Unity National Bank, originally founded in 1963 and later chartered in 1985, is the only African-American owned banking institution in Texas. In February 1989, through a series of transactions and diligent efforts, it was acquired from Bay Bancshares by local minority leaders. Dr. Kase Lawal, Chairman & CEO of Erin Energy, serves as Chairman of the Board. Other current Board members are Carol Alvarado, Texas State Representative; Kamoru Lawal, President of CAMAC International; Mustafa Tameez, Founder of Outreach Strategists; Sharon E. Murphy, Partner; McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP; Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner, Precinct One; Moez Mangalji, Westmont Hospitality Group; and Richard Leader, CFA President of First Houston Capital.
Our lending program has always been geared toward helping to rebuild our community and, therefore, we continue to stress mortgage loans (through a third party partnership) to those individuals who express an interest in financing for their primary residence.
Overall, our organization can be characterized as an independent, commercial and retail, community bank providing quality customer service while presenting an image of professionalism and excellence which serves as a role model to other businesses in the African-American community.