Dawn Cobb: Northstar Bank of Texas adds to its honors

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Northstar Bank of Texas has been named one of the “Best Banks to Work For” in the less than $3 billion category.

The award, a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group, recognizes and honors the best banks to work for in the nation. In all, 35 banks achieved the “best bank” status in the inaugural program.

Eligibility requirements included having at least 50 employees working in the U.S. and being a commercial bank, thrift, mutual association, mutual savings bank, savings and loan association or a savings bank, according to a news release.

The award involved a two-step process. The first step included evaluating each bank’s workplace policies, practices and demographics, which made up 25 percent of the total evaluation.

The second included employee surveys aimed at assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. That part of the process accounted for 75 percent of the total evaluation.

In addition, for the sixth straight year, Northstar Bank of Texas was recognized once again as one of the “Best Companies to Work For in Texas” for 2014. Northstar Bank has made the Texas Monthly list from 2009 to 2014.

As a member of Carlile Bancshares Inc., Northstar Bank of Texas is headquartered in Denton with 16 banking centers throughout Texas. A 17th location is under construction in Flower Mound.


Coming Up

Leigh Hilton, an estate planning and elder law attorney, and Gary Crooms, a registered financial gerontologist, are holding a free workshop for residents at El Guapo’s Mexican Restaurant, 419 S. Elm St. The sessions are set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Call 940-387-8800 for more information.



Dewberry, a nationally recognized and privately held professional services firm, has promoted James Keith, PE, CFM to associate in the Denton office.

As department manager, he is responsible for overseeing hydraulic analyses and flood control design for a variety of agency and municipal clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Keith has more than 12 years of water resources engineering experience on large- and small-scale projects.

His portfolio includes work on storm drain design, dam breach analysis and system optimization modeling. He also has extensive knowledge of floodplain management policy and guidance.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in hydrology and hydraulics from Tarleton State University and is a member of the Texas Floodplain Management Association and the American Society of Military Engineers. The company provides architecture, engineering, management and consulting services to public and private-sector clients.

Janice Sheppard was recently hired as senior vice president of real estate for DATCU, according to a news release. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector to her new position, joining the team from Southwest Airlines Federal Credit Union where she served the past 12 years as the senior vice president of mortgage lending and compliance.

Her primary focus has been in consumer and home loan production, secondary marketing, servicing and loss mitigation, and compliance management. Her past professional achievements include president of the Texas Credit Union Real Estate Network, chairman’s achievement award and American Credit Union Mortgage Association Membership Award.

DAWN COBB can be reached at dcobb@dentonrc.com or by calling 940-566-6879.

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