SouthWest Bank Appoints George New Odessa Market President

On December 28, Odessa-based SouthWest Bank announced the appointment of Phil George as Odessa market president. He currently serves as the bank’s senior vice president of commercial lending. George replaces Paul Weaver, who has been elected as the bank’s chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2023. George has 19 years of experience in the banking … 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

American Banker’s 2022 ‘Best Banks to Work For’ List Includes Texas-based Financial Institutions

American Banker has released its 2022 list of the “Best Banks to Work For,” which includes 11 banks based in Texas or with operations in Texas among the 90 listed. Like last year, Oakworth Capital Bank in Birmingham, Alabama, was ranked the Best Bank to Work For. Greater Community Bank in Rome, Georgia, is the smallest bank … Read more

SouthWest Bank Taps Banda for Commercial Lending in Odessa

Odessa-based SouthWest Bank has appointed Kaylie Banda vice president/commercial lender. She is based out of the bank’s Eighth St. branch in downtown Odessa. Banda joins SouthWest Bank from Frost Bank where she was a commercial loan officer. With seven years of experience in the banking industry, she began her career as an analyst and underwent … Read more

SouthWest Bank Taps Webb and Browning for New Oil and Gas Department

Odessa-based SouthWest Bank has announced the creation of its new oil and gas department and the appointment of two new employees—Richard Davis Browning II and Wes Webb—as the bank looks to provide specific support to a major industry in the region. Webb has been hired to serve as senior vice president/commercial lender. He has more … Read more

American Banker’s 2021 ‘Best Banks to Work For‘ List Includes Texas-based Financial Institutions

American Banker has released its 2021 list of the “Best Banks to Work For”—aka: “Best Banks to Keep Working For”—which includes 10 banks based in Texas among the 90 listed. Explaining the slight change in the title of this year’s list, American Banker notes that “good employees are hard to find—and keep. Competition for talent … Read more

SouthWest Bank Announces Promotions and New Board Members

Odessa-based SouthWest Bank recently announced the promotions of key employees in various roles and new appointments to the board of directors. Paul Weaver, a 20 year veteran with SouthWest Bank, has accepted the position of Odessa area president. He is currently the chief lending officer at SouthWest Bank and will continue in this role as … Read more

Texas Panhandle Boasts Numerous ‘Best Banks to Work For’ in 2020

American Banker, along with Best Companies Group, recently cited 85 financial institutions across the U.S. as inductees on its 2020 “Best Banks to Work For” list. The recognition honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. It’s no surprise that a number of Texas-based community banks are included on the list. What’s interesting, though, is the … Read more

Impressive Number of Community Banks Among the 2020 “Best Companies to Work for in Texas”

An impressive number of community banks were included in the recently published 2020 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas,” an annual recognition program developed by Texas Monthly magazine, the Texas Association of Business, Texas Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group. Among the companies recognized in the small-sized-employer … Read more