DALLAS, TX (April 25, 2023) – NDBT (North Dallas Bank and Trust Co.), a leading Texas community banking organization, has been honored by the Texas Banker’s Foundation with awards from four categories recognizing contributions to the banking industry and community. This is the second consecutive year for NDBT to receive honors in each of the available categories – Cornerstone, LiFE (Leaders in Financial Education – Individual and Bank), and Emerging Leader. The bank and bankers recognized will be honored at a luncheon on May 19th during the Texas Bankers Association (TBA) 138th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Larry Miller, NDBT’s President & CEO, will represent the bank in receiving the LiFE (Leadership in Financial Education) Award, which honors Texas banks that are dedicated leaders in promoting financial education in their communities. NDBT is active throughout the Dallas area with a variety of programs designed to educate our communities about several financial topics including mortgages, loans, personal checking and savings, and financial planning.
LiFE Individual Recognition Award
Adriana Pena, a vice president and commercial lender for NDBT, is receiving the LiFE Individual Recognition Award, which recognizes special bankers who have gone above and beyond in dedicating their time and energy and/or have inspired others in their banks to provide financial education in their communities. She earned the award for her work with Cristo Rey of Dallas, a college prep high school committed to academic excellence including a Corporate Work Study Program, in which students work in a professional setting one day a week, actively contributing to the culture of Dallas’ most successful companies. Adriana began the partnership with Cristo Rey in 2019 and continues to lead the group of students selected to perform their work study time with NDBT.
Emerging Leader Award
Sam Gunn, a vice president and commercial lender for NDBT, has earned the Emerging Leader Award, which honors bankers who have had a positive impact in the banking industry and are expected to become leaders in their banks. The award was won by another NDBT banker, Philip James, in its inaugural year last year. Sam, in just his 6th year in the industry, is already one of the top producing lenders in NDBT’s Dallas Banking Center. He is also the sponsor of the bank’s community giving partnership with Family Gateway, a non-profit organization that provides stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness in the Dallas area.
Michelle Mercado, a vice president and business development officer in NDBT’s Las Colinas Banking Center, and Lisa Rushing, NDBT’s Director of Community Engagement, are representing the bank in receiving the Cornerstone Award, which recognizes and rewards Texas banks that have made a commitment to be the cornerstones of their communities. Michelle and the Las Colinas Banking Center bankers developed and executed the One Can Make a Difference – 25 for 25 campaign, a highlight of the banking center’s 25th anniversary culminating in a gift of 25,000 pounds of food donated by the community during the 25 years in Las Colinas. The food was given to Irving Cares for distribution throughout the Irving, Texas community.
The Texas Bankers Foundation began in 1991 as a giving back program for TBA. According to the TBA website, the foundation’s mission is to serve and support Texas banks, their employees and communities through several programs that reflect the deep care and concern Texas banks show in their communities each day.
Founded in 1961, NDBT (North Dallas Bank & Trust Co.) is an independent community bank with five banking centers located in Dallas, Addison, Frisco, Las Colinas, and Plano. Headquartered on the corner of Preston Road and LBJ at 12900 Preston Road in Dallas, NDBT is dedicated to helping people make smarter choices in business and life by offering authentic banking solutions, wealth management, and innovative online banking tools. NDBT is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information, call 972.716.7100, or visit online at www.ndbt.com.
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Brian C. Jensen