First State Bank Wins Best of Community Banking Awards

Gainesville, TX – The Independent Bankers Association of Texas and the Independent Community Bankers of America have recently honored First State Bank with the following awards:

Independent Bankers Association of Texas (ICBA)

– 2020 Best of Community Banking Silver Eagle Award in Bank Culture - for purchasing meals and other goods/services from struggling customers and feeding our employees during early COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.

– 2020 Best of Community Banking Bronze Eagle Award in Marketing - “Neighbors First” Campaign.

Independent Community Bankers Of America

– 2020 Outstanding Community Service - Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition for First State Bank’s Service to their Local Community for purchasing meals and other goods/services from struggling customers and feeding our employees during early COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.

“First State Bank is honored to have recently received several awards, recognizing our commitment and service to the community, customers and employees during an unprecedented year. We strive daily to live our mission in treating the community as our home, customers as our neighbors and employees as our family,” Ryan Morris, CEO, First State Bank.

About 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 $21 million to $31 billion with combined assets statewide of $193 billion. IBAT member banks are committed to supporting and investing in their local communities.

2020 marks the 29th year that IBAT has celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of Texas community banks with the BOCB Award. Community banks, such as First State Bank, play a critical role in their local communities. The Best of Community Banking competition is designed to honor local banks for their commitment to helping their customers, neighbors, employees and community. BOCB Awards recognize community banks throughout the state for their innovation, creativity and success in fulfilling a specific community or internal need. Each submission received a gold, silver or bronze award in one of five categories: bank culture, community service, financial literacy, marketing and architectural design. 

About Independent Community Bankers of America

ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.  The National Community Bank Service Awards were launched in 2002 to acknowledge the valuable role community banks play in sustaining communities across the nation, and nationally recognize and reward community banks for their unparalleled volunteer community service and financial literacy efforts. In 2011, the awards program was redesigned to be more inclusive of all community service activities, and to streamline the nomination process. Since 2002, more than 100 community banks, their employees, and the communities they serve have been recognized as part of the National Community Bank Service Awards.

About First State Bank

Chartered in 1905, First State Bank is the oldest state bank in Texas and the first state-charted bank to reach the centennial milestone. First State Bank combines the friendly customer service of hometown banking with innovation and technology to bring a unique banking experience to the communities it serves. With 13 locations in Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Montague and Wise counties, the bank is committed to the communities and people it serves. 

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