John D. Steinmetz serves as the President and CEO of Vista Bank – overseeing all aspects of Vista Bank’s commercial and retail functions, he directs strategic goals, policies, employee and shareholder relations. At the time of his appointment to Bank CEO, the 110 year old company was a West Texas bank domiciled in Ralls, headquartered in Lubbock, and focused primarily on agricultural lending. Leading the charge on a rebrand that would encourage urban market expansion with small business and middle market companies, John Steinmetz grew the Bank’s capital and influence, expanding the footprint into the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin markets.
Since taking the helm, Steinmetz has ensured disciplined organic growth exceeding 530% in the last decade, breaking the top 100 Banks in Texas by asset size list.
Vice-Chairman of the holding company, Vista Bancshares, John Steinmetz is laser-focused on continually increasing shareholder value.
In the wake of the global pandemic, Steinmetz made certain the Bank was on the front lines of the CARES Act, participating in an exclusive community bank DC roundtable with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and rising to Dallas entrepreneur Mark Cuban’s challenge helping minority-owned businesses better access the Paycheck Protection Program.
A graduate of the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business, Steinmetz holds the prestigious honor of being the youngest person ever appointed to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. First appointed in 2011 by Governor Rick Perry, he was subsequently reappointed in 2017 by Governor Greg Abbott. Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee of the two-billion-dollar university for two terms, Steinmetz is passionate about keeping higher education attainable while serving the students of his alma mater.
A 2021 DCEO Dallas 500 recipient, 2019 Dallas Business Journal (DBJ) Most-Admired CEO, 2018 honoree of the DBJ and Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 programs, Bank President and CEO John Steinmetz is a member of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO) and serves as a Dallas Citizens Council Trustee. Having relocated the Vista Bank domicile to Dallas due to his belief in the strong North Texas economy, Steinmetz prioritizes philanthropic efforts in the region.
Texas Tech University System, Board of Regents
Young Presidents’ Organization, Member
Dallas Citizens Council, Trustee
Dallas Museum of Art Budget & Finance Committee, Member
Texas Tech University System, Chancellor's Council
Texas Lyceum, Past Director
Boys and Girls Club, Past Board President
U.S. Senate Leadership Summit, Past Texas Delegate
Texas Tech Student Government Association, Past President
2022 D CEO Financial Executive Award Recipient
2021 D CEO Dallas 500 Honoree
2019 Dallas Business Journal Most Admired CEO Honoree
2018 Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree
2018 Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 Honoree
2013 Young Professionals of Lubbock 20 Under 40 Honoree, 2013
2012 Small Business Administration Financial Service Champion Award Recipient
Volunteer Center of Lubbock, Past Lubbock Young Professional of the Year
Texas Tech University, B.B.A. Finance, Emphasis in Real Estate
Texas Tech University, School of Community Banking
Words to Live By
Loyalty is king.