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In a statement shared with the IBAT board of directors last week, association General Counsel Karen Neeley announced her planned retirement from IBAT, “no later than August 31.”

“After 33 years of representing the Independent Bankers Association of Texas as its general counsel, it is time for me to devote my full-time energy to family matters,” Neeley said. “It has been a privilege to work with the fine community bankers of Texas and all of the IBAT family.”

In her decades of service, Neeley has amassed nearly every honor provided by IBAT and other organizations she has served. “Every community banker in the state of Texas owes Karen a debt of gratitude for the work she has done so well,” said IBAT Chairman Tom Sellers.

Neeley chose the August 31 deadline to correspond with one last ride – the due date for comments on the proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act. “A fitting finale,” Neeley said. “In the short term, we will honor Karen’s need to focus on family matters,” said Christopher Williston, IBAT President and CEO. “We look forward to honoring her with a fitting celebration near the end of this year.”