American Bank has announced its expansion into San Antonio by adding a seasoned, local group of bankers with deep roots in San Antonio to serve this market. Joining the bank as San Antonio Market President is Jennifer Wilkinson. Members of the San Antonio team include newly-hired officers Barrett Tondre, Senior Commercial Lender, and Teree Jendrusch, Commercial Lending Officer. Dana Syring has also joined the team as Client Relationship Associate. Rounding out the San Antonio group is Clayton Hoover, an Assistant Relationship Manager who has already been working with the bank in the San Antonio area. Making the announcement was Stephen C. Raffaele, President and Chief Operating Officer.
The bank’s arrival in San Antonio is part of a five-year strategic plan announced early in 2018. American Bank is committed to be a leading Texas regional bank by leveraging its strength as a community bank with a reputation for emphasizing client relationships and serving the communities in which it operates.
“I am extremely pleased to announce our entry into the San Antonio market with a highly experienced team, each of whom already has strong ties to that community and to Central Texas,” stated Raffaele. “A team of this caliber at American Bank in San Antonio significantly enhances our ability to grow and serve the central Texas market. Prospective clients will quickly recognize American Bank is committed to being a trusted financial partner, new clients will see a smooth transition into the American Bank family, and our existing San Antonio area clients will find it more convenient to continue to do business with us,” he added.
About the San Antonio Team
Jennifer Wilkinson is a career-long San Antonio banker, having moved to the community shortly after graduation from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Immediately prior to joining American Bank, she managed corporate and commercial banking in the San Antonio and Austin markets for a regional bank. “Jennifer is highly regarded – and highly engaged – in the San Antonio community and exemplifies the qualities and values that American Bank is known for. She has the heart of a community banker and excels at building long-term relationships, which are the hallmarks of American Bank,” stated Raffaele. “With the addition of Barrett, Teree and Dana, we are positioned to hit the ground running in bringing American Bank’s unique style of relationship banking to the San Antonio area,” he added.
Barrett Tondre’s banking career has included experience with underwriting and managing specialty finance portfolios and working collaboratively both domestically and internationally to extend credit products to clients in the Central Texas market area. He is actively involved with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University in College Station.
Teree Jendrusch began her banking career in San Antonio as a credit analyst, after graduation from Texas A&M University in College Station with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Most recently, she served as a Commercial Associate working with Relationship Managers, Lending Managers, credit partners and clients throughout the entire lending process, and provided credit underwriting support for the lending team.
Clayton Hoover joined American Bank in 2015 as a Credit Analyst. Currently an Assistant Relationship Manager, he will continue to serve in that position, with responsibilities supporting the new San Antonio lending team in data analysis, credit request preparation, and identification of opportunities to grow relationships with existing clients. He holds a Political Science/Business degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
Dana Syring has 30 years of banking experience, with 21 of those years in the lending function assisting lenders with loan closings, corporate syndication and real estate loans, as well as coordinating office management, business development and client events.
About American Bank
American Bank was founded in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1970. It is an independent financial institution with assets totaling nearly $1.4 billion as of September 30, 2018. The bank now has 15 locations in the communities of Austin, Corpus Christi, Goliad, Houston, Port Aransas, Rockport, San Antonio and Victoria. It also operates a network of 18 ATMs. The bank’s strategic plan includes growth in the size and scope of the bank’s operations and geographic footprint; an enhanced, exceptional banking experience for clients; and a position as a leading regional Texas bank by 2022. Services include commercial banking, with Centers of Excellence specializing in commercial real estate, medical, energy, SBA and technology lending; a full range of business and personal deposit accounts and loans; Private Banking for executives and professionals; Treasury Management services; home-related loans; and a full range of electronic banking services. In addition, the bank’s subsidiaries and other partners offer trust and asset management, insurance, and non-bank investment services. Those partners include American Bank Trust and Asset Management, the American Financial Insurance Services affiliate Borden Insurance, and American Investment Services, a division of Herndon Plant Oakley Ltd., member FINRA/SIPC.