California-based East West Bank Contributes to Texas Storm Relief

Pasadena, California-based East West Bank, which operates 13 locations in the Texas/Southwest region, presented a $10,000 contribution to the Houston Food Bank on April 12 to support local organizations that are aiding communities disproportionately impacted by the severe weather crisis that hit Texas in mid-February. As families grapple with both the health and economic impacts … Read more

IBAT’s VendorConnect Offers a Virtual Improvement Over Old-School Meet-’n’-Greets

Many aspects of life are beginning the return to normal. In a number of ways, we can see light at the end of the tunnel. We look forward to the days when we can do things the ways that we had before, prior to COVID-19. But we are also asking: Should everything go back to the way … Read more

The COVID Cost Shift

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted banking. Changing consumer behavior has created new habits that will last a lifetime. Remaining relevant in an evolving competitive landscape reshaped by the pandemic is the challenge. Financial institutions that successfully realign network delivery to traverse this challenge will emerge with the ability to capture present and future opportunities. Productivity … Read more

In Memoriam: Sam Kimberlin, Former Texas Bankers Association CEO

Samuel Owen Kimberlin, former chief executive officer of the Texas Bankers Association, passed away on November 10 in Austin following a short illness due to COVID. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years at the end of World War II, he attended the University of Texas–Austin, graduating with a BBA degree and … Read more

Several Texas Financial Institutions Named ‘Top 100 Places to Work’ by Dallas Morning News

Terrell-based American National Bank of Texas, one of the oldest independently owned banks in Texas, has made The Dallas Morning News’ “Top 100 Places to Work 2020” list in the large-company category. This is the 11th time the bank has achieved this significant recognition as a top employer in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In addition, … Read more

FDIC Issues Report on the Importance of Community Banks in Paycheck Protection Program Lending

An analysis of call report data from FDIC-insured banks finds that community banks are playing a vital role in supporting small businesses through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Community banks hold nearly a third of all bank-held PPP loans, compared to holding only 15 percent of all bank loans, according to a … Read more