Location: Dallas
Assets: $710 million
No. of employees: 122
President and CEO: C. Malcolm Holland

Online compliance classes drop to the bottom of many bankers' to-do lists. But the sessions are quickly checked off by employees of Veritex Community Bank.

If they seem eager, it's probably because they earn an extra vacation day if they complete all their assigned classes by the end of February each year.

Employees also receive time off to volunteer with community organizations. But they give on their own time as well.

Once a month, for example, Veritex employees skip their lunch hour and head to Fair Park, a low-income area of Dallas, where they assist a nonprofit called SoupMobile in feeding homeless men, women and children.

Personal touches grace many of the bank's recognition efforts. On their birthdays, employees receive a handwritten note from the CEO, while the bank's birthdays are marked by cakes delivered to branch staff.

Veritex, founded in 2004, operates nine branches, primarily serving areas north of Dallas.

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