ICBA Chairman Appoints VeraBank’s Tidwell to Lead Legislative Issues Committee

On April 14, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that Brad Tidwell, president and CEO of Henderson-based VeraBank, has been elected chairman of ICBA’s legislative issues committee. In addition to helping shape and promote ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Tidwell’s duties include engaging in grassroots activities in Texas to advocate pro-community-bank policies … Read more

NBT Financial Bank Hires Miller and Curtis for BSA Compliance

Fort Worth-based NBT Financial Bank—formerly The National Bank of Texas at Fort Worth—recently announced two new hires. Sheri Miller has joined the bank as first vice president/BSA officer. She has more than 35 years of experience in the financial service industry, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance, BSA/AML compliance and auditing. She has worked for … Read more

Candia Joins WestStar Bank Accounting Team as Vice President and Controller

El Paso-based WestStar Bank has announced the hiring of Marcela Candia as vice president and controller. She will oversee financial and regulatory accounting and reporting for WestStar and will work closely with senior management on implementing new accounting pronouncements and special projects. Candia joins WestStar with 17 years of experience working for large publicly traded … Read more

Jones, Former Commissioner of Texas Department of Savings & Mortgage Lending, Joins Texas Law Firm

On January 18, Texas-based residential mortgage law firm Polunsky Beitel Green LLP announced that Caroline C. Jones, former commissioner of the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, has joined the firm as special counsel. She will advise clients in navigating all phases of the regulatory environment for residential mortgage lending. Jones retired from the … Read more

Texas Capital Bancshares Announces Launch of Texas Capital Securities

Texas Capital Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Dallas-based Texas Capital Bank, recently announced the launch of Texas Capital Securities, its affiliated broker dealer. Texas Capital Securities is a member of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and Securities Investment Protection Corp. and is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Texas State Securities Board and … Read more

Community Bank Optimism on Local Economic Health Ticks Up Slightly, but Concerns Remain

Community bankers are feeling slightly better about the health of their local economies, but still far short of their pre-pandemic level of confidence, the most recent Community Bank Sentiment Index (CBSI) reveals. The Conference of State Bank Supervisors released the third-quarter results in early October, collecting data from 334 community banks across the nation during … Read more

FDIC Launches Academic Challenge Focused on Community Banking

On September 18, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) announced the launch of the agency’s first-ever Academic Challenge, a competition among teams of university and college students to address questions concerning the U.S. banking sector. The topic for this inaugural challenge is “The Effects of Community Banks on Local Economic Development.” The FDIC’s Center for … Read more