Community Bankers Prep Return to In-Person IBAT 2021 Convention this September in Austin

Hot off the success of this summer’s in-person Connecting Leaders Conference in Grapevine, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas is eager to continue its post-Zoom live-and-in-person gatherings with the organization’s annual IBAT Convention, September 18–21 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin. The newly renovated 4,000-acre resort in the Texas Hill Country will host … Read more

July 11–17, 2021

Mergers and Acquisitions The OCC reports that The First National Bank of Aspermont, based in Aspermont, has acquired a branch from Vista Bank, based in Dallas. The branch is located at 231 S. Central Ave. in Hamlin. Branches The OCC reports that it has approved an application by Texas Heritage National Bank, based in Daingerfield, … Read more

July 4–10, 2021

Mergers and Acquisitions The TDB reports that Capital Bank of Texas, based in  Carrizo Springs, has applied to merge with BAT Investments Inc. in Austin. Home Office Relocation The TDB reports that it has approved an application by Susser Bank to relocate its home office from 500 Harwood in Bedford to 100 Crescent Ct., Ste. … Read more

TrustTexas Bank Opens Loan Production Office in Hutto

On July 29, Cuero-based TrustTexas Bank announced the expansion of its footprint into the Hutto market with the opening of a loan production office in the Highlights of Hutto Plaza. The new office at 531 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Suite 110, will be led by Sean Garcia, vice president/loan officer. He is a seasoned banker with … Read more

Independent Banker Ranks 2021 Top Community Bank Lenders

In July, Independent Banker, the flagship publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), released its “2021 Top Lenders” list. “Our top lenders made the most of one of the toughest years in recent memory through personal connection, ingenuity and dedication to their communities,” ICBA notes in a recent press release. The survey ranks the … Read more

Independent Bankers Association of Texas Elects New Leadership Division Board and Executive Committee

The Leadership Division of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) elected new board members during its quarterly board meeting in June. Founded in 1985, the IBAT Leadership Division is dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s leaders in community banking. The 2021–22 executive committee members named to guide the IBAT Leadership Division include: Chair Justin … Read more

American Bank Names Wiggins Director of Treasury Management Support

Cassandra Wiggins has joined the Austin office of Corpus Christi-based American Bank as director of treasury management support. Making the announcement was John Wessman, executive vice president/consumer banking and marketing. In her new position, Wiggins will manage the bank’s treasury management support team. Wiggins joins American Bank with more than 30 years of financial services … Read more

IBC Bank–Brownsville Promotions Announced

IBC Bank-Brownsville recently announced the promotions of key employees in various departments. Richard Eric Abete was promoted to senior vice president in the commercial lending department. He has been with IBC Bank since 2003. Abete received his BBA degree from the University of Texas–Brownsville. His community involvement includes serving as first vice chairman of the … Read more

Austin Bank Promotes Karns and Hodgkins

Jeff Austin III, vice chairman of the board of Jacksonville-based Austin Bank, recently announced the promotion of two employees. The promotions were approved at the July board meeting at the Austin Bank corporate office. Teressa Karns has been promoted to vice president/retail market manager. Having served for the past seven years as retail office manager … Read more

Western Heritage Bank Taps Hernandez as Assistant Vice President/Credit Underwriting

Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Western Heritage Bank announced that Bryan Hernandez has been named assistant vice president/credit underwriting. He will serve the bank’s El Paso region. Prior to this promotion, he worked as a credit analyst for the bank. Hernandez, a native El Pasoan, has worked in the banking industry for more than five years. He … Read more