First Federal Community Bank Celebrates 100 Years with Texas Historical Marker

In the aftermath of the Great War and the devastating fire of 1916 that left Paris, Texas, in disarray, a group of community leaders banded together to devise a plan for the city’s recovery. In 1922, they founded the Paris Savings and Loan Association—now First Federal Community Bank—with a mission to promote home ownership and … Read more

In Memoriam: Ronnie Earl Abbott, Peoples National Bank Founder

Longtime banker Ronald “Ronnie” Earl Abbott , founder of Paris-based Peoples National Bank (now Peoples Bank under a Texas state charter), passed away on September 1 at the age of 69. Raised in Paris, Abbott went straight to work after graduating from high school, starting off as a dispatcher for the Texas Ranger Law Enforcement … Read more

Liberty National Bank Welcomes a Fifth-Generation Cecil to the Board

Paris-based Liberty National Bank has hired Dillon Cecil as an executive vice president and a newly appointed bank board member. He will focus on consumer and commercial loans, residential home loans and assist with bank operations. Cecil started his banking career at TIB NA in 2014 as a credit analyst/lending officer. He was later promoted … Read more

Stroud Named Chief Accounting Officer at Lamar National Bank

Paris-based Lamar National Bank has announced the hiring of veteran banker Mark Stroud as executive vice president/chief accounting officer. He began his banking career in West Texas where his father and brother also served as community bankers. From 2005 to 2022, he served as chief financial officer at Classic Bank in Cameron. “Mark’s passion for … Read more

Former Major League Baseball All-Star Hunter Joins Lamar National Bank Board

Paris-based Lamar National Bank has announced the appointment of Dr. Torii Hunter to its board of directors. A former Major League Baseball veteran who played for 19 years, Hunter established himself as one of the top players in his field. He is the recipient of nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards, a five-time Major League All-Star … Read more

Blair Named Regional Market President at Lamar National Bank

Paris-based Lamar National Bank has hired Brian Blair to serve as regional market president over the bank’s Celina and Anna markets. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Blair began his banking career in 2007, advancing as regional president for Prosperity Bank for the Houston market and later the Plano market. “We are pleased to … Read more

Fifty-six Bankers Complete 2022 Texas Tech School of Banking Program

The Texas Tech School of Banking recently completed its 2022 session. Banking professionals from across Texas and three other states convened at Rawls College of Business on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock for the program. Established in 1973, the school offers a blend of traditional academic coursework and interactive lecture sessions hosted … Read more

Former Celina Mayor Howard Joins Lamar National Bank as Market President

Paris-based Lamar National Bank has hired Corbett Howard—a former three-term mayor of Celina and widely recognized as the architect of the community’s unprecedented recent economic growth and development—to serve as market president. He will begin at the bank’s Celina branch at 110 S. Preston Rd. on June 16. He will lead the branch’s team while … Read more

Lamar National Bank Breaks Ground on Anna Location

Paris-based Lamar National Bank recently broke ground on its newest full-service branch in Anna located at 1515 W. White St. The ground-breaking ceremony was well attended by Anna city officials, including the mayor and mayor pro tem, as well as numerous additional officials and business leaders, including the Anna Chamber of Commerce. Lamar National Bank … Read more

Lamar National Bank Opens Second Location in Northlake

Greg Wilson, president and CEO of Paris-based Lamar National Bank, recently announced that Terry King, Tarrant County market president, has opened a second location in Northlake. King has served as a business owner and banker in Tarrant County for more than 15 years, four of those years as vice president and market president. During his … Read more