Remembering a Legend:
Gayle Earls

April 2018

In Remembrance

Community Banking Loses a Dear Friend

The community banking family is mourning the loss of Gayle Earls, who passed away early Friday morning after a valiant battle with cancer. Gayle profoundly touched the lives—personally and professionally—of many of us across Texas and the nation, and he will be missed. One of the many ways he served our industry was through his time on the IBAT board.


Commerce Street Capital Presents the 16th Annual Bank Conference Featuring Fred Chang (pictured)

March 2018

Please join Commerce Street Capital, LLC for their 16th Annual Bank Conference on Thursday, April 10th, 2018.  Frederick R. Chang, Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, is the featured speaker for the conference.  Dr. Chang's career spans service in the private sector as well as in the U.S. government including as the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency.  His talk will describe the current and evolving nature of the threat in cyberspace and will discuss solutions and areas of concern for the future.


Emerging Leaders Update: The Power of Education

July 2017

I always think about my time at the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU during this time of year. While I was there, a group text message started between myself and several classmates. We started talking about all of the incredible experiences we had both in and out of the classroom. The bankers on this group text were from all over the place, including Scottsdale, AZ; Dallas, TX; College Station, TX, and Jonesboro, AR. After not having seen some of these classmates since we graduated back in 2006, I realized again just the power of education.