Nominations are now closed for the 6th Annual Banky™ Awards

BANKY™ AWARD SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 14, 2019
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The Extraordinary Banking™ Awards

The only award recognizing elite, ambitious, results-oriented banks that stand out as the best in their community.

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The 2022 overall Extraordinary Banking Award™ winner will receive A NEW CAR! Will it be you?

"Everywhere we go, everyone asked us, 'How'd you win that award?' The first year we won it, we grew more than we had in the previous 8 years combined."

Patti Steele | CEO
First Volunteer Bank

DON’T LET YOUR COMPETITOR OWN THE BUZZ AS THE BEST BANK IN YOUR COMMUNITY! Fill out and send your application today.

"We not only met EVERY goal in ALL our branches, but we exceeded many of our goals by 100 percent! Our entire organization acts like a team! I can't imagine any CEO who wouldn't want this."

C. Hoffman | President & CEO, Richwood Bank
2015 Extraordinary Bank of the Year Award Winner

"For a team that didn't ever think about sales before a year and a half ago, that's wonderful. We've hit a 6.7 average for cross-sales for our whole team and have had individuals as high as 12!"

S. Jones | President, Home State Bank
2016 Extraordinary Bank of the Year Award Winner & Inductee into The Extraordinary Banking Hall of Fame

Music has the Grammy Awards, TV has the Emmy Awards, Broadway has the Tony Awards & BANKING has… THE BANKY™ AWARDS

America makes buying choices based on these recognized names. What could this designation do for you? In this noisy and competitive world, Banky™ Award winners stand apart... and above. Imagine the buzz in your community when you're able to announce that your bank has been recognized as one of the Best Banks in America™. The Banky™ is a proven differentiator that your best prospects and customers respond to. It's one of the premier gateways to premium pricing and A+ quality customers and gives you an even higher level of distinction and differentiation for community banks.

"Winning the Banky™ really showed our staff that we were different from our competitors. It gave us new confidence...then our calling programs really started to take off... and the results took off, too."

Keith Knudsen, CEO, Security Bank
2017 Extraordinary Bank of the Year™ Award recipient

RISE ABOVE your commoditized competition and attract the best of the best clients...

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. WHAT’S THE CATCH... IS THERE SOME HIDDEN FEE TO PARTICIPATE?

I get your skepticism, but there are NO hidden fees. There’s no fee to nominate your bank, and if you are selected to receive a Banky™ Award, you won’t pay to attend the Awards Ceremony or The Best Banks in AmericaSuper Conference. (The ceremony is at the conference).

You will receive two complimentary tickets for the CEO and an accompanying exec or director. If you want to bring a larger team, you’ll be able to do so at an exclusive “winner’s rate.” This will give you access to both the Super Conference and the Banky™ Awards.

2. WHAT IS A BANKY™ AWARD?

Great question! You’ve heard of the Emmys, the Tonys, the Grammys… each award of distinction sets consumer buying preferences for entertainment. The Banky™ gives the same level of distinction and differentiation for community banks.

3. WHY WOULD I WANT TO WIN A BANKY™?

Unlike most banks that think differentiation means lofty platitudes like “we have great customer service” or “our people make the difference,” you know that you need extreme, meaningful differentiation from your competitors.

Imagine the buzz in your market when you are able to announce that your bank is recognized among the Best Banks in America™. You’ll soon find that The Banky™ is a gateway to premium pricing.

4. WHAT AWARDS ARE GIVEN?

Hundreds of banks will apply, and dozens will receive a Banky™ Award, signifying their excellence in banking. Twenty select banks will be recognized as category finalists in their respective asset classes, in each of the five categories:

- BanksGiving(Philanthropy)
- Above-and-Beyond Customer Service
- Thought Leadership
- Thank God It’s Monday!® Internal Culture
- Money Smarts (Financial Literacy Education)

Three elite banks will be selected as finalists for the Extraordinary Bank of the Year™ Award. Each will present their accomplishments on stage at the Awards. Then the audience of top-performing bankers will vote to choose this year’s Extraordinary Bank of the Year™.

5. WHO JUDGES THE AWARDS?

We use a panel of three independent banking industry experts, as well as thought leaders, to review all the applications, and select Banky™ winners, category finalists and winners, and the three finalists for the Extraordinary Bank of the Year™ Award.

The identities of the judges are concealed until the awards ceremony to prevent banks from lobbying the judges.

6. DOES IT PAY TO “KISS UP” TO ROXANNE EMMERICH, FOUNDER AND CHAIR, TO IMPROVE OUR CHANCE OF WINNING?

I like your moxie, but you’d be better off plowing that energy into your nomination package. Roxanne is not involved in the judging—it’s completely independent. That said, she does enjoy dark-chocolate-covered strawberries.

7. WHAT DO THE WINNERS RECEIVE?

Banky™ Award winners receive an award, a red-carpet photo op, a complete PR/marketing kit, and a video to promote their new Banky™ Winner status. They also receive two complimentary tickets for The Best Banks in America™ Super Conference and Extraordinary Banking Awards™ Ceremony.

Category winners receive all of the above, plus special recognition as a category winner.

The Extraordinary Bank of the Year™ Winner receives a NEW CAR—yes, really—wrapped with the winning bank’s logo, announcing their win. Plus, a $25,000 donation, made in the name of the bank, to fund the construction of a school in Africa. If you win, the car is yours to keep… forever.

8. WHERE IS THE AWARDS CEREMONY HELD?

The Awards are a part of The Best Banks in America™ Super Conference hosted by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™ in Florida.

9. WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE BEST BANKS IN AMERICA™ SUPER CONFERENCE AND EXTRAORDINARY BANKING AWARDS CEREMONY?

The Best Banks in America™ Super Conference runs from April 21-22, 2022. The Awards are the evening of April 21st.

10. HOW DO I NOMINATE MY BANK?

Simple. Just have your marketing department or executive assistant click the button below to download the application.

11. WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE SUPER CONFERENCE?

Some of the country’s top community bank CEOs have attended the last three conferences and said they found two years’ worth of implementation ideas at each event.

When you attend, you’ll hear the real strategies used by award-winning banks—many performing in the top 5% of all community banks. These are strategies that will increase your profits. Not theory, but proven, results-driving, real-world, practical strategies that will grow your bank.