Vista Bank Appoints Mahomes EVP, General Counsel

By Texas Metro News 

Vista Bank and its parent company Vista Bancshares today announced the appointment of Bill Mahomes to Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective immediately.

Mr. Mahomes will report to Chief of Staff and Director of Corporate Development, Jared Craighead. As General Counsel, Mahomes will oversee all 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.

“Bill is a highly respected, seasoned attorney with experience in multiple financial verticals,” noted Vista Bank President and CEO John Steinmetz. “But what attracted us to Bill was his character, intellect and integrity. Bill will have an immediate positive impact on our organization.”

Formerly a partner at Bracewell LLP, Mr. Mahomes brings over four decades of regional, national, and international legal, regulatory, risk, and compliance experience to the executive team.

“What attracted me to join the incredible team at Vista Bank is its people and the incredible customer service that they offer clients,” added General Counsel Bill Mahomes. “The healthy organic growth of the Bank and resulting opportunity is evident, but it was John and the team who won me over. To be around them is to know that People First is not just a motto, but a way of life here, which allows us to focus on what we do best, fueling entrepreneurs across our great state.”

Mr. Mahomes brings over 40 years of legal experience to the Vista Bank executive team. Prior to being at Bracewell, he was a senior partner for a Dallas-based national law firm, a partner for an international law firm, a senior vice-president and general counsel for a mid-sized local corporation, and was counsel for the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”).

Additionally, he was a Captain in the United States Army Reserves, where he served as a company commander and was assigned to the JAG Corps.

With a rich history of prior board experience, Mahomes currently serves on the board of the Dallas-based Today Foundation and the Advisory Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

Appointed to the Texas A&M University Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015, Mr. Mahomes was reappointed in 2021 and elected Vice-Chairman on June 7, 2021.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law.

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