Magazine article Independent Banker

Growth, Service and Flexibility

Magazine article Independent Banker

Growth, Service and Flexibility

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This year marks the 110th anniversary for Wallis State Bank. Originally our community bank began with one location in Wallis, Texas, located approximately 40 miles west of Houston. It remained a single-location bank until the early 1990s. In the last 25 years, we have expanded into the metro areas of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and most recently Los Angeles.

We have the ability to serve large international companies all the way down to the small, startup business customer. Our vision, dedication, teamwork, community involvement and service to our customers have been our pillars that have supported our growth for more than a century.

Wallis State Bank's strong commercial lending abilities and our ability to connect with our customers and communities have been big factors in our bank's success over the years. As the number-one Small Business Administration lender in the Houston region for the last two years and one of the larger SBA lenders in the country, our industry-specific knowledge has enabled us to be the bank of choice for certain industries.

Additionally, our internal management structure allows us to maintain the flexibility needed to address the needs of our customers as their needs change. We strongly believe that all customers have specific needs, and those needs typically will not fit into a predetermined "box" or product definition. Our ability to adjust our offerings to fit the needs of our customers has helped Wallis State Bank develop outstanding customer loyalty.

Our connection to our customer is vital to our ongoing success. …

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