The Board of Directors, officers and staff of Citizens National Bank of Texas announced that W.R. “Bob”  Seeds has joined the bank’s board of directors.

“Bob has a true entrepreneurial spirit.  Through his own endeavors, he has seen the ups and downs and the good, bad and ugly of business.  That kind of understanding and determination is what makes him a successful businessman, and we are lucky to have him join the CNB board,” commented George Singleton, chairman of the board.  

Seeds has been an entrepreneur his entire life.  “From selling pens in grade school to founding two food businesses, it’s almost like a disease. It’s something that can’t be denied,” says Seeds.   He is the President of CF Chefs, Inc. a subsidiary of Kerry Ingredients. 

Before graduating from West Texas A&M University where he studied music (voice) and earned a bachelor of music degree, he started his first food company, Zebbie’s Inc. Zebbie’s manufactured vegetable batter coating that was sold nationwide and the first dry mix ever sold in the produce section. 

After 15 years, it was sold to McCormick. 

Seeds’ second business, CF Chefs, Inc., was founded in 1990 in his Waxahachie kitchen, moved to his garage and later relocated to Dallas where it is currently located within more than 100,000 square feet of space. 

The business started with one customer, Grandy’s.  Grandy’s said they wanted country style gravy, and he got to work on four U.S. Patents for the production of roux. 

Seeds said, “To have a real gravy, you must start with a roux.” The business quickly grew into a custom sauce and ingredient manufacturer that serves more than 100 restaurant chains, distributors and food manufacturers.  In December of 2010, CF Chefs was sold to Kerry Ingredients.

“Starting and managing his own businesses, Bob has survived several economic downturns and made tough decisions to ensure success for his employees and customers. We are looking forward to adding that expertise to our board and passing it along to our business customers,” said Mark Singleton, president and CEO of CNB of Texas. 

“It truly is the American dream that started right here in Waxahachie with the help of Citizens National Bank.  When no one else believed in me, Citizens did,” added Seeds. “I owe them a great deal, and am honored to be a member of their board.  I have a great deal to offer the bank, and am looking forward to sharing my entrepreneurial and business acumen with the board.” 

Seeds and wife Donna have four sons, Robert, Chris, Michael, and Jeremy. They are members of Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie.  In their spare time they enjoy riding motorcycles throughout the United States. 

CNB of Texas is $500 million in asset bank that serves the financial needs of Ellis County and surrounding counties.  Seeds joins George Singleton, chairman of the board, Shirley Singleton, Mark Singleton, Steve Chapman, Robin Cloyd, Yomi Fayiga, Dorothy Brown Hekking, Buck Jordan, Patti Junkin, Mike Lee, Pat Merrill, Jim Odom, Gene O’Donnell, and Jim Pitts on the CNB of Texas board of directors.