Submitted by Eileen Ponce
McKinney’s Independent Bank Group, Inc., the holding company of Independent Bank, celebrated the opening of its “southern headquarters” Tuesday night in Austin.
The new building in central Austin, located at 1011 West 40th St., will serve as a hub for Independent BankGroup’s central Texas operations under the direction of Brian Hobart, Vice Chairman and Chief Lending Officer.
On April 22, the new location officially opened its doors for business, housing a full-service branch, a regional commercial lending center, a mortgage operation and tenant lease space.
“I’m excited about the important role this new location will play for the bank,” Hobart said. “The new facility will allow us to build upon the strong relationships formed in the Austin market and tap into what we believe are tremendous opportunities available in central Texas.”
Hobart said all five Independent Bank locations in the greater Austin area will benefit from the centralized location created to meet the needs of customers in Austin and surrounding communities.
David Brooks, Chairman and CEO of Independent Bank Group, said its Austin location is designed to provide central Texas the same “strong foundation and balanced structure” the company values on a macro level.
“Independent Bank-Austin is positioned to be the bank of choice across three key areas of our business,” Brooks said. “The location is centrally located and gives us the ability to meet Austin’s mortgage, commercial and personal banking needs under the direction of a dynamic leader in Brian, who is enthusiastic about bringing our central Texas bankers together under the same roof.”
Guests at the event were treated to a cocktail style affair and toured the three story location. Designed by Jim Wilson Architects, the building contains many energy efficient features and achieved Silver LEED Certification.
Working with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and Austin artist Lance Letscher, Wilson’s design included a focus on stability, balanced with the unique “casualness” of Austin.
“Our hope is for this project to serve as a bridge between the two personalities of Austin,” Wilson said. “To achieve this goal, the north half of the building is clad in local Texas limestone, while the back half is sheathed in metal, balancing the commercial intensity of the east with the slower-paced, more residential area to the west.”
Pictured at top, from left to right: Brian Aynesworth, Board of Directors, David Brooks, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Allen Cowden, Torry Berntsen, President & Chief Operating Officer