From left, front row: Crystal Redd, Luti Ortega, Dawn DeVillers, Sandra Burton and Jentrie Tarrant. Back row: Minerva Trujillo, Mary Mire and Mollie Trawick.

Austin Bank recently honored employees for their outstanding work and years of service with the company. They were recognized at the Bank’s 2016 Service Award Luncheon held December 6 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.

“We are proud of all these employees because they work as a team serving our friends, neighbors and businesses located here in East Texas,” said Austin Bank Vice Chairman Jeff Austin III. “They are the key to our Bank’s success. Each one takes pride in the tasks they handle in their job; and at the same time these employees continually strive to provide excellent service to our Bank customers.”

“At Austin Bank our employees are the difference and perpetuate Austin Bank’s legacy. Each one has earned and deserves this recognition for their dedicated commitment to the Bank and its customers. We are proud of their contributions and accomplishments,” said John P. Williams, President and CEO.

This year’s annual luncheon honored a group of 56 employees with a combined total of 655 years of experience. Jacksonville recipients include:

Forty Year Service Award

Sandra Burton, Executive Administrative Officer for President/CEO John Williams and Chief Lending Officer, Russ Gideon, began her banking career at a bank in Tyler. Following two years there, Burton moved to Troup Bank and Trust which was later acquired by Austin Bank. During her tenure, Burton has served as a Loan Assistant and Administrative Assistant to former Bank president, Ronnie Lee. A graduate of Jacksonville High School, she has completed several banking courses at Tyler Junior College as well as the Austin Bank Commercial Lending class. Burton and her husband, Charles, reside in the Concord community near Troup. They have two married children and five grandchildren.

Fifteen Year Service Award

Luti Ortega, Lending Officer/Relationship Manager, recently moved to the Tyler Med Center location after begining her career with the Bank in 2001 in the Jacksonville South office. Ortega worked as a Teller, Customer Service Representative and Loan Assistant before assuming her current role. A graduate of Rusk High School and a member of the Bank’s Hispanic Task Force, Ortega was recognized in 2013 as a Star of the Month by her peers. She and her husband, Fernando, reside in Jacksonville with their children Crystal, Luis, Joel and Edgar. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rusk where she helps teach children’s Sunday school.

Ten Year Service Award

Dawn DeVillers serves as Executive Administrative Officer to Vice Chairman of the Board, Jeff Austin III. Originally from Tyler, DeVillers graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and attended Tyler Junior College prior to moving to the Dallas area. Now residing in Gresham, DeVillers is a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and served as a board member and speaker for MADD in Tarrant County. In addition, she is also a member of Best Friends Animal Society. DeVillers and her husband, Charles, have a daughter, Megan, son-in-law, James Collins, and a grandson, Weston.

Donna Reynolds is a Loan Document Specialist in the Central Loan Document department, located in Whitehouse, with more than 15 years of banking experience. She is a graduate of Christian Heritage School in Tyler and Southern Nazarene University currently residing in Jacksonville.

Five Year Service Award

Mary Mire is an Accounts Payable Clerk in the Bank’s Accounting department. With more than seven years of banking experience, she worked as a Teller before assuming her current role. A graduate of West Rusk Consolidated ISD, Mire attended Tyler Junior College. Residents of Chandler, she and her husband, Clifton Mire, Jr., have two children and five grandchildren. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chandler where she is part of the Bell choir; performs at area festival and events with the Cherokee Cloggers; and is a member of the Cowboy Action Shooting Club the Texas Troublemakers out of Brownsboro where she serves as an Officer.

Crystal Redd works as a Floater Teller for the Cherokee Region, serving customers in the Jacksonville and Rusk offices. Joining the Bank in 2011, she brought with her two years of previous banking experience. A life-long resident of Jacksonville, Redd is a graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended Jacksonville Baptist College. She was recognized by her peers as a Star of the Month earlier this year.

Jentrie Tarrant, Customer Service Representative, works from the Bank’s downtown Jacksonville location after starting her career as a Teller in the Jacksonville South office. A graduate of Jacksonville High School and Tyler Junior College, Tarrant and her husband, Michael Jack, reside in Jacksonville with their son and daughters.

Mollie Trawick, Loan Assistant, works in the downtown Jacksonville office. She joined the Austin Bank team following 21 years of retail store management. A graduate of Douglass High School and Angelina College, Trawick and her husband, Michael, reside in Jacksonville with their daughter, Alena. She has completed the Jacksonville Leadership Institute and is a member of the Nichols Intermediate PTO.

Minerva Trujillo, Banking Officer and Teller Operations Supervisor, currently oversees Tellers in the downtown Jacksonville office. Beginning her banking career as a Teller, she then moved to supervision of the Drive Thru Tellers before assuming her current role. A graduate of Jacksonville High School, Trujillo has also completed the Austin Bank Teller School and Leadership program. She lives in Jacksonville with her husband, Jose, and their children – Alicia, Avery and Mauricio. Active in her community, Trujillo volunteers with HOPE and the Fred Douglass PTO.

Austin Bank, a community bank headquartered in Jacksonville, Texas, has been voted one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” for the ninth consecutive year. With assets in excess of $1.5 billion, bank offices are located in 33 East Texas locations within 23 cities and 11 counties.

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