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Officers & Directors

Executive Team

David R. Brooks
David R. Brooks
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
David R. Brooks David R. Brooks is Chairman of the Board, President, CEO and a director of the Company. Mr. Brooks began his banking career in the early 1980s with a large regional bank and has been active in community banking since he led the investor group that acquired the Bank in 1988. Mr. Brooks has previously served as a board member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. He currently serves as Chairman of Capital Southwest Corporation, and previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at Baylor University from 2000 to 2004 and President of the Board of Trustees of the McKinney Independent School District for five years and on the McKinney City Council for four years and served for three years on both the McKinney Economic Development Corporation Board and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board. In 2018, Mr. Brooks was inducted into The Texas Bankers Hall Of Fame. David R. Brooks is the brother of Daniel W. Brooks.
Daniel W. Brooks
Daniel W. Brooks
Vice Chairman & Chief Risk Officer
Daniel W. Brooks Daniel W. Brooks is Vice Chairman, Chief Risk Officer and a director of the Company. Mr. Brooks formerly served as Vice Chairman and a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Brooks previously served as President and a director of the Company from 2000 to 2009. Mr. Brooks has functioned as our Chief Credit Officer throughout his tenure with our Company. Mr. Brooks began his banking career in the early 1980s with a large regional bank and has been active in community banking since the late 1980s. Mr. Brooks has served in numerous leadership roles in the Collin County community, including service as Chairman of the Board for Medical Center of McKinney and on the boards of directors of McKinney Christian Academy and the McKinney Education Foundation. Daniel W. Brooks is the brother of David R. Brooks.
Michelle S. Hickox
Michelle S. Hickox
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Michelle S. Hickox Michelle S. Hickox has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Independent Bank since May of 2012. Michelle is responsible for the Bank’s financial and regulatory reporting, asset liability management, capital planning as well as M&A evaluation and integration. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Hickox was an audit partner with RSMUS LLP, where she was a designated financial institution specialist and was nominated as the first woman audit partner in their Dallas office. Over her 22-year career in public accounting, Ms. Hickox provided audit, financial reporting, internal control assistance and training to large community banks and other financial institutions. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Texas A&M University. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Texas A&M Mays Business School Commercial Banking Program. Michelle is a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs.
James C. White
James C. White
Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
James C. White Jim White is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Bank. Jim comes from Fischer Technology, a Dallas based corporate real estate firm where he was Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman. Prior to Fischer, White was Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President at Texas Capital Bank. During his fifteen years with Texas Capital, White managed 600 people, seven key operational units and two revenue producing lines of business. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of North Texas in business and control systems, a certificate in Six Sigma, is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and a Member of Association of Financial Professionals (AFP).
James P. Tippit
James P. Tippit
Executive Vice President Corporate Responsibility
James P. Tippit James Tippit is Executive Vice President Corporate Responsibility. Mr. Tippit oversees Human Resources, CRA, Community Development, Marketing and Communications. He and his teams provide strategic counsel and drive business performance by growing the company’s brand value, building strong, healthy communities, cultivating a positive corporate culture, and driving engagement. James joined Independent Bank in 2011; previously working for JP Morgan Chase in the Wealth Management Division and American Express Financial Advisors. A native Texan, he holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews, and Baylor University.
Mark S. Haynie
Mark S. Haynie
Executive Vice President General Counsel
Mark S. Haynie Mark Haynie is Executive Vice President General Counsel. Mr. Haynie has represented the Company since its formation in 2002, serving as lead counsel on all of the Company’s M&A and capital markets transactions and advising the Company in corporate and regulatory matters. Prior to joining the Company, he was a founding shareholder of Haynie Rake Repass & Klimko, PC, a law firm emphasizing the representation of community banks. He has 35 years’ experience in representing banks, bank holding companies, and other financial institutions in a wide variety of corporate, regulatory and securities matters. Mr. Haynie is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Texas School of Law.

