John Sorensen has served as President & CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association since 1997. The IBA is the principal advocate for banking in the state of Iowa. Sorensen also provides direction to the Association's service companies, including Iowa Bankers Insurance and Services, Inc. and Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation. These organizations offer a broad range of services to Iowa banks and their customers. Sorensen joined the IBA in 1986.
A Corwith, Iowa, native, Sorensen is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He achieved the professional designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1991, meeting requisite standards of experience and education in the field of Association Management.
Sorensen is past chairman of the Alliance of State Banking Associations and has served on the American Bankers Association Board of Directors. He has also served on the ABA Government Relations Council and on the Board of the ABA Insurance Association. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of Shazam, Inc., a national electronic funds transfer network. He is also past Chairman of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sorensen is actively involved in state community and economic development initiatives. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Iowa Business Council. He serves on the board of directors for the Iowa Business Growth Company, a Small Business Administration 504 lender, and Iowa Community Development, a certified development company. He also served on the University of Northern Iowa’s Business School Executive Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.
Sorensen was selected to the 1995-96 Association of Business and Industry Leadership Iowa Class and was the recipient of the 2006 Leadership for Iowa Award for using his talents, gifts, and leadership ability to make a better future for Iowa. He is a Past-President of the Iowa Society of Association Executives.
Sorensen has also been involved in numerous community activities. He has served on the board of The Des Moines Community Playhouse, as a Trustee for the Iowa 4-H Foundation, as a United Way volunteer, and on the board of Meals from the Heartland. He is Past Council President for Faith Lutheran Church in Clive.
Recognized as one of the premier state banking associations in the nation, the Iowa Bankers Association provides a broad range of services to its member institutions. Today, the Association represents both banks and thrifts, providing services in legislative advocacy, education and professional development, regulatory compliance, human resources, public relations, marketing, insurance, securities brokerage, and secondary mortgage.