The board of directors of Paris-based Liberty National Bank has announced the promotion of President Carl T. Cecil to board chairman and Senior Vice President Chase Coleman to board member. Cecil will retain both the president and chairman titles.
“I am humbled by the confidence the Liberty board has shown in me by promoting me to chairman,” says Cecil, who joined the board in 1995. “This is bittersweet due to the sudden death of my father and former chairman [Philip Ridley Cecil] a few weeks ago. I hope to continue the tradition of integrity and service to the community passed down by Philip. The Cecils have been in Paris since 1925, and I am honored to be the fourth member to serve as chairman. I particularly would like to thank our loyal customers for this opportunity.”
Carl T. Cecil has been a part of the Liberty National Bank family for 30 years. His previous banking experience included working at a large bank in downtown Dallas, starting in credit training and moving to assistant vice president in the correspondent banking department. In 1990, he joined Liberty National Bank as a loan officer and vice president. In 2002, he was named bank president. He is a fourth-generation banker to guide the bank with conservative leadership. Cecil received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas–Austin and later graduated from the American Banker’s Association National Commercial Lending School and the 21st Century Banking Program offered by the University of Texas–Austin’s Graduate School of Business.
Coleman has been part of the Liberty National Bank family for four years. He is a well-known figure in the local banking industry with more than 13 years of experience. He has held positions throughout his career that have given him a background in lending and bank operations. Coleman joined Liberty National Bank as a vice president in 2017 and was promoted to senior vice president in 2019. He holds a BBA degree in finance from Texas Tech University. In 2015, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.
“I look forward to working with our board to ensure that Liberty National Bank continues to provide a superior level of service for years to come,” Coleman says. “I want to extend my gratitude to the board for giving me the opportunity to have a voice at this level within our organization.”
“Chase has proven himself on the lending floor and provided invaluable guidance to the bank in some back-office operations, including asset/liability management and budgeting,” Cecil says. “I am looking forward to working with him at the board level.”
Established in 1931, Liberty National Bank operates two locations in Paris.