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Texas Banker Elected ICBA Chairman

Mar 18, 2017


Heitkamp of Corpus Christi to serve the nation’s community banks

San Antonio (March 18, 2017)—R. Scott Heitkamp, president and CEO of ValueBank Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas, was elected chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for 2017-18. Heitkamp was elected during the 2017 ICBA national convention, ICBA Community Banking LIVE®, in San Antonio. His term begins at the conclusion of the convention on March 19.

“Community banks serve the needs of their customers and communities and make their towns and cities a better place to live. By lending locally, they not only make their community stronger, they also make America’s economy more resilient,” Heitkamp said. “It is a privilege and an honor to represent the community banking industry, and I look forward to advancing our agenda with policymakers over the next year.”

Heitkamp has served ICBA and the community banking industry for decades. He is chairman of the Executive Committee and the board of directors. He is a member of the Bank Services, Nominating and Policy Development committees. He is also former chairman of ICBA’s Federal Delegate Board, ICBPAC and the Membership/Marketing Committee, and he is a previous chairman and current member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

On a local level, Heitkamp has served as chairman of the Driscoll Hospital Development Foundation board of directors, is a current member of the board of directors of the Texas State Aquarium, is previous chairman of the San Patricio County Economic Development Corp., and is past president of the Aransas Pass Rotary Club. Heitkamp is also past president the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Leadership Division and past advisory director of the Texas Tech University Banking School.

“We are fortunate to have Scott serve as ICBA’s chairman,” said ICBA Immediate Past Chairman Rebeca Romero Rainey, chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, N.M. “Scott’s dedication, commitment and passion for our industry are unparalleled. He has served his bank and community well, and his effective leadership is very much appreciated by ICBA and the nation’s community banks.”

Heitkamp is a graduate from Texas Tech University, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance. He lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, with his wife, Carrie. They have two children, Hailey and Andrew.

ICBA is the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to promoting the interests of locally operated community banks and savings institutions. With trusted financial expertise and high-quality customer service as their hallmarks, community banks offer the best financial-services option for millions of consumers, small businesses and agricultural enterprises.

For more information, including a biography for Heitkamp, visit ICBA’s Press Room.

About ICBA
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