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SouthStar Bank Kerrville Ribbon Cutting

A recap of the Kerrville Ribbon Cutting SouthStar Bank celebrated its newest full-service branch, located at 1101 Junction Hwy, on September 24. Following the branch ribbon cutting conducted by the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, guests enjoyed barbeque and live music by Max Flinn. SouthStar Bank specializes in residential mortgage, real estate and construction lending, now operating 16 full-service branches across Central Texas. The team includes Kent McKinney, Business Development Advisor, Jeff Harris, Vice President of Lending, Donny Lehmann, Vice President of Lending, Kyla Gesell, Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager, Shelby Mossman, Loan Assistant, Sherri Steadham, Loan Assistant, Meghan Jackson, Personal Banker, Sche Kehner, Personal Banker, Claudia Gonzales, Personal Banker, Brittany Selement, Personal Banker. Combined they offer an impressive 89 years of experience in the financial industry. All are deeply invested in the Kerrville community, serving as leaders in local organizations such as Rotary Club of Kerrville, Hill Country Crisis Council, and Together with Hill Country Veterans. “I cannot tell you how excited I am to be part of the SouthStar Family,” said Jeff Harris.  “This is a wonderful change for not only the staff, all of which are still with us, but for our community! The involvement, of a true community bank, that I have witnessed thus far is amazing and is only going to continue to grow in our home town of Kerrville and surrounding areas. The banking family that we have now is just that…family.  It’s nice to be part of an organization that is like family — one that shows they truly care for not only their employees but their customers as well.” SouthStar Bank was honored to have the Schindler family and other shareholders join the celebration.  The Raymond G. Schindler family of Houston, TX purchased controlling interest in the Bank in 1981 through its holding company, Southern Bancshares, Inc.  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 with David R. Kapavik being named President and CEO after previously serving as President of Lone Star Bank.  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. “I appreciate the warm welcome from everyone in Kerrville. Community is a huge part of our organization, and I can tell from those I’ve met that there’s a strong spirit. Our focus is always to provide friendly, flexible financial services where we live and work, and I’m looking forward to bringing that Texas Style of banking to the Hill Country region,” said David Kapavik, President and CEO at SouthStar Bank.

SouthStar Bank Celebrates 100 Years

A recap of the 100th Anniversary Celebration. SouthStar Bank celebrated its 100th Anniversary on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 after first opening its doors as The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Moulton in 1920 with the motto Safety, Strength and Service. True to its Texas Style motto, the Bank welcomed the community for complimentary BBQ accompanied by live entertainment. “Starting from humble beginnings as Farmers and Merchants Bank, we have grown not only in numbers, but also in talent, services and community. SouthStar Bank has remained true to its community banking roots, growing to over $1 Billion dollars in assets over the past 100 years. I would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have been with us for so many years. Your trust and support have always been the biggest drivers for our continued growth.” said Kapavik. The bank was honored to have the Schindler family and other shareholders with local ties join the celebration of this historic milestone for SouthStar Bank. The Raymond G. Schindler family of Houston, TX purchased controlling interest in the Bank in 1981 through its holding company, Southern Bancshares, Inc. 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 with David R. Kapavik being named President and CEO after previously serving as President of Lone Star Bank. 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. In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary, the SouthStar Bank Moulton Branch was restored to reflect the building’s original beauty and design. The official unveiling of the renovated building was a highlight of the day and included tours throughout the evening. Built in 1906, the historic “Boehm Mercantile Store” was purchased in 1990 for conversion into expanded Bank headquarters. The building was transformed back into an authentic interpretation of turn-of-the-century, Victorian architecture. Many desirable features were preserved within the building, including original longleaf pine floors, pine structural columns, ornate pressed metal ceiling, and the stately, half-moon window overlooking the rolling hills of the Moulton countryside. Like SouthStar Bank, the building shines with new life, ready to serve its community for another century to come.

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 […]

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.

SouthStar Bank 100th Anniversary Events

We invite you to join us in celebrating our 100th Anniversary. It’s our anniversary and we are celebrating! In honor of this momentous occasion, we will be hosting mini celebrations throughout October ending on October 21st in Moulton. We would not be where we are today without our terrific customers, so we invite you to join us in celebrating. All events are free and open to everyone. Check out the event details below to find the branch party nearest you: Oct. 1: Brazoria | Hot Dogs, 11am-1pm Oct. 2: Leander | Breakfast, 8:30am-10:30am Oct. 5: Round Rock | Coffee & Tea, 8am-11am Oct. 6: Georgetown | BBQ & Ice Cream, 11am-1pm Oct. 7: Steiner Ranch | Cookies, 8am-5pm Oct. 8: Bee Cave | Cookies, 8am-5pm Oct. 9: Southwest Austin | Cookies & Ice Cream, 3pm-5pm Oct. 13: Hearne | Kona Ice, 3pm-5pm Oct. 14: Franklin | Kona Ice, 3pm-5pm Oct. 15: Bremond | Kona Ice, 3pm-5pm Oct. 15: Harker Heights | Family Movie Night, 5:30pm-8:30pm Oct. 16: Calvert | Kona Ice, 3pm-5pm Oct. 19: Gonzales | Cookies, 2:30pm-4:30pm Oct. 20: Shiner | Cookies, 9am-3pm Oct. 21: Moulton | BBQ, Live Music, & Door Prizes, 5pm-7pm

