H.D. Patel is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and started a private group practice in 1980. He has served on our Board and the board of directors of the Bank from 2008 to July 2015 and was re-appointed to our Board again starting in October 2016. Dr. Patel gained notoriety as the corporate Medical Director and the original founder of Triumph Hospital. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Patel served as an organizer and director of Third Coast Bank, SSB in Humble, Texas. Furthermore, Dr. Patel was an original founder and director of Royal Oaks Bank. Dr. Patel has been involved as an investor and advisory director at Sterling Bank and United Central Bank, as well as serving on various committees of each. Dr. Patel currently serves as Chairman of Gujarati Samaj of Houston and has been closely involved with political activities in Houston and Gujarat (India). After receiving his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from M.S. University Vadodara, India in 1969, Dr. Patel earned his Medical Degree in internal medicine from Queen’s Medical Center in 1975, and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology in 1978. Mr. Patel’s experience serving on boards of directors of banks qualifies him to serve on our Board.