Houston, Texas, April 1, 2021 – Agility Bank, National Association (in organization), primarily owned and led by women, announced today its partnership with Data Center Inc. (DCI), a woman-led developer of leading bank technologies for community banks.
“DCI really understood what Agility Bank (in organization) is trying to bring all to of our clients--a secure, digital-forward platform for on-demand, ‘anywhere/anytime’ banking, supported by our personal hands-on service and expertise” said Lauren Sparks, founder, chairwoman and CEO of Agility Bank (in organization). “We believe the future of community banking is in working with companies like DCI that are ready to adopt new ideas as our clients’ needs evolve. We will use current technology in innovative ways to make everyone’s lives easier and more productive.”
Noted Sarah Fankhauser, president and CEO of DCI: “When the Agility team came to us, their first requirement for core technology was that it be flexible and able to help the bank bring new products and programs quickly to the market. Our 57-year history is built on just that—collaborating with our clients to develop new ways our technologies can help them better serve their community businesses and customers.”
Agility Bank chose the DCI iCore360® cloud-based core to hit the ground running with a single, secure source of business intelligence and workflow automation that the Bank’s leadership feels will simplify operations and seamlessly integrate with other business service applications for a lower total cost of operation. The Bank is also adding the DCI iCoreGO™digital suite so Agility’s clients can be connected anytime, anywhere, on any device with a single sign-on. This will give clients direct access to bill pay, eStatements, mobile/merchant capture, card alerts/blocking, P2P payments, transfers, ACH, cash management, positive pay, and more.
“The ability to open our bank day one with this technology-based suite for our clients is a tremendous benefit,” added Sparks. “This full suite, along with the ability to easily integrate other fintech solutions, will support our goal to always be at the leading edge of this technology evolution. As we listen to our clients about what they want and need to run their businesses successfully, DCI will be that pivot partner to help us quickly bring new solutions to our clients. That kind of agility is huge!”
Fankhauser concluded: “Innovation comes in many forms, but the key to our success is in developing both our technology and client relationships to quickly be nimble and agile as needed. This is particularly true in collaboration with visionary clients like Agility, where we find useful ways to maximize proven technology from the outset and then adapt and build on it in new ways. We feel Agility and DCI are a perfect match and are very proud their leadership chose us to help them pursue the next generation of community banking in Houston and beyond.”
Agility Bank (in organization) is set to open in the second quarter of 2021. Its operations headquarters will be at 2401 North Shepherd. But as Sparks, noted: “The capabilities that DCI brings to the table will enable us not only to grow in Houston but expand our digital footprint.”
HOUSTON, TEXAS – March 15, 2021 – Agility Bank (in organization) announced today that Tan Ghaderi, a banker with over 20 years of experience, has joined as its team as a business lending officer.
“Tan has an incredible track record in providing financial solutions to small and medium-sized businesses,” said Laquita Cyprian, Chief Banking Officer of Agility Bank (in organization). “She is exceptional at building client relationships through careful listening and attention to detail. Her analytical skills, and knowledge of how businesses operate, are a significant advantage for her clients.”
Agility, which will open later in the spring, is a community commercial bank primarily owned and led by women. Through offering a significant digital platform, Agility will be able to provide quick and easily accessible banking products and services while preserving the best of community banking the relationships.
Tan, who has been a business banker at larger financial institutions, brings deep knowledge of the Houston market and the opportunities for small and medium-sized companies in a growing economy. At Agility, she also will coordinate the bank’s loan application and underwriting software which enhance the speed of these transactions and lower their costs.
“My clients are looking for faster and better ways to do their banking but they also want a relationship with a banker,” said Tan. “Agility offers the perfect marriage of technology and personal attention. This is exciting for me, but more importantly, for our customers.”
HOUSTON, TEXAS – December 28, 2020 -- Agility Bank (in organization) has announced that veteran small business and commercial banker Laquita Cyprian has joined as Chief Banking Officer.
“This is a key role in the development of our lending and financial services to small and medium-size businesses in the Houston region,” said Lauren Sparks, chairwoman and CEO. “As a native Houstonian and successful banker, Laquita’s knowledge of the market, its opportunities and needs is exceptional and fits hand-in-glove with Agility’s mission of being a bank for growing companies.”
