Message from the President

Chris Furlow

Chris Furlow
TBA President & CEO

A light in the dark

12/1/2020
With the challenges and change that 2020 threw at the banking industry, one thing we can say about the year is that it gave Texas bankers the opportunity to shine.

God bless the Texas banker

11/1/2020
You will also find no better witness to the nobility of character than Texas community bankers during this challenging year — from working tirelessly to save jobs and small businesses to contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed neighbors

Who is out to compromise your vote?

10/1/2020
With Cybersecurity Month upon us and the Nov. 3 elections just days away, our thoughts turn to the implications of possible cyber-sourced election disruption.

Giving credit where credit is due

9/1/2020
This year the COVID-19 pandemic presents a rare opportunity to reset the discussion in the bank versus credit union debate and provide long-straddling elected officials and candidates with new facts.

Needing forgiveness

8/1/2020
The ease — or difficulty — of the PPP forgiveness process will ultimately define the success or failure of the program for both PPP small business borrowers and lenders.

A matter of trust

7/1/2020
“In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.” The first thought that ran through my mind was that banks should have posted this message for the government at the launch of the PPP.

Government programs by oxymoron

6/1/2020
“Interim Final Rule.” Interim and final? Only the government could come up with something so bureaucratic and official yet “oxymoronic.”

Texas banks & PPP: A monumental labor of love

5/1/2020
As of April 16, Texas banks led the way, making more than 134,737 approved loans — the highest number among the 50 states. The amount of approved loans totaled more than $28 billion.

Extraordinary times, extraordinary people

4/1/2020
Texas banks, which have long had pandemic plans, have taken swift action to protect and provide prudent aid to customers; to care for their perseverant employees; and to ensure safety and soundness across our banking system.

Heart and soul

3/1/2020
When ATMs emerged in the 1960s and '70s, some futurists saw it as the beginning of the end of community banking. It clearly wasn't. Today, we see many actors challenging community banks using technology.

Longhorn, shorthorn, cotton, wheat!

2/1/2020
In April, the Texas Bankers Association proudly celebrates the 100th anniversary of its Agriculture Conference.

Auld Lang Syne

1/1/2020
There were many accomplishments in 2019. But as we look back, we recall that 2019 was bittersweet as TBA mourned the loss of two industry giants this fall.

Election 2020 one year out: Forecasting the future

11/1/2019
There are factors beyond the control of community bankers that dictate the condition of the U.S. and global economies. The status of the yield curve is certainly important, but there are other critical questions to ask.

Ike and cybersecurity leadership

10/1/2019
When most people think about cybersecurity, they think about technology. But the human element remains the most significant challenge we face when it comes to cyber vulnerabilities.

'Let It Be?'

9/1/2019
When you speak with Texas community bankers, especially those closest to the border, BSA/AML issues are frequently atop the list of concerns. A particular sticking point is the Currency Transaction Report threshold of $10,000.

To make the best better

8/1/2019
The Texas Bankers Foundation has launched a new initiative that recognizes our association???s passion for financial literacy, education and a healthy agriculture community in Texas.

The core of the matter

7/1/2019
The bank-core relationship is fundamental to meeting the needs of bank customers and this requires strong collaboration in a rapidly evolving and ultra-competitive marketplace.