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Ion Bank Employee Earns National Certification

Thecla Kirby, AVP Compliance Officer, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, in Washington DC.

The CRCM designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank regulatory compliance. To qualify for the CRCM certification, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the compliance profession, pass an exam and agree to abide by a code of ethics. The CRCM exam covers regulatory requirements as they relate to credit, deposits/securities, safety and soundness, information reporting and corporate responsibility.

Financial services professionals, working through the Institute of Certified Bankers, initiated the CRCM designation and eight others in order to establish meaningful standards of knowledge in specialty areas of the financial services industry. ICB certifications formally recognize those who meet these standards and meet professional continuing education and development requirements.

Prior to joining Ion Bank, Thecla was a Compliance Officer at Savings Bank of Danbury and a Traveling Operation Specialist at Chase Manhattan Bank. She received an Associate Degree in Business from Housatonic Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Charter Oak State College.

Ms. Kirby currently serves as the VP of Membership of the Bank Compliance Association of Connecticut. She is a native of Bridgeport, now residing in Prospect with her husband Gilbert and daughter Natalie.

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