Honoring Community Banks


Community Banks Across Texas Honored With
Best of Community Banking Awards

IBAT Recognizes Member Banks’ Impact on Their Communities

AUSTIN, TX—The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently honored 17 Texas community banks with Best of Community Banking Awards (BOCB). This year marks the 29th annual celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of IBAT member banks and the critical role they play in communities across Texas.

“Community banks do so much for their customers, neighbors and employees but aren’t interested in receiving credit for these efforts,” said IBAT President and CEO Chris Williston. “The Best of Community Banking Awards give us an opportunity each year to recognize our banks’ tremendous efforts—both in their banks and in their communities—to better the lives of those around them.”

The annual Best of Community Banking Awards honor IBAT member institutions with a gold, silver or bronze award in five categories: bank culture, community service, financial literacy, marketing and architectural design. A “Best of Show” award was given to the overall winner, and three “Community Spirit” awards recognized banks that made a particularly strong and lasting impact in their communities. Banks are judged on innovation and creativity, the number of people impacted and the success in fulfilling a community or internal need.

Best of Show/Gold Winner

  • Community Service: TFNB Your Bank for Life, McGregor (Charity Champions)

Community Spirit/Gold Winners

  • Community Service: First United Bank, Lubbock (Seniors First)
  • Financial Literacy: First Convenience Bank, Killeen (Dallas LIFE Partnership)
  • Financial Literacy: Texas First Bank, Texas City (Banking on Your Future)

Gold Winners

  • Bank Culture: Happy State Bank, Amarillo ("E3" Happy Employee Program)
  • Community Service: First National Bank, Wichita Falls (The 12 Trees of Christmas)
  • Financial Literacy: Fort Hood National Bank, Fort Hood (FHNB Financial Readiness Program)
  • Marketing: First National Bank Texas, Killeen (Digital Solutions Launch Campaign)
  • Marketing: First United Bank, Lubbock (EVOLVE Campaign)
  • Marketing: Independent Financial, McKinney (Rebranding to Independent Financial)
  • Marketing: Legend Bank, Bowie ("Don't Bank Alone" Holiday Movie Classic)

Silver Winners

  • Bank Culture: First State Bank, Gainesville (Living Out Our Mission Statement)
  • Bank Culture: FirstBank Southwest, Amarillo (Faith. Family. Bank.)
  • Bank Culture: Legend Bank, Bowie ("Maintain, Don't Gain" Holiday Wellness Challenge)
  • Bank Culture: Texas First Bank, Texas City (Rethinking the Employee Rally)
  • Bank Culture: Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands (Servant Leadership and Response to COVID-19)
  • Community Service: Brady National Bank, Brady (BNB Spirit)

Bronze Winners

  • Bank Culture: Brady National Bank, Brady (BNB Culture)
  • Bank Culture: FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Midland (Keeping Bank Culture Alive)
  • Community Service: Industry State Bank, Industry (Community Service Amidst COVID-19)
  • Marketing: First State Bank, Gainesville (Neighbors First)
  • Marketing: Happy State Bank, Amarillo (Open an Account in Five Minutes)
  • Marketing: Texas Citizens Bank, Houston (Houston Heroes)

All BOCB gold, silver and bronze submissions can be viewed here.