Star of the Month - December 2019 - Andy Gardner

by Austin Bank 10. December 2019 22:58

As a community bank, relationships are at the heart of our business.  Living, working and doing business in our communities – especially in the rural areas of East Texas – your reputation often precedes you, and everyone knows everyone.  Such is the case for this month’s Star, and we could not be more proud to have him as an ambassador for Austin Bank.  Congratulations to Andy Gardner, VP/Location President, in Garrison on his selection as the December Star.

Andy truly cares about Austin Bank and the success of the Garrison office.  Since coming to work for the Bank in 2010, his dedication, hard work, persistence and determination has continued to bring in new relationships and add customers to the banking family.  He is a master at networking and been known to bring in customers from up to 8 hours away, or exhibit the patience to work to gain a relationship for more than ten years.  His example is a driving force for the staff of the Garrison office and their region to strive to be the best and to help each other be successful.

Growing up in deep East Texas, Andy was raised in and around the agriculture industry.  A graduate of Lufkin High School and Stephen F. Austin State University, his knowledge of the businesses and community allows him to be a banker who understands the specific needs and wants of his customers.  A quote from a recent article in American Banker said, “While consumers may no longer need bankers to assist with transactions, no amount of digitization will replace the friendly face offering knowledgeable advice.”  This is Andy.  His heart (and hat) is as big as Texas, and he will drop what he is doing to help anyone in need.  With an easygoing demeanor and positive attitude, it is easy to see he truly cares about the well-being of Bank staff and customers.

Andy and his wife, Kristin, live in Garrison with their two children – Andi Beth and Cooper – five dogs, and a large number of cattle and chicken.  He is very involved with the community and serves with the Nacogodches Rotary Club, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, and the Nacogdoches Area Go Texan Committee.  In addition, he volunteers many hours annually helping the Angelina and Nacogdoches County Fairs and local school agricultural programs.  In his spare time, he enjoys time with family, hunting, farming and promoting agricultural activities.

 

“Andy is great at building relationships with his customers – building value for himself and the Bank.  He takes the time to get to know the customer and provide sound advice.”

 

Jason Petersen, SEVP/Chief Lending Officer, Longview Oak Forest

“Andy has a heart of gold!  He seems to know just about every prospect in the agriculture industry, and always has a story to share.  He was the perfect hire for our rural market.”

Francis Spruiell, EVP/Regional President, Nacogdoches

“Andy is the heart and soul of the Garrison office.  His dedication to this community and determination to bring new customers to Garrison and develop real relationships is remarkable.”

Donna McKissick, Retail Office Manager, Garrison

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