Green Bank in the News

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At Green Bank you’ll find the same smiling faces each time you visit or call. That’s because we pride ourselves on stability, accountability and loyalty – which leads to happy clients and happy employees.

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What Others Are Saying

Green Bank is exciting interest close to home and farther away. Here are some examples:



Houston Business Journal

Green Bank aims to be No. 1 Houston SBA lender this year – March 19, 2014

According to the latest SBA data from the start of the fiscal year in October through January, privately held Green Bank has done just that, generating about $16 million in SBA loans, making it No. 1 in Houston.

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Houston Business Journal

Houston banks see deposits, lending increase in third quarter – November 16, 2012

Green Bank continues to top the growth list in the Business Journal’s third quarter recap. We’re bullish on Texas and pushing to keep great things happening.

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CNW News

"Green Bank earns recognition from helping 11 Houston families get desperately needed home repairs" – Oct. 4, 2012

HOUSTON, Oct. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — When resident Lynn Weigman thinks about the condition of his home a few months ago, he realizes that the amount of work he needed to create a safe living environment was substantial. Visiting with a local social agency in Harris County, Mr. Weigman found out about the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) grant offered by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and Green Bank in Houston.

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Houston Business Journal

“Green Bank gets $25M growth investment” – July 16, 2012

HBJ banking reporter Collin Eaton visits follows-up with Geoff Greenwade about the bank’s second private equity injection to fund future mergers and acquisitions.

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Houston Business Journal

“Houston banks continue to improve asset quality in Q1” – June 1, 2012

How do Houston banks stack up on non-performing assets? The Houston Business Journal ranks Q1 numbers and Green Bank is at the front of the pack

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Great Day Houston - KHOU

“Painting with a Purpose” – April 13, 2012

In conjunction with the Fourth Annual “Earth Day Houston,” Green Bank was proud to team up with Air Alliance Houston to sponsor an art contest for Houston-area elementary and middle school students.  On April 13, Deborah Duncan had a couple of the young contest winners on “Great Day Houston” to talk about their prize-winning entries and the importance of environmental sustainability.

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Houston Business Journal

“Green Bank chief on Dallas, future expansion plans” – March 29, 2012

Following an interview with Green Bank President and CEO Geoffrey Greenwade, HBJ banking reporter Collin Eaton writes about the Opportunity Bank acquisition agreement, as well as near-term plans for Green Bank to become truly competitive in the Dallas market.

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Thomson Reuters

“Green Bank to Buy Opportunity Bank” – March 28, 2012

Following the announcement of the acquisition agreement, Luisa Beltran, with Thomson Reuters’ peHUB, posted a story detailing Green Bancorp’s deal to buy Opportunity Bank and strengthen its presence in North Texas.

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Dallas Business Journal

“Green Bancorp to buy Opportunity Bancshares” – March 28, 2012

Jeff Bounds, of the Dallas Business Journal, writes about the purchase agreement given by Opportunity Bancshares, bringing Green Bank into Richardson, TX.

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Houston Business Journal

“Bank M&A deals heating up in Texas” – September 23, 2011

In the lead story for the week, HBJ banking reporter Christine Hall detailed a number of signs pointing to more bank mergers and acquisition in the Houston area.   In the piece, she referenced Manny Mehos, Chairman of the Board for Green Bank, who revealed some recent – and potential – activity in the bank M&A space.

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Independent Banker Magazine

“The Future Will be Automated – The Case for Space” – March 01, 2012

In the March issue of Independent Banker, writer Katie Kuehner-Hebert addresses the continuing importance of traditional brick-and-mortar branches in an increasingly digital landscape.  Green Bank President and CEO Geoffrey Greenwade is a featured source in the article, noting that while online banking brings numerous benefits, the involvement of face-time is still critical to the process.

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Houston Business Journal

"Face to Face with Geoff Greenwade" - January 13, 2012

In a recent interview with HBJ banking reporter Collin Eaton, Green Bank President and CEO Geoffrey Greenwade discussed his background, his recipe for a healthy economy, and the two top misconceptions about bankers.

