Unprecedented Support for Community Banks: Bankers Helping Bankers

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) and FedFis, a fintech firm specializing in data transformation for financial institutions, have announced Bankers Helping Bankers, a new bankers-only platform to help community banks survive and thrive. Texas-based FedFis brings more than 40 years of building data in the banking industry, information that can benefit every community … Read more

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Honors Rogers-Ford Architecture and Interior Design with 2021 IBAT President’s Award

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently honored Rogers-Ford, L.C., Architecture and Interior Design with the 2021 IBAT President’s Award. Pat and Cindy Ford, company founders, accepted this prestigious honor on behalf of the company in September during IBAT’s 2021 Convention in Austin. Rogers-Ford, L.C., based in Dallas, provides architecture and interior design services … Read more

Texas Community Bankers Honor Rogers Pope Jr. with 2021 IBAT Chairman’s Award

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently honored Rogers Pope Jr., vice chairman and CEO of Longview-based Texas Bank and Trust, with the 2021 IBAT Chairman’s Award. Brad Tidwell, IBAT’s 2020-21 chairman and president and CEO of Henderson-based VeraBank, chose this year’s honoree and bestowed the prestigious award to Pope in September during IBAT’s … Read more

Community Banking Organizations Elects Sellers Chairman, Names New Executive Committee and Board Members

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently announced that Thomas Sellers, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Sulphur Springs-based Alliance Bank, has been elected chairman of the IBAT board of directors for 2021–22. He officially accepted this position during the association’s 47th annual convention held September 18–21 in Austin. In addition … Read more

Nunn Appointed President of Citizens Bank in Amarillo

Sam Nunn, a third-generation banker, has been promoted to president/chief financial officer at Amarillo-based Citizens Bank. Nunn, who has more than 12 years of community banking experience, joined Citizens Bank in 2011 as a senior vice president and most recently served as executive vice president/chief financial officer. Prior to that, he was a correspondent banker … Read more

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Honors Five*Star Award Winners

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) announced this year’s three winners of its coveted Five*Star Award in June during the association’s 2021 IBAT Connecting Leaders Conference held in Grapevine, Texas. The 2021 recipients are Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford LLP (category 1, small-size business); Bank Compensation Consulting (BCC) (category 2, medium-size business); and CLA … Read more

SWGSB and IBAT to Host Certified Community Bank Director’s Program in October in Dallas

Board education and training are essential best practices in the new era of community banking. Regulatory expectations and wise management demand a skill set that many directors lack. The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation (SWGSB) and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) have recognized this and offer the Certified Community Bank Director’s (CCBD) … Read more

Community Bankers Prep Return to In-Person IBAT 2021 Convention this September in Austin

Hot off the success of this summer’s in-person Connecting Leaders Conference in Grapevine, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas is eager to continue its post-Zoom live-and-in-person gatherings with the organization’s annual IBAT Convention, September 18–21 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin. The newly renovated 4,000-acre resort in the Texas Hill Country will host … Read more

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Elects New Leadership Division Board and Executive Committee

The Leadership Division of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) elected new board members during its quarterly board meeting in June. Founded in 1985, the IBAT Leadership Division is dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s leaders in community banking. The 2021–22 executive committee members named to guide the IBAT Leadership Division include: Chair Justin … Read more

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Honors Ahmed and Courtney with its 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently honored two trailblazers in Texas community banking with the organization’s 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award. Hazem Ahmed, Houston area president at Independent Financial, and Julie Courtney, CAE, CMP, president of IBAT Services Inc. in Austin, were presented this prestigious award during the association’s Connecting Leaders Conference held … Read more