NORWICH, NY (December 6, 2016) – Edward Coates has been elected vice chairman of the American Bankers Association’s Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee for the 2016-2017 association year. Coates is senior vice president and regional agricultural banking manager at NBT Bank. He leads NBT’s team of bankers who specialize in serving the financial needs of farm operations and agri-businesses across the bank’s footprint.
“It is an honor to be elected vice chairman of this 103 year-old committee,” Coates said. “The agricultural lending community plays a vital role in the U.S. ag economy, and I look forward to the opportunity to advocate on behalf of our nation’s ag and rural bankers.”
Established in 1913, the committee is made up of 14 agricultural and rural bankers from across the country. Committee members volunteer their time to provide guidance and recommendations to ABA. The committee meets in person three times per year.
Coates, has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry specializing in agri-business. He joined NBT Bank in 1995 as agriculture lending manager. A resident of Norwich, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University. In addition to his role as a member of the American Bankers Association’s Ag and Rural Bankers Committee, Coates also serves on the board of directors of the New York AgriDevelopment Corp (NYADC) and the Chenango County Cooperative Extension.
NBT Bank offers personal banking, asset management and business services through a network of 154 banking locations in six states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. NBT Bank and its parent company, NBT Bancorp Inc., are headquartered in Norwich, N.Y. NBT Bancorp had assets of $8.8 billion as of September 30, 2016, and is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol NBTB. More information about NBT Bank and NBT Bancorp can be found online at www.nbtbank.com and www.nbtbancorp.com.