Whit H. Hanks, CEO and Kim Hanks, Executive & Vice President, Whim Hospitality, LLC
Hanks entered the real estate profession as a sophomore at the University of Texas, buying twenty-five residential properties one-by-one and remodeling them while a student. After receiving a Plan II degree and an M.B.A. from Texas, Hanks worked for U. S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen in Washington, D.C. and J. P. Morgan Bank in New York before returning to Austin to make his home.
He founded Whit Hanks Antiques in 1985 and imported antiques from Europe, specializing in architectural antiques. At the same time, he also developed several large commercial real estate projects in Austin. Hanks began acquiring property in the Dripping Springs area in 1985. He co-founded Pioneer Bank in 2007, and he continues to serve as its Chairman. Pioneer Bank should become the largest community bank (ranked by assets) in Central Texas sometime in 2016 when a planned merger is finalized.
Beginning in 2009, Hanks began development of Camp Lucy, an upscale wedding venue and resort facility near Dripping Springs. Hanks and his wife Kim, executive and vice-president, own Whim Hospitality, LLC, which manages Camp Lucy and also offers hospitality services, including catering, florals, rentals, tents, and event coordination to the many wedding venues operating nearby and also in Austin. For the period 2012-2014, Whim was ranked the second fasting growing company in Central Texas by the Austin Business Journal and is one of the largest private employers in Dripping Springs.