Location: Happy, Texas
Assets: $2.9 billion
Employees: 640
Chairman and CEO: J. Pat Hickman

Popular with employees: Last year Happy State gave more than $101,000 to help employees in crisis with medical expenses, car repairs and mortgage payments.

Activities to relieve stress/promote fun: The bank has "fun" committees, which plan activities such as Easter egg hunts, corn hole tournaments and Waffle Wednesdays. Laughter is a "core value" endorsed by management.

Community service initiative: The bank and its employees painted, repaired and furnished an apartment for a family through the Downtown Women's Center, an agency that helps homeless women working to overcome addiction.

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