BIA President Jim Roche to take helm at Maine Bankers Association

After 17 years, he’s ‘ready for new challenges and opportunities’

Jim Roche

Jim Roche, CEO and president of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire since 2005, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the organization to become the next president of the Maine Bankers Association.

“Leaving the best job I’ve ever had was a difficult decision,” Roche said. “But after nearly 17 years at the helm of BIA, I’m ready for the new challenges and opportunities this change will bring.”

Roche was praised by Sheryl McQuade, regional president of TD Bank and chair of the BIA board, for his “incredible leadership” over the last 17 years. She added that he will be “sorely missed.”

During Roche’s tenure, BIA’s membership grew by nearly 50% through 2020, with programming and overall revenue growing as well.

He said he was proud of the BIA’s 95% membership retention rate during Covid. “This year is shaping up to BIA’s best in decades, so I feel good about leaving the association in very good condition.”

The Maine Bankers Association represents the industry in legislative and regulatory matters, creates educational programming, and offers insurance services for member banks.

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