Board of Directors

David R. Brooks
Chairman, President and CEO
David R. Brooks is Chairman of the Board, President, CEO and a director of the Company. Mr. Brooks began his banking career in the early 1980s with a large regional bank and has been active in community banking since he led the investor group that acquired the Bank in 1988. Mr. Brooks has previously served as a board member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. He currently serves as Chairman of Capital Southwest Corporation, and previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at Baylor University from 2000 to 2004 and President of the Board of Trustees of the McKinney Independent School District for five years and on the McKinney City Council for four years and served for three years on both the McKinney Economic Development Corporation Board and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board. In 2018, Mr. Brooks was inducted into The Texas Bankers Hall Of Fame. David R. Brooks is the brother of Daniel W. Brooks.
Daniel W. Brooks
Vice Chairman, Chief Risk Officer
Daniel W. Brooks is Vice Chairman, Chief Risk Officer and a director of the Company. Mr. Brooks formerly served as Vice Chairman and a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Brooks previously served as President and a director of the Company from 2000 to 2009. Mr. Brooks has functioned as our Chief Credit Officer throughout his tenure with our Company. Mr. Brooks began his banking career in the early 1980s with a large regional bank and has been active in community banking since the late 1980s. Mr. Brooks has served in numerous leadership roles in the Collin County community, including service as Chairman of the Board for Medical Center of McKinney and on the boards of directors of McKinney Christian Academy and the McKinney Education Foundation. Daniel W. Brooks is the brother of David R. Brooks.
William E. Fair
William E. Fair is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company. He joined the board when IBG Central Texas was combined with the Company in 2009, prior to which he served as a director of IBG Central Texas beginning in 2007. Mr. Fair has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Home Abstract and Title Company, a title insurance agency located in Waco, Texas, since 1984 and has served on the Board of Directors of Capstone Mechanical, LLC since 2005. He also serves on the board of trustees of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott & White Healthcare, further serving as Chairman of the Board of Development for that organization.

Mr. Fair’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his extensive experience in the real estate industry and his experience as a director of the Company, Independent Bank and IBG Central Texas.
Mark K. Gormley
Mark K. Gormley became a member of the Board of Directors of the Company in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Carlile, on April 1, 2017. Mr. Gormley is a Partner at Lee Equity Partners, LLC. Prior to co-founding the firm in 2006, Mr. Gormley was a Partner at Capital Z Financial Services Partners (“CZFS”), a leading financial services private equity firm, where he played a leading role in the operations and investment activities of the $1.85 billion fund. Mr. Gormley co-founded the firm in 1998 and shared responsibility for the oversight of all of the firm’s investment and monitoring activities. Prior to co-founding CZFS in 1998, Mr. Gormley served as a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”), specializing in the insurance and asset management industries. While at DLJ, Mr. Gormley worked on corporate finance and merger and acquisition assignments, as well as on principal related activities on behalf of DLJ Merchant Banking. Prior to joining DLJ in 1989, he was a founding member of the Insurance Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch in 1985.

Mr. Gormley’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his background and experience as an investor in financial services, firms including in his capacity as Partner of Lee Equity Partners, which held a stake in Carlile, an entity the Company acquired in 2017.
Alicia K. Harrison
Alicia Harrison worked for Wells Fargo & Company and its predecessor banks from 1986 until 2012, when she retired as Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking. Her responsibilities at Wells Fargo included positions as area manager and group head for the Southwest Regional Commercial Banking Office, manager of the Real Estate Department, and as a member of the integration team for the Government and Institutional Banking Group integrating the employees and clients of Wachovia Corporation following its acquisition in 2008. Ms. Harrison serves on the Board of Directors of Ryan Companies US, Inc., a national commercial real estate development, design and management company, and concurrently serves on the Board of Directors of Cole Credit Property Trust IV, a publicly-registered non-listed real estate investment trust focusing on high-quality, income-producing necessity retail properties.