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CFO Magazine

“Post-Occupied” – December 1, 2011

Green Bank CFO John Durie was quoted in a story by banking senior editor Vincent Ryan, who wrote about the new challenges to running community banks, as they face historic shifts in equity-market volatility, ultralow interest rates and increasing federal regulations.  In the article, Mr. Durie explains how Green Bank has maintained healthy growth in spite of these obstacles, attracting capital investors with its good brand, solid core deposit base and strong management team.

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The Kingwood Observer

“Green Bank acquires Main Street Bank” – October 21, 2011

The Kingwood Observer and (sister publication) the Cleveland Advocate both reported on Green Bank's three new locations in Kingwood, Humble and Cleveland, TX.

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Houston Business Journal

“Houston banks hiring again” – October 21, 2011

In the lead story for the week, HBJ banking reporter Christine Hall revealed that bank employment in Houston is on the rise, after three years of declines.  She examined some of the area banks that were posting strong numbers for new hires, and cited Green Bank as the bank with the highest employee number growth of any institution in Houston.

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FierceFinance

“Bank of America defends fee, small banks see opportunity” – October 5, 2011

Editor-in-Chief Jim Kim reports on fallout from Bank of America’s debit card fee hikes and gets comment from Paco Rivera, executive vice president at Green Bank, on why most community banks have not felt the need to follow BofA’s fee-heavy model.

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Wall Street Journal

“Competitors Pounce On Bank of America $5 Debit Fee Plan” – October 1, 2011

Green Bank EVP for Private Banking Paco Rivera was quoted in a story by consumer lending reporter Andrew Johnson, who wrote about the reaction to Bank of America’s new fees on debit card usage.  In the story, Mr. Rivera explains why Green Bank has no need for such fees as part of its model.

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The Street

“Bank of America Failure, Small Bank Opportunity” – September 30, 2011

Philip van Doorn, senior analyst with thestreet.com, interviewed Green Bank EVP for Private Banking Paco Rivera about Bank of America’s decision to begin charging a monthly fee to customers using debit cards.  The article explored the opportunity for community banks to take competitive advantage of the move, and what the future could hold for customers of other large national banks that might follow suit.

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Independent Banker

“Making It Easier To Be Green” – September 30, 2011

Writer Apryl Motley reports on a trend that sees community banks increasingly embracing sustainability, and speaks to President and CEO Geoffrey Greenwade about the ways that Green Bank has led the way in making the concepts of being green and supporting sustainability integral to operations and lending activities.

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American Banker

“Winning Over the Customer” – September 27, 2011

In a regular feature that spotlights leaders in the banking industry, Green Bank CEO and President Geoff Greenwade was asked to reveal what inspired the bank’s approach to crafting a meaningful client experience.  He responded with an endorsement of "Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service" by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.

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Bloomberg Radio

Green Bank CEO Geoff Greenwade was a guest on “The Price of Business” on Bloomberg Radio 1070AM, on September 20, 2011.  He discussed with host Kevin Price the latest financial regulation coming from Washington, and it’s effect on U.S. banking and local business owners.

Listen to full interview here

 

Houston Business Journal

“Green Bank founder offers tips for success” – September 15, 2011

HBJ banking reporter Christine Hall attended the September 13 TiE Houston keynote address by Green Bank founder Manual Mehos, and wrote about his history in banking and simply strategy for succeeding in the business.

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Green Builder Magazine

“Partnering for Profits” – September 2011

In the September issue of Green Builder, writer Julie Knudson explores the trend that finds real estate agents, appraisers and lenders increasingly partnering with green home builders and sustainable community developers to grow the green housing market.  She spoke to Carolina Maynez, commercial banking vice president at Green Bank, about the benefits that come from funding sustainable communities, green home purchases or even energy efficient upgrades.

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HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

“Breaking the loan stalemate” – August 26, 2011

In a story on the affect of a down economy and increased financial regulation on the lending landscape, HBJ banking reporter Christine Hall profiles Supreme Electrical Services Inc., a Houston company that credits Green Bank with its current level of success.

