ABILENE, Texas, May 19, 2020 – The Board of Directors of First Financial Bank, N.A., today announced the promotion of David W. Bailey to Executive Vice President and Senior Lender for the Abilene Region. In addition, Candi Kanady was promoted to Eastland Division President. Bailey will continue to serve as Chairman and CEO of the Eastland Division. Both announcements were made by Ron Butler, Chairman and CEO of First Financial Bank, Abilene.
“We are extremely proud to welcome David back to Abilene in this important role. David has consistently demonstrated his commitment to our Bank, our customers and our communities,” said Butler. “We are fortunate to have Candi in place to lead our Eastland Division as David transitions to his new responsibilities in the Abilene Region.”
Bailey holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from McMurry University. He joined First Financial Bankshares in Abilene as a commercial lending credit analyst in 2004 and became Vice President of the First Financial Bank Stephenville Region in 2006. He was elected Senior Vice President of the Eastland Division in July 2008 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2012 and to the Eastland Division’s President in 2016. He is a graduate of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in 2014 and from FFIN University, the Company’s internal management school, in 2015. Bailey is volunteer music director and past finance committee chairman and administrative council chair for First United Methodist Church in Eastland. Bailey is also a member of the board of trustees of McMurry University, board member and vice president of the Eastland Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Eastland Community Foundation, and an active member of the Eastland Lion’s Club.
Kanady graduated from Eastland High School and then Tarleton State University with a bachelor of business administration degree. She began her career at First Financial as a part-time teller in 2001, processed real estate loans for several years