Contact: Ashley Freer
Balcom Agency, 817-877-9933
FORT WORTH, Texas – Dec. 11, 2012 – Southwest Bank is pleased to announce that Southwest Bank Director Tom Cravens was recently designated the 2012 “Banker of the Year” by the Tarrant County Bankers Association (TCBA). Cravens was honored at the “Banker of the Year” luncheon held at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth on December 6.
Cravens has served on Southwest Bank’s board of directors since 2009. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Cravens is a 48-year veteran of the North Texas banking industry. Prior to joining Southwest Bank, Cravens’ vast experience includes serving as chairman and CEO of First National Bank; co-owner of Coble Cravens Inc.; executive vice president of Security Bank; executive vice president of SouthTrust Bank in Arlington; president and CEO of Northwest National Bank; and director for Texas Bank, later acquired by Compass Bank.
Cravens is active in the North Texas community and is a current member of the Arlington Rotary Club, Arlington Chamber of Commerce foundation and First Presbyterian Church in Arlington. Cravens also serves as chairman of the Fleetwood Memorial foundation, Texas Health Resources Board and AT&T Cotton Bowl Board. He was recently appointed as Chairman of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation – a
foundation that provides matching grants to Arlington nonprofit organizations for the mineral lease bonus and royalty income on City of Arlington owned property.
“Everyone at Southwest Bank is extremely proud of Tom’s accomplishment of being named ‘Banker of the Year’ by the Tarrant County Bankers Association,” said Vernon Bryant, chairman and CEO of Southwest Bank. “It is an outstanding achievement and speaks to the impact that Tom’s experience and expertise has had on the North Texas banking industry.”
The TCBA is a nonprofit organization providing leadership, learning and networking opportunities to over 200 Tarrant County member bankers with the goal of making an impact in both the community and banking industry. For more information about the “Banker of the Year” luncheon, visit: http://tarrantcountybankers.org/.
About Southwest Bank
With 14 banking centers in North Texas, Southwest Bank is the largest, locally owned, independent commercial bank in Tarrant County. Additionally, Southwest Bank’s Mortgage Department has offices in Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin. Southwest Bank believes in building loyal, lasting relationships with its customers through personalized service, honesty and integrity. For more information, visit www.southwestbank.com. Member FDIC.