Banker, jurist make their marks on city
1949 - present
Alan White always had an entrepreneurial spirit.
The Monterey High and Texas Tech graduate began his banking career at Lubbock National in 1969 while still a college student. He was named executive vice-president of RepublicBank when it was purchased by Lubbock National and in five years was its CEO.
He resigned from RepublicBank in February 1987 and within a year formed Plains Capital Corporation and acquired Plains National Bank. Now Plains-related facilities include more than 100 locations in 20 states and the Cayman Islands with primary facilities in Texas.
He got there with flair. He commissioned a bronze buffalo statue he named Mo for momentum. The buffalo became the company logo. He appeared in advertising with his bank officers labeled the Good Guys wearing cowboy duds as they sat around a campfire or astride horses.
He has maintained his roots at Tech serving as regent, donating money frequently and accepting numerous honors.
1949 - present
Judge Sam Medina’s father was an uneducated Mexican immigrant, but he carried an innate wisdom of the world’s ways that allowed his young son to rise above the degrading taunts of childhood.
“You don’t get mad, you rise above it by improving yourself,” Samuel Medina cautioned his young son.
Education was the key.
As a student in Crosbyton, Sam encountered his future while on a field trip to the Crosby County Courthouse. Watching attorney George Gilkerson present his case, Medina was in awe of the lawyer’s “commanding presence.”
He told himself, “That’s what I want to be someday.”
Medina graduated from Texas Tech in 1973 and in 1976 from the Tech law school, passing the bar exam with the class ahead of him.
After a stint in private practice, he was appointed in 1994 to fill an unexpired term of County Court-at-Law No. 1 and was elected to the seat two years later to become the first Hispanic elected to a countywide office in Lubbock County.
Today he serves as presiding judge of the 237th District Court.
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