The board of directors of IBC Bank–Corpus Christi recently appointed Gustavo A. Barrera to lead its Corpus Christi region as president and CEO. With more than 26 years of community banking experience, all with IBC Bank, Barrera’s knowledge and expertise have contributed to the overall growth and success of the Corpus Christi region and business community. As president and CEO, he will oversee the entire Corpus Christi region, which includes nine area branch locations in Corpus Christi, Rockport, Sinton, Portland and Aransas Pass. Barrera succeeds Harold Shockley Jr., who served as executive vice president when IBC Bank purchased The Bank of Corpus Christi in 1995 and as bank CEO since 2008. Shockley will remain a member of the IBC Bank–Corpus Christi advisory board.
“Harold’s devotion to philanthropic activities and his dedicated work and well-rounded expertise in the banking business have made a significant contribution to the Coastal Bend community, and we look forward to his continued leadership as an advisory director,” says Dennis E. Nixon, chairman and CEO of International Bancshares Corp. “Gus is a seasoned and knowledgeable IBC Bank officer who will expand the ‘Do More’ mantra established under Harold and continue his legacy of professionalism and dedication to our customers and their financial needs.”
Barrera began his career at IBC Bank as a credit analyst in the commercial credit department in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to credit manager and bank officer. During his time as credit manager, Barrera continued to move up the ranks and was promoted to assistant vice president. In 2002, he was promoted to vice president and embarked on his lending career as a commercial lender. In 2008, Barrera was promoted to first vice president and head of the sales and retail group for the Corpus Christi region, while maintaining his lending duties. In 2011, Barrera was promoted to senior vice president and in May 2021 was promoted to executive vice president.
“It has been my honor to serve the banking and broader needs of the Corpus Christi community at IBC Bank for more than 25 years,” says Barrera. “I am looking forward to this new opportunity to work with our customers and our community stakeholders as bank president and CEO.”
Barrera received his BBA degree in accounting and finance from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He dedicates his time and efforts to numerous community organizations in the Coastal Bend. He currently serves as board chair for the Art Museum of South Texas, treasurer for Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi Inc. and Mother Theresa Shelter Inc., and is a member of the board of directors for the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi National Alumni Association. Barrera has served on numerous boards, including Mary McLeod Bethune Day Nursery Inc., and is past president of the Kiwanis Club of Corpus Christi.
IBC Bank–Corpus Christi is a member of International Bancshares Corp., a multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo with approximately $15.3 billion in total assets and 186 facilities serving 87 communities in Texas and Oklahoma.