FirstBank Southwest Announces Construction of its New Bank in Pampa

Amarillo-based FirstBank Southwest recently announced the start of construction for its new bank at 300 W. Kingsmill in Pampa. The 8,000-square-feet facility will include a full-service bank, six drive-through lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM and night-deposit drop. The bank plans to be open to the public in the spring of 2022. This April, FirstBank Southwest is … Read more

FirstCapital Bank of Texas Announces New Year Promotions in Amarillo

Midland-based FirstCapital Bank of Texas recently announced the promotions of the following employees in Amarillo. Edmond Bachman has been promoted to vice president/relationship manager. Originally from Vernon, he has a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Midwestern State University and has been with FirstCapital Bank of Texas since 2014. Jacob Ortega has been promoted to vice … Read more

Happy State Bank to Acquire First National Bank of Tahoka

On December 11, J. Pat Hickman, chairman of Amarillo-based Happy State Bank, and Frederick B. Hegi Jr., chairman of Tahoka-based First National Bank of Tahoka (FNB), announced that Happy State Bank is acquiring First National Bank of Tahoka through a merger. FNB Tahoka holds approximately $56 million in total assets and has one location in … Read more

Rawls College of Business Establishes E.W. & J. David Williams Institute for Community Banking & Finance

With approval from the Texas Tech University System’s Board of Regents at its October 16 meeting, Texas Tech University’s Jerry S. Rawls College of Business has established the E.W. & J. David Williams Institute for Community Banking & Finance. Made possible by a generous gift from longtime Texas Tech supporter and community bank executive J. … Read more

Texas Panhandle Boasts Numerous ‘Best Banks to Work For’ in 2020

American Banker, along with Best Companies Group, recently cited 85 financial institutions across the U.S. as inductees on its 2020 “Best Banks to Work For” list. The recognition honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. It’s no surprise that a number of Texas-based community banks are included on the list. What’s interesting, though, is the … Read more

Community Bankers Guerra and Nunn Elected to ICBA Federal Delegate Board

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recently announced that Gabriel Guerra, president and CEO of Kingsville-based Kleberg Bank NA, and Sam Nunn, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Amarillo-based Citizens Bank, have been elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and … Read more

Happy State Bank to Acquire First Bank of Muleshoe

In a joint statement on October 29, J. Pat Hickman, chairman of Amarillo-based Happy State Bank, and Tommy Gunstream, chairman of Muleshoe-based Muleshoe Bancshares Inc., announced that Happy State Bank is acquiring Muleshoe Bancshares Inc. and its subsidiary, First Bank of Muleshoe, through a series of mergers. A Texas state bank, First Bank of Muleshoe … Read more

FirstBank Southwest CEO Marshal Appointed to Texas Bankers Association Board

Andy Marshall

Amarillo-based FirstBank Southwest CEO Andy Marshall has joined the Texas Bankers Association (TBA) board as the chairman’s discretionary selection. This direct appointment was made by TBAs CEO Chris Furlow and chairman-elect Chip Jenkins. Marshall serves as CEO, president and director of FirstBank Southwest. He earned a BS degree from the University of Maryland and his … Read more

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