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Kenneth L. Burgess, Jr., ABA Chairman 2017-2018

Kenneth Burgess, Jr.Ken graduated from Texas Tech University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He moved to Midland, Texas, and went to work for the original First National Bank of Midland where he worked until September 1983. He left First National at that time to join United Bank in Midland as a vice president and commercial loan officer. Ken left Midland in 1985 and moved to Waco where he served for eight years as executive vice president of Texas National Bank of Waco.

In 1993, Ken and his family moved to Abilene where he took the position of president of Security State Bank of Abilene. Upon the sale of the bank in 1998, Ken left to form the First National Bank of Midland, now known as FirstCapital Bank of Texas, which has over $1 Billion in assets.

Ken presently serves as Chairman of the American Bankers Association. He previously served as chairman of ABA’s Community Bankers Council and as chairman of the advisory board of the Corporation for American Banking, LLC, an ABA subsidiary. He is a past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association, the Midland Chamber of Commerce, the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, the Texas Banker’s Association Service Company and the RAWLS College of Business Advisory Board at Texas Tech University.

He is also a past member of the United Way board of directors and served as the 2001 United Way campaign chair. He is a past Chair of the Midland Economic Development Council and he served as Chair of the Vision 2000 Task Force on Economic Development for the City of Midland.

Ken currently serves as a Board member of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU.

Ken has been married to Cathy for 38 years and has three children, one daughter-in-law and a son-in-law and two grandchildren.