Texas Economy

Over 100 business and financial executives gathered at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas last week to address the effects of Fed monetary policy and the current regulatory environment on the Texas economy. Speakers included a host of Texas community bankers and presenters from the Federal Reserve and academia. IBAT President and CEO Chris Williston moderated an afternoon panel of community bankers.

"The Lyceum has long established itself as a thought leader on public policy," said Williston. "It was a pleasure to participate in this conference and provide perspective that overbearing government regulation restricts capital and chokes credit availability."

This year's conference was co-chaired by two IBAT Leadership Division members, Tee Dippel of Brenham National Bank and William Ware of Amarillo National Bank.

The program featured a luncheon keynote address by FDIC Vice Chairman Tom Hoenig, and a fireside chat with House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling at the Dallas Fed.

2014 Bank Operations Institute

IBAT’s 34th Annual Bank Operations Institute (BOI) was held October 12-17 on the SMU campus in conjunction with SWGSB and the Cox School of Business. The school’s focus on community bank operations leadership draws community bankers from across the country. This year’s honor students, based on classroom participation and case studies covering all facets of bank performance, are:

  1. Jason McCrary, Texas Bank and Trust, Longview, TX
  2. Cody Leatherman, First Interstate Bank, Billings, MT
  3. Grant Lankford, PointWest Bank, West, TX

For information about BOI or the upcoming Bank Lending Institute (BLI) taking place November 16-21 - two IBAT programs that prepare community bankers to lead operations and the lending functions into the future - please click here.

Reaching Millennials

A new study by ICBA and The Center for Generational Kinetics took an in-depth look at millennials and their banking behavior. This generation is of special importance to the banking industry, especially community banks, as it encompasses 80 million Americans ages 19-37 years old who are currently or will soon make important banking decisions and establish long-term habits. How can you capitalize on this?

Survey findings show that millennials are the most entrepreneurial generation to date with nearly 40 percent planning to start a business in the next two years. And they’re going to need a small business loan. The best part? These millennials want banks that don’t treat them like a number, find it important to have a personal relationship with customers and are locally owned. According to findings, below are recommendations to ensure community banks attract and retain millennial customers:

  • Make millennial customers feel like VIPs.
  • Adapt to millennials’ communication profile (think visual as in computer/tablet screens and embrace social media).
  • Create an entrepreneur advisory board.

Additionally, the survey uncovered that millennials require an online banking option and they’re not as interested in the number of ATMs as many don’t carry more than $5 on them at any given time. More information about millennials’ banking habits can be found in this recent story.

Honoring a Texas Trailblazer

Congressman Randy Neugebauer will receive the IBAT Trailblazer Award at a luncheon in Lubbock today.

The Trailblazer Award, which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year, provides special recognition to an elected official who is especially supportive of the independent community banking industry. Nominees must be a state or federal legislator, support and exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Texas, and exhibit the courage and independent spirit of Texas community bankers.

Neugebauer is a key member of the House Committee on Financial Services, chairing the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. He has been a tireless advocate for causes of importance to community banks and small businesses, especially in the wake of Dodd-Frank. In an opening statement given during a committee meeting on the four year anniversary of Dodd-Frank, Neugebauer summed up his estimation of the law’s legacy and impact, saying, “Regulatory burdens [brought about by Dodd-Frank] have an enormous impact on the health of our economy and have introduced a new type of risk to our economy called regulatory risk.”

“Randy ‘gets it.’ He understands our business and the challenges we face, and more importantly has a terrific grasp on the importance of community banking not only to our economy on a micro and macro basis, but the role we play in fulfilling the hopes and dreams of our customers,” said Steve Scurlock, Executive Vice President of IBAT. “The community banking industry and the constituents of Congressional District 19 are blessed to have this gentleman serving in Congress.”


The general election is underway. Early voting started yesterday, October 20, and runs through Friday, October 31. Election day is Tuesday, November 4.

You can easily access early voting and election day polling locations, as well as sample ballots, by going to your County Clerk's website, or find information here for a number of counties in Texas.

The IBAT PAC and IBAT FedPAC have been active this election cycle, thanks to the generous support of you and your community banking colleagues. We have historically followed the "friendly incumbent rule," and have supported candidates with whom we've worked and established relationships. We have compiled a complete list of those candidates to whom our PACs have contributed.

