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Greater State Bank Completes Adopt-a-Park Clean Up Lion’s Park in McAllen

This year, Greater State Bank has teamed up with Keep McAllen Beautiful, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting projects that make McAllen a more beautiful and welcoming place to live.

Our partnership with this amazing organization includes adopting Lion’s Park to do monthly cleanups. On Thursday, January 26, 2023, some of the Greater State Bank team spent time fulfilling that promise to keep the park tidy and beautiful.

Greater State Bank Participates In The U.S. Border Patrol 5K Fun Run & Walk

Greater State Bank is proud to have been able to attend and participate in the 2023 United States Border Patrol 5K Fun Run & Walk. The race took place on Saturday, January 28th in Hebbronville, Texas, and was organized by Zapata Roadrunner Road Racing.

Entrants were requested to bring non-perishable food items which would go to the United States Border Patrol and its efforts to maintain a safe and secure border. We are honored to have been able to take part in the event and run for such an important cause.

Greater State Bank Participates In Hebbronville Family Literacy Night

Greater State Bank was honored to participate in Family Literacy Night at Hebbronville High School. We spoke with students and parents about how to prepare now for a lifetime of good financial decisions.

The event, which took place January 11, 2023, was a great opportunity for us to connect with our beloved community. We enjoyed a strong turn out and look forward to future opportunities to educate and encourage our local youth.

Weslaco Lighted Christmas Parade

Our Weslaco Branch participated in the Weslaco Lighted Christmas Parade located on Down Texas Blvd, from Pike St. to 6th St. The event was sponsored by the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce.

Greater State Bank Is The Small Business Administration’s 2nd Top Lender

We are proud to announce that the Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Greater State Bank their 2nd top 7(a) program lender in the area in the last fiscal year.

The SBA’s 7(a) business loan program makes it possible for small businesses to secure funding when they have otherwise failed to get the financing they need through conventional lending channels. This program expands funding opportunities to small businesses, supporting their growth and benefiting their communities with economic development.

As a 7(a) program participant, Greater State Bank loaned $2,159,300 to eight small businesses over the last fiscal year. Our success is an indication of our ongoing commitment to the financial and economic success of our communities, and our passion for supporting the financial needs of small businesses in our area.

We look forward to continuing to offer 7(a) program loans to small businesses in the area, alongside our many other business loans, checking accounts, merchant services, and other business-centric financial tools.

Greater State Bank Supports United Way’s Back To School Event

On the morning of August 2, Greater State Bank participated in United Way’s Back to School “In Style” Shopping Spree. In total, 6 volunteers served as shopping buddies to assist children in spending $125 gift cards on back to school items. The event, which served area middle schoolers in finding clothing and personal hygiene items, took place at the Target at 3600 West Nolana in McAllen. It is one of the many events that Greater State Bank participates in as a committed member of our community.

Spirit Award

Greater State Bank was honored to be 1 of 15 recent recipients of the United Way’s Spirit Award. This award, which recognizes exceptional levels of individual giving within area businesses, was given in response to the generous workplace donations provided by Greater State Bank’s employees.

The community-minded generosity of Greater State Bank’s employees is helping United Way provide critical services to more than 188,000 people throughout Hidalgo and Starr Counties. From domestic violence shelters to homework assistance, end-of-life care to youth leadership programs, these services are changing the lives of individuals and families throughout our valued community.

Additional recipients of the Spirit Award included Aurora House Foundation, Boy Scouts Rio Grande Council, Boys & Girls Club of Pharr/San Juan, Greater State Bank, H-E-B Border Region Office, H-E-B RSCDistribution Center, Mayfair Properties-RIOCO Corporation, Navy Army Community Credit Union-Weslaco, NuStar, Security Service Federal Credit Union, South Texas Federal Credit UnionMcAllen, Target District Office, United Way of South Texas and United Parcel Service (UPS).

Texas Cook-em

Greater State Bank was proud to participate in the 16th annual Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks BBQ competition in Edinburg.

The July 2 event featured Greater State Bank and other competitors from around the state battling it out to cook the best barbecue, from chicken and ribs to steak and brisket.

While Greater State Bank did not go home with the $25,000 prize, they did enjoy exciting participation in a popular community event.

The Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks is an annual competition designed to bring the community together in celebration of great barbecue. With all-day festivities, a fireworks show, skydiving, and a car-truck show, the event draws families and individuals from across the Valley.

Bertha Suarez, Greater State Bank Weslaco Branch Manager, Set To Retire

Bertha Suarez will end almost 5 decades of banking experience and community service on June 30, 2022.

June 8, 2022

Greater State Bank

Weslaco, TX. Bertha Suarez, who has served as Greater State Bank’s Weslaco Branch Manager for the last 5 years, will retire at the end of June. Prior to her time at Greater State Bank, she spent 42 years working with Weslaco area banks.

Suarez dedicated her career to serving the Weslaco area with personalized and experienced banking services, earning her a reputation as a reliable, knowledgeable, and community-minded leader in the RGV banking industry.

“Bertha has been one of Greater State Bank’s most valued employees,” says Robert McGurk, Greater State Bank President and CEO, “because her extensive experience and customer-centric attitude make Greater State Bank’s Weslaco branch a welcoming place to do banking. She is, in many ways, the heart of our Weslaco branch.”

In addition, Suarez has dedicated her life to improving the Weslaco area and has served as a community leader across numerous organizations. Currently, she serves as Board Member of the Knapp Community Care Foundation/Knapp Medical Center Foundation. From 2018 to 2019, she served as that organization’s chair.

Suarez also currently serves on the boards of the John Knox Village of the Rio Grande Valley and Weslaco Crime Stoppers, Inc. and is a member of the Weslaco Rotary Club.

Suarez’ extensive community service has been recognized multiple times through the conferring of awards, including the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce Director of the Year. In 2004, she also received the Alamo Bank of Texas Paul Marihugh Award.

Suarez will spend her retirement pursuing her passion for football and baseball, spending time with family and friends, and continuing to serve her beloved Weslaco community.

Greater State Bank invites the Weslaco community to stop by our Weslaco branch before June 30 to congratulate Suarez on her retirement.

About Greater State Bank

With locations in Falfurrias, Hebbronville, McAllen and Weslaco, Greater State Bank is truly a South Texas banking partner for families and businesses looking for a progressive, forward-thinking bank that delivers a level of customer service that is missing in so much of banking today. The bank is owned and managed by South Texas residents who understand this unique part of Texas and how business and banking are done here. With local decisions, local management and all the technology and services associated with larger banks, Greater State Bank is proud to play a major role in the growth of South Texas.