CLINTON, N.J. (April 6, 2021) – Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes has been appointed to the Independent Community Bankers of America’s (ICBA) Large Community Bank Council. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks.
“I am honored to represent our industry and share my experiences as a community banker and civic leader to help ICBA communicate the positive story of community banking,” said Hughes, who also serves on the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. “Community banks are trusted relationship-based lenders, invested in the success of their customers and the economic prosperity of their community.”
In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Hughes’ duties include engaging in grassroots activities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to promote pro-community bank policies and serving as a liaison between community banks and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C.
“Hughes is a dedicated community banker who is highly respected in the community and by industry peers,” said ICBA Chairman Robert M. Fisher, President and CEO of Tioga State Bank, Spencer, New York. “We are delighted Jim has accepted this appointment and generously volunteered his time and professional talents in pursuit of creating an environment where community banks, and the communities they serve, continue to flourish.”
Hughes began his career at Unity Bank in December 2000 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and in 2003 was appointed to his current position. He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance and earned his M.B.A. in Finance from Seton Hall University. Hughes became a Certified Public Accountant in November 1983 and has been an active member of the Financial Executives Institute. In addition, he previously served as a part-time accounting professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He has served as an active member of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey in various officer positions.
The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.
With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, over $4.4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.