Senior Management

'Swarming’ Tellers Help Extraco Boost Efficiency


IBAT's goal is to provide a diversity of opinions and viewpoints
about national banking news.  Some news articles do not necessarily
reflect the opinion of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

Extraco Banks in Temple, Texas, has taken the opposite tack of large banks such as Bank of America in several ways.

Williston Weighs in On Bank of America $5 Durbin Fee


In his latest blog post, IBAT President and CEO Chris Williston questions the Obama administration for suggesting that government dictate the pricing of any bank product.

While not necessarily a fan of too big to fail bank tactics, “all financial institutions should have the right to establish product and price so long as it is responsibly disclosed to consumers,” Williston writes.

Destination IBAT: A Success!


Tuesday - The day began with Dr. Tom Parliment speaking at the General Session followed by Elizabeth Vale. Then, there were several Learning Labs to choose from. The luncheon revealed more award winners: Congratulations to Cliff McCauley, Frost Bank, on winning the IBAT Chairman's Award and Dennis Schwartz, Schwartz & Associates, on winning the IBAT President's Award! Connie Podesta made the luncheon a complete and informative experience. Finally, the convention was concluded with the Regulator Panel.

Promote Your Bank For Free


We are pleased to announce that IBAT is launching a unique partnership program to continue building the public profile of Texas Community Banks.  Over the past year the Texas Tribune, a not-for-profit news organization, has become the most dynamic and reliable resource for Texas political news and information.  In the last month alone, the site has seen more than 800,000 unique visitors.  As a show of support, IBAT has stepped up to make a financial contribution to help underwrite the Tribune’s work.  In return we will receive banner ad placement on the site.

Bachus Fundraiser, You Can Help


You should have received a personal letter appeal from me soliciting personal checks for a fundraiser IBAT will be hosting for Congressman Spencer Bachus of Alabama.  Bachus is Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and will be our special guest addressing the IBAT convention on Sunday, October 2 in the early afternoon, preceded by a fundraiser.

Chairman Bachus has been a steadfast supporter of community banking and has demonstrated repeatedly his intent to assist in efforts to roll back and/or eliminate unnecessary regulation on our industry.

IBAT Banker Glen Thurman News


IBAT member Glen Thurman, president, CEO and Chairman of First National Bank of Moody, has been elected at-large director of ICBA Reinsurance.  ICBA Reinsurance allows banks that sell credit insurance to share in the insurance underwriting and premium investment income.  Thurman served on IBAT’s board of directors from 2001 through 2008 and has served on ICBA’s Lending Committee since 2009.

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