York and Plunk to Retire from Citizens Bank, Velvin Hired as President and Mills as Chief Lending Officer

Kilgore-based Citizens Bank recently announced the retirement of two of its officers and the hiring of a new president and chief operating officer as well as a new executive vice president and chief lending officer. Sammy York, the bank’s current president and CEO, announced his plan to retire at the end of 2021 after a … Read more

Mississippi-based BancorpSouth Bank to Acquire Texas-based Cadence Bancorporation

On April 12, Tupelo, Mississippi-based BancorpSouth Bank and Houston-based Cadence Bancorporation, the parent company of Cadence Bank NA, jointly announced that they have entered into a merger agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger with a total market value of more than $6 billion to create a leading Texas and Southeastern … Read more

IBAT’s VendorConnect Offers a Virtual Improvement Over Old-School Meet-’n’-Greets

Many aspects of life are beginning the return to normal. In a number of ways, we can see light at the end of the tunnel. We look forward to the days when we can do things the ways that we had before, prior to COVID-19. But we are also asking: Should everything go back to the way … Read more

Bradford, Horizon Bankshares Chair, to Retire

George M. Bradford, who helped lead Fort Worth-based The National Bank of Texas for decades, will retire in April as the chairman of the bank’s holding company, Horizon Bankshares. The announcement was made by Wade Donnell, the bank’s current CEO, along with the board of directors. Bradford’s banking career started in 1972 at The First … Read more

Orr Retiring as CEO of FirstBank & Trust, Will Continue as Board Chair with Garland as New CEO

On January 28, Lubbock-based FirstBank & Trust of Texas announced the retirement of CEO Barry Orr, effective March 31. He is the organizer and founder of the bank, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Orr will continue to serve as chairman of the board for FirstBank & Trust, as well as on the board … Read more

Citizens National Bank Strengthens Organization’s Future with Promotions of Wise, Morrison and Morse

Cameron-based Citizens National Bank recently announced three leadership promotions at this month’s board meeting. Steven M. Wise has been appointed chief executive officer and president. He has been with Citizens National Bank since 2009, joining as a regional credit manager and quickly working his way up to chief lending officer in 2012. In the CLO … Read more

Alliance Bank CEO Sellers Named Chairman of Alliance BancShares, Law to Serve as President/CFO and Shurtleff Tapped as Market President

Tom Sellers, CEO of Sulphur Springs-based Alliance Bank, has been named chairman of the board of Alliance BancShares Inc., the bank’s parent company. In addition, James Law, chief financial officer, will assume Sellers’ former role as president of Alliance Bank and remain CFO for the bank and its holdings, and Keith Shurtleff has been promoted … Read more

Appling Promoted to President and CEO of Oklahoma-based The Bankers Bank

On January 5, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based The Bankers Bank, a correspondent bank serving community banks in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, announced the promotion of Troy Appling to president and CEO. He will provide leadership, direction and guidance of the holding company and subsidiaries in achieving their goals and objectives. The Bankers Bank conducted a … Read more

Liberty Capital Bank Taps Morris as CEO and Pickard as CFO

Addison-based Liberty Capital Bank has announced the appointment of Alan Morris as chief executive officer and Amy Pickard as chief financial officer. These leadership changes follow the retirements of former CEO Ben Cunningham and former CFO David Sprinkle from the company. “Ben Cunningham’s influence as the CEO of Liberty Capital Bank cannot be understated,” says … Read more

North Dallas Bank & Trust’s Chairman and CEO Shipman to Retire, Miller to be Named New CEO

On December 15, Dallas-based North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. (NDBT) announced that W. Michael Shipman will retire as chairman of the board and chief executive officer on March 31, 2021. Shipman will be succeeded by the bank’s current president, Larry A. Miller, effective April 1, 2021. “It is fitting that during North Dallas Bank & Trust’s … Read more