Community Banking Advocate Scurlock Honored as SWGSB Distinguished Alumnus

On May 30, Steve Scurlock, former director of government relations at the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), received the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate of the SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) at Southern Methodist University, receiving recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus. The honor was presented to Scurlock during SWGSB’s 67th Annual Awards … Read more

Patterson Joins Independent Bankers Association of Texas as Digital Compliance Officer

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), based in Austin, recently announced the hiring of Brandy Patterson to serve as digital compliance officer. She comes to IBAT’s Compliance Select program with more than 17 years of community banking experience in fair lending, BSA, real estate appraisal review and the frontline, most notably during her tenure … Read more

In Memoriam: Security State Bank’s Gary Dean Edmiston

Longtime banker and community banking advocate Gary Dean Edmiston, 84, of Odessa passed away on April 26. Edmiston played tennis while attending North Texas State University. Upon graduating, he also found immense joy in his career as a banker in West Texas, becoming president of Security State Bank in 1979 and later being named chief … Read more

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas Moves Headquarters in Austin

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) office has moved from its longtime location at 1700 Rio Grande St. in Austin to its new headquarters in northwest Austin. With this move, the organization has “right-sized our physical space to align with changes in the way we work—with a mix of in-person and remote employees,” according … Read more

Community Bankers Invited to Develop Leadership Skills at Upcoming IBAT EDGE

The Education Foundation of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) is gearing up for the second-annual IBAT EDGE, a program that offers two days of education, renowned industry keynote speakers and leadership development training focused on community banks in Texas. The goal is to Educate, Develop, Guide and Empower (EDGE) community bank employees. This … Read more

Community Bankers Association Taps Foster, Briggs and Salazar for Government Affairs and Compliance Positions

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently announced two promotions and a new hire in the new year. The Austin-based group is the largest state community banking organization in the nation with membership comprised of more than 2,000 banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. The organization is celebrating 50 years of service this … Read more

Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Announces 2024 Inductees

On January 3, the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame announced its 2024 inductees who will be honored at the 11th Annual Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Gala, April 25 on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Five iconic bankers—James E. Baine, the late Harlan R. Heitkamp, Carmen Jordan, Vidal H. Ramirez and … Read more

After Almost Three Decades, Scurlock Retiring from Community Banking Association

When Steve Scurlock retires on December 31 of this year, he will do so after almost 29 years of faithful service leading the government relations efforts of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). While intending to spend just a few years at IBAT and then move on, Scurlock instead became a champion for community … Read more

Alliance Bank’s Sellers Bestowed 2023 ‘Excellence in Leadership’ Award by Texas Community Bankers

In September, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) honored Thomas Sellers, chairman of the board at Alliance Bank in Sulphur Springs, with its 2023 “Excellence in Leadership” Award. He was presented the award during the association’s 49th annual convention held September 16–19 in Frisco. To be considered for the Excellence in Leadership Award, one … Read more

TIB’s O’Rourke Honored with 2023 IBAT Chairman’s Award During Community Bankers Convention

On September 18, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) honored Michael G. O’Rourke with the 2023 IBAT Chairman’s Award. O’Rourke, president and CEO of Farmers Branch-based TIB NA, was presented the prestigious award during the IBAT 49th Annual Convention at the Omni PGA Resort in Frisco. The IBAT Chairman’s Award is the association’s highest … Read more