Ms. Harrison brings deep experience in banking and real estate in high-growth organizations. She has broad experience serving on the Board of Directors for other companies.
Craig E. Holmes
Craig E. Holmes is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, joining the board in February 2013. Mr. Holmes provides advisory services and manages personal investments in real estate, oil and gas and other private and public companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hobi International, Inc., joining the board in August 2009 and the Board of Directors of Leopard Mobility Inc., joining the board in October 2014. From August 2017 through April 13, 2018, Mr. Holmes served as a President and CoChief Executive Officer of Global Power Equipment Group, Inc., an engineering, manufacturing and maintenance company. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Global Power Equipment Group, Inc. from October 2015 to July 2017, Chief Financial Officer of Global Power Equipment Group, Inc. from March 2017 to August 2017, Chief Financial Officer of Goodman Networks Incorporated, a telecommunications services company, from December 2014 to March 2015, and as Chief Financial Officer of Sizmek, Inc., formerly Digital Generation, Inc., a global advertising campaign management company, from October 2012 until December 2014. Prior to 2012, Mr. Holmes held executive positions at several public and private companies and was a partner at Arthur Andersen, a national public accounting firm, where he worked from 1982 to 1995. Mr. Holmes holds a Masters and BBA from Texas Tech University. He served on the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management Board of Advisors from January 2003 to December 2009 and the Dallas Summer Musicals Board of Directors from December 2004 to January 2010.

Mr. Holmes’ qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his extensive experiences on other boards and executive management of publicly traded companies, including his experience in strategy, finance and governance and his experience as a director of the Company.
John Webb Jennings III
J. Webb Jennings, III is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, joining the Board in April 2014 in connection with the Company’s acquisition of BOH Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bank of Houston. Mr. Jennings founded Salt Investment Partners in January 2016 to focus on direct investing in lower, middle-market companies. He previously served as a vice president at Hancock Park Associates, a middle market private equity firm with offices in Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Jennings served on the Bank of Houston Board of Directors since that bank was formed in 2005 as well as the BOH Holdings Board of Directors. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Alloy Merchant Finance, Automation Technology, Inc., and a privately held, diversified investment company. Mr. Jennings also serves on the boards of directors of several Houston based charitable organizations and foundations. Mr. Jennings graduated with a B.A. from The University of Texas and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Jennings’ qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his extensive business experience in Houston and his experience as a director of BOH Holdings, Bank of Houston, and the Company.
Thomas C. Nichols
Tom C. Nichols became a member of the Board of Directors of the Company in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Carlile Bancshares, Inc. (“Carlile”) on April 1, 2017. Mr. Nichols previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carlile. Mr. Nichols has acquired, merged, and sold banking organizations and other financial services companies for over 30 years. He began his banking career in 1969 as a bank examiner with the FDIC. From 1973 to 1976, he served in various banking capacities in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. In 1976, Mr. Nichols joined Gerald J. Ford (Ford Bank Group) and from 1976 to 1994, was involved in buying and operating numerous banks in Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Nichols served Ford Bank Group as the President and Chief Operating Officer and later, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford’s lead bank, First National Bank of Lubbock. In 1993, Ford Bank Group merged with United New Mexico Financial Corporation forming First United Bank Group, at which time Mr. Nichols served as President and Chief Operating Officer. The Norwest Corporation acquired First United Bank Group in 1994 and Mr. Nichols served as Regional President of Norwest Bank Texas, N.A. from 1994 to 1995. In 1996, Mr. Nichols formed State National Bancshares, Inc. (“SNBI”) and chartered its subsidiary, State National Bank, a de novo national banking association originally chartered in Lubbock, Texas. He recruited a number of other senior officers formerly with Ford Bank Group and United New Mexico to form the management team. From 1996 to 2005, SNBI completed 9 acquisitions and grew from a de novo in 1996 to assets of over $1.7 billion at the time of its acquisition by BBVA on January 3, 2007. Mr. Nichols served as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of United New Mexico Financial Corporation from 1985 to 1988. He served as a Board member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Chairman of the campus Planning Committee from 1992 to 1998. Mr. Nichols also served as a Director and member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committees of BBVA-Compass USA from 2007 to 2009. Since 2005, Mr. Nichols has served as a Director and member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committees of First Acceptance Corporation (FAC-NYSE). Mr. Nichols holds a B.S. in Economics from Abilene Christian University. He is a resident of Colleyville, Texas.

