The future of community banking depends upon a new generation of bankers and community bank supporters — progressive, energetic, community-minded, and well-informed. The purpose of CBAI's Career Development Division (CDD) is to keep members on the cutting edge of community banking through:

  • Quality Educational Programs
  • Professional Publications
  • Leadership Training
  • Networking Opportunities

Make an investment in the future of community banking. CBAI's Career Development Division, the only of its kind in Illinois, is dedicated to advancing the principles of community banking and making CBAI Illinois' strongest association.

Join Now! Become part of a select group of career community bankers and associate members who are on the fast track by joining CDD.

What is CDD?

The Career Development Division is designed for career-aspiring community bankers in Illinois and representatives of CBAI associate members firms. Members should be:

  • progressive, energetic bankers who want to better themselves both personally and professionally;
  • bankers who have set their sights on a leadership role in their banks and communities;
  • bankers who are committed to preserving and enhancing community banking and its philosophy; and
  • representatives of associate member firms who want to improve professional skills and network with future bank leaders.

Who is Eligible?

Any staff member over the age of 21 employed by a CBAI member bank or a representative of a CBAI associate member firm.

Why Join CDD?

The People - Contacts you develop through CDD are an invaluable resource of ideas and information. When facing a challenge or a new banking issue, you have a network of individuals to draw upon for solutions.


CDD members receive a 10-percent discount on all CBAI one-day seminars and CBAI's Annual Convention.

Leadership Training

Take an active role in moving up the management ladder. CDD is governed by a 12-member board of directors.


CDD members receive Banknotes, CBAI's bi-monthly magazine, which keeps you abreast of political issues, laws, regulations, and CBAI activities, as well as products and services available through CBSC. Each issue contains an article on CDD activities. Also, CDD members receive an electronic newsletter. In addition, CDD information is posted on the Internet at


CDD hosts an annual Spring and Fall Conference.

Economic Program Training

CDD members can become involved in their communities and local schools by using the lesson plans, "Making Smart Credit Choices." Also, CDD members receive a resource document which lists pamphlets, coloring books, videos, and lesson plans that can be ordered. Finally, each CDD member receives a copy of the "Career in Community Banking" pamphlet to use at local career fairs.


CDD members select a "Career Banker of the Year." Criteria for selection include CDD & CBAI involvement and personal achievement. CDD members receive recognition for educating their communities on economic issues and one CDD member will receive the "Economic Educator of the Year" award.

For more information on CDD, contact Melinda McClelland, VP Education & Special Events, at 217/529-2265 or 800/736-2224.

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