He replaces Lindsey Green, who retired June 30.
Schneider, who is 48, brings 23 years of banking experience in the Dallas area.
He was chosen from a list of candidates that began with 20 and then was reduced to five.
“The First National Bank is a great step in finishing my career,” he says. “Professionally, it lined up perfectly. I plan to stay until I retire.”
Schneider admits that most of metropolitan banking colleagues had the same reaction when he told them he was accepting the job here.
But Schneider was born and raised in Sealy, Texas, a town of 4,000 just west of Houston.
“I grew up on a farm, bailing hay and working the corn with my grandfather,” he says. “So coming to Beeville is a little like coming home.
An avid hunter, fisherman and back-sliding golfer, he says that “when I told my father I was moving here, he said, ‘Good! Find me a deer lease.’”
Schneider earned an undergraduate degree in finance from what was then Southwest Texas State in San Marcos and then an MBA from Oklahoma State University.
He has a daughter finishing high school in Dallas and a son about to enter UT’s school of engineering.
“I hope to build First National Bank into its potential,” he says, noting that Beeville is strategically positioned between the Eagle Ford Shale activity to the north and Corpus Christi to the south.
Schneider witnessed the growth of a similar shale oil development west of Fort Worth.
“Everything with the Eagle Ford Shale boom is flowing through Beeville trying to get to Corpus Christi,” he says. “Beeville has to focus on long-term infrastructure.
“I’m bringing 23 years of successful team building and re-investment to the community,” he says, “23 years of community involvement.”
And more than two decades of experience.
“In my short career, I have seen three major changes in banking. It really speaks volumes to the ownership and leadership of this institution that it doesn’t get too excited about new trends. It always applies the basics to the trend,” he says.
“This is an industry that you constantly have to self-regulate.”
He will oversee 52 employees in Beeville, Seguin and Yorktown, 38 of which work at the local bank.
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com
A reception for Brian Schneider is planned in the community room at First National Bank of Beeville from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday. The public is invited to come and meet the new president and the new senior lending officer Kent Fry.