Dallas-based American Bank recently announced the appointment of William Roher as executive vice president and chief lending officer, and the promotion of Zane Smith to executive vice president and chief risk officer, effective immediately.
With more than 30 years of experience as a successful commercial lender in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, Roher will lead the bank’s commercial and business lending efforts. As part of that, he will oversee the management and development of all commercial real estate and construction, residential and SBA lending as chief lending officer. Prior to joining American Bank, Roher served in various senior leadership positions at AccessBank Texas, Northstar Bank of Texas, First United Bank & Trust and SouthTrust Banks. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
As the chief risk officer, Smith is responsible for assisting the board with setting the strategic risk direction of the bank through the implementation of a bank-wide enterprise risk management program, as well as overseeing the credit, compliance and technology groups, and managing the bank’s growing loan portfolio. Smith joined American Bank in 2020 following an eight-year career as a commissioned national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He has earned certifications across varying risk disciplines, including a certified enterprise risk professional, certified community bank risk specialist, certified information systems auditor and national bank examiner. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from West Texas A&M University.
“William’s experience and skill set will be invaluable to American Bank, and we look forward to seeing continued growth under his leadership as chief lending officer,” says Jeff Weaver, president and CEO. “Similarly, building on the momentum of Zane’s contributions to the team over the past couple of years, we readily welcome his guidance in managing the growth and risk profile of the bank.”
Established in 1974, American Bank operates in Dallas, as well as a second location in Irving’s Valley Ranch neighborhood. NewcrestImage, a privately owned Grapevine-based real estate investment firm, purchased the American Bank in 2019.