Leadership Division: Building Exceptional Leaders Through Involvement

The Leadership Division provides its members the opportunity to develop lifetime business relationships with the best and brightest people in community banking across the country.  From networking with peers to political activism, members have the opportunity to help ensure the future of the Texas community banking industry.

Want to become a part of our team?  Click here for a membership application.

Leadership Events

LD Region 1 Golf Tournament May 20, 2014

Amarillo, TX

LD Regions 3 & 4 Luncheon May 22, 2014

Irving, TX

Region 9 Update

Members from the Leadership Division Region 9 met for an afternoon of networking at TopGolf in Houston recently.  "We are trying to provide more avenues for networking and education for our members in Region 9.  Now that the regional committees are all in place, we have several additional events planned for this year, including the annual Katy Sporting Clays Tournament in May and an educational event that will be beneficial to all, especially lenders," said Region 9 President Hazem Ahmed of Integrity Bank.  

For more information or to learn how you can become more involved in Region 9, click here.

Update on Regional Conversions

Regions 1 and 5 are active and growing as anticipated.  Already in 2013, we’ve converted Region 8 which includes 35 counties.  Wendy Griffin, Schertz Bank & Trust is the Regional President.  The Committee Chairs are:

EVENTS Committee: Dee Dee Peterson, First National Bank of Ballinger
MEMBERSHIP Committee: Craig Bauman, Llano National Bank
PAC Committee: Russ Huebner, Pioneer Bank, ssb, Dripping Springs

In 2013, we also will convert Leadership Regions: 2, 3 and 9.  Now is a great time to get involved in the Leadership Division.  This new structure allows you to be as active as you want to be based on your schedule.  It also allows for you to choose your area of interest, whether that is Events, Membership, PAC, etc.  For a map just click the LD Regions map on this page.  Many of you have already taken the opportunity to become involved in your areas.  Even though we still have work to do, Leadership board members in the yet-to-be-converted regions have volunteered to be “champions” of their region during the conversion process.  If you have any questions or suggestions, contact any of the presidents or champions listed below or Mae Beth Palone at IBAT (mbpalone@ibat.org).

Region 1 President: Rodney Ruthart, First United Bank, Amarillo, 806-677-2060
Region 2 Abel Castro, First Bank & Trust, Lubbock, 806-788-0800
Region 3 Charles Comer, First State Bank of Mineral Wells, 940-325-7821
Region 4  Rick Jamieson, TIB-The Independent BankersBank, Dallas, 972-650-6067
Region 5 President: Justin Steinbach, Frost Bank, Dallas, 214-515-4055
Region 6 Zach Dean, Fort Davis State Bank, 432-426-3211
Region 7 Michael Rehm, Jefferson Bank, San Antonio, 210-736-7660
Region 8 President: Wendy Griffin, Schertz Bank & Trust, 210-945-7400
Region 9 Hazem Ahmed, Integrity Bank, SSB, Pasadena, 713-335-8707
Region 10 Tee Dippel, Brenham National Bank, 979-836-4571
Region 11 Ricky Leal, First Community Bank, NA, Harlingen, 956-364-7007

Leadership in Action

IBAT launched a new resource for members of the Leadership Division and top-level management in member banks, the Leadership in Action newsletter.  Through a partnership with Multiview, an online publisher, IBAT has added another dimension to the benefits of being a member of Leadership Division.

Published on Friday of each week, Leadership in Action contains easy-to-read, practical resource articles focused on the areas of management, leadership, communications and team building.

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