Vol. 108 2024 No. 1 (Jan/Feb)

Proudly Presenting The 2024 IBA Board of Directors


Benjamin J. Bochnowski
Peoples Bank, Munster

First Vice Chairman
Matthew W. Howrey
North Salem State Bank

Second Vice Chairman
David M. Findlay
Lake City Bank, Warsaw

Immediate Past Chairman
Jamie R. Shinabarger
Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, Jasper

President & CEO
Amber R. Van Til
Indiana Bankers Association

Constituent Directors

ABA Membership Council
Garry D. Kleer
First Bank Richmond

ICBA State Director
Kent A. Liechty
First Bank of Berne

IBA FLD President
Michael J. Clampitt
North Salem State Bank

Non-Indiana Headquartered Banks
Karen B. Woods
First Financial Bank, Cincinnati

At-Large Directors

Mark “Doc” Holt
First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., Converse


Regional Directors

North Region
J. Daniel Maddox
Citizens State Bank, New Castle

North Region
Bradley J. Monts
Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Crawfordsville

North Region
Jacqueline M. Ruge-Perkins
First State Bank of Porter

South Region
Lisa Arnold
Home Bank, Martinsville

South Region
Mark E. Bruin
The National Bank of Indianapolis

South Region
Eric J. Lane
First Federal Savings Bank of Washington

The Indiana Bankers Association operates under the guidance of the Association’s Board of Directors. Acting as the governing body of the IBA, the Board consists of 17 members: three elected officers, one past chairman, the association president/CEO, two representatives of national associations, the Future Leadership Division president, a non-Indiana headquartered bank director and eight regional and at-large directors.

The functions of the Board are to develop IBA policy and establish long-range goals and objectives. The Board also helps determine the IBA’s legislative programs and positions on banking-related issues. The IBA Board acts with the same authority as the board of a bank or corporation.

An executive committee — consisting of the chairman, first and second vice chairmen, immediate past chairman, association president/CEO and two directors appointed by the chairman — is authorized to act in lieu of the Board between regular board meetings. Officers serve one-year terms and are elected by the membership at the IBA Annual Convention. Members of the 2024 Board assumed their positions on Jan. 1.

Ben Bochnowski

Ben Bochnowski addresses the audience at IBA’s 2023 Mega Conference on May 7, 2023, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Benjamin J. Bochnowski, IBA chairman, is chairman and CEO of Peoples Bank, Munster, and Finward Bancorp. He also serves on the board of directors of the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions, a position he was appointed to by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb in 2019. Bochnowski joined Peoples Bank in 2010, was named president and chief operating officer in 2015, joined the Finward Bancorp board of directors in 2014 and was promoted to CEO of the bank and holding company in 2016.

He serves locally on the board of directors of One Region, dedicated to attracting and retaining talent in northwest Indiana, and previously served on the Membership Council of the American Bankers Association.

Bochnowski earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and a leadership certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Bochnowski was honored as a 2020 Rising Star in Banking by BankBeat magazine.

Matt Howrey

Matt Howrey addresses the audience as part of the State of the Association panel at IBA’s 2023 Annual Convention on Aug. 28, 2023, at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

Matthew W. Howrey, first vice chairman, is president and CEO of North Salem State Bank. Prior to joining the bank in 2008 as chief financial officer, he served as a bank examiner for the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions. Howrey’s civic involvement includes the Hendricks County Community Foundation, the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County and the Putnam County Economic Development Center. He earned bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Indiana University and was named a Rising Star in Banking in 2013 by BankBeat magazine, formerly NorthWestern Financial Review.

David Findlay

David Findlay is seen here with his mother and daughters.

David M. Findlay, second vice chairman, is chief executive officer of Lake City Bank, Warsaw, and Lakeland Financial Corporation. He additionally serves on the board of directors of both the bank and holding company. Findlay joined the organization in 2000 as executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer, and from 2010 to 2014, served as president and CFO.

Previously, he served for five years with Quality Dining Inc., South Bend, concluding as senior vice president and CFO. Findlay began his career with The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, serving in several capacities from 1984 to 1995, when he was a vice president in the commercial lending group.

He is active as a board member with organizations including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, OrthoWorx, Orthopedic Capital Foundation, AcceLINX, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Trine University, Parkview Regional Health Center and Centerfield Capital Partners. Findlay is a member of the Indiana Bankers Association class of 2019 Leaders in Banking Excellence, the Association’s highest honor. He is a graduate of DePauw University.

Jamie Shinabarger

 Jamie Shinabarger addresses the audience at the IBA’s 2023 Mega Conference on May 7, 2023, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Jamie R. Shinabarger, immediate past chairman, is CEO and director of Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, Jasper, as well as its parent company, SVB&T Corporation, Jasper. He has 40 years of financial services experience serving with three financial institutions. Before joining the bank in 2008, Shinabarger was president and CEO of Hicksville Building, Loan & Savings Bank in Ohio, where he served from 1986 to 2007. He began his career in 1980 as an agricultural loan officer and appraiser with the Federal Land Bank of Bryan, Ohio, then served as a loan asset specialist with the consolidated Farm Credit Services of Defiance, Ohio, from 1980 to 1986.

Shinabarger serves on the boards and executive committees of two economic development organizations, Dubois Strong and Radius Indiana, and additionally is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper. He also serves on the executive committee of Friends of Traditional Banking, a national bipartisan super PAC committed to advocating for bank-friendly candidates in key senate races.

Shinabarger earned a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a certification of completion in executive education from the Ohio State College of Business.

Amber Van Til

Amber Van Til addresses attendees at the IBA’s Legislative Briefing and Reception on Jan. 31, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

Amber R. Van Til is president and CEO of the Indiana Bankers Association and a trustee of the IBA Group Insurance Trust. Van Til joined the Association in 2002 as a lobbyist and has served the IBA as vice president — government relations, senior vice president — government relations, executive vice president and president before being named president and CEO in 2017.

She chairs the trustees of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and of the Herbert V. Prochnow Educational Foundation, and she is a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Council and ABA State Association Alliance Executive Committee, Independent Community Bankers of America Subcommittee on Safety and Soundness, Friends of Traditional Banking board of directors, Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana, The Columbia Club and the Indiana Society of Association Executives. Past engagement includes the boards of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and Indiana Legal Foundation, the Interim Study Committee on Mortgage Lending Practices and Home Loan Foreclosures, Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network, Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund and the Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corporation.

She was honored in December as ISAE Association Executive of the Year and in 2015 as Association Professional of the Year. In 2008, she won in the category of Banking & Financial Services for the Best & Brightest awards, sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.

Van Til is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, has completed the Lacy Leadership LEAD program and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, and has earned a Certificate of Executive Leadership from the UW School of Business.