Bank of Clarendon president visits Washington, D.C.

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J. Barry Ham, president of Bank of Clarendon, Manning, joined more than 1,000 community bankers who attended the Independent Community Bankers of America Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., recently.

Ham said the summit offered the bankers a chance to learn and gain increased awareness of pending legislation.

Ham was among bankers who were invited to attend a meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence at the White House.

"The highlight of the trip was an invitation to meet with the vice president and the president at the White House," Ham said. "There were 100 bankers who participated in the visit in the Kennedy Garden."

He said that Trump and Pence discussed their plans to roll back "overreaching and burdensome regulation to promote business investment and job growth."

Ham said the trip did not involve sightseeing but included a chance to talk to elected officials about legislation they support.

"We called on effective congressmen and senators to make our opinions known on pending legislation," he said.

Ham said he was deeply honored to be invited.

"Bank of Clarendon is proud to have been given the opportunity to advocate on behalf of our industry so we can continue to serve our community and be a powerful job creator and economic engine right here in our markets."

In attendance at the meeting were community bankers from ICBA's executive committee, board of directors, federal delegate board and policy committees.

The summit featured meetings with policymakers, remarks from speakers, such as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and the first ICBA Future of Banking Symposium, which offered insights into the future of the rapidly changing community banking industry.