Arkansas-based Home BancShares Enters Texas with Acquisition of Happy Bancshares

On September 15, Conway, Arkansas-based Home BancShares Inc. (HOMB), the parent company of Centennial Bank, and Amarillo-based Happy Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Happy State Bank, jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Home BancShares will acquire Happy Bancshares in an all-stock merger, with Home BancShares as … Read more

Origin Bank Hires Parra as Director of Business Development in Houston

Fernando D. Parra has joined the Houston banking team of Choudrant, Louisiana-based Origin Bank to serve as director of business development. He will assist in the bank’s growth and development in Houston as well as other markets. Parra brings more than 40 years of banking experience to his new role, having previously been involved in … Read more

Keith Joins Independent Financial as Head of Middle-Market Banking for North Texas

McKinney-based Independent Financial has named Michael Keith head of middle-market banking for North Texas. He has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and corporate banking and comes to Independent Financial from another institution at which he served as managing director of franchise corporate banking over the Southwestern U.S. During his career, Keith has served … Read more

Dallas’ Texas Capital Bank NA Converts to a State-Chartered Bank

On September 15, Texas Banking Commissioner Charles G. Cooper announced that Dallas-based Texas Capital Bank NA has completed its conversion to a Texas state-chartered bank from a national banking association. The bank opened under its new charter as Texas Capital Bank on September 15. Texas Capital Bank was originally chartered as a national bank in … Read more

Security National Bank Realigns Executive Leadership Roles

Omaha, Nebraska-based Security National Bank, which operates in Dallas, has realigned executive leadership roles to ensure the bank remains family-owned and positioned for future growth. James “Jim” E. Landen retains his role as executive chairman, while Clarence “C.L.” L. Landen III has been named chief executive officer. Tim Sullivan joins the bank as president. “Security … Read more

Independent Bank Group Appoints Hobbs President and Chief Operating Officer

On September 14, McKinney-based Independent Bank Group Inc., the parent company of Independent Bank, announced changes to its executive leadership with the appointment of Michael Hobbs as president and chief operating officer. David R. Brooks will remain chairman and CEO and continue to serve as the company’s and bank’s principal executive officer, but he will … Read more

Bank of Brenham Founder Lee Gaskamp Passes Away

Longtime Texas banker Lee Roy Gaskamp Jr., 69, passed away on September 6 after an exhausting battle with COVID-19. During his lifetime, he served at several community banks and as a commissioned state bank examiner with the Texas Department of Banking before founding the Bank of Brenham in 2001. He served as the bank’s president … Read more

Falcon Bank Opens New Location in Zapata

Laredo-based Falcon Bank opened its newest location in Zapata on August 30. The full-service branch, located at 134 S. U.S. Hwy. 83, was acquired from Roma-based Citizens State Bank. “This transaction provides us the opportunity to service our existing customer base and further expand our market share in the Zapata community,” Gilbert Narvaez Jr., president … Read more

In Memoriam: Lowell ‘Stretch’ Smith Jr.

Lowell “Stretch” Smith Jr., longtime banker and avid civic supporter in Johnson County, passed away on August 29. He was 88. For decades, he helped lead the First State Bank of Rio Vista. Smith grew up on a family ranch near Rio Vista. Many people knew him as “Stretch,” a nickname acquired from his high … Read more

Schmid Becomes Sixth President and CEO of SWGSB Foundation

Jeff Schmid has joined the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation as president and CEO, effective September 1. The move comes as S. Scott MacDonald Ph.D. retires from the position after 24 years of service to the foundation, headquartered at the Cox School of Business on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in … Read more