On July 26, Humble-based Third Coast Bancshares Inc., the bank holding company for Third Coast Bank SSB, announced the appointments of Bill Bobbora as executive vice president and chief banking officer, and Andrew Novarini as executive vice president and president of community banking.
Bobbora will have oversight of Third Coast Bank’s commercial banking platform, which includes middle-market, corporate and community banking. With more than 30 years of banking experience, Bobbora’s expertise is centered around building middle-market corporate banking platforms and supporting the bank’s overall growth strategy. Prior to joining Third Coast Bank, he served as managing director at Regions Bank, where he led the Houston, South Texas and Louisiana corporate and investment banking activities. Bobbora also helped establish Cadence Bank’s middle-market banking business. He was responsible for building the chemical and specialty services industry verticals and was also part of the Wachovia corporate banking team. He began his career in banking with Texas Commerce Bank (a predecessor to JPMorgan Chase).
Bobbora is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and received an MBA degree from the University of Texas. He spends his time outside of the bank giving back to students of the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship and the commercial banking program at the University of Houston. He serves as an executive professor and advisory board member to the Bauer Business School and Commercial Banking Advisory Board. Bobbora is a member of the Advance Team advisory board of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and a co-founder of a mentoring organization, uwantgame.
Novarini joined Third Coast Bank in 2021 and has been promoted to president of community banking to help lead and support the bank’s community banking staff and products across Greater Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin/San Antonio. He has nearly 20 years of banking experience focused primarily on commercial and medical lending across Greater Houston. During his career, Novarini has been a part of a successful Houston de novo bank and led the opening and growth of two offices for the Bank of Houston (now known as Independent Financial). Most recently, he served as the Houston area chairman for Independent Financial, where he oversaw a successful $3-billion-plus community bank region. Outside of banking, Novarini is actively involved with the HCA Houston Northwest Hospital board of directors. He received both his bachelor’s degree and MBA degree from Mississippi State University.
“One of the key factors that differentiate Bill and Andrew is their leadership and staff development competencies, which exemplify the very best attributes of our culture,” says Bart Caraway, chairman, president and CEO. “We believe Third Coast’s future holds limitless possibilities and look forward to Bill and Andrew’s significant contributions.”
Established in 2008, Third Coast Bank SSB conducts banking operations through 14 branches and one loan production office encompassing the four largest metropolitan areas in Texas.