State Bank of Texas Tops Independent Banker’s List of Best-performing Community Banks Again

In May, Independent Banker, the flagship publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), published its annual list of the “Best-performing Banks 2024,” which includes 10 banks based in Texas. According to a press release from Independent Banker, “These community banks hit their stride in 2024, and they intend to keep the momentum going … 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

Williston Elected Chair of the Council of Community Banking Associations

In early October, Christopher Williston, president and CEO of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, was elected to serve as chairman of the Council of Community Banking Associations (CCBA). CCBA is comprised of the leaders of independent community banking associations around the country, and is exclusively affiliated with the Independent Community Bankers of America. The … Read more

State Bank of Texas Tops Independent Banker’s List of Best-performing Community Banks

In May, Independent Banker, the flagship publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), published its annual list of the “Best-performing Banks 2023,” which includes six banks based in Texas or with branches in Texas. “Through creativity, local knowledge and dedication to their customers, community banks continued to demonstrate the value of their relationship-based … Read more

ICBA Chairman Appoints VeraBank’s Tidwell to Lead Legislative Issues Committee

On April 14, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that Brad Tidwell, president and CEO of Henderson-based VeraBank, has been elected chairman of ICBA’s legislative issues committee. In addition to helping shape and promote ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Tidwell’s duties include engaging in grassroots activities in Texas to advocate pro-community-bank policies … Read more

Community Bankers Heading to D.C. in May for ICBA Capital Summit/IBAT Congressional Visit

Texas community bankers are heading to Capitol Hill in May for the Independent Community Bankers of America’s 2023 Capital Summit and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas’ 29th Annual Congressional Visit, being held in tandem May 14–17 in Washington, D.C. The purpose is to advocate for the community banking industry in person. It’s the year’s … 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 debut of IBAT EDGE, a new program that offers two-and-a-half 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 … Read more

In Memoriam: ValueBank Texas’ Harlan Heitkamp

Harlan Raymond Heitkamp, founder and former chairman of Corpus Christi-based ValueBank Texas, passed away on February 6. Raised in Bracken, he attended Texas Tech University, earning a master’s degree in civil engineering. After marrying his wife of 64 years, Gerry, in 1958, the couple moved to Corpus Christi where Heitkamp worked for the City of … Read more

Bankers Helping Bankers Announces Launch of Venture Capital Fund

On July 12, Bankers Helping Bankers (BHB) announced the launch of the Bankers Helping Bankers Fund (BHB Fund), a fintech venture capital fund managed by Latitude38 Venture Partners. The fund will support community bankers’ engagement with emerging technology providers to meet the future needs of customers and navigate the rapidly changing landscape of financial technology. It’s … Read more

Independent Banker Honors Community Bank Emerging Leaders in Annual 40 Under 40 List

On June 1, Independent Banker magazine, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), announced its list of 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders. The award recognizes up-and-coming innovators, influencers and civic servants that represent the future of community banking. The feature story in the June issue of Independent Banker highlights … Read more