IBAT Annual Convention

October 5-8, 2024  |  San Antonio

IBAT’s Annual Convention is a four-day event that takes an in-depth look at key issues impacting the banking industry, specifically those related to community banks. General sessions (often featuring renowned national speakers), learning labs, regulator roundtables and banker-peer resource sharing sessions are offered on the education front. Networking opportunities and entertainment options, including the Chairman’s Opening Party, PAC Auction/Dinner and Songwriters’ Showcase, round out the Convention schedule.

Sponsorship details, including exhibits, will be available in May.

2023 Fireside Chat

Jelena McWilliams

Former Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Charles Cooper

Current Banking Commissioner of Texas

Jelena McWilliams was sworn in as the 21st Chairman of the FDIC on June 5, 2018. Ms. McWilliams was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. At Fifth Third Bank she served as a member of the executive management team and numerous bank committees including: Management Compliance, Enterprise Risk, Risk and Compliance, Operational Risk, Enterprise Marketing, and Regulatory Change.

  Charles G. Cooper was appointed Texas Banking Commissioner by the Texas Finance Commission on December 1, 2008. His career in the banking industry spans almost 50 years and includes senior level positions in both the public and private sectors. As Texas Banking Commissioner, his responsibilities include the chartering, regulation, supervision, and examination of 214 Texas state-chartered banks with aggregate assets of approximately $426.6 billion.  
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2023 Keynote Speakers


Brendan McDonough

Granite Mountain Hotshot and
Subject of the Film Only the Brave


David L. Cook, Ph.D.

Sport and Performance Psychology
Speaker, Coach, Author and Film-Maker


Derek B. Williams

Chairman of the Independent
Community Bankers of America (ICBA)

Brendan McDonough’s life journey has been incredible. In struggling with addiction and loss of his fellow firefighters during Yarnell Hill Wildfire, he was able to find the strength to overcome these obstacles. Today he uses his platform to encourage others to seek support when struggling, to have faith and continue to persevere.

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  David Cook served as "Mental Training Coach" for the San Antonio Spurs from 1996-2004 that included two World Championships. He has coached performers from the PGA , NBA, NFL, MLB, Olympics, and collegiate national championship ranks. His business clients include a multitude of Fortune 500 companies.

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   President and CEO of Century Bank & Trust in Milledgeville, Ga., Williams has served ICBA and the community banking industry for many years, serving in many leadership roles at ICBA.  Derek is active in his local community and is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Louisiana State University's Graduate School of Banking.

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2023 Songwriters' Showcase

Leslie Satcher 


Marv Green


J.T. Harding

Best known for writing the hits “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” for Martina McBride, “Troubadour” for George Strait and the Gretchen Wilson and Merle Haggard hit “Politically Uncorrect,” Satcher’s songs have been recorded by a veritable who’s who in the music world.

Her songwriting credits include cuts for Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Kellie Pickler, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Sheila E., Ariana Grande and dozens more.  

  Green earned his first No. 1 hit in 1998 with “True,” recorded by George Strait. The following year he scored his second No. 1 with “Amazed,” recorded by Lonestar. It spent eight weeks in the Billboard top spot.  

He garnered the ACM Song of the Year for “Amazed,” as well as a Grammy nomination. Green collected his third No. 1 with “It Just Comes Natural,” recorded by George Strait, and his fourth No. 1 with the Carrie Underwood single “Wasted." His other hits include songs for Reba McEntire, Chris Young and Tim McGraw.
   J.T. Harding was born and raised in South Detroit. While other kids were on the baseball field, J.T. was in his basement jumping around to MTV and trying to write his own songs.

He has written several chart topping hits including the 3 million selling “Smile” with Uncle Kracker, “Somewhere In My Car” with Keith Urban, “Somewhere With You” and “Bar At The End Of The World” for Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley’s “Different For Girls,” Jake Owen’s “Alone With You” and superstar Blake Shelton’s number one song “Sangria.”


