The First Liberty National Bank Converts to a State-Chartered Bank

On November 30, Charles G. Cooper, commissioner of the Texas Department of Banking, announced that The First Liberty National Bank, headquartered in Liberty, has completed its conversion to a Texas state-chartered bank from a national banking association. The bank began operating as First Liberty Bank under its new charter on November 30. A wholly owned … Read more

Bruton and Jack Promoted to Administrative Officers at Texas Bank and Trust

Longview-based Texas Bank and Trust recently announced that Lyndey Bruton has been promoted to administrative officer and centralized customer operations manager, and Rebecca Jack is now administrative officer and bank cards operations manager. Both officers are based in Longview. Bruton joined Texas Bank and Trust in 2018 as a legal review specialist and has supervised … Read more

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Names Greenwald Senior Vice President

On November 29, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas announced the appointment of Emily Greenwald as senior vice president responsible for banking supervision and regulation, as well as credit, risk and reserves management. Her appointment is effective January 1, 2023. Greenwald has spent 17 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where she currently … Read more

Austin Bank Elects Seay Senior Vice President and Loan Servicing/Special Assets Manager

Jeff Austin III, chairman of Jacksonville-based Austin Bank, recently announced the promotion of Shannon Seay to senior vice president and loan servicing/special assets manager. She oversees the special assets department and supervises real estate appraisal ordering and review. Seay joined Austin Bank in 2007 as a junior credit analyst, bringing with her five years of … Read more

First United Bank Welcomes Patton as Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer in Denton

Durant, Oklahoma-based First United Bank has hired Jack Patton as senior vice president/commercial loan officer at the bank’s Denton-South location. He rejoins the bank with experience in commercial lending and a passion for community. “Jack brings valuable knowledge and energy for our customers and community that aligns well with our purpose to inspire and empower … Read more

Cunningham Appointed to Guaranty Bank & Trust Board, Promoted to Chief Culture Officer

Guaranty Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Mount Pleasant-based Guaranty Bank & Trust NA, has announced the appointment of Sondra Cunningham to the board of directors of the company. She was recently promoted to senior vice president and chief culture officer of the bank and has been secretary to the bank and holding company board … Read more

Texas Banker William Robert Williams Passes Away

William Robert “Bob” Williams passed away on November 21 peacefully at home. He was 80. Following graduation from Teague High School in Teague, Williams attended Baylor University on a scholarship from Citizen’s National Bank of Waco. He received his BBA degree in accounting in 1964 and launched his banking career as a national bank examiner … Read more

American Bank Names Bexley Vice Chairman in San Antonio

On November 8, Corpus Christi-based American Bank announced that Byron Bexley has joined the team as vice chairman/San Antonio. In his role as market leader, he will oversee commercial banking activities in San Antonio. Bexley brings more than 40 years of banking experience, most recently serving as chairman and chief executive officer of TexStar National … Read more

NexBank Appoints Studenko Dallas/Fort Worth Market President

On November 1, Dallas-based NexBank announced that it has appointed Scott Studenko market president for Dallas/Fort Worth. He will be responsible for business development for corporate and commercial banking throughout the region, focusing on commercial real estate lending in the metroplex and other major markets in Texas. With more than two decades of experience, Studenko comes … Read more

Woodforest National Bank Opens its First H-E-B Retail Branch

During the grand opening, the Society of Samaritans (SOS) received a $10,000 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation: Beverly Points, SOS secretary and financial counselor (holding check); Becky Benham, SOS executive director (third from left); and Tammy Teale, SOS assistant executive director (second from left); along with Woodforest National Bank’s Brett Simms, assistant vice president/branch manager … Read more