Texas: Community Banks Across Texas Honored with Best of Community Banking Awards

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently honored 21 Texas community banks with the Best of Community Banking Awards.

“The Best of Community Banking Awards give us an opportunity to recognize our banks’ tremendous efforts—both in their banks and in their communities—to better the lives of those around them,” says Chris Williston, IBAT president and CEO.

The annual Best of Community Banking Awards honor IBAT member institutions with a gold, silver or bronze award in five categories: community service, financial literacy, architectural design, marketing, and new this year, bank culture. A Best of Show award is given to the overall winner, and this year two Community Spirit awards recognized banks that made a particularly strong and lasting impact in their communities.

Entries were on display during IBAT’s 44th Annual Convention, September 22–25 in San Antonio.

Best of Show/Gold Winner

  • Community Service: Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands

Community Spirit/Gold Winners

  • Architectural Design: Legend Bank, Bowie
  • Financial Literacy: First United Bank, Lubbock

Gold Winners

  • Bank Culture: Independent Bank, McKinney
  • Bank Culture: TrustTexas Bank, Cuero
  • Community Service: Texas First Bank, Texas City
  • Financial Literacy: Fort Hood National Bank
  • Financial Literacy: Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands
  • Financial Literacy: FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Midland
  • Marketing: Legend Bank, Bowie
  • Marketing: First State Bank, Gainesville
  • Marketing: Kleberg Bank, Kingsville
  • Marketing: Centennial Bank, Lubbock

Silver Winners

  • Architectural Design: Texas Bank, Henderson
  • Bank Culture: First National Bank Texas, Killeen
  • Community Service: Bank of Brenham
  • Community Service: American Bank, Corpus Christi
  • Financial Literacy: Amarillo National Bank
  • Marketing: Industry State Bank
  • Marketing: First National Bank, Wichita Falls
  • Marketing: TrustTexas Bank, Cuero

Bronze Winners

  • Community Service: Citizens Bank, Kilgore
  • Financial Literacy: American Bank, Corpus Christi
  • Financial Literacy: First State Bank, Gainesville
  • Financial Literacy: First State Bank of Uvalde
  • Marketing: Independent Bank, McKinney
  • Marketing: Moody National Bank, Galveston

IBAT’s Best of Community Banking Awards: Best of Show and Community Spirit

Best of Show/Gold (Community Service): Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands

When Hurricane Harvey hit in August 2017, Woodforest National Bank immediately enacted its crisis management plan and began working with both national and community partners to develop innovative and responsive programs that met the immediate needs of its employees, customers and communities. The bank provided homeowner, small business and employee recovery grants; refunded $1.5 million in account fees; increased mobile deposit limits and waived fees; gave more than $1 million in EQ2 investments; and more. Also, 104 of its 108 branches impacted by the hurricane were reopened within 72 hours to assist customers in need.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT/Gold (Architectural Design): Legend Bank, Bowie

Legend Bank’s board and executive management team had a vision to revitalize the bank’s presence in downtown Bowie as the original structure was built more than 55 years ago. This new corporate headquarters includes a full-service banking center, board room, investment services offices, operations center, and outdoor plaza and park area that serve as a public square with open green space and plentiful seating for community events and functions. The new building combines historical features reminiscent of early-1900s banking and Bowie heritage with state-of the-art functionality. The result is a remarkable headquarters on prime downtown real estate.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT/Gold (Financial Literacy): First United Bank, Lubbock

“Five Star University Kids” is an hour-long interactive presentation using both animated video and live speakers that has been given to more than 2,000 second through fifth graders across West Texas. Using a lemonade stand concept, students learn bank terms, the history of money and the role of banks in the community, as well as explore entrepreneurship. Students are chosen to serve as CEO, CFO and marketing director for the lemonade stand. Participants are encouraged to spend a portion of their hard-earned money, save some for a rainy day and share with those less fortunate.

Published in Bankers Digest October 15, 2018