Association Updates

Kansas Farmer Outlines Costly Toll of Overregulation

June 21 — America’s farmers and ranchers are facing an economic storm, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. With farm income levels that have fallen by half since 2013, a continued slump in crop prices and export markets in peril, the hit farmers are taking from costly regulations only intensifies the storm, according to Kansas farmer Glenn Brunkow.


New President/CEO Announced by IBAT

June 19 — The Independent Bankers Association of Texas announced the selection of Christopher L. Williston VI to serve as the organization’s next president and CEO. Williston has been a member of the IBAT staff since 2009 and currently serves as the association’s chief operations officer. He will succeed his father, Christopher L. Williston, who has served as IBAT’s president and CEO for the past 30 years, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

IBAT Hosts 33rd Annual Leadership Conference

June 12 — The Independent Bankers Association of Texas — the largest state community banking association in the nation — will host its 33rd Annual Leadership Conference at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, June 14-16, 2018. More than 200 community bankers and industry advocates from across the state will participate in this three-day event focused on developing leaders in Texas community banking.

This year’s theme at this annual conference designed for both the next generation of leaders and current leaders in community banking is “Connecting Leaders.” Attendees will enjoy a combination of educational offerings, leadership development activities, networking opportunities and entertainment. General sessions are presented by industry experts and nationally renowned speakers. Additionally, there is a golf tournament and Kids Camp as well as a Family Fun Night with dinner, dancing and entertainment by popular cover band Suede, which will perform rock hits from the past five decades and original music.

Educational offerings throughout the event are in the form of general sessions, hot topic breakout sessions and optional workshops. General session highlights include:

  • “Fail Faster: Building Resilient Leaders,” presented by author and TEDx speaker Anne Grady, who will discuss the importance of consistently bouncing back and overcoming failure to ultimately reach success. She will focus on building resilience in organizations.
  • “Never Give Up: The Survivor Way,” presented by motivational speaker and reality show “Survivor” competitor Holly Hoffman, who will explore how we decide to survive on a daily basis and the role adversity plays in learning who we are and what we’re made of.
  • “Business Ethics, Wells Fargo and Mickey Gilley: Why All New Accounts Look Profitable at Closing Time,” presented by author and professor Lyle Sussman, Ph.D., who will present strategies for transforming codes of ethics into behavioral realities, using Wells Fargo as an example.
  • “Lead with Character,” presented by former NFL player Matt Birk, who will look at the complicated and often misunderstood concept of character. He will share a relationship-based approach to leadership that will promote well-being and foster resilience throughout any organization, from top to bottom.

“IBAT’s Leadership Conference gives up-and-coming community bank leaders the opportunity to network, learn from and develop personal relationships with their peers and tenured leaders in the industry — all while enjoying family time in an informal setting,” said Chris Williston, IBAT president and CEO. “Members and staff both enjoy the unique aspects of this conference that make it unlike any other event throughout the year.”

To learn more about IBAT’s 33rd Leadership Conference, visit



Payments Technology Innovation Takes Center Stage at ETA’s TRANSACT Tech Atlanta

June 5 – The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) will bring together the payments industry to discuss how technological innovation is changing the industry during TRANSACT Tech Atlanta on June 12, 2018. The one-day fintech event on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta puts the payments technology industry’s leaders on stage and provides unique networking and business development opportunities for all attendees.


BAI Launches Emerging Leaders Network, Applications Now Open

May 24 — BAI has announced the launch of the BAI Emerging Leaders Network, a selective professional development network that will help rising stars become stronger leaders and drive positive change in the financial services industry.


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