age: 39 | Vice President | Texana Bank
Accounting, finance, and operations leadership make up Summer Mills’ career as vice president of Texana Bank. “Using analytical skills to improve decisions and building processes to solve problems is something I’ve always enjoyed,” she confirmed. “Combining that with helping people makes a position satisfying to me. I’m fortunate to have all of those aspects in my current role.”
Summer has been married to her husband, Mark, for 16 years. They have two children, Xander and Addax, who are her greatest personal accomplishments.
A 2002 Texas A&M University- Texarkana graduate, Summer received her BBA and MSA while working full- time. “I was the first person in my family to attain a college degree,” she said. “That was a proud accomplishment, and without my college education, the success I’ve experienced in my career would not have been possible.”
Best advice you’ve ever received:
“WHEN TALENT AND ABILITY ARE EQUAL, THE PERSON WHO WILL STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD IS THE ONE WHO CAN SUCCESSFULLY MOTIVATE OTHERS TO DO BETTER. IF YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO LEAD OTHERS TO SUCCESS, YOU WILL, ULTIMATELY, BE MORE SUCCESSFUL.” – COACH MURPHY, SUMMER’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH
Currently the president of the Kiwanis Club of Texarkana, Summer has the opportunity to give back to children through the organization’s fund-raising proceeds that are distributed as grants and scholarships. She also participates in numerous service projects through the club. As an employee of Texana Bank, she helps coordinate community involvement opportunities and has volunteered this year with the United Way, Harvest Regional Food Bank, and Mission Texarkana.
Since giving back to the community is near and dear to Summer’s heart, she and her sisters carry on a family tradition their grandfather started when they were young. They collect and distribute food baskets to the elderly and needy in their hometown every year.
Name something about you that very few people know:
“I have time-space synesthesia. I ‘see’ the days of the week, months of the year, and times of the day as distinct visual patterns with specific spatial representation. Go ahead, and Google it!” ￼