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Texas Partners Bank Joins National Aircraft Finance Association



Texas Partners Bank Joins National Aircraft Finance Association

Edgewater, MD: National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that Texas Partners Bank has recently joined its professional network of aviation lenders under the leadership of Alan Smith (Executive Vice President, Specialty Finance Group) and Sam Marshall (Vice President, Specialty Finance Group).

Established in 2020, Texas Partners Bank is comprised of three independent banks that merged under a new charter: The Bank of San Antonio, The Bank of Austin, and Texas Hill Country Bank. Under this new alliance, Texas Partners Bank has deep resources and strong local ownership to provide greater accessibility and enhanced service opportunities for Central Texas businesses.

“NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We’re excited to welcome Texas Partners Bank to our growing organization as we celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said Jim Blessing, president of NAFA.

About Alan Smith:

Alan has more than 34 years of banking experience with a majority of those spent in San Antonio, Texas. He currently runs the specialty finance group at Texas Partners Bank, which focuses on lending in niche sectors, specifically aircraft finance. Before joining Texas Partners Bank, Alan was VP of Private Client Services at Compass Bank, where he focused on providing trust, investment, banking, and insurance services to business and private clients. Alan holds an M.S. in Finance from Texas A&M University and is a general aviation enthusiast who currently has his private pilot’s license (PPL).

About Sam Marshall:

Sam has 8 years of banking experience, with 7 of those spent in commercial lending. He currently manages the specialty finance loan portfolio at Texas Partners Bank, which consists of an eclectic mix of niche business sectors, including aircraft loans. Before joining Texas Partners Bank, Sam held commercial lending positions with Intrust Bank and Iberia Bank. He holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Mississippi and is a general aviation enthusiast who is currently working towards his private pilot’s license (PPL).

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About NAFA: The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a professional association that has been promoting the general welfare of aircraft finance for 50 years. Our network of members is comprised of lenders and product service providers who work together to finance general and business aviation aircraft. NAFA sets the standard for best practices in aviation finance by educating its members with the most up-to-date industry trends and best practices. Government legislation, market influences, and industry insights allows member companies to provide the highest quality services the industry has to offer.