Independent Banker magazine, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), today unveiled its annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list. The award recognizes the nation’s up-and-coming community bank innovators and influencers who represent the future of the industry. Ste Shear, Central Bank & Trust’s Executive Vice President, Director of Treasury & Commercial Services is named to the list.

“ICBA congratulates Steve on this well-deserved honor,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “Steve is part of a diverse and talented group of community bank professionals selected this year for their great resiliency and a willingness to do what it takes to meet the needs of their communities. We’re pleased to recognize Steve for his willingness to find opportunities to lead and whose actions demonstrate an adherence to the values of community banking.”

The feature story in the June issue of Independent Banker highlights how the 40 Under 40 honorees have overcome challenges and answered calls for innovation while staying true to the guiding principles that make community banking special. Chosen from hundreds of entries, candidates were judged on the following criteria: character, leadership, community involvement, and innovation. Bank technology services provider FIS, of Jacksonville, Fla., sponsored this year’s program.

“I’m honored to be in the company of such a distinguished group of individuals and to represent Central Bank & Trust on ICBA Independent Banker’s 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list,” Steve Shear said. “I’m thankful to be part of this great industry and to work alongside my community bank colleagues to make a positive impact in the lives of our customers and our community here in Colorado.”

In addition to the innovation that Steve brings to Central Bank & Trust’s customer experience, he also helped open our newest branch in Denver which opened right as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the country. Knowing that businesses around the community would be suffering, Steve worked around the clock with the rest of the banking team to bring PPP loans to our clients and other businesses in the community looking for support.

“Steve is a true innovator and leader and it’s reflected in his work, as well as the work of each member of his team,” said Scott Page, CEO of Central Bancorp.

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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