Sterling Promotes Bob S. Smith to EVP & Chief Credit Officer

Jan 07, 2010, 18:08 ET from Sterling Bancshares, Inc.

HOUSTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sterling Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBIB) announced today that Bob S. Smith has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer for Sterling Bank.

Smith, 55, is a veteran commercial banker who has served in various roles during his ten year tenure with Sterling, including Senior Lender, Market CEO, and Regional CEO, as well as serving on the Asset & Liability (ALCO) and Executive Committees. He has more than 29 years of experience in banking operations and management, bank regulation, and financial services.

After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Baylor University in 1976, Smith served as a state bank examiner until he joined Allied Bancshares in 1980. Over the next 11 years at Allied Bancshares and First Interstate Bank, he held a series of progressive positions, including Executive Vice President and unit bank board member. At Allied, he managed two subsidiary banks and led workout teams, managing more than $1 billion in problem assets for First Interstate Bank, successor to Allied Bancshares. Prior to joining Sterling in 2000, Smith worked in the community banking division for First Southwest Company and was a commercial lender for Compass Bank.

"Bob is an extremely talented and seasoned financial executive with experience in managing credit throughout various cycles," said Sterling Bank Chairman, President & CEO J. Downey Bridgwater. "Credit administration is a key function in any financial institution, and Bob adds a considerable amount of experience in this area. We are excited about Bob's new role in the organization as we continue to strengthen Sterling's leadership team."

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About Sterling Bancshares

Sterling Bancshares, Inc. is a Houston-based bank holding company with total assets of $4.9 billion, which operates 58 banking centers in the greater metropolitan areas of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The Company's common stock is traded through the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "SBIB". For more information on Sterling Bancshares, please visit the Company's Web site at

    For More Information Contact:
    J. Downey Bridgwater, Chairman,
    President and Chief Executive
    Officer, (713) 507-2670
    Zach L. Wasson, Executive Vice
    President and Chief Financial
    Officer, (713) 507-1297

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