Arkansas-based Home BancShares Enters Texas with Acquisition of Happy Bancshares

On September 15, Conway, Arkansas-based Home BancShares Inc. (HOMB), the parent company of Centennial Bank, and Amarillo-based Happy Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Happy State Bank, jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Home BancShares will acquire Happy Bancshares in an all-stock merger, with Home BancShares as … Read more

IBC Bank–Corpus Christi Announces Promotion of Barrera to President and CEO

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 … Read more

Long Succeeds Williams as President and CEO of The First National Bank of Sterling City

The board of directors of The First National Bank of Sterling City has named Scot Long president and CEO. He replaces Roger D. Williams, who has held the office of president and CEO for the past 37 years. Williams will become an employee of the bank holding company, Sterling City Banc Shares Inc., and remain … Read more

SWGSB and IBAT to Host Certified Community Bank Director’s Program in October in Dallas

Board education and training are essential best practices in the new era of community banking. Regulatory expectations and wise management demand a skill set that many directors lack. The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Foundation (SWGSB) and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) have recognized this and offer the Certified Community Bank Director’s (CCBD) … 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

The National Bank of Texas Names Parker Chair of Horizon Bankshares

Wade Donnell, CEO of The National Bank of Texas at Fort Worth, recently announced that Steve Parker has been elected chair of Horizon Bankshares Inc., the bank’s holding company. Parker joined bank in 2010 as a senior vice president and was elected director of the executive committee. He served as president of the Azle location when it … Read more

Interstate Bank Announces Retirement of President/Chief Operating Officer Ogden

Perryton-based Interstate Bank recently announced the retirement of president/chief operating officer Joe Ogden, effective June 30. He has served the bank for 41 years and has held the position of president and chief operating officer since 2014. Ogden will remain on the bank’s board of directors, a position he has held since 2010. “We congratulate … Read more

First State Bank Announces Three New Board Members

Athens-based First State Bank recently announced several additions to the company’s board of directors. Lisa Kocian has been appointed to the bank’s board, and Cathy Jezek and Lee Tackett will serve as advisory directors. Lisa (Anderson) Kocian, PharmD, RPh, CDE, is co-owner of Gibson Pharmacy in Athens. She and her husband, Bruce, also a pharmacist, … Read more

Woodforest National Bank Appoints Longtime Banker Mendez to Board of Directors

The Woodlands-based Woodforest National Bank announced the appointment David Mendez to its board of directors. He retired as vice chairman/middle-market banking and specialized industries after serving JPMorgan Chase (and its predecessors) for 42 years. His prior roles include head of middle market south region, chairman of the Houston region, head of Texas commercial real estate banking, … Read more

Koncaba Elected Chair of the Texas Bankers Foundation, Joins Texas Bankers Association Board

Kristi Koncaba, president and COO of Houston-based Texan Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of the Texas Bankers Association. She has also been appointed chair of the Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association that serves and supports Texas banks, their employees and communities through educational programs, gifting … Read more