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Silver Alert


AFFECTED TEXAS
COUNTIES AND/OR NWS REGIONS:

REGIONS: Fort Worth,
Shreveport, Lake Charles, Houston, Corpus Christi & Austin/San Antonio

THIS
IS A MISSING SENIOR ALERT ISSUED BY THE TEXAS SILVER ALERT NETWORK

The Harris
County Precinct 5 Constable is searching for Jacqueline
Marie Heath, diagnosed with Dementia, White, Female, 80 years old, DOB
10/01/1932, HEIGHT 5' 2", WEIGHT 118 lbs, Gray Hair, Brown Eyes, last seen
wearing a black and white quarter sleeve top, black socks and sandals.                                                                                                   

The senior
citizen was last seen at 1600, 10/10/2012 at 6303 Torrance Elms Court, driving
a Beige, 2005 Toyota Corolla with TX License Plate CT2X431.

Law
enforcement officials believe this senior citizen's disappearance poses a
credible threat to HIS/HER own health and safety.

If you have
any information regarding this missing senior citizen, contact the Harris
County Precinct 5 Constable at 281-463-6666.

News Media
Point of Contact is
Harris
County Precinct 5 Constable at 281-463-6666.

Trailblazer Award


IBAT honored
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, with the IBAT Leadership Division
Trailblazer Award. Sen. Hutchison was presented the prestigious award during
IBAT's 38th Annual Convention, held at the downtown Hilton Austin Hotel.

The
Trailblazer Award provides special recognition to members of the Texas
Legislature and U.S. Congress who are especially supportive of the independent
community banking industry.

"Senator
Hutchison has been a supporter and friend of IBAT and community bankers across
Texas since her time in the Texas Legislature," Chris Williston, president
and CEO of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, said. "Her
continued advocacy for legislative policies that allow for the success of
community banks, especially during tough economic times, paired with her
exceptional leadership make her the ideal recipient of the Trailblazer Award.
Her work helps ensure that local money is invested in the local community, and
she is a defender of both Main Street Texas and Main Street America. She truly
is a trailblazer."

New Alliance


Last week,
Frost Bank and The Baker Group announced a new cooperative agreement.
 Under the agreement, Frost Bank will refer its correspondent banks to The
Baker Group for asset/liability management services. In turn, The Baker Group
will refer clients to Frost for securities safekeeping. 

"The Baker Group is thrilled to align with a respected banking partner
like Frost Bank," says David Daugherty, president and CEO, The Baker
Group. "We deal with hundreds of financial institutions, and there's no
regional bank more admired than Frost for its integrity, customer service and
strong advocacy on behalf of community banking." 

Fraud Alert


Recent FBI
reporting indicates a new trend in which cyber criminal actors are using spam
and phishing emails, keystroke loggers, and Remote Access Trojans (RAT) to
compromise financial institution networks and obtain employee login
credentials. The stolen credentials were used to initiate unauthorized wire
transfers overseas. The wire transfer amounts have varied between $400,000 and
$900,000, and, in at least one case, the actor(s) raised the wire transfer
limit on the customer's account to allow for a larger transfer.

The actor(s)
primarily used spam and phishing emails to target their victims. Once
compromised, keyloggers and RATs installed on the financial institution
employee's computer provided the actor(s) with complete access to internal
networks and logins to third party systems.

The FBI has
provided a list of recommendations for community banks to
employ in order to protect themselves from these types of attacks.

Earlier this
year, IBAT Financial Services teamed up with CHUBB to host a webinar on the electronic risks faced by
community banks and some strategies for risk mitigation.  

Leadership Division


The
IBAT Leadership Division invites you to join your
fellow area community bankers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area on October 25 at the Hackberry Creek Country Club for
a luncheon. Guest speaker Steve Scurlock, IBAT Executive Vice President, will
provide a political update for the upcoming elections, followed by a golf
tournament and networking reception.

Lunch
is free, networking reception is free and golf is $50 per player.  We
thank our sponsors for their support.

Register online for an instant confirmation. Registration deadline is October 19.

For more information, please contact Mae Beth Palone, mbpalone@ibat.org or 512-275-2219.

APR Changes


IBAT joined
the Texas Land and Title Association, the Texas Mortgage Brokers Association, the
Texas Credit Union League and the Texas Bankers Association in a comment letter
opposing changes to the make up of the Annual Percentage Rate (APR).  As
proposed, those changes would be detrimental to both community banks and the
consumers those banks serve. Additionally, the inclusion of non-lender costs
may very well result in a contraction of firms providing mortgage-related
services, especially in rural areas. To read the joint comment letter, click here.

FDIC October Teleconference


The FDIC has
scheduled its next compliance teleconference for Wednesday, October 10. FDIC staff from the
Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection will focus the call primarily on
the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) mortgage-related proposals,
including:

  • Real
    Estate Settlement Procedures Act/Truth in Lending Act mortgage disclosure
    integration,
  • Ability
    to repay standards and the definition of qualified mortgages,
  • Escrow
    requirements for "higher-priced mortgage loans," and
  • New
    provisions for high-cost (HOEPA or "Section 32") loans.

Procedures
for registering for the October 10th call are available on the FDIC website.