SouthStar Bank Then & Now: 1970

A look back on the Banking Industry 50 years ago. The Bank celebrated its Golden 50th Anniversary in October of 1970. Since the 25th anniversary, the Bank had made renovations to the building and W.H. Pundt took over as Bank President. Hallmark moments in 1970 banking included: September 2, 1970 marked the one-year anniversary of the first atm opening. Congress chartered the Federal Loan Mortgage Association (Freddie Mac) to provide capital to finance U.S. Housing. Automated Clearing House InterBank Payment System, a private company, was created to clear checks. The Bank Holding Company Amendments (BHCA) of 1970 were passed, requiring the Federal Reserve Board’s approval for the establishment of a bank holding company. Today, SouthStar Bank continues to evolve and expand with the renovation of our Moulton Headquarters. We will celebrate our 100th Anniversary where it all began on October 21, 5:00-7:00PM. 100 S. Main St. Moulton, TX

SouthStar Bank 100th Anniversary Book Drive Results

Thank you to everyone who donated to our book drive! 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 its 100th anniversary, SouthStar Bank continued this tradition by hosting a bank-wide book drive. Each branch partnered with local elementary schools to collect new books for their libraries. With the goal of donating 100 books in honor of its 100 years, SouthStar Bank kicked off the drive by donating 500 books. Many of the books, such as “Bunny Money” and “The Lemonade War,” provided a fun way to introduce financial education to elementary students. The book drive was met with overwhelming support from the community. Total donations exceeded 8,200 books. “What better way to celebrate than getting the community involved! We are fortunate to be a part of such a generous network who shares in our commitment to local youth.” said SouthStar Bank President David Kapavik. “Kids are our future, and it’s our goal to support their education and growth.” With this goal in mind, SouthStar Bank is continuing the celebration by offering $100 scholarship bonuses to each new youth savings account opened through September 30.

SouthStar Bank Then & Now: 1945

A look back on the Banking Industry 75 years ago. In 1945, The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Moulton (now SouthStar Bank) celebrated its 25th anniversary. During this time, the Bank moved into the old First State Bank of Moulton building. Elo C. Fehrenkamp also took over as Bank President during this year. By 1945, the Banking Industry had been largely affected by World War II: Large-scale war financing by the federal government led to the rise of Banking assets. The largest single operation performed by the Federal Reserve Banks was handling war savings bonds. U.S. government securities account for 57% of total banking assets. Today, SouthStar Bank continues to serve the people that make our communities shine. We invite you to join in our 100 year celebration in Moulton on October 21, 3:30-6:30PM.

SouthStar Bank Then & Now: 1920

A look back on the Banking Industry 100 years ago. This year SouthStar Bank is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Bank opened its doors as The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Moulton in October of 1920. The Bank was located at the present site of Moulton City Hall, and F.T. Fehrenkamp served as President along with Rudy Jaeggli as Vice President. Banking looked a bit different back in 1920: Banks offered installment loans, mortgages, and loans to stock market speculators on 90 percent margins. Printing tabulators were introduced, which not only improved speed and accuracy of balancing vault balances, but set the stage for future technology. There were no insider-trading laws 100 years later, the SouthStar Bank headquarters remains in Moulton, TX. Mark your calendar and join us to celebrate this historical milestone on October 21! 100 S. Main St. Moulton, TX | 5-7pm

SouthStar Bank 100th Anniversary Book Drive

Help us reach our goal of 100 books for 100 years. 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, we are continuing the tradition by hosting a bank-wide book drive. Every branch has partnered with one to two schools to help add some new books to their libraries this fall. Please consider helping us reach our goal of 100 Books for 100 Years. Our book drive is running now through September 8. New and gently used books for local students will be accepted at all SouthStar Bank Branches. Bins will be placed outside each location to adhere with social distancing guidelines. If you would like to donate virtually, click on one of the participating schools below to view their Amazon Wishlist: Bremond Elementary School– Bremond Calvert Elementary School– Calvert Chandler Oaks Elementary School– Round Rock East Avenue Primary School– Gonzales Hearne Elementary School– Hearne Lake Pointe Elementary School– Austin McCasland Christian Academy– Georgetown Moulton Elementary School– Moulton Mumford Elementary School– Mumford Norman-Sims Elementary School– Austin Pleasant Hill Elementary School– Leander Richard E. Cavazos Elementary School– Nolanville Roland Reynolds Elementary School– Franklin Rooster Springs Elementary School– Austin Shiner Elementary School– Shiner St. Ludmila Elementary School– Shiner Steiner Ranch Elementary School– Austin Sycamore Springs Elementary School– Austin Wild Peach Elementary School– Brazoria

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