In August, the Pope family, who has been at the helm of Longview-based Texas Bank and Trust for generations, was recognized as the newest addition to Wall of Heroes and Legends of Texas Community Banking. The gallery, which is located at the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) office in Austin, is a celebration of the men and women who define community banking in the Lone Star State.
This month marks 60 years that Rogers Pope Sr. has served as a community banker. “Sixty years of service to one’s community is a heroic act, and it is IBAT’s honor to recognize heroes when we see them in our midst,” says Christopher Williston VI, president and CEO of IBAT. “But for anyone who knows Mr. Pope, you know that he is a man of faith. He knows his life is part of a larger story.”
The Popes’ story includes four generations of community bankers—R.A. Motley, John L. Pope, Rogers Pope Sr., and Rogers Pope Jr. Pope Jr., chief executive officer and vice chairman of Texas Bank and Trust, has served as chair of the IBAT board and IBAT Services board, chair of TIB–The Independent BankersBank and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation at Southern Methodist University, on the federal delegate board for the Independent Community Bankers of America, and on the bankers advisory board for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, among numerous other industry leadership positions.
Published by Bankers Digest September 16, 2019