Southwest: SMU’s Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Announces 2018 Graduates

The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas held its 2018 commencement on June 8 for the 59th graduating class. Cynthia L. Blankenship, vice chairman and corporate president of Bank of the West, gave the commencement address; Robert S. Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, was this year’s keynote speaker.

The 2018 graduates represent more than 69 financial institutions in 13 states. They each have at least five years of banking experience, either in a financial institution, or a federal or state regulatory agency. Most hold a senior-level post in their organization or are on a fast track within their management ranks.

Established in 1957, SWGSB is considered one of the top banking educational institutions in the nation.

Class of 2018 : Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU*

  • William C. Black, Horizon Bank SSB, Austin, Texas
  • Joseph Blaschke, The Bank of Clovis, Clovis, New Mexico
  • Shirley Coe, Austin Bank, Texas NA., Whitehouse, Texas
  • Lace Deibert, Texas Bank & Trust, Canton, Texas
  • Christopher Earthman, First United Bank & Trust, Colbert, Oklahoma
  • Ryan Ellis, Citizens National Bank, Henderson, Texas
  • Leslie Enright, Justin State Bank, Justin, Texas
  • Julie Faro, Bank of DeSoto NA, DeSoto, Texas
  • Matthew Farve, First National Bank & Trust Co., Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • Riley Floyd, Pioneer Bank, Austin, Texas
  • Lesli Gilbert, Independent Bank, McKinney, Texas
  • Stephanie Graham, First State Bank of Mobeetie, Mobeetie, Texas
  • Reid Griggs, First Savings Bank, Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • Victor Haddad, Lone Star National Bank, McAllen, Texas
  • Kelly Hamer, Farm Bureau Bank, San Antonio, Texas
  • Eric Hargroves, Resource One Credit Union, Dallas, Texas
  • Jason T. Hayes, First State Bank, Athens, Texas
  • David Helms, Origin Bank, Frisco, Texas
  • Ryan Hunter, PlainsCapital Bank, Lubbock, Texas
  • Mairelis Jessup, OCC, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Keith Jones, The First National Bank of Anson, Anson, Texas
  • Charles R. Keller, Lake Dallas, Texas
  • Michael Kerr, Southside Bank, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dustin Keys, Maple Financial Holdings, Dallas, Texas
  • Curtis Kruse, Vantage Bank Texas, San Antonio, Texas
  • Blake Laird, Austin Bank, Tyler, Texas
  • Austin Lewis, Origin Bank, Dallas, Texas
  • Thomas Lingle, Citizens State Bank, Woodville, Texas
  • Jeffery Little, The First State Bank, Louise, Texas
  • Colin Luba, PlainsCapital Bank, Dallas, Texas
  • Deanna Maas, LegacyTexas Bank, Prosper, Texas
  • J. Travis Marlar, Centennial Bank, Lubbock, Texas
  • Jonathon Mason, Third Coast Bank, Humble, Texas
  • Zach May, Central Texas Farm Credit, Early, Texas
  • Bobby McAlpine, Armstrong Bank, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • Dustin McClendon, Texas Farm Credit, Robstown, Texas
  • Robin McDougald, Texas First Bank, Baytown, Texas
  • Travis McKinney, Central Texas Farm Credit, ACA, Brownwood, Texas
  • Ryan Merrill, First Bank, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Daniel Miller, Armstrong Bank, Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Michael Morris, Post Oak Bank, Pasadena, Texas
  • William R. Moseley, FDIC, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Aaron Newquist, Independent Bank, Denton, Texas
  • Tate Nichols, Security State Bank, Farwell, Texas
  • Jay Orr, Commerce Street Capital, Austin, Texas
  • Joshua Plasencio, First Savings Bank, Deming, New Mexico
  • Robert Reagan, Citizens National Bank, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • James R. Rector, Green Bank NA, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Monica Resendez, Lone Star National Bank, McAllen, Texas
  • Brandon Reyes, Texas Gulf Bank NA, Houston, Texas
  • Michele Robinson, Texas Regional Bank, Harlingen, Texas
  • Leann Sanchez, The First National Bank of Moody, Moody, Texas
  • Christian Schjetnan, First Financial Bank NA, Midlothian, Texas
  • Barry R. Smith, The First National Bank of Gilmer, Gilmer, Texas
  • Haley Snell, Veritex Community Bank, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Scott Socia, Relyance Bank NA, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Camille Stanfield, Shelby Savings Bank SSB, Center, Texas
  • Charles Stephens, TIB–The Independent BankersBank, Farmers Branch, Texas
  • James Stokes, Texas Financial Bank, San Angelo, Texas
  • Justin Tucker, Classic Bank NA, Cameron, Texas
  • Nathan Van Noord, Brenham National Bank, College Station, Texas
  • Mary Lou Vicencio, Inter National Bank, McAllen, Texas
  • Alicia Wade, Valliance Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Crystal Wagoner, FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Midland, Texas
  • Rodney West, Simmons Bank, Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Joshua Whitehurst, United Bank of El Paso del Norte, El Paso, Texas
  • Gregory Wisian, Texas Department of Banking, Houston, Texas
  • Carson Wright, YNB, Yukon, Oklahoma
  • Landon Yeager, Baptist Church Loan Corporation, Dallas, Texas
  • Erik Yohe, Hilltop Holdings, Dallas, Texas

* Excluding graduates from states not covered by Bankers Digest

Published in Bankers Digest August 20, 2018