Joe Henkel | Keynote & Featured Speakers | Retail Banking Conference

Joe Henkel

President and CEO

Kleberg Bank

Joe Henkel was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Kleberg First National Bank in Kingsville, Texas in 1998.  He began his banking career at Kleberg Bank in 1970 while a student at Texas A&I University.  After graduation, he continued with Kleberg Bank, becoming a Vice President, before moving to the Houston area in 1978 where he served as President & CEO for banks in the Allied and First City bank holding companies.  In 1993, he became CEO of an independent bank in El Paso, Texas and served in that capacity until 1998.

Mr. Henkel is a 1971 graduate of Texas A&I, now Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas and of the Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking in Dallas, Texas.  He and his wife “George” have three children. 


Mr. Henkel is actively involved in several civic activities, serving as a director on several boards including the Kingsville Area Industrial Development Foundation (president), Kingsville Area Economic Development Council (past president) and the Kingsville Council of the Navy League.  In 2010, he was named Chairman of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation and serves as a director for several other foundations: Texas A&M Health Science Center Foundation, Coastal Bend Community Foundation, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Foundation, H.M. King High School Foundation and an advisory director for the South Texas Charity Quail Hunt.  He is the Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Business at A&M Kingsville, Vice Chairman of the Dean’s National Council for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Pharmacy and is on the Community Advisory Council for the Celanese Bishop Facility. 


Distinguished Alumnus - Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2004

Rotary International - Vocational Service Award 

Professional Activities:

Kleberg First National Bank – Board of Directors

Kleberg & Company Bankers, Inc. – Board of Directors

Independent Bankers Association of Texas and IBAT Services - Board of Directors (past)