Texas: Governor Abbott Appoints Happy State Bank’s Hickman to Texas Economic Development Corp. Board

On April 8, the Texas Economic Development Corp. welcomed a new board of directors appointed by Governor Greg Abbott. The organization markets Texas globally as a premier business destination. Among those newly appointed by Governor Abbott is J. Pat Hickman, chairman and CEO of Amarillo-based Bancshares and its subsidiary, Happy State Bank.

Hickman previously served as chairman and vice chairman of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), director of the IBAT Education Foundation and as chairman of IBAT Services. He is a former member of the Texas Department of Banking commissioners council and the Independent Community Bankers of America government affairs, education and federal legislative committees.

Additionally, Hickman is a member of the Amarillo Community Prayer Breakfast committee, Texas Tech Foundation board and the West Texas A&M University executive advisory committee. He is former chairman and vice chairman of the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon and a former member of the Canyon Main Street economic development committee. Hickman studied marketing at Texas Tech University.

“Pat Hickman embodies the definition of economic development in Texas,” says Robert Allen, president and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corp. “Since 1990, Pat and his team have grown Happy State Bank into one of the fastest growing community banks in the nation. We are thrilled to draw on his wealth of knowledge to let other businesses know that they can go big in Texas [the organization’s motto].

“We believe this powerful group of dynamic individuals will help to make us even more competitive, as an organization and as a state.”

The Texas Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to economic development, business recruitment and job creation in the State of Texas.

Published in Bankers Digest April 22, 2019