John D. Steinmetz was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Bank five years ago – notably the first CEO in the Bank’s 100-year history who was not a member of the organization’s founding family. Overseeing all aspects of the organization’s commercial and retail banking functions, he directs strategic goals, policies, employee and shareholder relations.
Formerly a partner at Bracewell LLP, Bill Mahomes brings over four decades of regional, national, and international legal, regulatory, risk, and compliance experience to the executive team as Vista Bank’s EVP and General Counsel. In his role, Mr. Mahomes oversees legal and contractual operations and matters of the Company, working closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to plan and achieve strategic enterprise initiatives.
Chief Operations Officer Auden Herrera joined Vista Bank in December, 2017, with more than 25 years of bank operations and acquisition experience. He oversees the Bank’s operational areas which include Loans, Deposits, Delivery Channels, Information Technology, and Compliance. Auden also helps ensure Vista Bank is well-positioned as a premier bank with regard to both our processes and procedures.
With more than 25 years of financial management experience across a variety of industries, Robert Bruce serves as Vista Bank’s Chief Financial Officer. Overseeing the overall direction and planning for all accounting and internal financial operations and functions of the Company, he works closely with the CEO and Board of Directors in the planning and achieving of strategic enterprise initiatives including mergers, acquisitions and capital raising efforts.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Cathy Landtroop focuses on brand elevation and strategic growth initiatives. With 20 years experience in traditional, digital, and earned media, Landtroop sold her successful agency to take the communications helm, where her results-driven approach immediately helped scale the Bank’s small business relief efforts, helping thousands of entrepreneurs navigate the pandemic.
Mr. Stegemoeller serves as the Chief Lending Officer of Vista Bank, where he oversees the Bank’s loan portfolio, working closely with the CEO to ensure quality, strategic growth. With 40 years of industry experience, Mr. Stegemoeller has been with Vista Bank for three decades, serving as branch President, Bank Director, and in his current capacity.
Jared Craighead joined Vista Bank in 2020 as Chief of Staff and General Counsel, bringing 20 years’ experience to provide legal counsel and address state and federal regulatory matters for the Bank. In his role as Chief of Staff and Director of Corporate Development he works with the CEO to formulate and execute on the strategic direction of the organization.
In his 6th year with Vista Bank and 15th year in the industry, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Investor Relations, Matt Willis has always invested in People First. From his beginning roles as Mail Clerk, Teller, and Purchasing Coordinator to Human Resource Director and today's responsibilities, his vast experience prepared him to navigate multiple priorities for the Board, leadership, investors, and anyone who needs a helping hand as deftly as any Chief of Staff.
A former professional football player and graduate of Texas Tech University, Toby serves as an integral member of the Vista Bank leadership team. He is focused on giving back to his community through such organizations as Double T Varsity Club, Lubbock Housing Authority, Texas Tech University Early Head Start, UMC Gala, March of Dimes, and United Way.
An active member of the Hale Center community, Kyle has volunteered with and served on the board of many organizations, including First Baptist Church of Hale Center, Hale County Economic Development Corporation, Hale Center Lions Club, Hale County Stock Show, Panhandle Parade of Breeds, Hale Center ISD School Board, and the Texas Tech Ag Bankers Conference.
Tony Stephenson joined Vista Bank in 2017 with nearly 20 years of banking experience. In his previous roles, he consistently won numerous awards, including #1 Loan Producer for several years in a row.Tony prides himself on his close relationship with his customers and ensuring they are taken care of – no matter the time of day.
Brian joined Vista Bank in 2017 and boasts nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the Southwest Graduate School of Banking.
Highly respected for his West Texas banking roots, genuine care for colleagues and clients, and 30 years of industry experience, former Texas Tech baseball player Brian Pierce made his move to Vista Bank in 2011 and took the helm of the Lubbock Market in 2020.
Haskell Market President Patrick Pace joined Vista Bank in 2017. Cutting his teeth in the industry with Friona State Bank, Patrick has been in banking since 1972, specializing in Agricultural and Commercial Lending. An active community member, Patrick has served on the Rule ISD Board of Trustees, the Rule City Council, as a Board Member at Texas Bankers Association and the Haskell County Jr. Livestock Association, as well as a member of the Rule Lions Club.
An active member of the Abernathy Community, Jeff dedicates his time volunteering with organizations such as the Abernathy Lions Club, Abernathy Chamber of Commerce, Hale County Stock Show, and the Texas Tech University Ag Banker’s Credit Conference. In 2014, Jeff was named Abernathy Citizen of the Year.
A tenured Vista Bank team member, Matt was born and raised in Ralls Texas. He attended Texas Tech where he received a B.S. in Agricultural Education in 1987. Along with serving as Idalou President at Vista Bank, Matt helped operate a farm with his family until January 2017, at which time he turned the farming operation over to his son, with whom he still partners on a small cattle operation.
As President of Vista Bank in Ralls, Kelly Wing oversees all banking activities, directs the planning and achieving of strategic goals, and is responsible for employee and client relations. Kelly has been with Vista Bank since 1985. In fact, it was his first paying job!