The Independent Bankers Association of Texas recently honored 22 Texas community banks with Best of Community Banking awards. The Best of Community Banking competition celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of IBAT member banks and the role they play in communities across Texas.

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas recently honored 22 Texas community banks with Best of Community Banking awards. The Best of Community Banking competition celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of IBAT member banks and the role they play in communities across Texas.


"Now more than ever before, the difference between community banks and large financial institutions is clear for all to see," IBAT President Chris Williston said. "Our Texas community banks are on a constant mission to go the extra mile to serve their communities, and these awards give us an opportunity each year to showcase their great work."


The annual Best of Community Banking Awards recognize IBAT member institutions with a gold, silver or bronze award in four categories: architectural design, financial literacy, community service and marketing. Additionally, a "Best in Show" award is given to the overall winner.


American Bank of Texas received a gold-level award for marketing. Member banks are judged on innovation and creativity, number of people benefited or affected, and the success in fulfilling a community need, says a press release from the IBAT


All gold, silver and bronze award entries were on display during the IBAT Annual Convention, with gold award winners recognized at the Best of Community Banking Awards Luncheon in September in San Antonio.