November 20–26, 2022

Mergers and Acquisitions The TDB reports that it has approved an application by The Chasewood Bank, based in Houston, to acquire MergerCo Inc., based in Houston. The TDB reports that Prosperity Bank, based in El Campo, has applied to acquire Lone Star State Bank of West Texas, based in Lubbock, and FirstCapital Bank of Texas … Read more

November 13–19, 2022

Name Changes The TDB reports that Security Bank of Crawford, based in Crawford, has applied to change its name to Security Bank of Texas. Conversions The TDB reports that it has approved an application by The First Liberty National Bank, based in Liberty, to convert to a state charter under the name First Liberty Bank. … Read more

Real Estate Investment Professional Meyer-Nelson Appointed Chair of Agility Bank

Edna Meyer-Nelson has been elected the chair of Houston-based Agility Bank NA, the first bank in the country established as a minority depository institution focused on women, but serving all. A former banker, Meyer-Nelson is president and CEO of The Richland Companies, one of the largest women-owned real estate investment firms in the country with … Read more

American Bank Kicks Off Annual Holiday Bear Drive

Corpus Christi-based American Bank’s annual Holiday Bear Drive is back and underway. Donations of new stuffed teddy bears will be accepted at any American Bank or TexStar National Bank location through December 31. The stuffed bears are given to children and families who need comfort and support to help rebuild their lives. The bears will … Read more

American Banker’s 2022 ‘Best Banks to Work For’ List Includes Texas-based Financial Institutions

American Banker has released its 2022 list of the “Best Banks to Work For,” which includes 11 banks based in Texas or with operations in Texas among the 90 listed. Like last year, Oakworth Capital Bank in Birmingham, Alabama, was ranked the Best Bank to Work For. Greater Community Bank in Rome, Georgia, is the smallest bank … Read more

The First Liberty National Bank Converts to a State-Chartered Bank

On November 30, Charles G. Cooper, commissioner of the Texas Department of Banking, announced that The First Liberty National Bank, headquartered in Liberty, has completed its conversion to a Texas state-chartered bank from a national banking association. The bank began operating as First Liberty Bank under its new charter on November 30. A wholly owned … Read more

Bruton and Jack Promoted to Administrative Officers at Texas Bank and Trust

Longview-based Texas Bank and Trust recently announced that Lyndey Bruton has been promoted to administrative officer and centralized customer operations manager, and Rebecca Jack is now administrative officer and bank cards operations manager. Both officers are based in Longview. Bruton joined Texas Bank and Trust in 2018 as a legal review specialist and has supervised … Read more

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Names Greenwald Senior Vice President

On November 29, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas announced the appointment of Emily Greenwald as senior vice president responsible for banking supervision and regulation, as well as credit, risk and reserves management. Her appointment is effective January 1, 2023. Greenwald has spent 17 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where she currently … Read more

Austin Bank Elects Seay Senior Vice President and Loan Servicing/Special Assets Manager

Jeff Austin III, chairman of Jacksonville-based Austin Bank, recently announced the promotion of Shannon Seay to senior vice president and loan servicing/special assets manager. She oversees the special assets department and supervises real estate appraisal ordering and review. Seay joined Austin Bank in 2007 as a junior credit analyst, bringing with her five years of … Read more

In Memoriam: Prosperity Bancshares’ Ervan Eugene Zouzalik

Longtime Texas banker and distinguished retired military leader Col. Ervan Zouzalik passed away peacefully on November 4 in Flatonia. He was 86. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army for 24 years before launching a successful banking career in the 1980s. In 1960, Zouzalik graduated from Texas A&M University as part of the … Read more