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Citizens National Bank Opens Newest Branch Today!

Citizens National Bank has opened their newest branch today in downtown Longview at 200 N. Fredonia (corner of Tyler and Fredonia Streets) in one of Longview’s most enduring landmarks.  Brad Tidwell, President and CEO stated, “It has been great watching the revitalization of this historic building knowing that Citizens National Bank will be the foundation.  We are more than excited to be a part of downtown Longview, once again giving life to this building by putting a bank back into the lobby and serving the needs of not only downtown, but all of Longview.  We welcome the community to stop by and see the transformation of this wonderful piece of Longview’s history.”  The new downtown location will serve as CNB Longview’s main office and also include a trust office.

Cliff Hale, Senior Vice President and Longview Region Manager said, “Citizens National Bank continues to support the Longview and Gregg County market by investing in the downtown area and serving the needs of all of Longview with six full service branches.  Our commitment to Longview and East Texas has never been stronger.”   Tidwell added, “This revitalization project was truly a team effort between Citizens National Bank, the building landlord Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company, RLM General Contractors, Fitzpatrick Architects, Beer Wells Real Estate Services and The Swearingen Design Group.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Longview Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Thursday, July 25th at 11 a.m., along with a tour of the bank.  The public is invited to attend.  Citizens National is very proud to display multiple pieces of historical significance from the Gregg County Historical Museum as well as having the opportunity to exhibit artwork from the Longview Museum of Fine Arts permanent collection throughout the first floor.  Highlighting the renovated lobby is a 20 foot x 11 foot art collage from Longview’s proud history.

Citizens National Bank made the transition into downtown this past November, when the Convenience Center and Drive Thru opened on November 4, 2012, at 201 N. Green Street.  Jackie Moseley has served as the Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager at the Convenience Center, and with the renovation now complete in the Main Lobby, she will move her office to the main lobby and continue her role there.  Orlando Valle, will serve as Assistant Branch Manager of the Convenience Center and Drive Thru.

The Main Lobby on Tyler and Fredonia Streets will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed on Saturday.  The Convenience Center and Drive Thru hours are as follows:  Lobby will be open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Drive Thru will be open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Citizens National Bank is a locally owned, independent, Texas community bank with $1.2 billion in assets and a Trust Department with almost $400 million in assets under management.  We have been serving our customers throughout East and Central Texas for 83 years with 24 branches throughout East and Central Texas.  Member FDIC.

Citizens National Bank Employee Honored with Award

Charla Hendrix, Chandler Branch Manager, was presented the Community Connection Award on Wed., April 10th at the Athens Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Charla has spent over 15 years on the Henderson County Fair Board, over 20 years assisting with the Livestock Show in Athens and some 15 years with the PCRA Rodeo in Athens. This was a true honor and she took a standing ovation from the audience.  Charla is a great example of the servitude that a CNB employee represents in their community.  Congratulations Charla!

Citizens National Bank to Purchase East Texas National Bank

Brad Tidwell, President and CEO of Citizens National Bank (CNB), is pleased to announce that the bank has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase East Texas National Bank (ETNB) in Palestine, Texas.  ETNB’s main bank is located at 207 West Spring Street, with two full service branches located in Huntsville and Mexia. This transaction was approved by the boards of both banks and the closing is tentatively scheduled for June 2013, pending regulatory approval.

Brad Tidwell stated, “East Texas National Bank was chartered in 1911 in Palestine and has 102 years of deep East Texas roots, which is a great fit for Citizens National Bank, considering our 83 year history here in East Texas,” Tidwell continued, “Citizens National Bank is very excited to have the opportunity to acquire such an outstanding, conservative bank with values that mirror those of Citizens National Bank.”  Cliff Bomer, President of East Texas National Bank said, “East Texas National Bank has been the cornerstone of banking in our area for generations.  We are proud that we will be a part of a bank that will help us to continue to serve our customers for generations to come.”

East Texas National Bank has $150 million in assets as well as $65 million in assets under management in their trust department.  After the purchase of ETNB, Citizens National Bank will have $1.2 billion in assets and 24 branches throughout East and Central Texas.  The combined Trust Departments will have over $350 million in assets under management.  Citizens National Bank is a locally owned, independent, community bank headquartered in Henderson, Texas and has been serving the families and businesses of East Texas since 1930.

Joint Venture Announced: CFG Insurance Agency and Gans & Smith Insurance Agency Inc.

Brad Tidwell, Chairman of CFG Insurance Agency of Henderson (a subsidiary of Citizens National Bank), is proud to announce a joint venture with Gans & Smith Insurance Agency Inc. of Longview.  Chairman Tidwell stated, “This is an exciting time for CFG Insurance and we couldn’t be happier to have Gans & Smith join our team.” 

Gans & Smith was organized in 1889 by J.R. and T.E. Clemmons, and has operated continuously over the last 123 years.  The agency assumed its present name in 1912, under the partnership of W. Bruner Smith and Daniel W. Gans. Ownership of the agency at the present time is vested in four corporate principals, including David McWhorter, President & Managing Partner, who will oversee the Henderson CFG Insurance operations.  David brings a wealth of experience to the table and will be a trusted CFG adviser.  Chairman Tidwell continued, “With their longevity, expertise and the excellent leadership by David McWhorter, they will be an invaluable asset to CFG Insurance.  We look forward to many years of continued success with them.”

CFG Insurance Agency was formed in 1999 when Citizens National Bank broadened services for bank clients to include home, auto, business, life and health insurance. The following year the bank provided professional depth and a large insurance customer base to CFG Insurance by acquiring The Preston Agency in Henderson which was a highly regarded family owned agency dating back to 1913. With a larger and well experienced staff CFG Insurance moved in 2003 to its current location on Hwy. 79 in Henderson.

All staff at CFG will remain in place and Linda Purcell will continue to serve as Sr. Vice President.  CFG offers competitive insurance products through all Citizens National Bank locations and directly throughout East Texas.  The agency staff includes specialists in the areas of commercial auto insurance, group life/health benefits and risk management consulting as well as the standard insurance policies needed by any individual, family or business. The service expertise, product offerings, leadership and experience will continue with the Gans & Smith relationship.

David McWhorter, President of Gans & Smith stated, “We are pleased to be a part of this partnership.  Both groups are well established in East Texas and bring similar values, views and ideas to the table.  The enhanced potential for the sales growth and improved client service to the clients of both organizations is very exciting.  Most importantly, the transition to the new partnership will be almost seamless while all CFG customers both current and new will benefit from the availability of a larger number of companies for improved coverage and pricing.”

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