Joe Fazio, the chairman and chief executive officer of West Bend-based Commerce State Bank, has been named 2017 national Community Banker of the Year by the Independent Community Bankers of America.

“We are pleased to honor and recognize Joe Fazio as ICBA’s 2017 Community Banker of the Year,” said ICBA Chairman Scott Heitkamp, president and CEO of ValueBank Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. “As a dedicated, driven leader and compassionate and conscientious citizen, Joe’s contributions to his community and the betterment of our industry are to be commended.”

Perhaps the best example of Fazio’s leadership and passion is his self-published book, “This might be a dumb question but...How Does Money Work?” which offers practical financial management advice for consumers. “Joe’s passion for explaining money matters begins with the belief that we need to stop talking about financial literacy” and instead focus on educating consumers about how to make their money work for them, said the Commerce State Bank employee who nominated Fazio.

The community leader also actively supports the community banking industry through his service on various boards and speaking engagements. He serves as a board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, was a Wisconsin Bankers Association board member, has testified before the State of Wisconsin Assembly Committee for Financial Institutions, and has traveled to Washington to advocate community bank-friendly policies. Fazio is also active in recruiting future banking talent, serving as a guest lecturer and panelist for Marquette University’s banking career night.