Dean O. Bass
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dean O. Bass is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of our company and the Bank and has served in those positions since our inception in 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Bass founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Oaks Bank, SSB, from 2001 to 2007. Previously, from 1996 to 2000, Mr. Bass was employed by Horizon Capital Bank where he served as Senior Vice President. Mr. Bass has been involved in the formation of several de novo banking offices and branches and has served in bank officer positions ranging from Executive Vice President to President and Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the Board. Additionally, Mr. Bass was a National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from 1975 through 1979. Mr. Bass has served as a director and member of the executive committee of the Texas Bankers Association. He was the 2016 Chairman of the Community Bankers Council. Mr. Bass is an appointed member of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Board and the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council Board. Mr. Bass received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Abilene Christian University in 1973. With over 44 years of banking experience, Mr. Bass’s extensive business and banking experience and his community involvement and leadership skills qualify him to serve as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Robert S. Beall
Robert S. Beall is president and chief executive officer of R.S. Beall Investments, Inc., a company engaged in various private investments related to real estate and financial services. He has served on our Board and the board of directors of the Bank since 2013. Mr. Beall founded R.S. Beall Investments, Inc. in 1995. Prior to starting R.S. Beall Investments, Inc., from 2001 to 2003, Mr. Beall served as regional president of US Concrete, Inc., a publicly traded company. In 1981, he founded Beall Concrete, Inc., a manufacturer of concrete in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, which evolved into Beall Industries, Inc. with several different construction product lines and services. In 2000, Mr. Beall sold his company to US Concrete of Houston. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Peoples Bank of Colleyville, Texas. Mr. Beall’s community service includes being the former chairman of the Child Study Center in Fort Worth and the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Beall earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University in 1981. Mr. Beall’s extensive business experience and leadership skills qualify him to serve on our Board.
Nelda Luce Blair
Nelda Luce Blair was appointed as an advisory director of the Company in February 2019. Ms. Blair has been the owner and president of The Blair Law Firm, P. C. since 1987. Prior to 1987, she served in the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor for the Specialized Real Estate Division and as a legal advisor and liaison to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and Tax Assessor-Collector and was an associate attorney at Hope & Mayes, P.C. and Holbrook, Kaufman & Becker. Currently, Ms. Blair serves as president of the Conroe ISD Education Foundation and as a board member of the Lone Star College System Chancellor’s Advisory Council, the Texas Conference for Women and the Economic Development Partnership of The Woodlands. She has held leadership positions in The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Board of The Woodlands Township, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Blair previously received gubernatorial appointments to serve on the University of Houston System Board of Regents and the Texas Economic Development Corporation and is currently serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents. She is a past recipient of the “North Star Award” from the North Houston Association and has been named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2009 by Houston Woman magazine, “Citizen of the Year 2009” by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and “Hometown Hero” of The Woodlands by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Ms. Blair frequently appears as a legal commentator on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and Court TV and has authored over 100 articles published in professional journals. Ms. Blair received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from University Houston Law Center in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law, Economics and Sociology from Baylor University in 1980. She is triple board certified by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Residential Real Estate Law, Commercial Real Estate Law and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law and is certified as an Advanced Attorney-Mediator. Ms. Blair’s state and local public service and her knowledge of and community involvement in the community of one of our primary market areas qualify her to serve on our board of directors.
Allen C. “Dick” Jones, IV
Allen C. “Dick” Jones, IV is and has been the owner and manager of cattle and hunting operations through Jones Ranch LLC, a ranch that began in south Texas in 1895, since 1996. In addition to ranching, Mr. Jones’ other business activities include directorships with The First National Bank of Hebbronville and The First National Bank of Beeville and Mesteña Operations, Ltd. of Corpus Christi, Texas. He currently serves as a director for the Texas Wildlife Association, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, an honorary director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation and a Trustee of Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association and First Methodist Church of Corpus Christi. Mr. Jones graduated from Texas Military Institute and attended Texas A&I Business School in Kingsville, Texas. Mr. Jones’ business experience and agricultural expertise qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Thomas Jones, Jr.
