Emily Kirchner has joined Harlingen-based Texas Regional Bank as vice president of economic development. She will lead the economic development division’s business development within the municipal and public finance sector in the bank’s Hill Country market. She will also help manage Texas Regional Bank’s public policy strategy.
Kirchner previously served as business development coordinator for Guadalupe Bank, leading special projects to increase operational efficiency and provide a better customer experience. Prior to that, she oversaw special projects for Dennis Bonnen, speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, for which she managed communications between members, coordinated logistics for major events and assisted with press-related matters. Kirchner also worked several legislative sessions in the Texas House of Representatives in various capacities, including everything from legislative aide to chief of staff for Texas Representative Lyle Larson of San Antonio and Representative Ed Thompson of Brazoria County. She also managed all logistical items at Heritage Bancorp Inc., a startup bank, including interfacing with vendors and regulators, creating a database of potential investors and facilitating targeted mailings to acquire a bank charter. Aside from her professional career, Kirchner is also civically engaged and currently serving her first term as a member of the Fredericksburg City Council.
Established in 1987, Texas Regional Bank operates more than 30 banking offices in South Texas, Central Texas, the Texas Hill Country, the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and Houston.