Last week, IBAT had the tremendous opportunity to travel around the state to convene with our members face-to-face. These regional meetings were packed with conversation, learning and sharing, as well as some much needed social time.
Our primary goal was to hear from members about their key organizational priorities as well as the challenges they face. We also brainstormed emerging issues and hot topics of interest, including cybersecurity, cryptocurrency and the Ransomware Self-Assessment Tool (R-SAT). We engaged community bankers in conversations around information technology, bank operations, risk management and leadership. We also shared updates about key legislation that passed this year, and the rules and regulations that impact your customers, bank and community.
Nearly 600 individuals across the community banking spectrum attended tour stops in Sulphur Springs, Graham, Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo and Arlington. We had the distinct pleasure of welcoming IBAT Chairman Tom Sellers, Texas Banking Commissioner Charles Cooper, ICBA President & CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey and representatives from The Baker Group at each meeting – Thanks to all attendees and speakers for your ongoing support!
Regional Meeting Takeaways:
You are doing amazing work! We discussed some incredible success stories surrounding community banking, promotions and retirements and community service events. We are motived and inspired by these stories and can’t wait to highlight them in our communications. Do you have a great story we haven’t heard yet? Please share it with us – [email protected].
Meeting makes a difference. We received great feedback that simply having time to connect with each other was incredibly beneficial. Travel and time away from the bank is never easy so we appreciate those who were able to participate. We look forward to gathering with more of you and more often.
You are not alone. We share common challenges. This gives IBAT clear opportunities to best serve its members and community bankers across Texas. Some running themes and hot topics discussed include:
- Technology and Cybersecurity
- Bank Operations
- Risk Management
What you’d like to see from IBAT:
- Keep the community connected across the state;
- Advocacy and partnership development that leads to proactive policy (Grassroots Action Center is now live per Regional Meetings Call to Action);
- Resource and research sharing;
- Impactful educational opportunities; and
- Guidance and leadership as community bankers address the challenges mentioned above.
Many thanks to all who attended these meetings – they are a unique chance to come together and manifest what community banking is all about.