Central Bank Marks 65 Years of Service to the Bayou City

What began in the 1950s as rumblings of a new bank in Houston’s Montrose district grew into an institution with true staying power. This year, that institution has reason to celebrate. Central Bank, Houston’s longest-serving independent bank, is marking its milestone 65th anniversary. L.E. Cowling, owner of Southern States Life Insurance, set the wheels in … Read more

North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. Celebrates 60 Years in Business

In 1961, North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. opened its doors to customers at the corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas with $2 million in total assets, three officers and seven employees. Today, the bank is celebrating 60 years in business with $1.5 billion in total assets, more than 160 employees and … Read more

Orr Retiring as CEO of FirstBank & Trust, Will Continue as Board Chair with Garland as New CEO

On January 28, Lubbock-based FirstBank & Trust of Texas announced the retirement of CEO Barry Orr, effective March 31. He is the organizer and founder of the bank, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Orr will continue to serve as chairman of the board for FirstBank & Trust, as well as on the board … Read more

SouthStar Bank Celebrates a Century of Service

SouthStar Bank celebrated a century in business on October 21 in Moulton, featuring live music and barbecue. “Starting from humble beginnings as The Farmers and Merchants Bank, we have grown not only in numbers, but also in talent, services and communities,” says David R. Kapavik, president and CEO. “SouthStar Bank has remained true to its … Read more

SouthStar Bank Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Book Drive

To celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, Moulton-based SouthStar Bank hosted a bank-wide Birthday Book Drive that culminated on September 7. Each branch partnered with local schools to help add new books to their libraries this fall. On August 28, the bank held its first book distribution at Norman-Sims Elementary in Austin. School supplies collected … Read more