Title: Economist, Consultant
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States
The Honorable Kenneth A. Guenther, Economist and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science and economics.
With more than 50 years of professional experience, Mr. Guenther formerly worked as the president and chief executive officer of Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) in Washington, DC, from 2001 until his retirement in 2004. Although retired, he works as a consultant in his spare time. He has served ICBA in a number of capacities in the past, including as executive vice president, executive director, and associate director. He commenced his career as an international economist with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the early 1960s, later becoming a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State in Santiago, Chile, in the late 1960s. He subsequently served various corporations in Washington, D.C., on matters of economics and political science. While working with the economic team at the U.S. Department of Commerce he completed his six years of duty to the United States Army Reserves.
On the board of directors of ICBA since 1979, Mr. Guenther looks back fondly upon his childhood and recalls looking at maps of the world with his father. He fantasized about going to Southeast Asia, and through his studies with Johns Hopkins University he was able to fulfill his lifelong dream, passing the Foreign Service examination which opened up the doors of opportunity that laid the foundation for the remainder of his career.
In recognition of his exceptional achievements, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by American Banker in 2004, a feat which he considers to be a highlight of his career. In addition, he was honored with the Hero Award by Homeownership Alliance in 2004, the Electronics Funds Transfer Achievement Award by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 1995, the Presidential Pen for Work on Monetary Control Act in 1980, and the Special Achievement Award by the Federal Reserve Systems in 1977.
Married to Lilly Hoesli with one child and two grandchildren, Mr. Guenther has been selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World. In addition, he was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
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