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"We at Broadway Bank will look to the future, remembering our past, and do what is best for our customers, employees & stakeholders."

- Charles E. Cheever Jr., Chairman Emeritus

Our History

Since its beginnings in 1941 as San Antonio’s first suburban bank, Broadway National Bank has always been a trendsetter, introducing innovative financial policies which help shape modern banking.

Today, Broadway is the largest independently owned bank headquartered in San Antonio. But it began in a small store front in Alamo Heights, founded by a military officer, Col. Charles E. Cheever Sr., and his wife, Elizabeth Cheever. They envisioned a financial institution that would serve the hundreds of military families who were migrating to San Antonio because of the war effort, and the businesses which would serve those new residents.
The founders' son and Chairman Emeritus of Broadway Bancshares Inc., Charles E. Cheever Jr., remembers the bank’s modest beginnings as "a very difficult period." After opening the bank, Col. Cheever was called to duty in Europe, where he spent the war years working as a Judge Advocate for Gen. George S. Patton. Mrs. Cheever, in her son’s words, was left "to hold things together" at home and at the bank, serving on the board of directors until her husband returned.
In succeeding decades, Broadway National Bank set numerous "firsts." In 1959, it was the first San Antonio bank to establish a mortgage lending division and it was the first to extend its banking hours to help working families.

In 1983, the bank was the city’s first to offer on-site brokerage services. Broadway’s successful Wealth Management Division was established in 1984. In 1996, Broadway Bank acquired Financial Centers in Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, Castroville, Hondo, and Seguin, Texas.
In 2005, the bank acquired Balcones Bank with Financial Centers in San Marcos, Wimberley, Kyle and Buda starting its strategic move northward. The strategy continued to take shape with its addition of Bee Cave and Dripping Springs Financial Centers in 2010. Just a few years later in 2013, Broadway Bank announced its entry into the Austin region and today serves the mid-town and Round Rock areas.
In 2013, Broadway Bank launched the Broadway Bank Family Business Resource Center as a place where local family businesses could connect, share ideas, find solutions to common problems, and access information on critical issues through family business management tools and techniques. This resource center was the vision of the Cheever family — Broadway Bank’s founding family — and their desire to benefit other family businesses. Since then, our business banking and family business banking resources have grown and evolved to meet the demands of current landscapes and competitive industries. Small and family-owned businesses have always been the backbone of the economy, and Broadway Bank continues to share our experiences with other family businesses and help them overcome potential hurdles to long-term success.
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Broadway Bank maintains its commitment to providing traditional and innovative products and services, while staying ahead by looking to the future, remembering the past, and concentrating on being here for the good of its customers. 

New Look. Same Service.

For nearly 80 years, Broadway Bank has served the financial needs of South Central Texas. Part of what makes us special is our ability to transform to meet our customers’ evolving needs and the shifting digital landscape, while honoring our rich history.

Our continual journey to provide best-in-class customer experiences propels us forward in terms of innovation, technology, infrastructure and even our look.

In 2020, Broadway Bank introduced a refreshed brand throughout the bank’s digital and physical footprint. Broadway Bank Financial Centers were rebranded and renovated with open layouts, digital screens and new signage to represent the bank’s modern approach to banking.

While our brand and logo may change, Broadway Bank’s commitment to you will never waiver. Modern banking, locally sourced and personally delivered.


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