Attracting talent has been the key to the Texas operations, which account for $800 million in assets, mostly around Dallas-Fort Worth. The hiring continues; Mills says Preston Moore, a former Encore Bancshares CEO, was just recruited to lead an expansion into Houston. Encore was sold to Cadence Bancorp this year. That's a good sign, says Dan Bass, a managing director of investment banking for Performance Trust Capital Partners. Moore "is obviously very well known in the marketplace," he says.