WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association Foundation has announced the national experts responsible for judging the 2017 Community Commitment Awards. The awards program celebrates the innovative and high impact contributions banks of all sizes make to their communities. The 2017 award winners will be recognized at ABA’s Annual Convention in Chicago, Oct. 15-17.
The awards are presented in six categories ranging from affordable housing to volunteerism. Judges will choose a winner for their designated category based on the creativity and thoughtfulness of the program, and if it demonstrates success in measurable terms.
“America’s banks do incredible work to support their customers and improve their local communities,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “We are excited to have a knowledgeable panel of expert judges to evaluate these bank initiatives and identify the best in class.”
“Each year, I am impressed with the new and inventive ways banks enhance the communities they serve,” said Corey Carlisle, ABA Foundation executive director. “With more than 200 entries, a record for the program, we wish the judges luck with what is bound to be a tough decision.”
Notable judges for each category include:
- Affordable Housing: Paul Weech, president and CEO, NeighborWorks;
- Community & Economic Development: Donna Gambrell, president and CEO, Appalachian Community Capital;
- Economic Inclusion: Jennifer Tescher, CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation;
- Financial Education: Nan Morrison, president and CEO, Council for Economic Education;
- Protecting Older Americans: Kathleen Quinn, former executive director, National Adult Protective Services Association;
- Volunteerism: Gail McGovern, president and CEO, American Red Cross; and
- George Bailey Distinguished Service Award: Rob Nichols, CEO, American Bankers Association.