Bank SNB to Open Branch in Fort Worth, TX With Local Leadership

STILLWATER, Okla., Nov. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southwest Bancorp (Nasdaq:OKSB) subsidiary Bank SNB has announced it has filed an application for a full-service branch located at 301 Commerce Street, Suite 3100 in Fort Worth, effective November 3. Bank SNB recently opened at the Commerce Street location as a loan production office.

"We are excited about our entry into the Fort Worth market," said President and CEO Mark Funke, "This is an important step for our company and we look forward to being a part of the Fort Worth community."

With Bank SNB's entrance into the Fort Worth market, the company welcomes five established bankers from the area. Brian Lixey will lead Bank SNB's Fort Worth team as Market President. Lixey brings more than 18 years of banking and management experience and has served in a variety of roles, including Senior Commercial Loan Officer and Vice President of Commercial Banking. Lixey obtained his MBA from Tarleton State University and completed Commercial Lending School at the University of Texas in conjunction with the Texas Bankers Association.

"We are very excited to be a part of the Bank SNB expansion in Fort Worth," said Fort Worth Market President Brian Lixey, "Fort Worth is a great market and Bank SNB is an excellent fit that will provide the necessary support to serve the banking needs in the area."

Joining Lixey will be Nathan Hoffman as a Commercial Banker. Hoffman contributes 17 years of banking experience, serving in similar roles. Hoffman is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Trey Ramsay will also serve Bank SNB as a Commercial Banker. Ramsay has 13 years of banking experience, with the majority of his career spent in a number of management roles at JP Morgan Chase. Also joining the team are Shana Crawford and Jenny Halford. Halford has more than 15 years of banking experience across multiple business lines. Crawford has more than 11 years of banking experience and an associate's degree from Weatherford College.

"We believe that our team of local bankers, led by Brian Lixey, knows and understands the Fort Worth community. They will be instrumental in delivering the community style of banking that Bank SNB has been known for since 1894," said Funke.

About Bank SNB

Bank SNB is a subsidiary of Southwest Bancorp, Inc. Through Bank SNB, Southwest offers commercial and consumer lending, deposit and investment services, specialized cash management, and other financial services from offices in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, and on the Internet, through Bank SNB DirectBanker®. Southwest was organized in 1981 as the holding company for Bank SNB, which was chartered in 1894.

Southwest's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol OKSB.

CONTACT: Mark Funke President & CEO Joe T. Shockley EVP & CFO 405.742.1800

Source:Southwest Bancorp, Inc.