NOLANVILLE — Bryan Buck, a 32-year-old Killeen resident, was unanimously appointed to the Nolanville Economic Development Corporation at the City Council’s regular meeting Thursday.
A seven-year Killeen resident, Buck was one of four candidates who applied for the position, although only three showed up to be interviewed Thursday.
“(The candidates) all have good qualifications … but we thought that (Buck) was more trained and schooled … and he really seems to be a positive person,” Councilman Dennis Biggs said after the meeting.
The seat opened after John Blankenship, the developer of Nolanville’s multimillion dollar Bella Charca subdivision, stepped down last month. Blankenship said in a letter to the city that his schedule did not allow him to commit the time required to serve on the board.
Buck has been the vice president of Texas Star Bank in Harker Heights since 2007. There, he manages employees, analyzes loan requests, tracks payments, ensures the bank is in compliance with federal and state laws and handles loan foreclosures. Previously, he worked at JPMorgan Chase Bank in Houston as a credit analyst and at First National Bank Texas in Killeen as a financial analyst.
Buck holds an Associate of Arts from Florida College, where he specialized in liberal arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in finance and banking from Sam Houston State University. Buck said he believed his financial background and business contacts will help him serve the EDC better.
“I think those are two things that I can leverage to bring to Nolanville, and of course I can analyze the finances of anything we are doing and make sure they make sense,” he said.
Buck said once he gets on his feet, he will be making an effort to speak with residents and officials about what sort of businesses they would like to see in the city.
He said, personally, he could foresee a small grocery store, smaller retail and obviously more real estate coming into Nolanville.
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