We are the professional network for bank and credit union professionals, empowering them to collaborate, share information and lead the evolution of community banking. Every day, thousands of verified financial professionals leverage a trusted community powered by CBANC to make more intelligent vendor decisions, navigate compliance challenges, answer questions and advance their careers.
The benefits of our apps are enhanced by the network effects inherent in the community, enabling our members and the vendors that serve them to work together to solve problems.The results are more efficient operations, the ability to better serve customers, and an improved competitive position for our members and the US banking system.
Bryan Koontz – President & CEO
Bryan Koontz is a visionary and natural inventor. As CEO of CBANC, he has his hands in every part of the business, including serving on CBANC’s Board of Directors. On a daily basis, you will find him maintaining the company’s overall operations, strategic direction and product advancements.
Before joining CBANC in 2013, Bryan served as VP and General Manager at Vast.com, Inc., a web search and analytics company powering consumer Internet search solutions for Fortune 500 companies such as Yahoo, AOL, Southwest Airlines and USAA. His 19 years of experience also include holding executive roles at Tripos, Inc. and Optive Research, both life sciences software companies, and Trilogy Software.
Bryan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics with Honors from Penn State University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his free time, Bryan enjoys hunting, spending time outdoors with his Labrador Retriever (he’s even the founder of outdoor adventure company Guidefitter), and playing the guitar.
Tommy Messbauer – Chief Technology Officer
Tommy Messbauer likes building things creatively and working with people he likes, just two things he gets to do as CBANC Chief Technology Officer. Tommy is responsible for the CBANC technology stack focused on asynchronous, distributed systems and elegant UX. Beyond technical leadership, he inspires team energy and creativity—his dedicated teams show for it by producing consistent, high quality products every day.
With over 15 years of experience building for the web, Tommy has been a thought leader for large companies like Dell, Microsoft and HP, while also creating and contributing to many open source projects and a number of startups. Tommy’s technical experience includes large-scale deployment of distributed backend systems, traditional SQL, asynchronous real-time event based systems, Service API design and Front End UX technologies.
When he’s not at CBANC wearing funny hats and masks, Tommy enjoys guitars and air drums, listening to apocalyptic heavy music and soccer.
Cara Hayward – Director of Business Development
Cara Hayward has a passion for bringing people together and helping them succeed. As CBANC Director of Business Development, you will find Cara connecting with members to learn what their pain points are and how CBANC can help solve them.
Prior to joining CBANC, Cara spent over six years at Barclays in New York as a VP in Sales where she was responsible for securing large hedge fund mandates for the firm.
Cara holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire where she concentrated on entrepreneurship. When she’s not learning what keeps community financial professionals awake at night, Cara enjoys playing soccer, relaxing with her dog, traveling and pretending to be a home chef.
Monica Rios Howeth – Director of Education
Monica Rios Howeth is passionate about bringing people together to share information and ideas. As CBANC Director of Education, Monica makes sure members of the network have the latest educational offerings at their fingertips. She finds subject matter experts to participate in timely webinars and develops the content to feature them in.
Prior to joining CBANC in 2012, Monica worked for Speak Social as the operations and client relationship manager. She also has vast experience planning social and corporate events.
Monica earned her Bachelors of Science at The University of Texas at Austin in Education and Communication. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children, all things events and interior design, watching college sports and exploring Texas Hill Country wineries.
Board of Directors
R. H. “Hank” Seale III – Founder and Chairman of the Board
Hank Seale is the Founder and Chairman of CBANC. He has experience both as a community banker and as an entrepreneur, building successful software companies that develop innovative financial services solutions as well as provide award-winning customer support.
An industry veteran, Hank began his career as a loan payments teller for The Bank of the Hills, working his way up to vice president of operations. During that time, he was secretary and treasurer of the Young Bankers Division of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. Following the acquisition of The Bank of the Hills, Hank co-founded Dallas-based Regency Voice Systems, a company that introduced voice banking to community banks and evolved into a multi-million dollar business with more than 1,600 community bank customers.
