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Iowa Bankers Association Announces 2021-22 Leadership

Aaron Kness of Iowa State Bank & Trust to chair IBA board of directors

JOHNSTON, Iowa (Sept. 27, 2021) — The Iowa Bankers Association recently elected officers and directors to serve on its 2021-22 board of directors. These leaders assumed their roles during the IBA Annual Convention, held on Sept. 20-21 in Des Moines.

Officers for the IBA executive committee are as follows:

  • Aaron Kness, at Iowa State Bank & Trust in Fairfield, will be chair of the board.
  • Matt Lujano, at Westside State Bank in Westside, will serve as chair-elect.
  • Kim Greenland, at City State Bank in Mount Ayr, will be treasurer.
  • Brad Lane, at Security Savings Bank in Gowrie, will serve as past chair of the board.
  • John Sorensen, IBA president and CEO, will continue to serve as secretary of the board.

Officers were nominated and approved by IBA member banks from across the state. The IBA executive committee leads the board of directors, which is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the general operation of the IBA.

Also serving on the 2021-22 IBA board of directors are:

  • Jackie Mahler, at Availa Bank in Carroll, representing the northwest region.
  • Pat Gebel, at Fidelity Bank & Trust in Waverly, representing the northeast region.
  • Mark Brown, at Central Bank in West Des Moines, representing the central region.
  • Bryan Vander Lee, at Fidelity Bank & Trust in Dubuque, representing the east region.
  • James Johnson, at PCSB Bank in Clarinda, representing the southwest region.
  • Melissa Ballard, at First Iowa State Bank in Albia, representing the southeast region.
  • Abram Tubbs, at Ohnward Bancshares in Maquoketa, serving as member-at-large.
  • Jim Plagge, at Bank Iowa in West Des Moines, serving as member-at-large.
  • John Nelson, at Ames National Corporation in Ames, serving as member-at-large.
About the Iowa Bankers Association

The Iowa Bankers Association represents Iowa banks and savings institutions. Iowa bankers are committed to the values of honesty, hard work and community service, and have been a trusted resource for Iowans for more than 100 years. Iowa banks offer FDIC insurance and lend $67.7 billion to help individuals, business owners and agriculture. Nearly 40,000 Iowans work at an Iowa bank, and bank employees volunteer more than 300,000 hours to support local communities each year. To learn more, visit

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