“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”
-Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the US Treasury
The Founding Innovators and the American Experiment
Once a year, on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we here in the good ol’ U. S. of A. take the time to celebrate freedom—no longer as an untested experiment, but as a proven reality inaugurated way back in 1776 by a small group of fearless innovators and patriots.
Thanks to those outside-the-box thinkers, Americans celebrate many freedoms. We celebrate freedom from taxation without representation. We celebrate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to peacefully assemble, and the freedom to have a representative government. Most importantly, we celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as our most basic inalienable rights.
But even as we fire up the grill, watch a baseball game, and end the day with fireworks this Fourth of July, let us not forget to take a moment to remember how these freedoms were secured for us: Through the wild dreams of those who desired a different kind of nation founded upon justice and liberty for all its citizens.
Those innovators pointed the way forward; they paved the road upon which we walk. And because of the blood, sweat, and tears shed by many who have gone before us, we can still enjoy these liberties today.
Continuing the Tradition of Innovation Today
In the banking industry, we too need innovators to continue forging the path ahead. Banking is changing, and we salute those who are taking risks and bettering the client experience.
Among today’s outside-the-box thinkers are financial institutions like ORNL Federal Credit Union who is liberating its staff with RTA, a solution that breaks the chains of hardware and gives staff the ability to safely process transactions (yes, even cash transactions) through from anywhere in the branch.
Then there’s Evergreen Bank who, by partnering with our sister company DBSI, is creating a new kind of branch experience that is an inviting and friendly destination for its clients.
And let’s not overlook the amazing things that Umpqua Bank is developing to create the branch of the future.
As a company that has been named Most Innovative, Best Fintech Solution of the Year, and Most Admired, we at CFM understand the courage and dedication it requires to take risks and disrupt an industry.
So this Independence Day, we salute all of the brave innovators—then and now—who have ever had a vision for a better way forward and who are daring enough to act upon those dreams.
Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July!