January 2, 2013

Texas Bank and Trust Welcomes the New Year with Branch Expansions into Canton and Forney Markets

Canton, Texas—Texas Bank and Trust kicked off the new year by opening two new branches in Canton and Forney, Texas. The expansion of TB&T into new markets on January 2, 2013 came as a result of a merger between the Longview-based independent bank and the former First National Bank of Canton. The merger, completed on December 31, 2012, expands TB&T’s banking network to 14 full service branches throughout east and northeast Texas.

 “This merger allows us to create an even stronger local banking facility and strategically positions us to continue delivering outstanding service and assistance to our customers,” said Ben M. Shirey II, TB&T’s Canton market president.

Shirey, who served as president of the former First National Bank, will continue in his position with Texas Bank and Trust. Senior Vice President J. Marshall Hodge will also remain as branch manager of the bank’s Forney location as will the staff members familiar to the former FNB customers.

“With total assets of more than $1.6 billion, Texas Bank and Trust stands as one of the strongest community banks in the state.  As such, TB&T maintains its commitment to enhancing customers’ banking experience and providing the finest financial services available,” Mr. Shirey said.

“Customers will continue to receive the same level of customer service excellence with Texas Bank and Trust they have come to expect from FNB while also gaining an expanded line of products and services to meet their individual banking needs.”

When TB&T completes its final system conversion of accounts in April 2013, former FNB commercial and small business customers will see broader cash management product offerings such as Remote Deposit Capture, automated clearing house (ACH) transactions, online banking, and increased loan products, Mr. Shirey explained.

 Personal banking customers will also enjoy an expanded offering of checking and savings products, as well as Bank on Demand e-services, such as online account opening, mobile banking, and instant issue debit cards.

 With its 12 other locations throughout the region, TB&T has shown consistent growth as an independent bank during its 54-year history, despite the current challenges of our nation’s economy. TB&T President and Chief Operating Officer Rogers Pope, Jr. attributes the bank’s continued success  to its unwavering commitment to its mission to provide the highest quality financial products while offering unparalleled customer service.

“We believe what continues to set us apart from our competition is our uncompromising ability to respond effectively to our customers’ needs,” Mr. Pope said.

As a fourth-generation banker, Mr. Pope understands the value of remaining true to the principles that have defined the bank’s success. Texas Bank and Trust weathered the Texas banking crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s in much the same fashion it has the current financial calamity, and as a result, continues to be adept at responding and adapting to changing market conditions.

“We have always felt that remaining a community-minded, stable and reliable source of credit and deposit services for individuals, families, and businesses would equate to our being a leader among competing financial institutions. For more than 50 years, that formula has proven to be correct, and thus we see no reason to change it,” Mr. Pope said.

In addition to being awarded the highest five-star superior rating by Bauer Financial, Inc., one of the nation’s premier rating agencies, Texas Bank and Trust has been recognized by as one of only 33 banks in the nation and one of only five banks in Texas to receive its highest rating for banks with total assets between $1 billion and $5 billion.

Texas Bank and Trust was also recently named as one of the 2013 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.  The statewide awards program, created in 2006 as a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (TSC-SHRM) and Best Companies Group, was designed to identify and recognize the best places of employment in Texas, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce, and businesses. Only 100 Texas companies are selected each year for the honor. 

"We thank our Canton and Forney customers for the trust and confidence they have placed in First National Bank for the past 107 years and six years in those respective markets,” Mr. Shirey said. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve them as part of our Texas Bank and Trust family for many years to come."


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