Of her new role at Agility, Laquita noted: “What an incredible opportunity to be on the ground floor of a bank that is going to serve all of Houston but have an emphasis on the women’s economy. Houston is on the precipice of new economic growth and, along with others, women will be a significant part of that trajectory.”
Laquita has held leadership positions in commercial and small business banking in the Houston region. At Agility, she will oversee customer relationship growth, as well as provide guidance into the digital strategies to meet the needs of growing businesses in deposit, lending and treasury management.
“The technology that Agility brings to the table is key for owners and operators of companies that are intent on contributing to the success of the Houston region,” said Laquita who attended the University of Houston in business and finance administration. “Customers deserve not only outstanding personal relationships with their bankers but also the best digital solutions. Agility is going to deliver on both of those.”
Laquita has been engaged in the community serving on a number of boards, including as former board chair of C-STEM, an organization supporting children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She also has been active in the Art Colony Association which produces the Bayou City Art Festivals. She is the author of the soon to be released “Roadmap to Abundance,” a book about pursuing individual purpose.
HOUSTON, TEXAS – October 20, 2020 – Agility Bank (in organization) announced today that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have given conditional approval for its application to launch and operate a predominately digital community bank that is primarily owned and led by women. Agility Bank (in organization) will begin raising $30 million in capital immediately and expects final regulatory approval and opening in the second quarter of 2021.
Agility Bank (in organization) will specialize in commercial lending to all Houston region small and mid-sized businesses in growth sectors including medical and life sciences, commercial and residential real estate, technology, industrial businesses, and manufacturing. The Bank also anticipates providing services to owner-managed companies, their employees, and other professionals. As a community-based and minority-owned depository institution at its core, Agility Bank (in organization) is committed to those businesses owned by women and minorities.
“After 37 years in community banking, I saw an opportunity to redefine the profile of a commercial community bank with astute women playing major roles working alongside with their male counterparts. Now more than ever, business owners will be seeking new ways to operate as they look to create growth in the Houston region. We need all of the best minds and technology at the table,” said Lauren Sparks, the founder, chairwoman and CEO of Agility Bank (in organization).
“Our Bank will combine local knowledge and deep community connections with technology-driven services to help these businesses create impact, efficiency, and leave a positive imprint,” she continued. “Beyond the challenges in our immediate future, greater Houston is poised for another wave of innovation and growth. We look forward to helping our region’s business owners who want to be a part of this next economic resurgence to accomplish their goals.”
Added Sparks, noting the importance of women at Agility: “Our country, in fact our city, is at a real tipping point in the economic power of women. We want to ensure that we nurture that growth, certainly along with that of all business owners. In addition, our goal is to increase the pipeline of women who are prepared to move up through the ranks at financial institutions.”
Sparks began her career as a community banker and in 2009 founded 3PR, Inc., a consulting firm providing compliance, risk management and technology services to community banks and financial services firms. Joining Sparks on the leadership team will be Terry Harrison, chief financial officer, who has deep experience in community banking, including the formation of two de novo banks. The board of directors and other staff members come with significant banking experience and expertise needed to launch a primarily digital bank.
Agility Bank will be where its customers are whether online, by phone, or in person at its first location at 2401 North Shepherd in the Heights in the second quarter of 2021.
Agility 2020, Inc., an organizing entity, announced on March 31, 2020 that Agility Bank (Proposed) had filed an application with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to launch and operate a primarily digital, majority woman-owned and led commercial community bank in Houston, Texas.
Agility Bank will fill an underserved need among small to medium-sized business sectors including many in the medical, health sciences and technology sectors in Houston along with a focus on manufacturing, real estate and other industries. In serving these business categories, Agility Bank draws on decades of experience of its leadership team in the lending, risk management and compliance sectors of the banking industry.
Agility Bank will provide entrepreneurs and business leaders with the online financial tools they need to grow their businesses, and its leaders will inspire innovation throughout the greater Houston business community. Combining a legacy focus on personalized service delivered with a modern, digitized approach, Agility Bank seeks to begin commercial operations in late 2020.
Agility 2020 is led by Lauren Sparks, Chairwoman and President, who has been a community banker for over three decades, and Terry Harrison, Chief Financial Officer, a leader in manufacturing and de novo bank development.
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