Independent Bankers Assn. of Texas elects new board members during 39th annual convention

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) elected its board of directors that will serve through 2013-2104 during the IBAT 39th Annual Convention held in San Antonio last week. Jay M. Gober of First State Bank in Graham will serve the highest level of leadership as chairman. Other board members named to join Gober include Chairman-Elect John Jay of Roscoe State Bank in Roscoe, Vice Chairman Rogers Pope, Jr. of Texas Bank and Trust in Longview and Secretary-Treasurer Darla Rooke of Junction National Bank in Junction.Joining the board executives are newly elected members Gary Cox of Texas State Bank in San Angelo, Mayo Kasling, Jr. of First National Bank of Hughes Springs in Hughes Springs, Mark Williamson of West Texas State Bank in Snyder and William Granville, III of Granville Financial Group in Houston.Also presented during IBAT’s Annual Convention were the coveted IBAT Chairman’s Award, IBAT President’s Award and IBAT Leadership Division Trailblazer Award. Outgoing IBAT Chairman Troy Robinson recognized Charles M. Neff, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Integrity Bank in Houston, with the prestigious Chairman’s Award. IBAT President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Williston honored Debbie Scanlon, partner at BKD National Financial Services Group and lead of the financial services practice in Houston, with the President’s Award. The Trailblazer Award was given to Texas Representative Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, for his many years of supporter of Texas community bankers, especially during the recent legislative session.Austin-based IBAT represents more than 2,000 independent banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Additional information about the new board of directors and awards recipients honored at the annual convention can be found at About the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT)Formed in 1974, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) represents Texas community banks. The Austin-based group is the largest state community banking organization in the nation, with membership comprised of more than 2,000 banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Providing safe and responsible financial services to all Texans, IBAT member bank assets range in size from $10 million to $20 billion with combined assets statewide of nearly $165 billion. IBAT member banks are committed to supporting and investing in their local communities.