Fort Worth bank adds new leader for commercial lending

Mark Drennan

Southside adds new commercial lending leader

Mark Drennan has been named executive vice president, commercial lending for the North Texas region for Southside Bank.

Drennan joins the team to expand and develop new commercial and health care banking relationships in Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout Texas. With more than 17 years of banking experience, his background includes commercial banking, managing a commercial real estate group and starting and managing a healthcare banking team.

“The addition of Mark allows us to further expand our reach in new ways and through different markets. We know he will be able to grow and develop the bank’s commercial business, particularly in the healthcare segment,” said Tim Carter, regional president, North Texas. “Our goal is to be the commercial bank of choice in this community. We are so pleased to have an experienced banker like Mark join Southside.”

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Drennan previously served as Board Chair for Leadership Fort Worth. Drennan also served on the Vision Fort Worth Advisory Council (part of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce), the Texas Health Resources Research and Education Council and the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Metropolitan YMCA; he is also active in the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, among others.

Drennan, a Fort Worth-area native, is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and also earned his MBA, with a concentration in finance and real estate, at the same university. Drennan graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the top banking schools in the country.

Southside Bancshares Inc., the holding company for Southside Bank, is headquartered in Tyler, and has approximately $5.6 billion in assets, Southside operates 60 banking facilities in East, North and Central Texas/