We also frequently get questions regarding judicial races from our members. We have a longstanding relationship with The Texas Civil Justice League (TCJL), one of the leading tort reform groups in Texas. TCJL endorses judicial candidates, and we encourage you to take a look at their recommendations in these races.

Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions or comments, and please vote and encourage those in your circle of influence to do the same.

Dell Sale!

Due to the popularity of Dell's September discount for IBAT members, the 40% off all Latitude computers deal has been extended for the month of October!  Whether you're in the market for a new computer or anything else from Dell, remember that IBAT members save an average of 31% on their orders from Dell.

Visit Dell's website or contact Bryan Horten, IBAT’s Strategic Account Manager, at 512-942-9120 to order. For the best price, remember to use the coupon codes below, as well as IBAT member ID link GS126658178, when placing your order. The offer is valid for IBAT member banks and bank employees. Please pass on this email, or download the flyer and post it somewhere in the bank where everyone can see it.

There are three ways to order:

  1. Visit Dell's IBAT member website;
  2. Call 1-800-757-8442 and mention IBAT members link #GS126658178; or
  3. For orders of more than 5 units, call Bryan Horten, IBAT's Strategic Account Manager, at 512-942-9120.

Staff contact: Curt Nelson, cnelson@ibat.org, 512-275-2240

IBAT Webinars

Did you know? IBAT, in conjunction with Financial Education, Inc., hosts close to 150 webinars a year. Webinars are a very economical way to train your staff for one low price. Everyone can sit in on the program with the use of a speakerphone and a computer, or access archived webinars on-demand.

Topics are broken up by category or by date and include:

  • Auditing & Accounting
  • Collection
  • Compliance
  • Directors
  • Frontline and New Accounts
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • IRA
  • Lending
  • Operations
  • Security & Fraud
  • Senior Management

You can access a complete listing of upcoming webinars and archived webinars here.

Happy Anniversary Bank Texas!

IBAT would like to congratulate Bank Texas Quitman on celebrating 100 years as a nationally chartered bank. Bank Texas has been an IBAT member since 1978!

The celebration will take place on Monday, October 20, 2014, with a reception from 1:30-3:30. Presentations will be at the beginning on the program. 

Baker Market Update: Oct. 20, 2014

From the flight deck: “The Captain has turned on the fasten-seat-belts sign. There could be some turbulence ahead.” Ya’ think? Volatility has been this week’s predominant theme for both credit and equity markets as a variety of factors have triggered massive rallies and sell-offs and then more rallies followed by the inevitable sell-off before rallying again. All of this back and forth resulted, at one point, in a yield below 2% for the Benchmark Ten Year Treasury Note during Thursday’s big rally. That, of course, was before this morning’s sell-off backed it up to around 2.20%. Well, 2.21%.

Read more in the Baker Market Update.

Congratulations to Boyce Brown

Congratulations to S. Boyce Brown, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Extraco Corporation in Waco, for being named to the Federal Reserve Board’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC).

CDIAC advises the Board on the economy, lending conditions and other issues of interest to community depository institutions. Members are selected from representatives of commercial banks, thrift institutions and credit unions serving on local advisory councils at the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. One member of each of the Reserve Bank councils serves on CDIAC, which meets twice a year with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington.

“The Fed has been responsive to a number of our concerns over the past several years, and we believe this Council plays a significant role in clarifying the impact of regulatory burden on community banks,” said Steve Scurlock, IBAT Executive Vice President. “Boyce brings much to the table, and he will provide the Fed Board of Governors and senior regulatory officials with a terrific perspective of the real world of main street community banking.”

Convention PACtivities

Last week, we hit the highlights of IBAT’s 40th Annual Convention and provided a link to photos online. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to say “thank you” to IBAT members who supported the IBAT PAC via participation in the auction and other PAC activities at the convention.

Together we raised more than $124,000 to support IBAT’s political action activities. When paired with the 90 banks and six associate members that held PAC drives among their employees this year, we have raised more than $360,000 in 2014. Also, 124 banks contributed to the legislative fund drive, which raised an additional $160,000.

Of particular note, IBAT thanks the members of the Leadership Division Board of Directors who spearheaded the PAC fundraising efforts in their regions and at convention.

Finally, congratulations to Jared Curtis of Citizens National Bank in Henderson, the winner of IBAT’s 2014 Dream Vacation contest.