James L. “Jamey” Smith will be retiring as chief executive officer of the Citizens Bank Houston region and Humble Banking Center after 15 years of service and almost 35 years in the banking industry. Mark Sossaman, CEO of The Woodlands Banking Center, has been selected to succeed Smith as the CEO of the Houston region and retain his current role as CEO of The Woodlands Banking Center. David Bockholt has been named the CEO to succeed Smith as CEO of the Humble Banking Center.
“Jamey always worked hard to be a true partner and advocate for our customers. I want to thank him for the many years of service to Citizens Bank as he will be truly missed but we wish him well in his retirement,” said Sammy York, president and CEO.
Sossaman joined Citizens Bank in 2007 as a lead credit analyst and was promoted to CEO of The Woodlands Banking Center in 2008. “The board and I could not be more pleased as Mark has agreed to take on the leadership role to continue to grow the Houston Region for our bank,” said York.
Bockholt joined Citizens Bank in 2018 as the vice president of commercial lending of The Woodlands Banking Center. With over 36 years in the banking industry, his primary responsibility will be to oversee the financial performance, day-to-day management and long-term growth strategy for the Humble Banking Center. Prior to joining Citizens Bank, Bockholt served as senior vice president of commercial lending for Plains Capital Bank.
“We are pleased to have David succeed Jamey in his new role as CEO of the Humble Banking Center,” said York. “He has been a true asset to our bank and shares our commitment to excellence for the benefit of the community and our customers in the Humble region.”