Texas Republic Bank Promotes Hollaway, Burke, Le, Nam, Higgins and Corcoran; Hires Carley

David Baty, president and CEO of Frisco-based Texas Republic Bank, recently announced a key hiring and several promotions. Carly Hollaway has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president/loan operations manager. She started her banking career two decades ago with the bulk of her experience in loan operations supervision and management roles. Brian Burke … Read more

Smith-Johnson Joins WestStar Bank’s Commercial Banking Group

On February 12, El Paso-based WestStar Bank announced the addition of Giselle Smith-Johnson to its commercial banking group. She will focus on special projects supporting the group. Smith-Johnson brings more than 20 years of commercial banking experience to WestStar Bank. She has been successful in facilitating expansive business growth focused in the area of treasury management. … Read more

CommunityBank of Texas Strengthens Organization’s Future with Promotions of Bezdek, Davis, Sirkel, Walsh and Syrinek

Beaumont-based CommunityBank of Texas NA recently announced five leadership promotions within its commercial lending team: Chris Bezdek, Phil Davis, Jason Sirkel, Dennis Walsh and Jason Syrinek. Bezdek, Davis, Sirkel and Walsh—all regional CEOs—are transitioning into a newly created position as senior regional CEOs. Syrinek, market CEO, takes on the role as regional CEO. Chris Bezdek takes … Read more

Texas Bankers Foundation Announces New Tom Frost Memorial Scholarship for Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Students

In February, the Texas Bankers Foundation, the charitable arm of the Texas Bankers Association (TBA), announced a new banker education scholarship, the Tom Frost Memorial Scholarship. Named for the late Tom Frost of San Antonio-based Frost Bank, the scholarship is available to junior and senior students enrolled in the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University (SWGSB). “We’re … Read more

TFNB Your Bank for Life Opens Much-Needed Branch in East Waco—First Bank in the Area in More Than 100 Years

Last November, McGregor-based TFNB Your Bank for Life opened its fifth location at 715 Elm Ave. in East Waco. This is the first bank in East Waco in more than 100 years. The CenTex African American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Greater Waco Chamber all helped TFNB commemorate the historic return of … Read more

Texas Bank and Trust Taps Moseley as Banking Officer and Portfolio Manager

Chris Moseley has joined the staff of Longview-based Texas Bank and Trust as banking officer and portfolio manager in the bank’s Flower Mound location. With more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry, he served most recently as a credit analyst at Wells Fargo in its business banking group. Moseley holds a … Read more

Starkey Promoted to Cuero Branch Manager at TrustTexas Bank

Cuero-based TrustTexas Bank recently promoted Dannielle Starkey to Cuero branch manager. She has been with the bank for four years, serving as relationship banker, then universal banker before she was promoted to assistant branch manager in 2019. Starkey lives in Victoria and enjoys participating in many community events, including Blue Santa, Cuero Chamber of Commerce … Read more

Vista Bank Hires O’Brien as Deposit Operations Analyst in Lubbock

Dallas-based Vista Bank recently hired Jeremy O’Brien to serve as deposit operations analyst. Prior to joining Vista Bank, he served as deposit operations specialist team lead for PlainsCapital Corp. from 2012 to 2021, and before that, as commercial teller/personal banker at American State Bank for two years. O’Brien attended South Plains College. According to a … Read more

Bradford, Horizon Bankshares Chair, to Retire

George M. Bradford, who helped lead Fort Worth-based The National Bank of Texas for decades, will retire in April as the chairman of the bank’s holding company, Horizon Bankshares. The announcement was made by Wade Donnell, the bank’s current CEO, along with the board of directors. Bradford’s banking career started in 1972 at The First … Read more

Let Me Tell You a Story

Let me tell you a story. It’s not my story, but it is one I seem to be hearing a lot these days: The world of financial services is changing. It is changing fast. Everything is shifting overnight. Even while you sleep, someone is getting a leg up on you. As a banker, you are … Read more