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.

American Bank also acquired First National Bank of Goliad and its branch in Victoria, adding two new cities that were home to American Bank branches. The bank’s leadership team saw opportunities for our style of banking in Central Texas, so we expanded into the capital city of Austin. The Westlake location opened in 2001, followed shortly by Lakeway in 2004.

As momentum increased in Austin, American Bank also 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. 

2010’s

The bank's reach continued to flourish throughout Central and South Texas in the 2010's. In Austin, a Downtown branch opened in 2012 and Executive Offices adjacent to the new branch opened in the 600 Congress building in 2013, giving the bank a regional headquarters for operations in Central Texas. Late in 2015, a Loan Production Office 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 the decade headed to a close, American Bank’s leadership embarked on an ambitious 5-year Vision and Expansion Plan designed to leverage its strength as a community bank and its reputation for solutions-oriented client relationships, and defining the path toward becoming a leading Texas regional bank. As part of this plan, the bank expanded into the Houston and San Antonio markets in 2018 with a Loan Production Office in each city.

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.