Thomas Jones, Jr. is a partner with the accounting and consulting firm of McConnell & Jones LLP, which he helped form in 1996. Mr. Jones leads the firm’s small business and tax group and is the practice leader for the firm’s overall business development and marketing efforts. Mr. Jones has served on our Board from November 2008 to February 2017 and since July 2017 and on the board of directors of the Bank from November 2008 to May 2017 and since July 2017. Mr. Jones also served as an independent board member of Princeton Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded business development company, from 2015 to 2016. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Jones served as a Vice President at Texas Commerce Bank (now Chase Bank) in the bank’s investment management services department. Prior to joining Texas Commerce Bank, Mr. Jones served as Treasurer and Tax Manager of Uncle Ben’s Rice from 1982 to 1985, where he was responsible for managing the company’s cash flows, banking relationships and compliance requirements for all Federal, state and local tax filings.
Mr. Jones began his professional career with the Houston office of the international accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) as a staff auditor and later as a manager in the firm’s tax department. Mr. Jones is also a partner in HUNTJON, LLC, a real estate development company focusing on the construction and management of multi-family housing units for low and moderate income senior citizens. Mr. Jones also currently serves as Chairman of the Florida A&M University Foundation Board and as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Jones’ business experience and accounting experience qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Steven Gregory Kidd has served as General Partner of KPL since 2011. KPL is a limited partnership that owned 100% of the common stock of Chandler Bancorp, Inc. (CBI) and Citizens State Bank (CSB) prior to the Merger. From 1980 to 2016, Mr. Kidd was an officer and co-owner of Jerry Kidd Oil Company, Inc., which owns and operates convenience stores and gas stations branded as "Kidd Jones" throughout East Texas. Since 1981, Mr. Kidd has been a director of CSB, serving as Chairman of the Board since 2011. Mr. Kidd has been a director of CBI since its formation in 1984 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2011. Mr. Kidd currently serves on the Boards of Directors of several Christian-based non-profit organizations, including Strong Marriages, Grace Bridge and The Master Cares. Mr. Kidd’s business experience, expertise in the oil and gas industry and community connections qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
David M. McGuire
President and Chief Lending Officer
David M. McGuire is the President of our company and President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank and has served in those positions since 2009. From 2001 to 2008, he was the founder of and employed by Royal Oaks Bank, SSB, and its successor First Bank, serving as its President and Chief Lending Officer. From 1995 to 2000 Mr. McGuire was employed by Sterling Bank where he served as Office Chief Executive Officer—Fort Bend. Mr. McGuire has been involved in the formation of several de novo banking offices and branches and has served in executive bank officer positions ranging from Bank Vice President to President. Mr. McGuire received his Bachelor of Business Administration—Finance degree from Texas A&M University in 1987. With over 37 years of banking experience, Mr. McGuire’s extensive business and banking experience and his perspective, knowledge and extensive community relationships qualify him to serve on our Board and as our President and as the President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank.
Leo T. Metcalf, III
Leo T. Metcalf, III is a private investor in real estate, stocks and master limited partnerships, has served as an outside business consultant to Service Corporation International since 2000, and a former mayor of Conroe, Texas serving a four-year term starting in 2004. He is also the former president of Metcalf Funeral Home, Inc., a Conroe area business. He has served on our Board and the board of directors of the Bank since 2010. He has supported Montgomery County with his involvement in various community activities. He is a past president of the Conroe Rotary Club, the Montgomery County United Way, the Montgomery County Hospital District, the Embassy Club of the Greater Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, and former district chairman for the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a lifetime vice-president of the Montgomery Fair Association, former board member of the Conroe Chapter of the American Red Cross, Montgomery County Community Foundation, Greater Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, Greater Conroe Economic Development Council, and Lake Conroe Rotary Club. He is also a past president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Metcalf has additionally established four endowments through the Montgomery County Community Foundation, and has reflected his significant support for Sam Houston State University with the establishment of the Tommy Metcalf Scholarship Endowment Fund. Mr. Metcalf serves on the Sam Houston University Foundation as a Trustee and Vice President. Mr. Metcalf received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University in 1971. Mr. Metcalf’s diverse business experience and extensive involvement in the community of one of our primary market areas qualify him to serve on our Board.
