The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) has announced that Scott Heitkamp, president and CEO of Corpus Christi-based ValueBank Texas, is one of the two newest additions to the IBAT Wall of Heroes and Legends of Texas Community Banking, which is located at IBAT’s headquarters in downtown Austin. Heitkamp was recognized with this honor during IBAT’s 44th Annual Convention held September 22–25 in San Antonio. Chris Williston, IBAT president and CEO, and Julie Courtney, IBAT Education Foundation president, presented the honor to Heitkamp, who also received the IBAT Chairman’s Award in 2017. Heitkamp joins the other new addition to the wall, J. Pat Hickman, chairman and CEO at Amarillo-based Happy State Bank, whose induction was reported in last week’s Bankers Digest.
The Wall of Heroes and Legends is reserved for those who have significantly contributed to the strength of community banking in Texas. ValueBank Texas donated $25,000 to Heitkamp’s Wall of Heroes campaign, which came as a surprise to him. Funds raised will go to the IBAT Education Foundation, working to fulfill its mission of “Building Financially Literate Communities Across Texas.”
Heitkamp has served in countless IBAT leadership roles throughout the years, including IBAT chairman, which his father also held many years prior. He was the first second-generation son to be elected to this high honor. Other roles he has held include IBAT Leadership Division chairman, chair of various IBAT committees, an integral member of IBAT’s strategic planning committee and a member of the IBAT Services board. He has also served as an advisory director for the Texas Tech University Banking School. Additionally, Heitkamp’s bank was one of the original founders of the IBAT Education Foundation and a charter contributor promoting financial literacy education in high schools across Texas.
Heitkamp’s impact on the community banking industry far exceeds the Texas border. He has also made a difference on the federal level through his role last year as chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)—only the fourth Texan to lead the national association in its history. He currently serves as ICBA’s immediate past chairman and is also a member of the bank services, nominating and policy development committees, as well as former chairman of ICBA’s federal delegate board. Heitkamp has dedicated the past two years to telling the community banking story through testimony in Washington, D.C., including a meeting with President Trump and several U.S. economic advisors, and traveling the country to speak at ICBA events as well as state community banking conferences.
Heitkamp is also very involved in his local community, including the Driscoll Hospital Development Foundation board, San Patricio County Economic Development Corp., Aransas Pass Rotary Club and Texas State Aquarium. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a finance degree.
Formed in 1974, the Austin-based IBAT 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.
Published in Bankers Digest October 22, 2018