33rd Annual LD Conference


The 33rd Annual Leadership Conference is in the books! Last week, more than 200 Texas community bankers and industry advocates, along with their families, attended the big event in San Antonio. Present and future community bank leaders were able to connect and take advantage of educational sessions, leadership development activities, networking opportunities and entertainment. “Connecting Leaders” was a very appropriate theme for this year’s gathering. From golf, to Kids Camp, to Family Fun Night, there was something for everyone.

Several awards were also given during the conference, including the Excellence in Leadership Award, which was presented to not one, but two incredibly outstanding individuals – Rogers Pope, Jr. (Texas Bank and Trust, Longview) and Darla Rooke (Junctional National Bank, Junction). Both recipients have served IBAT and the community banking industry in more ways than can be counted.

Additionally, three of IBAT’s associate members were given the Five*Star Award for routinely providing not only excellent service but also innovative solutions that help community banks grow faster, enhance profits and gain efficiency. This year’s winners are BKD, LLP, Bank Compensation Consulting and Kennedy Sutherland LLP.

Congratulations to all! If you were unable to attend this year’s conference, we hope you make plans to join us next year, June 20-22, 2019, at the Omni Frisco Hotel at the Star. Check out next week’s edition of Bottom Line for photos of this year’s conference.