NCB Holdings Inc. of Chicago has hired Robert Braun as the first vice president of private banking for its New Century Bank.

Mr. Braun was the manager of retail and wholesale mortgage operations for Alliant Credit Union in Chicago. Before that he had been the president and chief operations officer for Edgebrook Bank.

New Century Bank has $459 million of assets.

SOUTHEASTProfessional Bank, a start-up in Coral Gables, Fla., has hired Gary Moss as its president and chief executive officer, John R. Cove as its chief financial officer, Larry Goldberg as its chief compliance officer, and Maggie Leon as its chief lending officer.

Mr. Moss had been the executive vice president of lending and new business development at TransAtlantic Bank since 2004.

Mr. Cove was a senior banker with TransAtlantic Bank.

Mr. Goldberg was the chief compliance officer and risk management director for Coconut Grove Bank in Miami. Before that he was an examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Ms. Leon was a commercial lender for Executive National Bank in Miami. Before that she worked for Northern Trust Bank in Florida.

Professional Bank has $15 million of assets.

SOUTHWESTPlainsCapital Bank of Lubbock has hired Michael H. Keith as an executive vice president and Brian Jones as a senior vice president and residential mortgage lender.

Mr. Keith was a senior client manager in the Dallas commercial banking group at Wachovia Corp. He will oversee client management and development in the $3.3 billion-asset PlainsCapital's Victory Park branch.

Mr. Jones was the president of residential and commercial lending at Mortgage Securities Advisors LP. He will work out of PlainsCapital's north Dallas branch.

WESTAmerican Security Bank of Newport Beach, Calif., has hired Tom L. Dobyns as president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Dobyns founded and was the president of Enthusiology, a consulting firm. At the $456 million-asset American Security, Mr. Dobyns succeeded David T. Blankenhorn. Mr. Blankenhorn will remain the company's chief executive and retain his seat on the board of directors until he decides to retire, at which time Mr. Dobyns will become CEO.

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