Bob Steen, chairman and CEO of Bridge Community Bank, an employee-owned community bank in eastern Iowa, received the James A. Leach Leadership Award during the annual convention of the Iowa Bankers Association. Steen has spent more than 45 years working in the banking industry and has served as chairman and CEO of Mount Vernon-based Bridge Community Bank for 34 years. He also worked as a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve, and he has spent most of his career working with and for community banks, according to a release. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the 10 Most Innovative CEOs in U.S. Banking by Bank Innovation Magazine. He currently serves on a Federal Reserve payments working group and is a member of the IBA Payments and Cybersecurity Advisory Council. The James A. Leach Leadership Award recognizes a distinguished Iowa banker who, like Leach, has made significant, lifelong contributions to how Iowa banks serve Iowa communities. The IBA created the award in Leach's name in 2000 following his term as chairman of the U.S. House Banking Committee.