Two bank chiefs are being honored for work on behalf of their communities.
Ron Paul, the chairman and chief executive of Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) in Bethesda, Md., was named recently to the Washington Business Hall of Fame, while The World Affairs Council of San Antonio will honor Cullen/Frost (CFR) Chairman and CEO Dick Evans as the group's 2013 International Citizen of the Year.
Paul, who founded the $2.9 billion-asset Eagle in 1998, was inducted into the hall of fame at a gala on Dec. 4. The hall, which was founded in 1988 by Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, The Greater Washington Board of Trade and Washingtonian magazine, honors business leaders who have contributed to the growth of the capital region.
Over the past 14 years, Paul, whom American Banker has named Community Banker of the Year for 2012, has built Eagle into one of the most active lenders in the Washington area.
"I've focused my entire career in both real estate and banking on relationships," Paul told American Banker, speaking of his induction. "To be recognized for the relationships I've built in my business, but more importantly with the community, was just a really humbling acknowledgement."
According to the World Affairs Council, Evans will be recognized for his contributions to the community and beyond through his involvement in a variety of professional and civic activities.
"It's certainly humbling for a Texas banker like me to be honored with an award termed 'International Citizen of the Year,'" Evans said in an emailed statement. "Being a citizen comes with rights and responsibilities, such as public discussion and understanding of international finance even within our local communities."
"I respect the great work of the council to educate and inspire citizenship in us all," he added.
Evans, who has led the $21 billion-asset Cullen/Frost since in 1997, has held a series of posts at the company since joining Frost Bank's training program in 1971. He serves on the boards of the United Way of San Antonio, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and the Texas State History Museum. Evans, who also serves on the federal advisory council to the Federal Reserve Board, recently completed a two-year term as a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
He is expected to be honored by the council at a dinner in San Antonio on March 6.