Houston bank names Fort Worth market president, eyes local expansion

Brandon Bledsoe

Houston-based Amegy Bank, which has no branches in Tarrant County at the moment, has signaled its intension to develop a presence in the area with the naming of a Fort Worth market president.

Brandon Bledsoe has been promoted to Fort Worth market president for the bank, where he will be responsible for the bank’s overall strategy in Fort Worth, including middle-market/corporate banking, real estate, private banking, treasury and retail.

This new role signifies Amegy Bank’s entrance into the Fort Worth market. In addition to servicing existing Fort Worth–based clients, and calling on new prospects, Amegy Bank said it is “exploring the option to develop a retail presence in Tarrant County and to secure a longer-term office for its Fort Worth bankers,” according to a company news release.

“As we have been looking for opportunities to expand into the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, one critical component has been to identify the right leadership. I believe we have accomplished that with the promotion of Brandon Bledsoe,” said Amegy Bank Dallas CEO & President Kirk Wiginton. “His diverse banking background and knowledge of the Dallas/Fort Worth market make him a tremendous asset to our team and our clients.”

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Bledsoe has more than 30 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Amegy Bank’s commercial real estate lending team in 2005, Bledsoe served as a regional executive with Bank of America in Dallas. He has extensive experience in middle market commercial banking, commercial real estate and credit.

A third-generation Fort Worth native, Bledsoe received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in real estate and urban land development from the University of Texas. He is active in the DFW community, as former Deputy Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Southlake and current board member of Downtown Dallas Inc. He is also actively involved in the Urban Land Institute – North Texas District.

Amegy Bank has nearly $13 billion in assets and about 1,600 employees. The bank has more than 75 locations across Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. It was previously known as Southwest Bank of Texas and is a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation of Salt Lake City.