When Regency was acquired by Transaction Systems Architects, Inc. in 1997, Hank went on to start Q UP Systems, a provider of technology to more than 700 community banks. He was a nominee and finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1999. Q UP became part of S1 Corporation in 2000, and he served as the CEO of S1’s Community and Regional Solutions group until 2001. In 2004, Hank also founded Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO), now a leader in providing virtual banking technology to community and regional banks and credit unions.
Passionate about the financial services industry, he spends time creating and refining his vision for providing industry-leading technology solutions, along with superior customer service, to the community bank and credit union marketplace.
Hank is an active entrepreneur and investor in multiple companies. Hank is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Charles T. “Chuck” Doyle – Board Member
Charles Doyle has had a distinguished career in government and the payments and banking industry. In addition to currently serving on the Board of CBANC, Chuck serves on the Board of Q2ebanking (NYSE: QTWO) and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Visa Inc., Visa U.S.A., and Visa International. He also served as Director of Certegy, Inc., an international payments company, and on the Board of Directors of Inovant.
Among his many banking affiliations over the years, Chuck has served as the first community banker on the Federal Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, Texas. He is past president and former member of the Board of Directors of Independent Community Bankers Association of America, served on the Advisory Board of the Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, and is a former Board Member of the Texas Tech University School of Banking.
He was also organizing Director of Texas Independent Bank in Dallas, Texas and is a former Texas Banker of the Year. Chuck helped organize and served six years as Chairman of ICBA Bancard, Inc., a national credit card network of more than 2,000 community banks, and served as an Advisory Board Member. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Education Foundation.
A former Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and Commissioner of the City of Texas City, Chuck has continued to service the community and remains active in the city in an advisory role. He has received numerous accolades and awards over the years for his volunteerism and service to his community from organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, the Society to Prevent Blindness and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.
Chuck holds a MBA from the University of Houston and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma.
Mike J. Maples – Board Member
Michael Maples has more than 40 years of experience in the computer industry guiding the strategic direction for major technology leaders. He retired from Microsoft Corporation as executive vice president of the Worldwide Products Group and member of the Office of the President, reporting directly to Bill Gates. He was responsible for all product development and product marketing activities at Microsoft.
Before joining Microsoft, Michael worked for IBM for more than two decades where he was director of software strategy.
In addition to serving on the Board of CBANC, Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of BlueSpace (private – advanced email), Digby (private – ecommerce via advance cell phone), Lexmark Corporation (public – printer manufacture), Multimedia Games (public – system based gaming), Q2ebanking (NYSE: QTWO), and Sonic, Inc. (public – drive in restaurants).
Throughout his career, Michael has been involved with many organizations tied to technology. He serves as a mentor and on the board of advisors for several high tech firms and venture funds, sits on several non-profit Boards including the EastWest Institute, and is a trustee on the Seton Board of Trustees. He is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for the Engineering School at the University of Oklahoma and a member of the Engineering and Natural Sciences Advisory Boards at the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael has an MBA from Oklahoma City University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma University.
Jeffrey T. Diehl – Board Member
Jeff Diehl is Managing Partner and Head of Investments for Adams Street Partners, one of the largest managers of private equity for institutional investors. Jeff is responsible for each of Adams Street’s investment teams, including their processes and strategies. As a member of its Venture/Growth Equity Team, Jeff invests in venture and growth-oriented companies in the software, IT-enabled business services and consumer internet/media sectors. Jeff is a member of the Adams Street Executive and Portfolio Construction Committees.
In addition to the CBANC board, Jeff serves on the Boards of Directors of BoomTown, Paylocity (NASDAQ: PCTY), Peerless Network, Q2ebanking (NYSE: QTWO), SnagAJob, and Sympoz. He is a Board Observer at Dolex and Spiceworks.