MK Decision and ICBA Speak with Students at Eastern Kentucky University About Community Bank Innovation

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The speaking event will encourage students to solve the problems local community banks are facing in the era of digitization

MK Decision (MK), a financial technology (fintech) company whose mission is to make lending simple, will be speaking at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

Har Rai Khalsa, CEO and co-founder of MK, will be discussing his entrepreneurial journey to inspire future graduates to work in the world of banking and technology. Loughlin Cleary, Executive Vice President of Member Relations at the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), will also be speaking on how community banks and fintechs will shape the future of banking. The event will be held on September 26 at EKU, which will host more than 100 bankers and students.

“Community banks are the economic backbone of our nation so inspiring the next generation of community bankers is essential,” said Khalsa. “Our vision to strengthen local economies through their community banks perfectly overlaps with ICBA and EKU, which is why we’re doubling down on our commitment to motivate university students towards career paths as community bankers and technologists.”

“Universities serve a critical role in feeding the talent pool of the financial ecosystem,” said Maggie Abney, Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems at EKU. “In the era of digitization, industries are acclimating to technology, and the financial sector is no exception, which is another reason why we’re thrilled to host MK and ICBA as they recognize younger generations are key to the progression of digital banking and local economies.”

“As the only organization that exclusively represents community banks in all corners of our country, ICBA is honored to share the positive story of our great industry with students at EKU,” said Cleary. “ICBA is the leader in community bank advocacy, education and innovation, so having the opportunity to provide students with a window into community banking—and inspiring them to consider a career in community banking—is fulfilling the ICBA mission of creating and promoting an environment where community banks flourish.”

During the conversation, MK will also discuss its participation in the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program, which is run in partnership with The Venture Center in Little Rock, Ark. The first program, which concluded in March, accelerated a number of award-winning fintech companies, including MK, that are focused on serving the nation’s community banks.

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About MK Decision
MK Decision is a financial technology company founded in 2015, whose mission is to make lending simple. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, MK helps community financial institutions gain a competitive advantage through simple, beautiful customer experiences and streamlined lender workflows. MK’s complete platform for digital lending offers modern marketing, fraud prevention, decisioning, and loan origination products. The MK lending platform supports a variety of loan products from credit cards and consumer loans to commercial and small business loans. To learn more about MK, please visit

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $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

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