Austin Bank announces change in corporate office

Jeff Austin Jr. (left) and Jeff Austin III are the senior chairman and chairman, respectively, for Austin Bank.

The Austin Bank Board of Directors announced a change in their corporate office at the November meeting held in Jacksonville, Texas.

Jeff Austin, Jr. has been elected Senior Chairman of the Board and his son, Jeff Austin III, has been named Chairman of the Board.  This transition continues the Austin family legacy of banking into the fourth generation.

Austin, Jr. served as Chairman of the Board since 1997, filling the role vacated upon his father’s death.  Under his leadership, the Bank grew from 22 locations with assets less than $500 million to 35 locations and assets in excess of $2.5 billion.  While his role in active Bank management will be scaled back, Austin, Jr. will retain his roles as Chairman of Austin Bancorp, Inc.; Capital Bank, Houston; and First State Bank, Athens.

“Austin Bank today is the result of the hard work and dedication of its employees and those who have preceded them,” comments Austin, Jr.  “I have tremendous confidence that Jeff, Russ Gideon (President / CEO), the leadership team and our Board will continue to maintain the high standards and outstanding performance of the Bank.”

Austin III has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Austin Bank since 2000. He previously served as President and CEO of affiliate bank First State Bank, Frankston, which merged into Austin Bank in 2009.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for First State Bank, Athens and Capital Bank, Houston.

“I have been fortunate over the years to work with and learn from so many great bankers and leaders, including my father and grandfather,” shares Austin III.  “I look forward to continuing the growth and expansion of the Bank while working with our Board of Directors, Executive Committee and staff to make decisions that will be in the best long-term interest of our customers, employees and shareholders.”

Both Austins will continue to work from the Bank’s corporate office in Jacksonville. 

Austin Bank, a community bank headquartered in Jacksonville, Texas, has been voted one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” for the thirteenth consecutive year. With assets in excess of $2.5 billion, Bank offices are located in 35 East Texas locations within 25 cities and thirteen counties. Austin Bank is locally owned and operated by the Austin Family who is celebrating 112 years of service in the Texas banking industry.

More information about Austin Bank can be found on the bank’s website at

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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