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

Interstate Bank Promotes Marrs and Blasingame to Market Presidents

Perryton-based Interstate Bank recently announced the promotions of two seasoned bankers to serve as market presidents. Mark Marrs has been promoted to market president in Amarillo, following his previously held position as senior vice president in the commercial loan department. A 14-year veteran of the bank, he has helped oversee the success of the bank’s … Read more

Turpen Joins Independent Bank Group as Chief Risk Officer

On July 15, McKinney-based Independent Bank Group Inc., the holding company for Independent Financial, expanded its executive leadership team with the appointment of John G. Turpen as executive vice president and chief risk officer, effective July 26. He will oversee the company’s enterprise risk management and compliance functions and support credit risk and administration. Turpen … 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

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Names Iacoponelli President of IBAT Education Foundation

On June 3, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) announced that Shay Iacoponelli has been elected president of the IBAT Education Foundation by the association’s board of directors. The IBAT Education Foundation helps “build better bankers” by offering education programs for community bankers at every stage of their career. IBAT’s education opportunities include IBAT’s … Read more

IBC Bank–McAllen Promotes Gonzalez, Ibarra, Sandoval and Villalobos

IBC Bank–McAllen recently announced promotions in various departments within the financial institution. Janet Gonzalez was promoted to vice president and area sales manager in the retail banking department. She has been with IBC Bank since 2005. Gonzalez received a BA degree in economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León. Her community involvement includes serving … Read more

Duran, Cobo and Palafox Promoted at IBC Bank in Eagle Pass

IBC Bank–Eagle Pass recently announced the promotions of three bank associates in various departments. Rosalba Duran has been promoted to bank officer in the retail division. She has 24 years of banking experience, 15 of those years with IBC Bank. One of her favorite pastimes is working with community nonprofit organizations as a member of … Read more

York and Plunk to Retire from Citizens Bank, Velvin Hired as President and Mills as Chief Lending Officer

Kilgore-based Citizens Bank recently announced the retirement of two of its officers and the hiring of a new president and chief operating officer as well as a new executive vice president and chief lending officer. Sammy York, the bank’s current president and CEO, announced his plan to retire at the end of 2021 after a … Read more

FirstCapital Bank of Texas Welcomes Claybrook as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager

Midland-based FirstCapital Bank of Texas has hired Reed Claybrook to serve as senior vice president/senior relationship manager at the bank’s Midland downtown location. He joins FirstCapital Bank of Texas with more than eight years of experience in the banking industry, specializing in commercial, energy and private-client banking. Originally from Refugio, Claybrook received his bachelor’s degree … Read more

Frontier Bank Announces Expansion Into Round Rock

With the announcement of a new full-service location in Round Rock, Elgin-based Frontier Bank of Texas continues to grow its footprint and strengthen the bank’s position in Williamson County. The planned expansion will include the renovation of an existing property on O’Connor Dr. When completed, the Round Rock facility will feature a customer lobby, drive-up … Read more