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Agility Bank, N.A. announced that it has received all regulatory approvals to open as the first bank in the U.S. primarily owned and led by women under a special charter by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Through this Minority Depository Institution (MDI) charter, Agility’s focus will be on serving women and all small and mid-size businesses.

“This is a historic event for banking, our country, and Houston,” said Lauren Sparks, founder. president and CEO of Agility. “Our goal from the beginning has been to promote financial parity for women, so they have better access to capital and can have a seat at the table in a world where differences are valued and celebrated.” The bank opens Monday, May 23.

Agility Bank, N.A. has received confirmation of its special Minority Depository Institution (MDI) status from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, becoming the first de novo national bank in the United States opened with predominantly female leadership and ownership but working for all.

"This is a very rewarding designation for Agility but also for the small and mid-size businesses that form the backbone of Houston's economy," said Lauren Sparks, President and CEO of Agility.
Agility Bank and Trustmark Bank entered a strategic collaboration agreement to highlight the strengths and deepen the community commitment of both banks as part of the Project REACh Initiative with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
“This is truly a unique opportunity to reach deeper into the areas we serve to meet the growing needs of women and all minority business owners." - Duane Dewey, Trustmark President and CEO. 

Numerated, the Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing fintech SaaS company, has been selected by Agility Bank, a primarily women-owned and women-led commercial community bank. Agility Bank will offer seamless digital lending experiences to clients using Numerated as its primary origination platform for its full suite of business banking products.  
“We looked for providers with a proven and nimble tech stack that would allow us to hit the ground running on day one and use data in innovative ways,” - Lauren Sparks, founder and CEO of Agility Bank
Richard (Rich) Pontious, CPA, will serve as Chief Financial Officer of Agility Bank. In this role, he will oversee all aspects of financial management and reporting of the new bank which is the first primarily women – owned and led bank created for its purpose in the country under a special charter.
“Every day I see the opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses where Agility can make a difference through its technology and its people,” said Pontious.
Climate First Bank and Agility Bank announced today an agreement to collaborate. Both banks are founded on specific values important in their communities – Climate First with its commitment to fight the climate crisis and promote environmental sustainability, and Agility Bank with its commitment to women and minority-owned businesses.

“Through this collaboration, both Climate First Bank and Agility Bank will further our shared goal of using finance as a positive tool for sustainable economic, social and environmental development.” - Ken LaRoe, founder and CEO of Climate First Bank
Agility Bank announced the appointment of José (“Jay”) Pedraza as its chief technical officer. With deep experience in digital banking, IT infrastructure, support and security, Jay is leading the development of Agility’s technology platform that will take a commercial community bank to fintech levels.
"Building a bank’s technology for small and medium-sized businesses is the wave of the future for commercial community banks. We’re leading that charge.” - Jay Pedraza, Chief Technology Officer
Agility Bank is pleased to announce its association with Tina Veserra as its Chief Operating Officer. Tina will also hold the position of Human Resources Director, and be responsible for compliance, which includes the Bank Secrecy Act, and consumer protection initiatives.

"At Agility, we are taking complicated processes and making them seamless to the person sitting on the other side of the desk." - Tina Veserra, Chief Operating Officer
Agility Bank, Houston’s first bank organized, owned and led primarily by women, is pleased to announce its association as a member of its Board of Directors with Maureen Sanders, a veteran banker who is now a leader in Houston’s healthcare community.
“The ability to be on the ground floor of organizing a bank that is going to be primarily owned by women and led by women is a continuation of a vision I have had since my early days in banking.” - Maureen Sanders, Director
Agility Bank, 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.
“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.” - Lauren Sparks, founder and CEO
Agility Bank announced today that Tan Ghaderi, a banker with over 20 years of experience, has joined its team as a business lending officer.
“Tan has an incredible track record in providing financial solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.” - Laquita Cyprian, Chief Banking Officer of Agility Bank
Agility Bank has announced that veteran small business and commercial banker Laquita Cyprian has joined as Chief Banking Officer.
“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.” - Lauren Sparks, founder and CEO

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