Honoring Our Friend, Tony Stephenson


Tony (T-Man) Stephenson

Vista Bank lost a friend, mentor, colleague, and banking legend today. Thoughtful, caring, loyal, and committed, Metro Market President Tony Stephenson was best known for his contagious smile and genuine love of others. 

A Dallas banking icon, Tony literally shaped the trajectory of our company through his tireless efforts and amazing reputation, helping us expand our footprint and eventually move our headquarters to Dallas, Texas.  

Beloved by his many clients, Tony had a very accomplished banking career before joining the Vista family in 2017.

Though awarded countless honors by his peers, Tony never put much stock in that sort of thing. Truthfully, he would rather have the admiration and adoration of his family and friends…which he did.

His best friend and Vista CFO, Robert Bruce, could always be found showing him the latest card trick over their standing daily lunch. And of course Tony always looked to his right-hand and lending assistant, Sara Ramos, to help care for the many loyal clients he guided through the years.

Tony will be remembered for countless reasons and epic stories, but perhaps most for his passion for life lived on his terms. And what an amazing life it was.  When not serving clients at all hours of the day and night, Tony and Lupita enjoyed their home in Mexico, riding bikes together through Uptown, a good round of golf, and grabbing a burger with his dear friend Buddy Cramer, Managing Partner of the Katy Trail Ice House.

Vista was blessed to have him while we did, and along with countless others across the world, we will miss him dearly.