Waco’s American Bank President and CEO Hicks Retires

On July 14, David “Bubba” Hicks retired from Waco-based American Bank. He joined the bank in 2007 as senior executive vice president and was promoted to president and CEO in 2009. According to the bank’s Facebook page, “Hicks ‘semi-retired’ as president in 2018 and has since focused his time loaning money to some of his … Read more

In Memoriam: Marshall Bookman Peters

Marshall Bookman Peters, former chairman and CEO of First City Bank of Bryan and Texas Bankers Hall of Fame inductee, passed away peacefully on July 2 at the age of 89. He was raised in Navasota and, at the age of 11, his family moved to Bryan. After earning a BBA degree from the University … Read more

Happy State Bank’s Williamson Heads to St. Louis as First Bank President

Mikel Williamson, who served as president and CEO of Amarillo-based Happy State Bank until its 2022 merger with Conway, Arkansas-based Centennial Bank, has been named president of St. Louis, Missouri-based First Bank. He will also assume the role of CEO at the end of this year upon the retirement of Shelley Seifert, who has served … Read more

Vista Bank Announces Plans to Expand into South Florida

Dallas-based Vista Bank is expanding its footprint to Florida, the company’s first location outside of Texas, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The bank has taken office space on the first floor of the Divosta Towers in Palm Beach Gardens and plans to open a branch in mid-August. The Journal reports that Dan Sheehan, a … Read more

Classic Bank Appoints Minor CEO and Chairman of the Board

The board of directors of Cameron-based Classic Bank NA has appointed John D. Minor chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He previously served as president and chief lending officer. Minor is a third-generation banker with more than 30 years of banking experience in Central Texas. Prior to joining Classic Bank, he was senior vice … Read more

In Memoriam: Karl Edward Hill, The First State Bank CEO and Chair

Karl Edward Hill passed away on May 22 at the age of 58 at his home in Columbus. At the time of his passing, he was CEO and chairman of the board at Columbus-based The First State Bank, capping a 35-year career there. Hill attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and played … Read more

In Memoriam: J. Michael Terrell, Waggoner National Bank

Longtime Lubbock banker James Michael Terrell passed away on April 19. He was 71. Better known as Mike, he previously served as president and CEO at Vernon-based Waggoner National Bank, then as vice chairman of the board starting in 2014. According to his obituary, Terrell was a teacher at heart. After serving several years as … Read more

First Texas National Bank Promotes Three, Including Farris to CEO

Tom Farris, chairman of Floydada-based First Texas National Bank, has announced the following promotions. T.K. Farris has been named chief executive officer of the bank. A graduate of Texas Christian University and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, Farris has been with First Texas National Bank since 2017. His experience is … Read more

SouthWest Bank Announces Leadership Succession Plan

On December 20, Odessa-based SouthWest Bank announced that Dewey Bryant, chief executive officer, will assume the role of CEO emeritus effective January 1, 2023. In this role, he will continue to serve on the SouthWest Bank board of directors and help execute a seamless leadership transition for the bank. The SouthWest Bank board has elected … Read more

Former Texas Capital Bank Executive Hall Named Austin Chamber of Commerce Interim CEO

On December 1, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced that Kerry Hall will serve as interim president and CEO beginning on January 3, 2023. She is taking over for Laura Huffman, who is leaving the organization on December 31, 2022. Hall has more than 35 years of experience in banking in Austin and recently … Read more