38th Annual Connecting Leaders Conference
June 21-24, 2023 | Margaritaville Lake Conroe

IBAT’s Connecting Leaders 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. Members and staff both enjoy the unique aspects of this conference that make it unlike any other event throughout the year.

Keynote Speakers


Julie Ness Bell, Ph.D

The Mind of a Champion
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Billy Riggs, MRE, MDIV

The Dr. Phil of Magic
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2023 Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, June 21
3:00-5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
Thursday, June 22
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00-11:30 a.m. Opening General Session (Keynote: Julie Ness Bell, Ph.D)
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Legislative Update Panel
1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions             
2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:15-6:00 p.m. Free for Family Afternoon
7:00 p.m. IBAT Beach Olympics
Friday, June 23
7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. General Session
10:00-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:30 p.m. Closing General Session and Lunch (Keynote: Billy Riggs, MRE, MDIV)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:30-5:30 p.m. Free for Family Afternoon
5:30-6:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite
6:30-10:00 p.m. Family Fun Night w/Music & Dinner

Saturday, June 24
8:00-9:30 a.m. Grab-and-Go Breakfast
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Fishing Outing

Friday Family Fun Night

Featuring Musical Guest Jack Ingram

  Jack Ingram is a Texas-born country singer whose records have earned both critical and peer adoration and spawned massive hit singles. Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. 

The modern-day honky tonker’s records have won him a fiercely devoted fan base with hit singles including, "Lips of an Angel," "Measure of a Man," “Barefoot and Crazy” and most recently, his latest collaborative album with Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall called “The Marfa Tapes.” 

There's no better way to savor summer than spending an evening with family and friends listening to Texas Country music!

2023 Event Sponsors

Strategic Partner

Diamond Partner


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

BHG Financial
CP Insurance Associates
Eide Bailly LLP
Fenimore Kay Harrison LLP
Glory Global Solutions
Holland & Knight LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Agent IQ
Crowe LLP
Data Business Equipment, Inc. (DBE)
SEI Sphere
Strategic Resource Management, Inc.