Happy State Bank Announces New Bank President

Happy State Bank Announces New Bank President


   AMARILLO, TX – June 5, 2018 J. Pat Hickman, Chairman and CEO of Happy State Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mikel Williamson to President of the bank.

   Williamson has served Happy as Chief Operating Officer since 2015, responsible for the bank’s overall operations.  His title is now President and COO.  Previously, he led Happy’s DFW team as Market President.

Williamson will continue to oversee the banking operations, while assuming more of the day-to-day management and administrative duties of the overall bank. His focus will turn toward customer relations and satisfaction, overseeing the impact and development of new products for customers. This role will implement policies and procedures, as well as ensure the core values of Happy are being acted out in each branch.

His vast banking and leadership experience, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), will aid him in achieving the bank’s financial goals and objectives, and keep Happy at the forefront of the banking industry.

Originally from Whitehouse, Texas, Williamson has twenty years of experience in the banking industry. He earned a Business Administration degree in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas.  Currently, Williamson serves on the Board of Governors for Northwest Texas Healthcare System. He and Stephanie, his wife of 18 years, have two daughters: Kate (13) and Clair (9) and they attend Hillside Christian Church.

“We are quite proud to promote Mikel to President and Chief Operating Officer of the Happy State Bank.  He is an outstanding leader, banker and family man.  Working alongside the entire executive team, Mikel’s charge is to further the legacy of Happy State Bank. He excels at his every endeavor, and is highly respected in our bank, our industry and our community,” stated Hickman.  “I look forward to his taking on this greater role in our bank, and I know he will lead with great character and excellence,” Hickman added.

While considered to be a larger community bank with asset size of $3.4 billion, Happy State Bank continues to offer the best high-touch customer service with superior banking products.  Happy has been voted a “Best Bank to Work For” in the nation for the past four years by American Banker and Best Companies Group. Bauer Financial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating firm, has awarded Happy the Highest Rating for Financial Strength, while Independent Banker Magazine has named Happy as one of the “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Community Banks in the United States,” (specifically #14).  Happy employees credit these accolades to the bank’s unique culture. There are 20 core values in place that serve to inspire a work environment that people enjoy coming to each day. “Family First,” “Laugh at Work,” and “Attitude is Everything” are just a few of the values that keep employees happy, as well as engaged.

About Happy State Bank

   Happy State Bank & Trust Co. has been providing quality financial services to its friends and neighbors since 1908.  It operates through 35 offices in Happy, Abilene, Addison, Allen, Amarillo, Borger, Canadian, Canyon, Dalhart, Dumas, Floydada, Fort Worth, Hereford, Higgins, Lockney, Lubbock, Olton, Pampa, Panhandle, Plainview, Shamrock, Silverton, Stratford, Sunray and Texline and can be found on the web at happybank.com        

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