Smith Ellis

CEO, FirstBank Southwest

Amarillo, TX

Shift Capital  |  Funding / Investment

Amarillo Area Foundation is working to convene partners for the formation of a local CDFI. FirstBank Southwest is a partner in this effort.

Smith, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, is the CEO of FirstBank Southwest. He has been a community leader involved with many local and nationwide organizations. Smith is a board member of the United Way of Amarillo/Canyon and is a member of the Governing Board. He has served as the Treasurer for the Harrington Cancer & Health Foundation and Finance Committee Chair for the Amarillo Hospital District Board of Managers. He has also served on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber Advisory Board.

Smith is partnered with the Amarillo Area Foundation and helps represent the collaborative efforts of these organizations in the BALLE Community Foundation Circle.



Amarillo Area Foundation is the only nonprofit community foundation serving the more than 400,000 people in the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. As a leader in philanthropic, nonprofit and community issues, the Foundation is a catalyzing force that addresses the community’s most critical challenges by providing significant, shared and lasting results.

The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle through effective philanthropic efforts. Since its inception in 1957, the foundation provides grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.