First Bank & Trust earns honor

First Bank & Trust East Texas has been named to the Top 15 percent of Community Banks nationwide for 2012 by Seifried & Brew, a national community bank risk management firm.
This recognition puts First Bank & Trust among an elite group of banks that strive every day to serve its communities with the best financial tools and services, said Jay Shands, president and CEO.
For this ranking, a bank must have demonstrated exemplary performance of balancing risk and reward.
First Bank & Trust East Texas, established in 1953, is an East Texas owned bank with more than $800 million in assets and the 18th largest trust department in Texas. There are 18 locations throughout East Texas: Cleveland, Splendora, Porter, Lufkin, Diboll, Nacogdoches, Jasper, Hemphill, Pineland, San Augustine, Tyler, Longview and Palestine.