Saturday, September 16
11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. Golf Tournament Check-In
1:30-6:30 p.m. Golf Tournament Shotgun Start
6:00-7:30 p.m. Chairman's Reception
Sunday, September 17
7:30-8:00 a.m. Devotional
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Registration
7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00-10:00 a.m. Associate Member and Banker Networking Event
9:00-10:00 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (5 Tracks)
  • Leadership and Strategy Track: Effective Execution of Bank Strategy: Leadership Impact on Employee Commitment
  • Risk Management Track: Recent Orders or Exam Findings – Recap on What’s Happening to Other Banks or Large Banks
  • Performance Track: Managing A Changing Interest Rate Landscape
  • Technology Track: Create Convenience and Control for Your Customers
  • Wildcard: Strategies for Effective Project Management in Your Bank
10:00-10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15-11:15 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (5 Tracks)
  • Leadership and Strategy Track: The Rocky Road Ahead: Facing New Economic and Regulatory Uncertainties
  • Risk Management Track: Check Fraud: Who Pays?
  • Performance Track: Shareholder Succession, Liquidity and Raising Necessary Capital for Next Generation Banking
  • Technology Track: Your Bank Is Overpaying for Underperformance. Evaluate Your IT Department.
  • Wildcard: Fraud and Elder Abuse: Your Unique Role as a Banker
12:00-2:15 p.m. Opening General Session and Lunch: Fireside Chat with Jelena McWilliams and Charles Cooper + 3 Stage Demos
2:15-6:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
6:00-9:00 p.m. Evening Free
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Songwriters' Showcase
Monday, September 18
7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00-10:00 a.m.
General Session and Breakfast: Keynote by Brendan McDonough + 5 Stage Demos 
10:00-11:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Awards Luncheon & General Session: Keynote by ICBA Chairman Derek B. Williams 
(includes Best of Community Banking Awards celebration)

2:00-3:00 p.m. Attorney Panel
2:00-3:00 p.m.  Banking 101
2:00-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (5 Tracks)
  • Leadership and Strategy Track: Attorney Panel
  • Risk Management Track: Attorney Panel
  • Performance Track: Succession Planning for Bank Management, Directors & Shareholders
  • Technology Track: Growing Your Bank Through Fintech Sponsorship Revenue
  • Wildcard: The Art of Branding: Mastering the Storytelling Narrative
3:00-3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3:15-4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (5 Tracks)
  • Leadership and Strategy Track: Building for Success: The 6 Types of Working Genius
  • Risk Management Track: Balancing Loan Growth & Loan Quality in Uncertain Times
  • Performance Track: Pulling Strings for Non Interest Revenue / Payments
  • Technology Track: Navigating the Core Landscape and Understanding What's Next
  • Wildcard: Unlocking Operational Efficiencies: Strategies for Optimizing Community Banking Processes
5:30-6:30 p.m. Hospitality Suites
6:30-9:00 p.m. PAC Auction and Dinner
9:00-10:30 p.m.
Nightcap Hospitality Suite
Tuesday, September 19
8:00-10:15 a.m.
Closing General Session and Brunch: Keynote by David Cook; Annual Meeting and New Chairman's Address











Alston & Bird LLP
Bedel Security
BHG Financial

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)
CP Insurance Associates
Eide Bailly LLP
Fenimore Kay Harrison LLP

Glory Global Solutions
Gulf Coast Business Credit

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Independent Financial

InfoAgora Inc.

Innovative Financing Solutions

Kristopher James Company

Norton Rose Fulbright

Stephens Inc.
The Bank Advisory Group
The Bankers Bank

Agent IQ
Chartwell Partners

Commerce Street Capital, LLC
Crowe LLP

Data Business Equipment, Inc. (DBE)
Federal Protection, Inc.

Jack Henry

Lenderful Solutions

Ray, Feighny & Hartle PLLC

SEI Sphere
Strategic Resource Management, Inc.
Whitley Penn LLP 
 Blue Ribbon

Barnett Signs, Inc.

Henry & Peters, P.C.
Ironcore, Inc.

Moss Adams LLP
Yennik, Inc. 


Advantage Health Plans Trust
Agent IQ
Applied Micro Technology, Inc.
Baker Asset Management
The Baker Group
Bankers Mortgage
BHG Financial
BMA Banking Systems
CalTech | Integris
CLA (Clifton Larson Allen LLP)
College Ave Student Loans
Comco Systems
Computer Services, Inc. (CSI)
Condley and Company, LLP
CP Insurance Associates

Crowe LLP
Data Business Equipment Inc. (DBE)
DCI (Data Center Inc.)
DEI Incorporated
Deluxe Corporation
Diebold Nixdorf
Eclipse Brand Builders, LLC
Eide Bailly LLP
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
Fitech by Deluxe
Gateway First Bank,
Correspondent Lending

Glory Global Solutions
Gulf Coast Business Credit
Hamilton Vaultronics

IBT Apps
Independent Community

Bankers of America (ICBA)
The James Paul Group
JRBT and JRBT Bank Consulting
Kristopher James Company
La Macchia Group, LLC
MG Architects
Neural Payments
NFP Executive Benefits

PhaseOne Design Builders

PULSE, a Discover Company
Purple Wave Auction
R&T Deposit Solutions
S&P Global Market Intelligence
SEI Sphere
Spry Inc.
Strategic Resource Management, Inc.
Teslar Software
Upgrade Inc.
USDA Rural Development
Verge Network Solutions
Wolf & Company, P.C.