Henderson-based VeraBank is congratulating Jesus Vera, senior vice president and manager of the Front Street branch in Tyler, who was recently named the 2022 “Oustanding Professional of the Year” by the Tyler Hispanic Business Alliance.
“We couldn’t be more proud of and happy for Jesus to receive this honor,” says Brad Tidwell, president and CEO. “Not only is Jesus a strong leader within our organization, but as this award recognizes, he is equally as dedicated to serving our community.”
Each year, the Tyler Hispanic Business Alliance hosts its signature event, the Hispanic Achievers & Business Leaders Awards, to recognize the success and contributions of Hispanic entrepreneurs, business leaders and community leaders. It also serves as an opportunity to showcase to the East Texas community the positive impact Hispanics contribute to the Tyler and East Texas region. Nominations were accepted during 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month from the entire community, with “Outstanding Professional of the Year” as one of several categories.
“This year, we awarded this prestigious award to Jesus Vera because of his incredible commitment to our Tyler and East Texas community,” says Nancy Arellano Rangel, president and CEO of the Hispanic Business Alliance. “Jesus has not only served his community through his work at VeraBank, but he also serves as a professional instructor and expert in our Tyler HBA Entrepreneurship Program, and he has served on numerous boards, including the executive board of the Tyler Hispanic Business Alliance.”
Vera began his VeraBank career in 1997 at the Henderson downtown branch. He has held various positions throughout his tenure, including relationship banker and credit analyist, and in 2019 was promoted to the position of Hispanic lending coordinator. Vera’s notable career highlights include opening the bank’s Tyler Front Street branch and leading VeraBank’s participation in community outreach events with the Tyler Mexican Consulate. Since starting this outreach in 2008, Vera has been able to help thousands of foreign nationals access and utilize financial products and services.
Vera earned his BBA degree from East Texas Baptist University in 2001. Vera has held several volunteer positions within the community, including the Tyler Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Literacy Council for English as a Second Language and Greater Tyler Chamber of Commerce for Small Business.
Established in 1930, VeraBank serves 16 counties in East, Central and Southeast Texas with 40 branches.