Little to step down as Bankers Association head

New Hampshire Bankers Association President Gerry Little will step down from the job at the end of the year, ending more than two decades as the New Hampshire industry’s point man.”I began thinking about want I want to do for the final third of my life. I want to pursue what is out there that is challenging, interesting and fun,” Little told NHBR.Little took over as NHBA president in August 1991, just months before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. closed five of the state’s largest banks. It was “instantly in the fire for me,” said Little.Since then, he said, his job has always been a “bit crazy,” never knowing what he would be dealing with next, whether it be a bank merger, compliance with Community Reinvestment Bank regulations, the growth of subprime lending, the foreclosure crisis, criticism (unfounded Little would say, when it comes to community banks) of banks in the wake of the federal bank bailout.Little said he won’t be looking around for a job until after his last day. The NHBA, however, is looking for a replacement by November in order to ensure a smooth transition. The organization has have hired Executive Search Group Inc. to help it find one.Anyone interested in applying for the position should contact Carll Wilkinson directly at 207-510-6666 ext. 124. — BOB SANDERS/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW

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