ABILENE, Texas, Oct. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, N.A. (FFIN) today announced the election of Bradley D. Brown as Senior Vice President. The announcement was made by Kirk W. Thaxton, President and CEO of the Trust Company.
"We are excited to bring trust services to the Golden Triangle area and with his wealth management and financial expertise, Brad will make an outstanding addition to our team," said Thaxton. "He will office in our Orange location until we open our new location in Beaumont at 3515 Dowlen Road next spring," he added.
"Brad will be a great addition to the First Financial family and the addition of trust and asset management services will be a focal point as we continue to expand our presence throughout Southeast Texas. Brad has served this region professionally for over 20 years and we are confident he will continue to expand his contributions to our thriving region in his new role with First Financial Trust," said Stephen Lee, President and CEO of First Financial Bank, N.A., Southeast Texas Region.
Brown, a longtime resident of Beaumont, holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Lamar University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also holds his General Securities Registered Representative license, Uniform Securities Agent State Law license and Uniform Investment Advisor license. He has been a principal of Edgar, Kiker & Cross since 1991. He is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center, The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society of Appraisers and for many years was a weekly contributor to the Beaumont Enterprise's Money Q&A financial column. Brown's community service activities include serving as president of the board of Beaumont Rotary Foundation, board member of The CHRISTUS Health Foundation of Southeast Texas, member of the Lamar University NCAA Reaccreditation Committee 2007-2008 and Cardinal Club. He was recognized as the 2008 "Newsmaker of the Year" by the Press Club of Southeast Texas for efforts leading to the passage of the "Ashley and Alicia's Law", a law requiring seat belts on school buses.
First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, N.A. manages more than $3 billion of assets and has offices in Abilene, Fort Worth, Odessa, Orange, San Angelo, Stephenville and Sweetwater. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Financial Bankshares, Inc., a financial holding company headquartered in Abilene, Texas. The holding company operates 12 banking regions with 60 locations in Texas including Abilene, Acton, Albany, Aledo, Alvarado, Boyd, Bridgeport, Brock, Burleson, Cisco, Cleburne, Clyde, Decatur, Eastland, Fort Worth, Glen Rose, Granbury, Grapevine, Hereford, Huntsville, Keller, Mauriceville, Merkel, Midlothian, Mineral Wells, Moran, Newton, Odessa, Orange, Port Arthur, Ranger, Rising Star, Roby, San Angelo, Southlake, Stephenville, Sweetwater, Trent, Trophy Club, Vidor, Waxahachie, Weatherford and Willow Park. The Company also operates First Technology Services, Inc., a technology operating company.
The Company is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol FFIN. For more information about First Financial Bankshares, please visit our website at http://www.ffin.com.
Certain statements contained herein may be considered "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon the belief of the Company's management, as well as assumptions made beyond information currently available to the Company's management, and may be, but not necessarily are, identified by such words as "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "target", "forecast" and "goal". Because such "forward-looking statements" are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include competition from other financial institutions and financial holding companies; the effects of and changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; changes in the demand for loans; fluctuations in value of collateral and loan reserves; inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; and acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses, and similar variables. Other key risks are described in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be obtained under "Investor Relations-Documents/Filings" on the Company's Web site or by writing or calling the Company at 325.627.7155. Except as otherwise stated in this news announcement, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.
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