trust
Security Federal Savings Bank
Logansport, IN
josh-husemanJosh Huseman
Director, Wealth Management
First National Bank
DeKalb, IL
katherine-rodriguezKatherine Rodriguez
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Moody National Bank
Galveston, TX
kimberly-moyersKimberly R. Moyers
Market President
First United Bank & Trust
Morgantown, WV
leslie-nuonLeslie Nuon
Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager of Business Banking
Zions Bank
Salt Lake City, UT
lynn-howeLynn C. Howe
Chief Retail & Customer Experience Officer
Kennebunk Savings Bank
Kennebunk, ME
pete-giornoPete Giorno
Senior Vice President, Commercial Region Manager
People’s United Bank
Concord, NH
raul-prescoRaul Presco
Vice President
Dime Community Bank
Brooklyn, NY
sandy-starnesSandy Starnes
Vice President, Emerging Products & Services
The Citizens Bank
Batesville, AR
stacy-coxStacy Cox
Chief Operations Officer, SVP
Croghan Colonial Bank
Fremont, OH
tammy-kelleyTammy Kelley
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Table Rock Community Bank
Kimberling City, MO