Washington, D.C. 20549

 FORM 8-K 

June 17, 2021
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

Southside Bancshares, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(IRS Employer Identification No.)
1201 S. Beckham Avenue, Tyler,TX 75701
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (903) 531-7111

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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Common stock, $1.25 par valueSBSINASDAQ Global Select Market
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On June 17, 2021, the Board of Directors of Southside Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”) approved a new Annual Incentive Program (the “Program”), to be administered by the Company’s Compensation Committee (the “Committee”). Participants of the Program for 2021 include named executive officers Lee R. Gibson, Chief Executive Officer, Julie N. Shamburger, Chief Financial Officer, Tim Alexander, Chief Lending Officer, and Brian K. McCabe, Chief Operating Officer, as well as other key executive officers.

The Program provides participants with an opportunity to earn cash awards based on achievement of pre-established performance measures. Performance measures include quantitative performance goals and a qualitative scorecard. Weightings are used to differentiate the relative importance or priority of the performance measures. Each performance measure is weighted a minimum of 5%, with the total quantitative performance goals consisting of 75% and the qualitative scorecard of 25%. The payout for performance measures ranges from minimum threshold of 50%, target of 100% and maximum of 150%. Payout for performance between the minimum threshold, target and maximum is calculated on a straight line basis, and performance below the minimum threshold results in no payout. Each participant is assigned a target award by the Committee, calculated as a percentage of base earnings for the Program year, which represents 100% target payout of all performance measures. Target awards for 2021 for the named executive officers range from 32.5% to 45% of base earnings.

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits

(D)Exhibits.  The following materials are furnished as exhibits to this Current Report on Form 8-K:
 Description of Exhibit
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

  Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Date:  June 21, 2021By:/s/ JULIE N. SHAMBURGER
Julie N. Shamburger, CPA
 Chief Financial Officer
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)