Honoring the Legacy of George S. Hawn
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX | December 10, 2022
August 3, 1929 – December 10, 2022
The founder of American Bank, George S. Hawn, passed away on December 10, 2022. He will always be remembered for his vision, leadership and commitment to serving others.
In August 1970, George Hawn and his business partners organized a group of local investors to open American Bank in Corpus Christi, Texas.
At that time, the bank opened its first branch on South Padre Island Drive. Then over the next three decades, Mr. Hawn’s vision for growth would see American Bank expand throughout Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend, including locations in Port Aransas and Rockport. And eventually, the bank would open locations in Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, Goliad and Houston.
Even during the tough economic years, Mr. Hawn’s vision was not daunted. He always challenged the bank’s Board of Directors to look to the future. Mr. Hawn’s conservative yet visionary leadership, and his “do the right thing” credo with bank clients and employees alike, laid the foundation for American Bank to remain a strong and fiercely independent financial institution.
Mr. Hawn retired from his position as American Bank’s Chairman of the Board in September 2004, still envisioning what the bank could become and serving as wise and trusted counsel for bank leadership from that day on. He held the position of Chairman Emeritus until his passing.
American Bank is grateful for Mr. Hawn’s vision, dedication, leadership, and invaluable contributions to its employees and clients, and the communities it serves. And even though George Hawn will be missed, his legacy lives on.