Post sponsored by Atkins Agency Marlin, Texas
Mr. Atkins along with other BankCorp branch Presidents
Max Atkins began his banking career in his hometown of Florence in 1956 at the Union State Bank, which was managed by Bernice Beck. When Mr. Beck offered him a salary of $160 per month, Mr. Atkins quickly accepted. For Mr. Atkins, filing checks in a cool vault sure was better than operating a hot bulldozer. Minimum wage was $1 per hour. The bank was open on Saturdays and although Mr. Atkins worked more than 160 hours per month, he didn’t complain.
In 1959, Mr. Atkins began work as a cashier for Farmers State Bank in Mexia. In 1963, he joined Marlin National Bank as vice president. After 22 years with Marlin National Bank, Mr Atkins became associated with Don Grobowsky. Under the guidance of Mr. Grobowsky, a small group bought the First State Bank Chilton and moved the charter to Temple.
Mr. Atkins opened a loan production office in Marlin and later a full service bank. He is currently the president of the Marlin and Chilton branches of First State Bank Central Texas, where Mr. Grobowsky serves as chairman.
Mr. Atkins spends his spare time cattle ranching and hunting quail and deer with his family and friends. He enjoys his involvement with community civic affairs and his long time association with the Falls County Youth Fair, which supports the activities of the youth of Falls County. Mr. Atkins and his wife Jann have three married children, two grandsons and five granddaughters.