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IBAT Presents 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award

June 28, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas (June 28, 2022) – The Leadership Division of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) recently honored Brad Tidwell, President and Chief Executive Officer at VeraBank in Henderson, with its 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award. Tidwell was presented this prestigious award during the 37th Annual Connecting Leaders Conference—the division’s flagship event—at the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, June 16-18, 2022.

To be considered for the Excellence in Leadership Award, one must be a member of the IBAT Leadership Division. This person demonstrates a long history of personal commitment to and financial support of the 450-member division, which was founded in 1985 and is dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s leaders in community banking. Recipients of the award must selflessly donate their time to promote, support and serve independent bankers in Texas.

“Brad Tidwell personifies what leadership means at his bank, in his community and in the community banking industry,” said Christopher Williston, IBAT President and Chief Executive Officer. “IBAT is proud to present him with this year’s Excellence in Leadership Award. He leads by example and with integrity, and he is very deserving of this recognition."

Brad became President and CEO of VeraBank in 2008. Under his management, the bank has grown from $700 million in assets to over $3.9 billion, and has evolved into a progressive, full-service financial institution, offering retail and commercial banking, wealth management and insurance. Prior to joining VeraBank, Brad spent 17 years with J.P. Morgan Chase. In his spare time, he is a classic rock enthusiast. Brad holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M. For more information about IBAT’s 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award, please visit

About the Independent Bankers Association of Texas

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 $27 million to $39 billion with combined assets statewide of $256 billion. IBAT member banks are committed to supporting and investing in their local communities.

About VeraBank

VeraBank is a privately owned community bank that serves 16 counties in East, Central and Southeast Texas with ~500 employees, a network of 38 conveniently located branches, $3.8 billion in assets, and trust assets under management of approximately $950 million. Since 1930, VeraBank has remained committed to genuine banking, providing excellent personal service with the latest in banking technology. Visit us online at Member FDIC.

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