History

Texas First Bank - Helping Texans Build Texas

Texas First Bank is Galveston County's largest, locally owned family of independent community banks. Building an organization takes many years of planning. Charles T. Doyle had a vision for banking and that vision became a reality in 1973 with the acquisition of his first bank.

By year-end 1999, as part of Doyle's vision, he had a banking center in all thirteen cities in Galveston County. Strategic planning sessions are consistently held for the Texas First Bank team and these sessions lead to the services and products, which have made Texas First the bank of choice for area residents. Strategic planning has also contributed to the growth of this bank with recognition state and nation wide.

Timeline

  • January 3, 1962 - Opened First State Bank of Hitchcock
  • January 3, 1973 - First State Bank of Hitchcock was purchased by a group of investors organized by Charles T. Doyle
  • March 27, 1975 - Opened Bank of the West on Stewart Road in Galveston. This bank was the first bank to be organized on the island by a group from the mainland.
  • February 22, 1977 - Opened Bank of Santa Fe
  • April 23, 1982 - Opened Gulf National Bank in Texas City
  • June 5, 1985 - Opened Gulf Shores Bank in Crystal Beach
  • January 22, 1991 - Opened Bank of the West on Broadway in Galveston
  • November 29, 1993 - Opened First State Bank of Hitchcock in La Marque on FM 1764
  • August 3, 1995 - Name change on all banks to Texas First Bank
  • October 10, 1995 - Opened Texas First Bank-Kemah
  • November 6, 1995 - Opened Texas First Bank-Pirates Beach in Galveston
  • December 7, 1996 - Opened Texas First Bank-Dickinson
  • February 28, 1998 - Opened Texas First Bank-League City
  • January 25, 1999 - Opened Texas First Bank-Friendswood
  • December 13, 1999 - Opened Texas First Bank-La Marque Oak Street
  • August 31, 2000 - Texas First Bank and Rust-Ewing affiliation announcement & Broadway/Monument Square dedication
  • September 1, 2000 - Texas First Bank's Internet Banking Program launched
  • June 2003 - Texas First Bank became the FIRST bank in Texas and the second in the nation to offer customers Visa Extras for customers with the Visa Credit and Debit Card to earn reward points each time the cards are used.
  • November 19, 2003 - Texas First Bank-Friendswood Grand Opening in the new building
  • August 11, 2004 - Texas First Bank-Crystal Beach ribbon cutting on remodel/expansion
  • October 13, 2004 - Texas First Bank-Bay Colony Ground Breaking ceremony
  • November 1, 2004 - Acquisition of Paramount Mortgage Company
  • January 1, 2005 - Opened SBA Lending Office in Pearland
  • June 2, 2005 - Texas First Bank-Bay Colony Ribbon Cutting ceremony
  • September 14, 2005 - Re-Opened Texas First Bank- La Marque FM 1764 to include Banking Center, Operations Center, & Mortgage Company
  • January 26, 2006 - Acquired Gulf Coast Bank with locations in Jefferson, Harris and Chambers counties
  • April 1, 2006 - Gulf Coast Bank officially becomes Texas First Bank in Baytown, Fannett and Winnie
  • September 13, 2007 - Texas First Bank-Pearland Ribbon cutting ceremony
  • February 1, 2008 - Purchased Sullivan Insurance Agency
  • March 15, 2009 - Opened Houston Business Bank
  • January 14, 2010 - Opened Texas First Bank-Alvin
  • June 9, 2010 - Opened Texas First Bank-Mid County location
  • July 20, 2012 - Acquired Houston Business Bank with one location in Houston
  • August 17, 2012 - Acquired Texas Coastal Bank with locations in Deer Park and Pasadena
  • January 31, 2014 - Acquired Hull State Bank with locations in Hull and Liberty