Leslie Andersen, president and CEO of the Bank of Bennington, Bennington, Neb., was part of the community banker delegation that met with President Trump. Recently, she was featured in a news report on Omaha’s local NBC affiliate, WOWT News.
“I was thrilled that the president was interested and really wanted to learn and listen to community banks,” Andersen said. She highlighted the ways that community banks in particular drive small business creation and growth across the country. “We’ve been really hampered in our ability to tailor products and services to the customers we serve,” she added. “Community banks do the majority of lending to small business.”
Andersen – currently a member of ABA’s Endorsed Solutions Banker Advisory Council – also explained how the U.S. economy relies on banks of all sizes to succeed. “One size doesn’t fit all in banking,” she explained. In addition to community and midsize banks, “we need the largest investment banks out there doing what they do best.”
Watch the interview.