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From Farm Hand to Helping Hand

Randy Garcia’s inspiring journey

In the rural town of Lytle, where the population scantily reaches 3,000, the esteemed president of Lytle State Bank has accomplished an inspiring and successful feat. Having dedicated an impressive four decades to the institution, Randy Garcia’s journey from humble beginnings in the Texas Panhandle cotton fields to the command of Lytle State Bank reflects not just a personal triumph but an embodiment of resilience and dedication. His remarkable 40-year tenure with the bank adds an extra layer of significance to his inspiring story, underscoring the lasting commitment that has shaped both his career and the institution he leads.

Born in Devine, Garcia’s family moved to the panhandle to work as cotton pickers where his early years were marked by toil and responsibility. Following the passing of his father, he assumed the weight of caring for his younger siblings, instilled with values of hard work by his mother. The developmental experiences from the intensive labor of picking cotton and assuming a paternal role fueled his commitment to education and growth as the key to breaking free from the cycle of poverty. After returning to Devine and graduating from high school, he embraced the responsibilities of supporting his family by cleaning school buses, mowing lawns and doing whatever it took to help his mother. Guided by teachers who saw his potential, Garcia recognized the importance and reward of education, and pursued a college degree at Texas A&I University – now Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He then received his MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University and also graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU. His mother’s influence, emphasizing the necessity of hard work, stayed with him. “Without work, you have nothing,” said Garcia when sharing his mother’s consistent encouragement to him. “And don’t ever complain about your job or your worth, or else God may listen to you and take it away.”

Courtesy of Lytle State Bank

Courtesy of Lytle State Bank

Garcia became a guiding force for his siblings, leading by example and setting a goal to be a positive influence in their lives. The maturity he developed from helping raise his siblings and stepping up to a parental role laid the foundation for his leadership skills. Joining the Lytle State Bank team as a management trainee in 1984 at the age of 23, Garcia’s journey within the bank reflects a steady climb and is a testament to his unwavering work ethic through various roles, from a management trainee to the first Hispanic president—with many positions in between.

Throughout his tenure, he has witnessed the banking industry evolve but ensured that Lytle State Bank maintained its commitment to community service. Embedded in his character, Garcia fortifies the bank’s philosophy of a “true Texas community bank,” by emphasizing serving everyone, regardless of the loan amount. Additionally, Garcia makes it a point to represent the bank and himself by actively participating in local events and charities. His leadership has transformed the bank into a cornerstone of Lytle, emphasizing community service, financial literacy and unwavering support for local initiatives.

In a banking landscape where mergers and acquisitions are prevalent, Lytle State Bank, under Garcia’s stewardship, remains a beacon of community-centric banking. Rejecting the impersonal, transactional approach, Garcia leads the bank to thrive on personal connections, ensuring every customer, whether seeking a small loan or a substantial mortgage, receives the same respect and attention. “Because it doesn’t matter to us if you come in for a $300 loan or you come in for a or a larger loan,” said Garcia. “We’re here to help the community.” Beyond banking, Garcia’s impact extends to various community organizations, including local little leagues, and stock shows, food pantries, churches, and other organizations. IIn fact, under his leadership, Lytle State Bank was recognized in 2018 as the first and only Purple Heart Bank in the U.S. by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Texas State Commander, Jon Lunkwicz, showcasing the institution’s commitment to supporting veterans. This prestigious designation comes from years of supporting the Lytle VFW Memorial Post and veterans across the nation as well as providing transportation back home for wounded warriors and other active military as needed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Garcia celebrates his 40th anniversary with the bank, he reflects on his journey with gratitude, acknowledging the pivotal moments and the evolution of the bank. As the first Hispanic president and board member of Lytle State Bank, Garcia’s story resonates beyond the confines of the boardroom. He stands as a living example that success is not confined to prestigious institutions or urban landscapes. His message to the youth echoes loudly: “You can do it if you want to.” Through challenges faced during his formative years, he emerged stronger, armed with an unyielding belief in the value of hard work.

Garcia’s focus now turns to ensuring a seamless transition, leaving behind a legacy of community engagement, financial wisdom, and a steadfast commitment to the values that define Lytle State Bank.

Randy Garcia’s story is more than a journey from cotton fields to boardrooms; it’s a call to action, an inspiration for those who expand their horizons beyond their circumstances. Garcia encourages young professionals to find opportunities in their small communities, emphasizing that success is achievable regardless of the starting point. His story is a testament to the power of determination, hard work and the impact one individual can have on a community. In every handshake, loan approval and community project, he leaves an indelible mark—a testament to the enduring will of hard work and the pursuit of aspirations.