Growing up in Fort Stockton, LouAnn Tovar never felt like she could afford college, so she turned to banking.
“I wanted to get to work,” she said.
She started working when she was 13-years-old and, at 18-years-old, she landed a job at First National Bank.
Tovar said she graduated high school on a Friday and started work the next Monday.
Once she started working for that bank, she found a passion that has led her to 42 years in the industry. She is now Senior Vice President for West Texas State Bank.
She worked for Pecos County State Bank and a loan company, before taking an opportunity to open a new branch of Guaranty Bond Bank in Fort Stockton in 2000.
In 2012, the company was bought by West Texas State Bank.
“The reason we opened here was we felt there was a need for a third bank,” she said.
The bank has now been in the community for the last 19 years.
“We are proven to be needed and successful,” said Tovar.
She now works in lending and supervising the different departments in the branch.
Recently West Texas State Bank was merged with City Bank, something to which Tovar said she is looking forward.
“We're up for a challenge,” she said.
At almost 61-years-old, Tovar said she can probably give another 10 years to the banking community.
“I'm just excited about the merger and learning something new,” she said.
In her free time, Tovar loves being involved in the community.
She has been in Kiwanis International, the Legal Secretaries Association, Special Olympics, Crime Stoppers, Scholars Dollars. She is a member of the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce, where she has served as president twice.
She is proud of being the first hispanic woman to be president of the chamber of commerce.
She is currently serving as chairman of the Fort Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“I love being around people, I'm a people person,” said Tovar.
Tovar and her husband have had pets, but no children, so she fills her time by giving back.
“My husband says I talk too much, but I love helping someone achieve their goals,” she said. “I can stir up a conversation with anyone.”
Tovar said she believes that the more you give, the more you receive which keeps her active.
Her and her husband are homebodies who love watching football and girls basketball and she loves to craft.
“I've been blessed,” she said. “Everyday is a learning experience.”