Texas: Texas Tech University School of Banking Honors 34 Professionals at 45th Annual Graduation Ceremony

The Texas Tech University School of Banking recently completed its 45th annual session. Designed for banking professionals, the school consists of a blend of traditional academic coursework and interactive lecture sessions hosted by industry experts and Texas Tech University faculty. To graduate from the program, participants must attend for two years, each year consisting of an intense week-long session.

“Bankers attend the Texas Tech School of Banking because they’re reaching a point in their careers when their executives want and need for them to take on greater responsibilities as a current or future member of the leadership team of the bank,” says Dr. Jeff Mercer, director of the school, which was established by the Rawls College of Business Administration in 1973. “The curriculum has substantial depth and breadth, with an appropriate and reasonably high level of rigor.”

Dr. Scott E. Hein, professor of finance emeritus and former director of the School of Banking for almost 30 years, addressed participants at a welcome reception. “Community banks, the banks for which many of you work, are an important engine in our economic growth,” he told the graduates.

Texas Tech University School of Banking Class of 2018:

  • Tracie Ashlock, City Bank, Lubbock
  • Brad Blount, First National Bank Paducah, Paducah
  • Kris Cartrite, Happy State Bank, Amarillo
  • Mary Chumbley, TIB–The Independent BankersBank, Farmers Branch
  • Cesar Conde, First National Bank of Dumas
  • Roger Corral, Western Bank, Lubbock
  • Troy Curl, PlainsCapital Bank, Lubbock
  • Ashley Endres, First State Bank, Gainesville
  • Stacie Evans, First State Bank, Gainesville
  • T.K. Farris, First National Bank of Floydada
  • Spencer Flint, First State Bank, Gainesville
  • Clay Hale, BTH Bank, Henderson
  • Thea Hernandez, First Financial Bank NA, Sweetwater
  • Justin Hess, First State Bank, Gainesville
  • Kristen Holcomb, Sage Capital Bank, Gonzales
  • Evan Hughes, Legend Bank, Decatur
  • Kira Kunkel, Happy State Bank, Amarillo
  • Tucker Lee, Happy State Bank, Amarillo
  • Jessica Longoria, AimBank, Littlefield
  • Lisa Martinez, Happy State Bank, Amarillo
  • Tabor McMillan, Centennial Bank, Kerrville
  • Jeremy Monteith, Amarillo National Bank
  • Evy Puente, First State Bank, Gainesville
  • Austin Reiter, TIB–The Independent BankersBank, Farmers Branch
  • Mark Rosenberg, PlainsCapital Bank, Lubbock
  • Kim Shoquist, Austin County State Bank, Bellville
  • Jonathan Traves, Herring Bank, Amarillo
  • David Vaughn, Centennial Bank, Lubbock
  • Evan Venghaus, Industry State Bank, New Ulm
  • Brian Wallis, BTH Bank, Lindale
  • Jeffrey Ward, State National Bank, Big Spring
  • Colby Whitten, American Heritage Bank, Clovis, New Mexico
  • Michael Worley, American Bank of Commerce, Addison
  • Christopher Young, First National Bank of Eagle Lake, East Bernard

Published in Bankers Digest September 17, 2018