Josh Huseman of Castle Bank was part of an Illinois delegation of bankers that gathered in Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers last month. The American Bankers Association held its annual Government Relations Summit on Capitol Hill. More than 1,000 bankers from across the country engaged Congress and regulators in important discussions about the industry.
Huseman and 25 other bankers from Illinois met with their respective Congressional representatives and state senators. Bankers argued that a strong banking industry is an important engine of economic growth, and asked that lawmakers and regulators consider consumer impacts of additional regulation.
Several specific bills were discussed, including pending legislation that would reform bank exams and improve the appeals process.
They also discussed cybersecurity and retailer oversight, and the importance of timely notification in data breaches.
Huseman was also part of the inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum. They were addressed by Patrick Murphy of Florida, the youngest current U.S. Congressman, serving his first term at age 31. Murphy spoke about the importance of taking responsibility for the future of the industry and speaking up on behalf of customers while in D.C.
Huseman leads private banking for Castle Bank’s wealth management group, and is vice chairman of the Future Leaders Alliance, a leadership program through the Illinois Bankers Association.