TransPecos Financial Corp. to Acquire Citizens State Bank of Luling

San Antonio-based TransPecos Financial Corp. announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Luling Bancshares Inc., which includes its subsidiary Citizens State Bank of Luling, according to the San Antonio Business Journal. TransPecos Financial Corp. is the holding company of TransPecos Banks SSB, which operates in Pecos, Alpine and Marathon. TransPecos Banks reports … Read more

Wallis Bank’s Dakri Family Donates $4 Million to Support University of Houston’s Center for Economic Inclusion

The Dakri family, which includes the leadership of Wallis-based Wallis Bank, has pledged $4 million to support the University of Houston’s new Center for Economic Inclusion (CEI) in the C.T. Bauer College of Business. Launched in May, the CEI’s programs build on Bauer’s award-winning SURE program (Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship), which trains students in … Read more

Community Bankers to Gather in Fort Worth (Finally) for 48th Annual Convention

Members of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas finally get a chance to gather in Fort Worth for its 48th Annual IBAT Convention, September 24–27 at the Omni Fort Worth. Texas’ premier organization of community bankers was scheduled to convene in Fort Worth in 2020, but the pandemic put the skids on that and the … Read more

Louisiana-based Origin Bancorp Completes Acquisition of BT Holdings/BTH Bank

On August 1, Origin Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Choudrant, Louisiana-based Origin Bank, announced the completion of its acquisition of BT Holdings Inc., the holding company for Quitman-based BTH Bank NA. The acquisition became effective on August 1 in accordance with the terms of the agreement and plan of merger announced in February. “We … Read more

Louisiana-based Investar Bank Agrees to Sell Two South Texas Branches to First Community Bank

On July 18, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Investar Holding Corp. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Investar Bank National Association, has entered into an agreement to sell certain assets, deposits and other liabilities associated with its Alice and Victoria locations in Texas to Corpus Christi-based First Community Bank. The pending sale is expected to close in … Read more

Amegy Bank Expands in Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with New Loan Production Office in Arlington

Houston-based Amegy Bank has opened a loan production office in south Arlington as the bank continues to expand its footprint in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The new loan production office, located at 700 Highlander Blvd., Ste. 350, in Arlington, will be led by Shirley Cox, senior vice president of commercial banking. Cox is an Arlington … Read more

Priority Services for Financial Institutions: Make Calls with Confidence When Needed Most

Editor’s note: Did you know that financial institutions have access to a free resource that allows priority service for phone calls made when communication lines are congested? Bankers Digest and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to provide details on the program. Community banks—especially those located in areas … Read more

CSI Partners with Bankers Helping Bankers to Support Community Banks with Innovative Fintech Solutions

Paducah, Kentucky-based Computer Services Inc. (CSI), a leading provider of end-to-end fintech and regtech solutions, has partnered with Bankers Helping Bankers to further the organization’s mission of empowering community banks. Established by FedFis and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) in late 2021, Bankers Helping Bankers connects bankers nationwide so that they can identify … Read more

Operation HOPE’s Financial Coaching Offered at BancorpSouth Bank’s Dallas Branch 

BancorpSouth Bank, a division of Tupelo, Mississippi-based Cadence Bank, and Operation HOPE have partnered to provide a free financial education and counseling program through a new HOPE Inside office in Dallas. The HOPE Inside office is part of the bank’s nearly $1.5 million investment to Operation HOPE for financial literacy programs over the next two … Read more

Austin Bank Celebrates Opening of Newest Branch in Montgomery

Jacksonville-based Austin Bank and the Montgomery Area Chamber held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newest Austin Bank location in Montgomery. The July 20 ceremony was well attended by the Austin Bank leadership team, employees, Texas State Senator Robert Nichols, members of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, friends and area business leaders. … Read more