50-Year Bankers Honored

AUSTIN, May 6, 2016 – The Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association, honored 11 Texas bankers with the 50-Year Banker Award during TBA’s 132nd Annual Convention on May 6 in Grapevine. This prestigious award honors bankers with a half century or more of service and dedication to the banking industry.

Larry Burns of Maypearl is president and CEO of The Cowboy Bank of Texas. He began his career as a bookkeeping clerk and mailroom operator at Park Cities Bank in Dallas. Burns has spent the last 39 years of his career in senior management positions at community banks in the northeast section of the state.

Harry Frankson of Port Lavaca is an executive vice president at the Port Lavaca branch of the International Bank of Commerce; he has been with the bank since 1994. Frankson is an active member of his community, where he has been involved with a number of organizations including the Calhoun County Independent School District, assisting with their building and expansion initiatives.

Larry Fraser of Houston is a director for Allegiance Bank. During his 58-year banking career, he has been with a number of banks in the Houston area. In 1987, while Fraser was chairman of Texas Capital Bancshares, he challenged the state’s branching law, becoming a pioneer of statewide branching by opening a branch in Austin.

Carolyn Sue Maass of Brenham is a senior vice president and the commercial banker for Brenham National Bank. Maass has been with the bank for 49 of her 55 years in banking. She has been in the lending department since 1975 and was the first female loan officer in Brenham. She has won the Brenham Banner Press Reader’s Choice “Favorite Loan Officer” award several times.

Sherrie N. Matlock of Granbury retired from First National Bank, Granbury in December. She began her career when she took a part-time job with the bank filing checks. She became a full-time employee and held various positions including, teller, bookkeeper, in the new accounts and note department, secretary, bank officer, board member and board secretary. 

Charles E. McMahen of Houston is a director of BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc. and Compass Bank chairman of the Risk Committee. During his career, McMahen has been with Texas Commerce Bank, Southwest Bancshares, MCorp, Compass Bank and Compass Bancshares. He has served on three other public company corporate boards of directors, Enterprise GP Holdings, L.P., Compass Bancshares, Inc. and PNM Resources, Inc.

Robert P. Russell of White Oak began his banking career as a bookkeeper at Bank of Morehouse in Bastrop, La. While in Louisiana, Russell worked for three different banks. He moved to Texas in 1984 and was with Bank of Longview, White Oak State Bank and with the White Oak branch of Citizens National Bank (headquartered in Henderson) before he retired in June 2015. 

H. Wayne Smith of Naples began his 58-year career at the age of 18 as a runner at Industrial National Bank in Dallas. He was placed in an intensive training program and was later promoted to a vice president position. In 1965, Smith joined Morris County National Bank as a vice president. Three years later, he was promoted to president, CEO and secretary to the board of directors. He retired as president and CEO in 2002 but remained on the board until January 2016.

Jim Underwood of Graham is a senior executive vice president at First State Bank in Graham. He has been an active member of the Graham community; he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Graham since 1970, a member of the Graham Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, a former board member of the Graham Junior Livestock Association, a director of the Graham East Water Supply and is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Graham.

Patricia B. Wagers of Fort Worth is an executive vice president and cashier at Woodhaven National Bank in Fort Worth. She began her career as a bookkeeper and then progressed to assistant head bookkeeper, teller, collection teller, lending, motor bank supervisor, note department supervisor and cashier. She was a member of the National Association of Bank Women and the Bank Administration Institute. 

Patricia Williams of Brenham began her career as a bookkeeper at First National Bank in Brenham, where she also worked as a teller, in the loan department, as a secretary, in collections and safe deposit box rental. In July 1984, Williams accepted a position as a loan secretary at Brenham National. She later transferred to the credit administration department and currently serves as a vice president/supervisor of credit administration for the bank.

Serving Texas bankers since 1885, the Texas Bankers Association is the largest and oldest state bankers association in the nation.