Legend Bank Campaign Named 2023 Best of Show at Best of Community Banking Awards Ceremony

On September 18, Bowie-based Legend Bank received the Best of Show honor during the 2023 Best of Community Banking (BOCB) Awards presented by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). The Awards Luncheon, held as part of the organization’s 49 Annual Convention in Frisco, recognized the top 17 recipients of IBAT’s 2023 BOCB Awards. This … Read more

Texas First Bank and Texas First Insurance Break Ground on Combined Facility in Conroe

On August 16, Texas City-based Texas First Bank and Texas First Insurance officially broke ground on a new facility in Conroe. It will be the first of its kind for Texas First, housing a full-service banking center, insurance staff and Small Business Administration (SBA) team all under one roof. The 5,300-square-foot facility is part of … Read more

Texas First Bank’s Crable Elected Chair of the IBAT Leadership Division

Matt Crable, regional loan president and SBA lending manager at the Pearland branch of Texas City-based Texas First Bank, has been elected chair of the IBAT Leadership Division, a division of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). He assumed the role from Cory Flencher, executive vice president at Somerville-based Citizens State Bank during IBAT’s … Read more

Fifty-six Bankers Complete 2022 Texas Tech School of Banking Program

The Texas Tech School of Banking recently completed its 2022 session. Banking professionals from across Texas and three other states convened at Rawls College of Business on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock for the program. Established in 1973, the school offers a blend of traditional academic coursework and interactive lecture sessions hosted … Read more

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Announces 2022 Best of Community Banking Award Recipients

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT)—the largest state community banking association in the nation—has announced this year’s recipients of the organization’s Best of Community Banking (BOCB) Awards. The winners in the top categories will be honored on September 26 during the association’s 48th Annual Convention in Fort Worth. IBAT has celebrated the outstanding accomplishments … Read more

Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Announces 2022 Graduates

The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas held its 2022 commencement on June 9 for the 62nd class. SWGSB Foundation trustee Brad Cheves, vice president for development and external affairs at SMU, gave the commencement address on executive education’s role in leadership development. John Hope Bryant, renowned entrepreneur, … Read more

Texas First Bank to Open New Branch in Beaumont in January

Texas City-based Texas First Bank has announced plans to open a new full-service banking center in Beaumont in January 2022. The location—at 6363 Phelan Blvd., just east of Dowlen Rd.—will be the 27th banking center in the family-owned and operated Texas First Bank network. The Beaumont team will include Michelle Bowen, banking center manager (transferring … Read more

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Honors 2021 Best of Community Banking Award Recipients

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT)—the largest state community banking association in the nation—recently honored 22 Texas community banks with the organization’s Best of Community Banking (BOCB) Awards. The banks were honored on September 20 during IBAT’s 2021 Convention in Austin. IBAT has celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of Texas community banks with the BOCB … 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

Five Honorees Inducted into Texas Bankers Hall of Fame

On April 22, five legendary bankers were inducted into the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame during the Eighth Annual Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Gala on the campus of Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville. These prestigious bankers—the late James B. Bexley, Lloyd R. Ferguson, William David Lacy, Victor Pierson and Allan James Rasmussen—were recognized … Read more