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Newsmaker Banking & Finance

James Parker was promoted to Tarrant County market president for Inwood National Bank and Jerry Thompson joined as vice president of the bank’s Fort Worth office. Parker is responsible for growing the bank’s relationships in the region particularly in retail real estate, church lending, industrial/flex, self storage, construction and owner-occupied real estate. Parker has more than 15 years of experience in community and wholesale banking including three years with Inwood as a branch president in Denton. He will be adding additional staff in the production and mortgage areas as part of Inwood’s expanded commitment to the Fort Worth/Tarrant County market. Thompson has eight years of commercial banking experience and will be responsible for lending in the Fort Worth market. He serves on the boards of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, the Cultural District Alliance, The Parenting Center and Ridglea North.

New-York based Signature Bank named Bobby Briggs as vice president-executive sales officer of its specialty equipment finance subsidiary, Signature Financial LLC. Briggs will be based in Fort Worth. Briggs has nearly 20 years of experience in the transportation specialty finance industry. Most recently, he was general manager and sales manager at Southwest International Trucks Inc. He also was president and sales manager of commercial truck rentals and leasing in the fleet arena for the company’s truck leasing division, Southwest Idealease. Earlier, Briggs worked in sales at Navistar Financial, where he handled debt and lease financing for clients in North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico. Briggs is a member of the Texas Trucking Association and the Associated General Contractors of Texas.

Richardson-based mortgage lender Service First Mortgage hired Scott Walton as the new manager for its Arlington branch. Previously, Walton served as market manager for a top 10 bank where he managed multiple locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth market. He recently served three years on the board of the Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers Association.

Rob Bowlby has been named president of BB&T’s North Texas Region, effective Aug. 1. Bowlby, who currently serves as market president in Miami, Fla., will replace Brant Standridge, who has been named to BB&T’s executive management team. Bowlby has 23 years of commercial banking experience with BB&T, having worked in several locations throughout the bank’s footprint. He started his career in 1992 as a corporate banker in Morgantown, W.Va., and in 2003, he was promoted to regional loan administrator in Winston-Salem, N.C., before relocating to Miami. In 2009, Bowlby was promoted to market president in Miami where he was responsible for the area’s commercial loan portfolio, budget and community involvement. Standridge has more than 17 years of banking experience, which began when he joined BB&T’s Leadership Development Program. Prior to being named president of the North Texas Region in 2014, Standridge had market president, regional president and state president roles for the community bank in Annapolis and Baltimore, Md., and Atlanta, Ga.

Boards & Organizations

Kristin Vandergriff resigned from the Tarrant County College Board of Trustees because she no longer lives within District 3, which covers north and central Arlington and part of Euless. Vandergriff, district director for Congressional District 12 and a former Arlington resident, was first elected to a six-year term in 2002. The current term for the seat expires in 2021.

BBVA Compass appointed Chris Hamilton, a senior consultant at Gus Bates Insurance & Investments, to its Fort Worth advisory board. Hamilton has nearly 14 years of banking experience, including time as a commercial banker at BBVA Compass, where he was named a top five producing banker in the country. He serves as a mentor at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and serves on the board of the Tarrant County Ag Scholarship Corp.

Benson Varghese has been elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Varghese is the managing partner and founder of Varghese Summersett PLLC, a criminal defense firm based in downtown Fort Worth.

Members of the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Fort Worth are: Emily Adams, Weaver; Linda Battle, Western Governor’s University; Candace Blair, CliftonLarsenAllen; Lese Blakey, Inspirus LLC; Aaron Bovos, city of Fort Worth; Landon Brim, Southside Bank; Nate Brown, Jacobs; Stacy Burrell, Fort Worth ISD; Sasha Camacho, CSC Outreach; Decker Cammack, Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC; Angie Cappell, American National Bank of Texas; Nakia Cole, Fort Worth ISD, Historic Stop Six Initiative; David Cooper, TCU; Michael Crain, Briggs Freeman; Kimberly DeWoody, Whitley Penn LLP; Rhonda Dobbs, Tarleton State University; Laura Docker, Brackett & Ellis; Vicki Ellis-Olson, Capital One; Mike Field, Agile Management Enterprises; Shannon Fisher, Texas Health Resources; John Gerdes, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Christopher Guice, Austin Commercial; Johnica Hawkins, Harvard University; Amie Hebdige, Tarrant Area Food Bank; Robert Hosier, Texas Center For Arts + Academics; Andrew Ickert, Halff Associates Inc.; Cara Kennemer, Underwood Law Firm; Marti Lawrence, Community Health Charities; Lyn Lucas, Camp Fire First Texas; Korey Mack, Uplift Education; Natalie Martin, Three Bishops Jewelry; Monica Mathur, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance; Mike McCoy, SSBT Mortgage; Joelle Mevi, Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund; Sara Murphy; UNTHSC; Carol Murray, Blue Zone Project/Healthways; Abdul Pridgen, Fort Worth Police Department; Brian Renteria, Fort Worth ISD; Britta Reyes, Estes Financial Services; Luke Reynard, MHMR of Tarrant County; Benjamin Robertson, Byrne Construction Services; Justin Rutledge, BB&T; Craig Schkade, Hillwood Development Corp.; Kristofer Schleicher, MedStar Mobile Healthcare; Jerri Schooley, Texas Wesleyan University; LaToya Smith, LCS Counseling & Consulting Agency; Aimee Stone, Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & miller LLP; Jason Strickler, Apex Capital LP; Chandra Subramaniam, University of Texas at Arlington; Ray Taylor, Trinity Harvest Church; Aaron Thesman, Trinity River Energy; Carlos Walker, Fort Worth ISD; Valerie Washington, city of Fort Worth; and John Whitten, Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Arizona educator Eugene V. Giovannini is officially the new chancellor for Tarrant County College District. Giovannini, founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., is expected to take office in late August to participate in activities to launch TCC’s fall semester. Since 2002, Giovannini has served the Maricopa County Community College District, including 11 years as president of Gateway Community College in Phoenix. He began his community college career in 1983 at Virginia’s Eastern Shore Community College as an instructor for two years before becoming chairman of office technologies at Broome Community College in New York. Other professional experience includes serving as a chief academic and student affairs officer. He was appointed to the board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship in 2014 and now serves as chairman. Additionally, he has continued to teach finance and policy development at the graduate level and has authored and published several papers and books. Giovannini earned his doctorate in community college education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his bachelor’s degree in business education and master’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Honors & Awards

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Commissioner Terri Attaway has been named Commissioner of the Year-2016 (Large Housing Authority) by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the Southwest Regional Chapter, which includes Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Since she was appointed to the board of commissioners more than 18 years ago, she has served as chairperson for the last six years and vice-chairman for three years preceding that.

Texas Jet Inc., a fixed-base operator (FBO) offering executive terminal services at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, has attained the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling certification for its leadership in safety management and risk mitigation. Texas Jet is only one of six FBOs in the United States to achieve the accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council.

Texas Health Fort Worth recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Brain Tumor Certification, becoming the second health care facility in the country to receive Joint Commission certification for a brain tumor program.


A. H. Belo Corp. appointed Julie Hoagland as senior vice president/chief people officer. Hoagland served four years as the head of people services for DaVita Rx (subsidiary of DaVita Healthcare Partners) overseeing talent acquisition and management, employee relations, change management, and learning and development. Prior to that, she spent 2 1/2 years at Atmos Energy as vice president, human resources and director, employee and organization development, and served as senior vice president at Handango Inc. Prior to Handango, Hoagland served at Securus Technologies Inc. for seven years as vice president, human resources and customer satisfaction.

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