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DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL

“For banks, a time of uncertainty” – August 12, 2011

DBJ banking report Jeff Bounds explores the uncertainty facing Dallas-area banks as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act.  As part of his story, Green Bank’s Dallas Market President Bart Bearden points out that the new regulatory environment also presents a few opportunities.

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HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

“Green Bank joins $1B asset club” – August 2, 2011

In late July, Green Bank crossed the $1 billion threshold.  HBJ banking reporter Christine Hall covered the news, and also explored Green Bank’s “secret to success.”

See related coverage here and here.

 

HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

“Dealing with Dodd-Frank” – July 29, 2011

HBJ reporter Melissa McEver looks at the ways in which Houston-area banks face the uncertainty of the Dodd-Frank Act, and Green Bank CEO Geoff Greenwade points out both pros and cons from the community banking perspective.

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AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL

“New business checking good or bad?” – July 29, 2011

Green Bank CEO Geoff Greenwade  is quoted in Christopher Calnan’s story on the newly available interest-bearing business checking accounts and how they might affect the local banking landscape. 

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The Street

"Business Checking Getting Interest" – July 27, 2011
Geoff Greenwade spoke with reporter Shanthi Bharatwaj about the availability of business checking with interest under the Dodd-Frank Act, and how this could allow Green Bank to attract more core deposits and make more business loans as a result.

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CFO Magazine

"Any Interest in Interest?" – July 21, 2011
Green Bank President Geoff Greenwade spoke with senior editor Sarah Johnson about the bank’s new offering of business checking with interest, and which types of businesses would benefit the most from an interest-bearing account.

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Bank Investment Consultant

"Reg Q Repeal Gives Bank-Based Advisors a Boost" – July 21, 2011
Green Bank President Geoff Greenwade is quoted in this article on the benefits that bank-based financial advisors will gain from the new availability of interest-bearing business accounts.

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Fierce Finance

"Dodd-Frank repeals ban on interest-paying business accounts" – July 20, 2011
Finance writer Jim Kim featured Green Bank in his piece on the Dodd-Frank provision allowing interest-bearing business checking, and the choices that businesses are now faced with: interest accounts or ECR.

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Houston Business Journal

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Channel 2 News

Dominique Sachse, anchor: “It’s nice going green. One local company is inviting anybody and everybody on a tour to see what’s earned them a rare gold rating. On the outside, the Green Bank Building looks like the name – green. On the inside, though, it kind of looks like any other office, at least at first glance. But peek in a little closer, and you can see how the building hit the gold standard of environmental construction…. The steel beams look normal, but these were bought close by in Seguin, to cut down on gas emissions and delivery. The things that you’re seeing here, a lot of them are recycled materials. Particle-board office furniture? Check. But these are minus the formaldehydes used in processing.”

Paul Van Der Wal, architect of Green Bank headquarters building: “It’s just common-sense design, in tune with the environment, with the location, with the weather, with the orientation, with the sun – things like that. . . . This bank has its own culture – its green culture — the way they want to live, they want to be perceived, the way they want to think, is green.

Geoff Greenwade (Green Bank CEO and President): What’s interesting, about mid-morning, I turn off my lights in my office every day. Because I get enough normal light from the windows to not have that electricity and power going. 

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Chicago Tribune

Financial institutions see profit in green movement, promote Earth-friendly policies. The banks are marketing Earth-friendly policies such as lower interest rates on loans to green builders and borrowers who buy fuel-efficient cars, as well as incentives to depositors who opt out of paper statements.

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Entrepreneur Magazine

Despite what you’ve heard, banks are still giving business loans... But be warned: Managers are playing strictly by the rules now. Even for healthy companies, getting a loan will take some legwork. Steve Holt, president/owner of Texas-based water-treatment company Water & Wastewater Technologies Inc., improved his chances of getting a loan by “turning over a lot of rocks.” Though the company did $4 million in annual sales last year and maintained a $750,000 balance at its longtime bank, Holt was turned down there for the $250,000 short-term equipment loan he sought last year. Through a referral, he discovered two-year-old Green Bank, a national institution with a Houston branch. Managers there thoroughly reviewed the company’s payment history, credit history and cash flow...

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