History

Dedicated from the start.

From our Corpus Christi beginnings to our growth throughout Texas, we’ve guided individuals into early retirement, provided financial solutions for generations of families and helped small business owners become bigger business owners. Over the years, we too have become pretty big, but we proudly retain our independent, community bank spirit. Take a look and you’ll see that what started in 1970 continues strong today.

1970’s

While the rest of America had disco fever, a group of visionary investors in Corpus Christi were hard at work crafting the future of Texas banking. In 1970, American Bank was founded to serve the city’s developing south side. 

1980’s

For Ronald Reagan, it was an era of tearing down walls. For American Bank, it was an era of building them up. A second location opened in 1985.

1990’s

The 90’s marked a decade of great expansion for American Bank. As businesses grew throughout the Coastal Bend, American Bank stayed in lock step, providing the products and services needed to keep the wheels of industry turning. Along the way, we celebrated the opening of five new locations: Padre Island, Port Aransas, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Alameda and Saratoga.

2000’s

American Bank ushered in the new millennium by opening a branch and Executive Offices at One Shoreline Plaza in downtown Corpus Christi. As the decade rolled on, we continued to expand on our geographic service area and name recognition.

A locally owned agency, Borden Insurance, was purchased. And we entered into an agreement to offer non-bank investment products to customers through American Investment Services, a division of Herndon Plant Oakley Ltd.

Then, American Bank’s leadership team saw opportunities for our style of banking in Central Texas, so we expanded into the capital city. The Westlake location opened in 2001, followed shortly by Lakeway in 2004 and a Downtown branch in 2012. In 2013, Executive Offices opened in the One American Center building, adjacent to the Downtown branch, giving the bank a regional headquarters for operations in Central Texas. Late in 2015, a Loan Production Office was opened in The Domain. Our commitment to the Austin area remains strong, and we plan for the American Bank footprint to continue to grow there, along with our loyal customer base.

As momentum increased in Austin, American Bank stayed true to its growth strategy in the Coastal Bend. In 2003, the bank opened a Rockport location and a year later Corpus Christi's Calallen office opened. American Bank also secured the naming rights to Corpus Christi’s new arena, auditorium and convention center complex now known as the American Bank Center. 

In addition, this is the year American Bank moved into the Goliad and Victoria, Texas markets.

What’s next?

Well, that all depends on where you want to go – in business and in life. Come in and share your goals and, together, we’ll make history.