Mr. Nichols’ qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his previous service as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and director of Carlile and his extensive experience as an executive officer and director of financial institutions.
Donald L. Poarch
Donald L. Poarch is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, joining the board in April 2014 in connection with the Company’s acquisition of BOH Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bank of Houston. Mr. Poarch has been a partner and co-owner of The Sprint Companies since 1976. The Sprint Companies are a diverse group of approximately ten different companies operating throughout the Texas Gulf Coast area. He had been a member of the BOH Holdings Board of Directors since 2008, and its chairman since 2012, and he was a member of the Bank of Houston’s Board of Directors since 2005, and its chairman since 2012, until the Company acquired BOH Holdings in April 2014. In the past 25+ years, Mr. Poarch has bought, sold and grown more than twenty companies. Mr. Poarch currently serves on the boards of directors for Keep Houston Beautiful and the Houston Clean City Commission. Mr. Poarch attended The University of Texas at Austin and is currently active in various civic and charitable foundations.

Mr. Poarch’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his extensive experience in the Houston business community and his experience as a director of BOH Holdings, Bank of Houston, and the Company.
G. Stacy Smith
G. Stacy Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, joining the board in February 2013. Mr. Smith is the Managing Partner of SCW Capital, L.P., a private equity hedge fund focusing on financial and energy sectors, a position he has held since August 2013. Mr. Smith is also co-founder and an active partner in Trinity Investment Group, which invests in private equity, public equity and hard assets. In addition, he serves as an advisor of EAW Energy Partners, an oil and gas minerals acquisition firm. In 1997, Mr. Smith co-founded Walker Smith Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund based in Dallas, Texas, and he served as portfolio manager of that firm for sixteen years. From 1994 through 1996, Mr. Smith was a co-founder and manager of Gryphon Partners, a long/short equity hedge fund focused on small and mid-cap domestic equities. He started his investment career as an energy analyst at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an international investment bank. Mr. Smith serves as a director of USD Partners, LP, a master limited partnership involved in the acquisition and development of energy related logistics assets, and WhiteHorse Finance, Inc., a closed end management investment company. He is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, an association of business professionals that supports local charitable organizations.

Mr. Smith’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his extensive experience in overseeing the management of investment firms, his knowledge of the Texas banking market and his experience as a director of the Company.
Michael T. Viola
Michael T. Viola is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, joining the board in February 2013. Mr. Viola currently serves as the President of the Viola family office, a position he has held since March 2016. As President of the family’s investment office, Mr. Viola is responsible for overseeing the family’s operating businesses, public and private investment portfolio, banking relationships, not-for-profit businesses and philanthropic work. Before joining the family investment office, Mr. Viola worked at Virtu Financial LLC (“Virtu”), a leading technology-enabled market making company, from 2010 to 2016. While employed at Virtu, Mr. Viola held multiple roles, including operations, project management, and trading, where he worked as a senior trader focused on foreign exchange products and global commodities. Mr. Viola currently serves on the Board of Directors at Virtu, Swift Air, a private charter airline, XRO Energy LLC, a private oil and gas company, and VersaMe Inc., a technology startup focused on early childhood education. Mr. Viola also serves on the board of The Viola Foundation, working to develop and deliver innovative programs in the education, national security, and faith based sectors. Mr. Viola is the son of the Company’s largest shareholder, Vincent Viola.

Mr. Viola’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his knowledge of financial markets, his familiarity with the Company given his family’s ownership of Independent Bank over the past twenty-nine years, and his experience as a director of the Company.