Steven M. Morris
Steven M. Morris is a business and financial consultant and certified public accountant, beginning his career with Arthur Young & Company, an international accounting firm. Mr. Morris is the Founder and President of TransTexas Enterprises, Inc., a private investment firm located in Cypress, Texas. Mr. Morris is also the managing director of Barkers Point Properties, LLC, a real estate investment company. He has served on our Board and the board of directors of the Bank since 2008. He is the former chairman of the Twelfth Man Foundation, a private 501(c)(3) corporation located in College Station, Texas. Additionally, Mr. Morris serves on the board of Crossroads Christian Counseling, Inc. and as a director of 127 Pure, a 501(c)(3) corporation located in Cumming, Georgia. In the past, he has served on various public and private boards, including Audit Committee chairman of Quicksilver Resources, Inc. and Bank of Tanglewood of Houston, Texas. Mr. Morris has been an elder in his church for the past 18 years and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and participates in annual mission trips supporting an orphanage in India. He received his BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University in 1974. Mr. Morris’ business experience, public accounting experience, and public company experience qualifies him to serve on our board.
William K. Nix
William K. “Kendall” Nix was appointed to our board of directors and as Vice Chairman of the Bank in November 2018, in connection with the completion of the Company’s acquisition of Comanche National Corporation and The Comanche National Bank. Mr. Nix was named an advisory director of The Comanche National Bank in May 1990 and was named director in March 1992. He was appointed Vice Chairman of The Comanche National Bank in March 2002 and became Chairman in March 2004. Mr. Nix became a director of Comanche National Corporation at its inception in March 2001 and became Vice President in June 2001. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of Comanche National Corporation in December 2005 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in March 2009. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Terrell Foundation, a charitable foundation serving the communities in and around Erath County, Texas and is co-managing trustee of the W. L. & Barbara Terrell Nix Foundation, a charitable foundation providing support to community service organizations in North Texas. Mr. Nix previously served on the Board of Trustees of Fort Worth Academy for the Education of Children and Youth, an independent school offering educational opportunities for Kindergarten through eighth grade students in Fort Worth, Texas, including terms as Treasurer and Board President. He continues to serve on the school’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Initiative Advisory Council. Mr. Nix also worked for two decades in information technology in the oil and gas exploration and production, telecommunications and defense industries at several different companies in a variety of roles including various management positions. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 from Texas A&M University majoring in Computer Science minoring in Accounting. In 2003, Mr. Nix graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University with Distinction and Recognition for Leadership and Thesis Nominated for Distinction. Mr. Nix’s extensive business and banking experience and his perspective, knowledge and extensive community relationships qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Akash J. Patel
Akash J. Patel is an engineer at Energy Flow Systems, Inc. and has served in that position since August 2005. He has served on our Board and the board of directors of the Bank since 2009. He is currently a committee member of the IHG Emerging Leaders Council, an active member of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and a 2015 committee member of Asian American Hotel Owners Association—Houston Region. Mr. Patel has created and initiated programs involving Hotel Rooms for Charity and the donation of bedding supplies to battered women shelters. Mr. Patel received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering and math from the University of Houston in 2004. Mr. Patel’s business experience and extensive involvement in the community qualify him to serve on our Board.
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.
Thomas C. Sooy
Thomas C. Sooy is the former owner of Tom Sooy & Co., a commercial real estate and commercial mortgage brokerage company Mr. Sooy ran from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2006. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Sooy was Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Union Planters Bank—Houston. Since 2006, Mr. Sooy has engaged in private investment and has otherwise retired from the real estate business. He has served on our Board and the board of directors of the Bank since 2010. Prior to starting his real estate companies, Mr. Sooy spent more than 26 years in commercial banking in the greater Houston area, primarily as Executive Vice President of Charter Bancshares, Inc. and its subsidiary banks, serving in the capacity of Chief Credit Officer, and serving on the board of directors from 1978 to 1996. Mr. Sooy served as Chief Executive Officer of Charter National Bank—Colonial from 1978 to 1996. Additionally, Mr. Sooy served with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a national bank examiner from 1970 to 1978. Mr. Sooy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University earned in 1970. Mr. Sooy’s business experience and banking experience qualify him to serve on our Board.