Ware Celebrates 50 Years at Amarillo National Bank

Richard Ware II, chairman of Amarillo National Bank, celebrated his 50th year at the family-owned bank in July. Representing the fourth generation of Ware family leadership, Ware helped transform Amarillo Bank into the largest 100-percent family-owned bank in the nation and a dominant business in the Texas Panhandle and beyond. Richard Ware became president of … Read more

Spirit of Texas Bancshares Sells Clear Lake Branch to Moody National Bank

On July 20, Conroe-based Spirit of Texas Bancshares Inc., the holding company for Spirit of Texas Bank, announced that the bank has entered into a branch purchase-and-assumption agreement to sell its Clear Lake location to Galveston-based Moody National Bank. “Moody will obtain a book of business that they can successfully build on in the Moody … Read more

TIB The Independent BankersBank Elects Owens and D’Angelo to Board

In June, Dallas-based TIB The Independent BankersBank NA announced the election of Gary L. Owens and John J. D’Angelo to the board of directors of Independent Bankers Financial Corporation (IBFC). Owens is the president of Houston-based Wallis Bank and its holding company, Wallis Bancshares Inc. He also serves on the board of the Independent Bankers … Read more

Origin Bank Hires Ascoy as Treasury Management Officer in North Texas

Ruston, Louisiana-based Origin Bank recently announced that Susan Ascoy has joined the company’s North Texas team as vice president/treasury management officer. She has nearly 14 years of banking experience specializing in treasury management and business development for commercial, wealth management and international banking. In her new position at Origin Bank, she will develop and execute … Read more

First National Bank of Gilmer Announces New Unified Name for East Texas Banking Network

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of First National Bank of Gilmer and its commitment to the banking needs of East Texas communities. In honor of this milestone, on August 1 Danny Weems, president and CEO, announced that its system of banks—First National Bank of Gilmer, Wood County National Bank, Texas American … Read more

Austin Bank Named One of 2020 ‘Best Companies to Work for in Texas’

Jacksonville-based Austin Bank was recently named one of the “2020 Best Companies to Work for in Texas” by the Texas Association of Business during its virtual awards presentation on June 18. This is the 12th consecutive year for Austin Bank to receive this honor. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project … Read more

Broadway Bank’s Westbrook Retires After 46-Year Career

In mid-July, San Antonio-based Broadway Bank announced the retirement of longtime senior vice president and community reinvestment manager Jeannette Flores Westbrook. After a 46-year career that began in 1974, she rose through the ranks at Broadway Bank in various capacities and developed legacy programs that will continue beyond her retirement. “We are very appreciative for … Read more

Pandemic Banking: A Prologue to the Future

“What’s past is prologue.” —William Shakespeare, The Tempest I cannot see the future. Honestly, I am struggling to keep up with the present—but I am taking notes. These notes will serve as the prologue for a future in which there will be plenty of questions about what banks did or did not do to put … Read more