Richard Ware has served as president of Amarillo National Bank (ANB) since 1982, a bank that has been owned by his family since 1909. During that time, he and his family have worked diligently to contribute to their community, maintained a solid financial institution able to weather economic downturns, and worked toward in the preservation and development of downtown Amarillo.
Richard Ware graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a BBA, before going on to the Wharton School where he earned an MBA. His service at SMU began as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and has continued over the years as a long-serving member of the SMU Board of Trustees. In 2008 SMU recognized Ware with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and multiple years he has been elected by the SMU student body as Outstanding Trustee of the Year. Ware has served on the boards of Atmos Energy, Southwest Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Downtown Amarillo Inc.
Ware’s support of Amarillo and WTAMU is evident in ANB’s $1,000,000 donation toward the new Amarillo Center for West Texas A&M University. Ware said of the new location, “It’s the biggest step forward for downtown since the Santa Fe Building brought a railroad downtown.”