Letter from the Editor


As we at Bank Director finalized this issue for publication, Hurricane Harvey was continuing to devastate the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, killing close to 40 people and causing damage that was still too early to estimate.

Banks in the wake of the storm are providing for the safety of employees and customers. But the real work of rebuilding these communities has yet to begin. It’s storms like these that remind bankers and bank directors of the importance of what they do in providing capital and help to people and businesses in need. Banks will be critical in the rebuilding phase ahead.

This month’s issue focuses on talent: How banks are trying to find, compensate and retain key leaders for the future of their institutions. But the bank executives I talk to are motivated by something other than money. If you work inside a community or regional bank, you realize that there are probably other things you could be doing that would make more money. And yet, executives come to work every day and do the business of financing other people’s businesses, homes and autos. Most banks provide a decent work environment for employees and support their communities. It might be that doing right by shareholders, employees and customers is its own reward, especially when disaster strikes.


Naomi Snyder


Editor-in-Chief Naomi Snyder is in charge of the editorial coverage at Bank Director. She oversees the magazine and the editorial team’s efforts on the Bank Director website, newsletter and special projects. She has more than two decades of experience in business journalism and spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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