George Martinez has been committed to super community banking since he read about the concept in the American Banker several years ago. Chief executive of the then $230 million-asset bank in Houston, George realized that there was not a single large independent bank in metropolitan Houston. His vision was to fill that void.

George and Chip Bryan, the vice chairman, set about to develop a strategy to build a super community bank in the Houston marketplace. Sterling Bank has six community banking offices serving the northwest and west Houston markets and is a firm believer in the super community concept.

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