Southwest Bank of Texas, Houston, has hired Mercedes D. Cook and Marcia C. Newhart as vice presidents.

Ms. Cook was manager of international private banking at Northern Trust Bank in Houston and worked earlier at Tanglewood Bank there and at Bank One Texas. Her job at Southwest Bank will be to develop new international business.

Ms. Newhart was a vice president of commercial lending at Chase Bank of Texas, and was earlier a banking officer in Denver in the energy lending division at First Interstate Bank, now Wells Fargo Bank. At Southwest Bank she will be a commercial lending officer.

Ms. Cook has 15 years of banking experience and Ms. Newhart 10 years.

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