Over 30 IBAT members attended an outreach meeting hosted by Congressman Al Green on May 21, 2012 in Houston. The Congressman is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, and recommended this meeting to hear directly from community bankers.
"We are grateful to the Congressman for his interest in our sector of the industry," said Chris Williston, President and CEO of IBAT. "He has always had an open door for us, and thoughtfully considers our concerns. We appreciate his willingness to meet with a cross-section of our members in the Houston area, and look forward to continuing an excellent relationship with Congressman Green."
Congressman Green stated that he had carefully reviewed the briefing materials we sent prior to the meeting, and was struck by the number of challenges facing community banking, which he described as "overwhelming." He proposed putting together a small group of local bankers to call upon on a regular basis to discuss issues of importance.
IBAT wishes to express our appreciation to Congressman Green and his staff for hosting this meaningful event. With the U.S. House of Representatives on recess this week, IBAT encourages community bankers to reach out to Congressional officials on issues of importance. Pertinent financial services issues can be found on the IBAT website.