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IBA Mission, Vision, Values

Our mission: To advocate for and sustain an environment in which banks can succeed.

Our vision: To provide exemplary service to members as the premier state bank trade association in the country.

Our values: In fulfilling our mission, we will:

  • Maintain the highest ethics, integrity and respect for others;
  • Serve with professionalism, innovation and resourcefulness;
  • Instill passion, positive attitude and enthusiasm;
  • Remain mindful that the success of the IBA is judged by the success of its members.

Karen B. Woods

Southeast Region Director
First Financial Bank, Cincinnati

Karen B. Woods is general counsel of First Financial Bank, Cincinnati. She was named to her position earlier this year, after prior service since 2016 as executive vice president, corporate counsel and chief risk officer of MainSource Financial Group Inc., the holding company for MainSource Bank. Previously Woods practiced law for 20 years, most recently as a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP, with a practice focusing on representing financial institutions and corporate clients. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John G. Baker, Indiana Court of Appeals. Woods earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s and JD degrees from Indiana University. She is admitted to the bar in Indiana and Ohio.