American Bank has announced that George Horner, Port Aransas Branch President, will retire on April 30, 2018. Succeeding him as the new Branch President will be Wendy Moore, a long-time Senior Lending Officer at the Port Aransas branch. Making the announcement was Mark Meyer, Regional President of South Texas, Richard Scanio, Chief Executive Officer, and Patricia Hawn Wallace, Chairman of American Bank Holding Corporation, Chairman of Borden Insurance, an American Bank director and a member of one of the bank’s primary founding families.
“George Horner has been the face of American Bank in the Port Aransas community since before the branch opened in April 1995,” said Meyer. “He exemplifies the iconic American Banker: committed to his community, empowered to make local decisions, focused on building lasting relationships with his clients and adept at delivering financial solutions tailored specifically to their needs,” Meyer continued. Scanio added, “It’s hard to imagine our Port Aransas branch without George Horner. He leaves big shoes to fill, but we are extremely excited that Wendy Moore will be moving into the branch president position. As a long-time American Banker, and a native of Port A whose family has a long history there, she is uniquely qualified to take the lead for the future growth of the bank and the community.” Ms. Wallace added, “We are tremendously grateful for the many years George has committed to American Bank and Port Aransas, and we are equally excited for Wendy to step up into this position.”
Horner joined the bank in September 1994, after the bank’s board of directors decided to open a branch in Port Aransas. During his tenure, the branch has grown at a significant pace, keeping stride with the development of the community as a whole and making much of that development possible. Horner plans to eventually retire with his wife Suzanne to the Texas Hill Country, where he grew up.
“Being a part of starting the Port A branch 23 years ago, and watching the community and this branch grow, has been the most fulfilling experience of my career,” said Horner. “While the past eight months have been one of the most challenging times, it has also been one of the most inspirational – to see how the community has come together in the recovery process. I feel extremely fortunate to have someone as qualified as Wendy to take over the reins at the branch. She knows and loves this community more than anyone I can think of. With her leadership here and in all the areas of the community where she is so involved, I know both will continue to prosper together,” he added.
Moore interned with the bank during college. After graduating, she joined the bank in February 1997 as a Personal Banker/Loan Assistant at the Padre Island location. She later worked as a credit analyst and then in the Private Banking department at the Corpus Christi Uptown office. In 2005, Moore moved to her hometown Port Aransas branch as a lending officer. She is currently a Senior Commercial and Construction Lending Officer there. Moore graduated from University at Texas, Austin with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Economics.
“Port Aransas is an important market for American Bank. This transition ensures our commitment and plans for the Port Aransas community for many years to come,” Scanio added, “as we will continue to provide the personal service and deep local market knowledge we are known for, along with the sophisticated products, services and technologies typically found in much larger banks.”
About American Bank
American Bank was founded in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1970 principally by George S. Hawn, John D. Hawn and Frank J. Scanio, Jr. It is the largest locally-owned and independent financial institution in the Coastal Bend area, with assets totaling nearly $1.4 billion as of December 31, 2017. The bank currently has 13 locations in the communities of Austin, Corpus Christi, Goliad, Port Aransas, Rockport and Victoria. It also operates a network of 18 ATMs. Expansion into the Houston and San Antonio markets is planned for 2018. The bank’s strategic plan includes significant, profitable growth; 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. More information can be found at www.AmericanBank.com.