Nominated by Howard & Mary Garwood Yancy
Eddie Safady has been an Austinite for 42 years and has had a front row seat to the extensive changes in our community. Eddie’s parents immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in the early 50’s, and he was born in Killeen, Texas. The second of 5 children, Eddie graduated from Texas Tech in 1978, and moved to Austin for his first job working for a division of the US Treasury department. Eddie is also a proud uncle to 9 nieces and nephews, 3 great nephews, one great niece, and another one on the way.
An entire career in banking, Eddie was previously Chairman and CEO of Liberty Bank, which was sold to Prosperity Bank in 2004. At Prosperity Bank, Eddie has been a part of its tremendous growth—from just $2 Billion in size to now being a NYSE publicly traded company, $33 Billion in size with 275 locations. Eddie currently serves as Vice-Chairman and on the Board of Directors.
Eddie has had the privilege to work with many organizations and worthy causes, and serve on numerous boards during his many years as an Austinite. Austin is blessed with a talented and committed arts community and the emphasis on community outreach, education, diversity, cultural enrichment, and economic development initially peaked Eddie’s interests and has kept him engaged. In addition to the arts, Eddie has served in board and advisory roles with many great organizations, including Caritas of Austin. In his professional banker role, Eddie has made it a priority to assist numerous non-profits with their financial needs. It is through his work with these organizations that he has had the honor to meet a wide array of amazing people from all walks of life who remain life-long friends—including his nominators, Howard and Mary Garwood Yancy.