Texas: American Bank NA Hires Wilkinson and Veteran Team for Expansion into San Antonio

Corpus Christi-based American Bank recently announced its expansion into San Antonio with a team of seasoned bankers with deep roots in San Antonio. The bank’s arrival in the Alamo City is part of a five-year strategic plan announced early in 2018. Joining American Bank as San Antonio market president is Jennifer Wilkinson. Members of the new team also include Barrett Tondre, senior commercial lender; Teree Jendrusch, commercial lending officer; Dana Syring, client relationship associate; and Clayton Hoover, assistant relationship manager, who has already been working for the bank in the San Antonio area.

Wilkinson is a career-long San Antonio banker, having moved there shortly after graduating from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Immediately prior to joining American Bank, she managed corporate and commercial banking in the San Antonio and Austin markets for a regional bank.

Tondre’s banking career has included experience with underwriting and managing specialty finance portfolios and working collaboratively to extend credit products to clients in the Central Texas market area.Tondre is actively involved with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He holds a BBA degree in finance from Texas A&M University.

Teree Jendrusch began her banking career in San Antonio as a credit analyst after graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA degree in finance. Most recently, she served as a commercial associate working with relationship managers, lending managers, credit partners and clients throughout the entire lending process and provided credit underwriting support for the lending team.

Dana Syring has 30 years of banking experience, with 21 of those assisting lenders with loan closings, corporate syndication and real estate loans, as well as coordinating office management, business development and client events.

Clayton Hoover joined American Bank in 2015 as a credit analyst. Currently an assistant relationship manager, he will continue to serve in that position with responsibilities supporting the new San Antonio lending team in data analysis, credit request preparation  and identification of opportunities to grow relationships with existing clients. He holds a degree in political science/business from Southwestern University and an MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word.

“I am extremely pleased to announce our entry into the San Antonio market with a highly experienced team, each of whom already has strong ties to that community and to Central Texas,” says Stephen C. Raffaele, president and chief operating officer.

Founded in 1970, American Bank has assets totaling nearly $1.4 billion
as of September 30. The bank operates 15 locations in Austin, Corpus Christi, Goliad, Houston, Port Aransas, Rockport, San Antonio and Victoria.

Published in Bankers Digest November 26, 2018