RGV Banker Elected To State Association Board 


RGV Banker Elected To State Association Board 

Ricky Leal
Ricky Leal

An executive with First Community Bank has been elected to the board of directors of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

Ricky Leal, the senior vice president/commercial lending for First Community, was selected during the organization’s recent virtual annual convention. Leal joined First Community 15 years ago as a commercial lender before rising to serve on the company’s executive team.

First Community is the only bank company of its type to have locations in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties. The majority of its bank locations are in Cameron County. Here, First Community has seven locations to go with a bank in Raymondville and one in McAllen. 

The Independent Bankers Association was formed in 1974 and is based in Austin. Its membership is made up of more than 2000 banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Independent Bankers Association is the largest state community banking organization in the United States.

“The Rio Grande Valley has a strong relationship banking tradition going back many years,” said Leal, who is also a banking center manager. “It’s an honor to serve with bankers from all over Texas on the IBAT board who are committed to supporting and investing in their local communities.”

Leal is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He is also active in a number of community organizations in addition to his banking executive duties with First Community. He serves on the boards of the Valley International Airport, the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, and Loaves & Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley.

Leal has also been active in banking industry organizations. He served on the Independent Bankers Association Leadership Division for five years. He was also a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Bank Advisory Council for three years.

Ricardo D. Cavazos is a journalist and business executive who has over 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and publisher and is currently managing allied health schools in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo. Working for Freedom Communications, Cavazos served as editor of The Monitor for eight years and was publisher of The Brownsville Herald for 14 years. He also served as publisher of the Valley Morning Star for one year and launched two Spanish-language publications - El Nuevo Heraldo and El Extra. He is an Edinburg native currrently living in Harlingen.