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John D. Steinmetz
Vice Chairman, President and CEO
When John D. Steinmetz took the helm of Vista Bank in 2014, it was focused primarily on agriculture lending. He cites "leaving a comfortable job with a great company to assist the founding family of a 97-year-old-bank in a total rebrand" as his biggest challenge. "We ran it more like a startup," he says, "disrupting a lot of traditions."
EDUCATION: Texas Tech University (BBA-Finance)
LOCAL FLARE: "I'm a huge fan of Katy Trail Ice House and its cheeseburger, but it's hard to beat a good ribeye from Nick & Sam's."
FUN FACT: "I was a motocross champion in my youth."
INDUSTRY TRENDS: "Fintechs should be regulated like a bank if they are going to order the same services, but their timely innovations allow for a strong customer experience and push us all to get better, faster."
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