Turkish American Association for Business held the Annual Dinner at The Houstonian Hotel on February 26, 2009, located 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas, 77024. The evening was a great success for TAAB and we thank all our guests especially the distinguished speaker of the evening, Mr. Paul B. Murphy Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Amegy Bank of Texas.

Our corporate sponsors for this dinner event were “Amegy Bank of Texas“, “CECA Supply & Services Inc.“, “American Turkish Association (ATA)“, “Independence Bank, N.A.“, “Reliable Business and Tax Services“, “Seba International Ltd.“, “Sterling Bank (Business Banking Group & International Banking Group)“, “Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank“.

The event began with registration and reception at the dining area. Following the introduction and recognition of our corporate sponsors, it was time for our keynote speakers for the evening, Mr. Murphy. The topic for the speech was “Perceptions and Realities about the Credit Crunch”.

Mr. Paul B. Murphy, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Amegy Bank of Texas. As one of the Bank’s first employees, Mr. Murphy has helped develop Amegy Bank of Texas into one of the best performing banks in the nation. With little more than $50 million in assets and one location 18 years ago, the Bank now has more than $13 billion in assets and more than 85 banking centers throughout the greater Houston, Dallas and San Antonio metropolitan areas. Amegy Bank of Texas has become synonymous with technological innovation, unequaled customer service, and strong, continued growth. Mr. Murphy is an advocate of the community. He is a board member of the Houston Endowment, Inc., the largest endowment in Texas with over $1.3 billion in assets. In addition, Mr. Murphy is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Care System, Kinkaid School, Children’s Museum of Houston, Mississippi State University Foundation, and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. He is active in the Young Presidents Organization and is a member of the Governor’s Business Council. Prior to joining Amegy Bank of Texas, Mr. Murphy spent nine years at Allied Bank of Texas/First Interstate Bank. A 1981 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in finance, he earned his MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Following the speech and Q&A sessions, Mr. Murphy was presented a gift by Mr. Unal Baysal. On behalf of the TAAB President Arhan Dundar, Unal Baysal gave the final speech for 2009 review.

This was TAAB’s 7th Annual Dinner which was attended by more than 130 professionals and business owners.