AUSTIN August 11, 2021 – Alexis Michael of SouthStar Bank has been selected as an Emerging Leader in the banking industry by the Texas Bankers Foundation and will be honored at the Texas Bankers Association’s 136th Annual Convention in Austin during a special awards luncheon on August 26.

“Alexis is not a self-proclaimed great leader. Instead, she leads by example and doesn’t ask her team to do anything that she isn’t willing to do including catching a few hours of sleep on a cot during the PPP application process and waking up and working a full day again,” said David Kapavik, SouthStar Bank CEO & President.

Launched in 2019 by the Texas Bankers Foundation in collaboration with the Bank Leadership Council, the Emerging Leader Award honors bankers who have had a positive impact on the banking industry and who represent the best values of Texas community banking.

Alexis worked her way up in the banking industry with a passion for helping people starting as a Teller in 1999. She was initially hired as a Branch Executive and SBA Director and took a branch that was struggling to meet it’s aggressive financial and efficiency goals to a branch that met each goal in a short time frame. Later she was promoted to her current role of Regional Credit Manager mentoring and leading a Loan Officer production team at four branches.

To be honored, bankers must have five years of experience in banking, be an employee of a TBA member banking institution and be nominated by the bank president, CEO or board chairman.

“We are both excited and very proud to recognize the 2021 Emerging Leader Award recipients and our third class of honorees,” said Chris Furlow, president & CEO of the Texas Bankers Association. “This diverse group of outstanding bankers will help lead the Texas banking industry into the future and we’re thrilled to celebrate the work they’re doing throughout the state of Texas.”

For 32 years, the Texas Bankers Association and Foundation have honored those who have served in the banking industry for 50 years or more. The Foundation has since expanded its awards portfolio to recognize banks and TBA members who give back to the community, promote financial literacy and showcase excellence in their fields.