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12/11/2012

Tom Cravens named Tarrant banker of the year

CravensAward-2Longtime North Texas banker Tom Cravens (left), a director at Fort Worth-based Southwest Bank, is the Tarrant County Bankers Association's 2012 Banker of the Year. He was honored Dec. 6 at a luncheon at Shady Oaks Country Club. Cravens was chairman and CEO of First National Bank of Arlington, where he started a banking career 48 years ago. He was co-owner of Coble Cravens Inc., a financial services and insurance agency, executive vice president of Security Bank, president of SouthTrust Bank in Arlington, CEO of Northwest National Bank until its purchase by Texas Bank in 2005, director of Texas Bank, later acquired by Compass Bank, and a director at Southwest Bank since 2009.

Southwest Bank CEO Vernon Bryant said the award "is an outstanding achievement and speaks to the impact that Tom's experience and expertise has had on the North Texas banking industry." Cravens was recently named chairman of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, the not-for-profit organization funded by mineral rights bonuses and royalties on city-owned property. He also serves on the boards of Texas Health Resources and the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

-- Jim Fuquay

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