October 22, 2015

Longview Community Banker to Chair Independent Bankers Assn. of Texas Board of Directors

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Vice Chariman and Chief Executive Officer Rogers Pope, Jr.

Rogers Pope, Jr. of Texas Bank and Trust Elevated to Highest Leadership Position With the Largest State Community Banking Association in the Nation


AUSTIN, Texas—The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) is proud to announce that Rogers Pope, Jr., chief executive officer and vice chairman of Texas Bank and Trust, Longview, will serve as chairman of the IBAT Board of Directors for 2015-2016. He officially accepted this position during the association’s 41st annual convention held in Galveston on September 19-22.


Pope was appointed Texas Bank and Trust chief executive officer in 2014, after serving as chief operating officer for the previous 10 years. In his role, he assists with management of the bank and its holding companies. He is a fourth generation banker. As an attorney specializing in banking law, Pope worked for Dallas law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP’s financial institutions practice group before joining Texas Bank and Trust.


A Longview native, Pope received his Bachelor’s Degree in businesses administration from Baylor University and his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School. He graduated from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking with distinction and as class valedictorian in 2001. He is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Graduate Trust School and has received the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Association of Bank Counsel.


In addition to leading the IBAT Board, Pope is the vice chairman of TIB—The Independent BankersBank and immediate past chairman of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation. He also serves on the federal delegate board for the Independent Community Bankers of America and on the bankers advisory board for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, as well as previously holding various other industry leadership positions.


Active in his community as well, Pope is vice chairman of the Bruce McMillan, Jr, Foundation and a member of the Good Shepherd Medical Center Foundation Board, Longview 20/20 Forum Board and Buckner Foundation Board. Other organizations he has served include the Longview Chamber of Commerce, Longview Regional Medical Center, Greater Longview United Way, Rotary Club of Longview, Longview Area Baylor Club, East Texas Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, Gregg County Division of the American Heart Association, Junior Achievement, Carter BloodCare in Tyler and Longview Public Library Foundation. Pope is a former executive board member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and an active member of Mobberly Baptist Church. Pope and his wife Kellie have five children.


He joins Chair-Elect Darla Rooke of Junction National Bank in Junction, Secretary-Treasurer Joe Kim King of Brady National Bank in Brady and Immediate Past Chairman John Jay of Roscoe State Bank in Roscoe. New board members include Gary Owens of Southwestern National Bank in Houston and Kenneth Zapalac of National Bank & Trust in La Grange.


Austin-based IBAT represents more than 2,000 independent banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Additional information about the new board of directors can be found at


About the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT)

Formed in 1974, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) represents Texas community banks. The Austin-based group is the largest state community banking organization in the nation, with membership comprised of more than 2,000 banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Providing safe and responsible financial services to all Texans, IBAT member bank assets range in size from $10 million to more than $20 billion with combined assets statewide of nearly $165 billion. IBAT member banks are committed to supporting and investing in their local communities. 


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