Please
complete your registration online by Friday,
October 5
.

2012 PAC Auction


Enjoy a weekend at the McGee Ranch located along the Colorado River south of Goldthwaite, Texas in Mills County. The weekend includes a Friday night wine pairing
dinner as Sharla and Milton's guests at Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, Texas; doe hunting and/or exploring the area's shopping on Saturday; meals and accommodations for the weekend. Two doe may be taken during the weekend. To be able to attend the monthly wine dinner, this trip must be taken during the second weekend of the month. *The purchase price does not include processing deer meat, however, a processor is available in Goldthwaite.

Senior Housing Crime Prevention


Registration
is open for the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation's 9th Annual Doing Well by Doing Good Bankers Conference, October 25-26, 2012 at the Mayflower Hotel in
Washington, D.C.  

Earlier this
year, the IBAT Education Foundation began promoting the
SHCPF, which connects banks with area senior living facilities to connect them
to Senior Crimestoppers and install locked safes in resident rooms.  In
addition to the positive impact made in the lives of seniors, the program has
also been approved for CRA by federal regulators.  

The Doing Well by Doing Good
Bankers Conference serves to connect interested bankers with current
participants in the program.  Keynote speaker Sandra Braunstein, Director of
Compliance Policy and Community Affairs for the Federal Reserve
,
will discuss developments in CRA and what is on the horizon in the regulatory
arena. Bankers reveal best practices on how to prepare for your next CRA
examination, and the Foundation's current participating banks share ways they
have leveraged their nursing home sponsorships into productive business
opportunities and positive public relations events.  

Basel III Carve-Out?


Last week, 53
Senators, including Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, signed
a letter urging federal regulators to consider the
unintended consequences of including community banks in the Basel III Capital
proposals. As always, IBAT extends our sincere thanks to our Texas Senators for
their continued support of community banking.  

"The
proposed capital rules are extremely complex and require the reporting and
maintaining of granular data, greatly increasing the compliance burden on
community banks," the letter noted.  It went on to cite the
challenges that community banks would experience raising capital as a result of
Basel III, and offered the concern that community banks might have to change
their business plans in ways that would reduce lending and economic growth.
 

The comment
period for the Basel III Capital proposals ends on October 22. Please see IBAT's letter for assistance in writing your
personalized comment letters.

Leadership in Action


Though we're in the digital age, personal
recommendations still go a long way in business. Word-of-mouth referrals
account for a good portion of new customers for many small-business owners, and
the ease of making recommendations is only made simpler with email and social
networking. Incentivizing your current customers to refer their friends and
contacts can boost business. Here are a few ways you can get the most from
referral incentives. More

Basel III Calculator from FDIC


Yesterday,
federal regulators released a tool for estimating the potential
impact on banks as a result of the Basel III capital rules.

The new
calculator-which is an Excel spreadsheet-has been pre-populated with bank data
from the June 30th call reports. As mentioned in previous weeks,
IBAT encourages all members to write customized comment letters on the
proposals before the October 22nd deadline.

For your
convenience, a link to the IBAT comment letter to federal regulators can be found here.

Electronic Federal Benefit Payments


Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management
Service

Everyone
who receives Social Security/Supplemental Security Income or other federal
benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the
Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013.

A
new public service announcement, five educational videos and print materials
are now available to help you assist the people you serve with common questions
about the requirement and getting payments electronically. Videos feature
actual customer service agents from the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment
Solution Center and answer the following questions:

  • Why
    is the U.S. Treasury requiring electronic federal benefit payments
  • How
    will I know my money has been deposited?
  • How
    does direct deposit work?
  • Are
    electronic payments safe?
  • How
    does the Direct Express® card work?

You
can view the PSA and educational videos on GoDirect.org or by visiting its YouTube channel. Print materials can be downloaded
from the Educational Videos and Fliers toolkit on www.GoDirect.org.

To order a looped DVD of the videos, contact a Go Direct campaign
representative by emailing GoDirect@webershandwick.com or by calling 952-346-6055.

IBAT2GO


Have you downloaded IBAT2GO, the official
mobile application of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas?  If
so, show us your IBAT pride by having a friend snap a picture of you using the
app, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a new iPad!

Don't have
an iPad/iPhone, so you can't download IBAT2GO?  Take a photo of yourself
using someone else's iPhone or iPad, or send an email to Christopher Williston
without a photo, by October 1, 2012, indicating your desire to enter the
drawing. 

Click here to view official contest rules.

IBAT Convention


The 38th Annual Convention is a little more
than a week away! The event will take place at the Hilton Austin Hotel, October 6-9. The IBAT
staff is diligently working on putting the final touches on making this event
more valuable than ever. There's still time to register

If
you're not sure about what to expect, here's a sneak peek:

  • Nationally
    renowned speakers and general sessions;
  • Banker
    peer resource sharing;
  • Annual
    PAC Auction;
  • Bike
    Ride;
  • Classy
    and fun entertainment;
  • Golf;
    and
  • Much
    more!

If
you have questions or need any information about registering, please don't
hesitate to contact our registrar Jennifer Roe (512.275.2213 direct line) or
email her at jroe@ibat.org.


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