The Iowa Bankers Association recently honored Charlie Funk, president and CEO of MidWestOne Bank in Iowa City, with the 2021 James A. Leach Leadership Award, the Corridor Business Journal reported. Funk received the award last week during the IBA Annual Convention held in Des Moines. The IBA created the award in Congressman Leach’s name in 2000, following his term as chairman of the U.S. House Banking Committee. The annual 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. Funk has more than 40 years of banking experience. Under his leadership, MidWestOneBank has grown from a $500 million bank in Iowa City to a more than $5 billion bank operating in five states. Before moving to Iowa City, he was president of Brenton Bank Des Moines and central region manager of Brenton Banks.