85R11623 CJM-D
  By: King of Uvalde H.R. No. 550
         WHEREAS, Mae Beth Palone is retiring from the Independent
  Bankers Association of Texas on February 28, 2017, drawing to a
  close an outstanding career that has spanned more than four
  decades; and
         WHEREAS, A native of Sweetwater, Ms. Palone earned a
  bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Texas and
  has lived in Austin ever since; following her graduation in 1975,
  she joined the staff of State Representative Elmer Martin; she went
  on to work in the offices of Representatives Walter Grubbs, Jimmy
  Mankins, and Foster Whaley, and she even assisted a newly elected
  representative, Rick Perry, before he had his own staff; she
  finished her Capitol career in the service of Representative Robert
  Earley; and
         WHEREAS, On November 15, 1994, Ms. Palone became the
  government relations officer for the Independent Bankers
  Association of Texas, and in that role, she worked tirelessly to
  promote the cause of community bankers in Texas; she also wrote the
  scripts for the organization's annual convention and other IBAT
  events and communications; and
         WHEREAS, After receiving a promotion to vice president in
  2000, Ms. Palone took the reins of the leadership division in 2004,
  and under her guidance, the organization's membership grew to over
  590; during her notable tenure, she also implemented a regional
  governance structure and mentored future leaders of the Texas
  banking industry; and
         WHEREAS, Despite her busy professional life, Ms. Palone has
  found time to give back to her community as a CASA volunteer and as a
  member of the board of directors of her homeowners association; in
  her leisure hours, she can often be found cheering on the Texas
  Longhorns, and she never misses a home game; and
         WHEREAS, Through her professionalism, deep experience, and
  commitment to excellence, Mae Beth Palone has greatly benefited the
  Texas community banking industry and countless area residents, and
  she may indeed reflect with pride on a career well spent; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Mae Beth Palone on the occasion of
  her retirement from the Independent Bankers Association of Texas
  and extend to her sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Ms. Palone as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.