- January 1, 2012
Hank Holmes is on a bit of a rebuilding mission after the demise of Tampa-based Superior Bank, which was taken over by Houston-based Community Bancorp LLC in mid-April.
The 18-year banking veteran has been named president and CEO of the Florida Region, which has 10 offices along the Gulf Coast representing $539 million in assets. He will divide his time between Houston and Tampa most weeks, spending as much time as possible with Superior's 200 Florida employees.
“It's important for us to define leaders within Florida,” Holmes tells Coffee Talk. “We have a lot of good folks there.”
Superior's Florida operations were part of Birmingham, Ala.-based Superior Bancorp, from which Community Bancorp took over $3 billion in assets. Holmes started his career with Amegy Bank of Texas in 1993 and worked his way up to executive vice president of special assets.
While local customers' confidence in Superior has been understandably shaken, Holmes says business as usual will continue under Community. The first order of business, he says, is empowering employees to be a first point of contact for customers at their respective branches.
“The folks they have been banking with are going to continue to be there to meet their needs,” he says. “The culture has been a little rocky, but the personnel have a great attitude, and they're ready to get back on the offense.”