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Monthly Archives: October 2020

SouthStar Bank 100-Year History

An overview of the last 100 years. SouthStar Bank opened its doors as The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Moulton in 1920 with the motto Safety, Strength and Service.  Sixty-one years after opening, The Farmers and Merchants State Bank changed its name to Moulton State Bank in 1981. That same year, the Raymond G. Schindler family of Houston, TX purchased controlling interest in the Bank through holding company Southern Bancshares, Inc., which still holds majority interest today. The purchase supplemented the holding company’s acquisitions of First State Bank of Bremond in 1973 and Lott State Bank in 1975. The Bank’s name was once again changed nine years later to the First State Bank of Moulton in 1990. The name change represented the historical significance of the original banks of Moulton. The historic “Boehm Mercantile Store” was purchased soon after for conversion into expanded headquarters where the bank still operates today. Due to the bank’s friendly and flexible brand of community-style banking, the bank expanded into neighboring communities and counties, opening a new branch in Shiner, TX in June 1997, followed by one in Gonzales, TX in February 2005.  Around the same time, a Loan Production Office was opened in Austin, representing the Bank’s entry into a growing urban market. In 2004 the Bank’s name was changed to Lone Star Bank, S.S.B. to better reflect the bank’s expanding regional presence in Texas. Another decade of growth ensued as the holding company expanded into more urban markets, including the construction of several flagship facilities in the Austin area under the Lone Star and First Star brands. Operations under the current name, SouthStar Bank, S.S.B., began on January 1, 2015 following the merger of Lone Star, First Star and Texas Star banks. The name SouthStar Bank was ultimately selected for its strong reference to the bank’s deep southern heritage, warm hospitality, and recognition as a bright star in the communities it serves. David R. Kapavik, previous President of Lone Star Bank, was named President and CEO.  Kapavik continues to lead the organization with the current executive team: Billy Fleming, EVP & National Sales Manager for Mortgage Warehousing; Brent Gibbs, EVP & Chief Lending Officer; Cole Schindler, EVP & Strategic Development Officer; Jo Ann Biezenski, EVP, Compliance Manager & Director; Kevin Knesek, EVP & Chief Operations Officer; Lori Singleton, EVP, Chief Loan Administration Officer & Special Projects Manager; and Robert Simper, EVP & Chief Financial Officer.  Former First Star Bank President Norman Koch, now retired, serves as Business Development Advisor. Today, SouthStar Bank operates 15 full-service branches across the Central Texas region and specializes in residential mortgage, real estate and construction lending. Since opening in 1920, the Bank continues to focus on community values and personal relationships coupled with flexible, common-sense lending. “Starting from humble beginnings as Farmers and Merchants Bank, we have grown not only in numbers, but also in talent, services and communities. SouthStar Bank has remained true to its community banking roots, growing to over $1 billion dollars in assets over […]

HomeAid Fundraising Drive

Your donation is appreciated in support of this great cause! Over the past 100 years SouthStar Bank has built a tradition of community service, supporting past generations and the generations to come. In honor of our 100th anniversary, SouthStar Bank continues this tradition by partnering with local non-profit, HomeAid Austin. HomeAid Austin is unique in that it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose sole purpose is to serve other non-profits. The charity organization identifies long-term, stable homeless care providers who need additional capacity and pairs them with builders, vendors and suppliers, who donate time, materials and labor to rehabilitate and build housing for Austin’s homeless. These care providers directly serve: Youth who have aged out of foster care Women in crisis pregnancy Victims of domestic violence and spousal desertion Children who have become homeless due to a family crisis Mentally challenged Adults living with HIV/AIDS Families and individuals who are homeless as a result of job loss or illness Individuals and families suffering from drug and alcohol abuse Veterans SouthStar Bank proudly supports HomeAid Austin’s mission to build new lives for Austin’s homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Contributions to the SouthStar Bank team fundraising pages will be accepted through October 23. Click below to visit your local branch fundraising page: Bee Cave Georgetown Leander Round Rock Southwest Austin Steiner Ranch Every little bit helps! We greatly appreciate your consideration in joining us to support our local community.

SouthStar Bank Then & Now: 1995

A look back on the Banking Industry 75 years ago. Many changes occured between the Bank’s 50th and 75th anniversaries. The Bank changed its name twice, first to Moulton State Bank in 1981 and then to First State Bank of Moulton in 1990. In 1981, the Raymond G. Schindler family purchased controlling interest in the Bank through Southern Bancshares Holding Company, which still holds majority interest today. Expansion began with the purchase of the Brazoria Branch and David Kapavik was named President in 1995. He remains acting President and CEO. The Banking industry continued to evolve into the mid 90’s: The FDIC launches its first public website in March Due to the rise of personal computers, online banking technologies began to develop. 100 years later, SouthStar Bank has continued to expand now serving 15 areas across central Texas. We look forward to celebrating our 100th anniversary with our customers and team! October 21 | 5:00-7:00pm | 100 S. Main St. Moulton, TX Please note, our banking facilities will close at 2pm on Oct. 21. We will reopen for normal business hours on Oct. 22.

We’re Open to Serve You!

Serving our friends, families, and communities. We’re in this together. SouthStar Bank has begun reopening our lobbies. We’ve missed you! While we are excited to open our doors, the Bank will continue to prioritize customer and employee safety. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in new guidelines for entry, including face coverings and hand sanitation. Current Branch Hours Brazoria Branch LOBBY: M-Th: 9am-3pm | F: 9am-6pm DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 8am-5pm | F: 8am-6pm Bremond Branch LOBBY: By Appointment, please call 254.746.7031 DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 8am-5pm | F: 8am-2:30pm, 3pm-6pm Calvert Branch LOBBY: By Appointment, please call 979.364.2896 DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 8am-3pm | F: 8am-2:30-pm, 3pm-5pm Falconhead Branch (Bee Cave) LOBBY: M-F: 9am-5pm DRIVE THRU: M-F: 8am-5pm Franklin Branch LOBBY: M-Th: 9am-3pm | F: 9am-3pm, 4pm-6pm DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 7:30am-2:30pm, 3pm-5pm | F: 7:30am-2:30pm 3pm-6pm Georgetown LOBBY: M-F: 9am-5pm DRIVE THRU: M-F: 8am-5pm Gonzales Branch LOBBY: M-Th: 9am-3pm | F: 9am-6pm DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 8am-5pm | F: 8am-6pm Harker Heights Branch LOBBY: M-F: 9am-5pm DRIVE THRU: M-F: 8am-6pm Hearne Branch LOBBY: M-Th: 9am-3pm | F: 9am-3pm, 4pm-6pm DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 7:30am-2:30pm, 3pm-5pm | F: 7:30am-2:30pm 3pm-6pm Leander Branch LOBBY: M-F: 9am-5pm DRIVE THRU: M-F: 8am-5pm Moulton Branch LOBBY: Closed for construction. Please call for appointment: 361.596.7519 DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 8am-4pm | F: 8am-6pm Sendero Springs Branch (Round Rock) LOBBY: M-F: 9am-5pm DRIVE THRU: M-F: 8am-5pm Shiner Branch LOBBY: M-Th: 9am-3pm | F: 9am-6pm DRIVE THRU: M-Th: 7am-4pm | F: 7am-6pm Southwest Austin Branch LOBBY: M-F: 9am-5pm DRIVE THRU: M-F: 8am-5pm Steiner Ranch Branch LOBBY: M-F: 9am-5pm DRIVE THRU: M-F: 8am-5pm

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