Each year during the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) convention, the IBAT chair has the privilege of recognizing an individual whom he or she believes has made an extraordinary contribution to the association and the community banking industry as a whole. During this year’s convention, held September 22–25 in San Antonio, IBAT Chairman Joe Kim King capped his tenure at the association’s helm by bestowing the honor to Chris Williston, who, after serving IBAT for 30 years, is retiring as president and CEO at the end of this year.
“[Williston] has dedicated his career to the community banking industry and has turned IBAT from, in his words, ‘a sleeping giant of an organization,’ to the largest state community banking association in the country,” King said during the awards ceremony. “He tells the community banking story better than anyone I know.”
Published in Bankers Digest October 8, 2018