American Bank Appoints New Regional Board Members for Houston

HOUSTON, TX | March 15, 2023

American Bank recently announced the appointment of six new members to its Houston Regional Board of Directors. Joining the Houston Regional Board are:

  • Randolph Ewing, Partner at Ewing & Jones law firm, based in Houston.
  • Kelly Adels Hess, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of CompuCycle, a full-service, end-of-life IT asset management, asset disposition, and electronic recycling company based in Houston.
  • Steve Krueger, retired executive with more than 40 years of banking experience.
  • Cliff Kuykendall, Managing Director of Integrity Advisors, Inc., providing focused, senior-level investment banking services.
  • Chris Masters, Managing Director of the Houston office of Doeren Mayhew, a regional public accounting firm with headquarters in Troy, Michigan.
  • Steve Winter, Founder and President of ASTOUNDZ, a Houston-based online marketing company.

The new board members join Glenn Clements, American Bank Vice Chairman for Houston, who helped form the regional board after starting with the bank in August 2022. As Vice Chairman, Clements will chair the bank’s Houston Regional Board.

“We’ve assembled an incredible group of Houston business leaders with a passion for bettering their community,” said Clements. “Their expertise and wisdom will help American Bank better serve businesses and professionals throughout the greater Houston area.”

“With Glenn and our six new Regional Board members now in place, we’re excited about the next steps and all this powerful group will do to help American Bank grow,” said Charlie Phillips, American Bank’s Market Leader for Houston. “We know our clients and community will benefit from their leadership and insights.”

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these outstanding leaders to our Regional Board,” said Donette Stubblefield, American Bank’s Chief Banking Executive. “Our vision is to be a leading Texas regional bank. And as a community bank, it’s essential that we add top talent across all areas of our organization, including our Regional Boards. We are fortunate to be able to attract such accomplished leaders who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from diverse business backgrounds. They will be a tremendous asset to our bank.”


About Randolph Ewing

Ewing is a Partner in the Houston law firm, Ewing & Jones, with specialty practice areas of commercial banking and finance, energy, financial restructuring, general business, intellectual property, international law, mergers and acquisitions, and sports law. Clientele at the firm include private equity firms, large privately-owned middle market companies, small private companies, and individual entrepreneurs and investors. Ewing earned his BBA, MBA, and JD from The University of Texas at Austin. He has previous experience as a BBVA advisory board member and is a member of Lakeside Country Club. 


About Kelly Adels Hess

Hess is Chief Executive Officer and Principal of CompuCycle, a woman-owned, full-service, end-of-life IT asset management, asset disposition, and electronic recycling company serving clients globally through their facility in Houston. A native Houstonian, Hess is involved in the day-to-day operations at CompuCycle with a focus on client acquisition and implementing sustainable practices that complement her clients. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, member of the Young Presidents Organization, and board member for the Emery/Weiner School.


About Steve Krueger

Krueger has more than 40 years of experience as a Houston banker, most recently serving as Executive Vice President with First Horizon Bank. He also worked with JP Morgan Chase and its predecessors in multiple roles, including commercial real estate, financial institutions, and commercial middle market. Prior to that, he also served as President of Ameriway Bank, N.A. until its sale. Krueger holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. A native Houstonian, Krueger serves on multiple boards, including Harris County Land Trust (President), Harris County Housing Finance Corporation (Vice President), and North Houston Association. He is a member of Royal Oaks Country Club and Lakewood Yacht Club.


About Cliff Kuykendall

With more than twenty years of middle market investment banking experience, Kuykendall formed Integrity Advisors, Inc. in 2006, where he currently serves as Managing Director. The firm provides focused, senior-level investment banking services. Since inception, Integrity Advisors, Inc. has completed approximately $300 million in merger and acquisition transactions, multiple debt placements, and various consulting arrangements. Kuykendall began his investment banking career in 1999 when he joined GulfStar Group as Vice President and later as Managing Director. He later joined Schnitzius & Vaughn, a boutique investment bank, as Managing Director where he focused on mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies. Kuykendall holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.


About Chris Masters

Masters is the Managing Director of the Houston office of Doeren Mayhew, a regional public accounting firm headquartered in Troy, Michigan. Doeren Mayhew provides a full range of accounting, tax, litigation and valuation support, merger and acquisition advisory, and business advisory services. Throughout his career, Masters has guided clients through the merger and acquisition process, provided financial due diligence for projects, and assisted corporations through complex restructurings. He holds a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Masters is also involved with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Association of Certified Public Accountants, Construction Financial Management Association, and Association for Corporate Growth.


About Steve Winter

Winter is Founder and President of ASTOUNDZ, a Houston-based online marketing company he started in 2016. An entrepreneur at heart, Winter has expertise in IT, start-ups, and real estate. He previously founded and led ERGOS, one of Houston’s leading managed IT service firms. Winter earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is actively involved with Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, St. Thomas Booster Club, Heartland Technology Group, ConnectWise, Houston Technology Center, and Whitehall Breakfast Club. He has previous experience as a BBVA advisory board member and is a member of Houston Oaks Country Club.


About American Bank

American Bank was founded in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1970. It is an independent financial institution with assets of nearly $2.4 billion as of December 31, 2022. American Bank has 19 locations in the Texas communities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Rockport, Goliad, and Victoria. In December 2021, American Bank acquired ACG Equipment Finance based in Austin, Texas, which provides financing for essential business use equipment across the United States. In October 2022, American Bank announced it had received regulatory approval and closed on its acquisition of TexStar National Bank. TexStar has six locations in the San Antonio area. American Bank’s strategic plan includes growth in the size and scope of the bank’s operations and geographic footprint; an exceptional banking experience for clients; and a position as a leading regional Texas bank. Services include Commercial Banking, with Centers of Excellence specializing in commercial real estate, medical, energy, SBA and technology lending; a full range of Personal and Business Banking services, including business and personal deposit accounts and loans; Wealth Management services including Private Banking, Investment Management, Trust and non-bank investments; a full suite of technology-enabled Treasury Management services; home mortgage and construction-related loans; and a full range of electronic banking services. More information can be found at Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.


Experienced and Proven

At American Bank, our clients come first. And our straightforward business model combined with a focus on delivering exceptional service has helped us build meaningful client relationships. We also carry a 5-star rating for financial strength as recognized by Bauer Financial.


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