Chairman of the Board
Following in the footsteps of his family, Riter C. Hulsey began his career with American National Bank of Texas in 1947 where he currently presides as chairman of the board.
Born on December 10, 1920, in Forney, Texas, Riter graduated from Forney High School as salutatorian in 1938. He attended Texas Christian University for two years before transferring to the University of Texas where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. During his time at the University of Texas, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society for business students.
In 1942, Riter enrolled in the Harvard Business School and was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Supply Core. After graduating from Harvard, Riter returned to Texas where he went to work for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas.
For several generations, Riter’s family has been at the helm of the success of American National Bank of Texas, and Riter is no different. Riter began his 65 year career with American National Bank of Texas humbly as a teller in 1947, and has been a historic part of the bank’s growth and the Terrell community since that time. Riter showed his leadership skills early in his career and was quickly elected assistant vice president of American National Bank of Texas in 1949. Through his passion for community banking, Riter continued to climb the ranks with a promotion to vice president in 1957, to executive vice president in 1964, and to president in 1967. From 1975 to 1985, Riter served as chief executive officer of American National Bank of Texas. Since then, he remains chairman of the board.
Much like American National Bank of Texas itself, Riter is committed to serving the local community. In 1956, Riter was the first recipient of the “Outstanding Citizen of Terrell” award, setting the standard for community members in the area.
“In all my years of experience, I have discovered that success of American National Bank of Texas is tied to the success of our neighbors,” says Riter. “Our interest in the welfare and development of the community contributes to the economic stability of the region, and we are pleased to be a part of its growth.”
Riter is the namesake of the city of Terrell’s public library, where he has served on the board since 1949.
In addition, he is a past president of the Terrell Rotary Club, the Terrell Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Terrell United Fund. He has served on the Terrell Planning and Zoning Commission, Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of America, and the Terrell Youth Center. In 1969, he was Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Terrell. Riter was elected to the Administrative Council of the Texas Bankers Association in 1968 and was a director of the Independent Bankers Association in 1985 and 1986. He continues to serve on the board of trustees for the Medical Center at Terrell since 1996.
Riter married Gloria Gill in Terrell, Texas, on December 18, 1943. Today Riter and Gloria have a son, Robert Allen Hulsey, a daughter, Carol Hulsey White, and four grandchildren.