Investor Relations

Investor Relations

Leadership

Leadership

Board of Directors

George Martinez
Chairman
Mr. Martinez is one of the organizers of the Bank and has been the Chairman of our board and our Chief Executive Officer since 2008 and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank since 2007. Mr. Martinez began his banking career in 1974 as the co-founder of Sterling Bank, where he served as an Executive Vice President from 1974 to 1980, and then as Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bancshares from 1980-2001 and as Chairman from 1992-2004. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Martinez served as President of Chrysalis Partners, LLC, a consulting firm. He currently serves the board of directors of NCI Building Systems, Inc., Landmark Worldwide Enterprises, Inc., the University of St. Thomas and the Collaborative for Children. Mr. Martinez received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Rice University. With over 50 years of business experience, Mr. Martinez's significant leadership skills and extensive experience in community banking qualify him to serve on our board and as our Chairman.
Steven F. Retzloff
Mr. Retzloff is one of the organizers of the Bank and has been our President since 2008 and Chairman of the Bank since 2007. Mr. Retzloff has over 35 years of business experience. Mr. Retzloff served as a director of Sterling Bancshares, Inc. and Sterling Bank from 1987 to 2006, including terms as Chairman of the board of Sterling Bancshares from 1990 to 1992 and from 2004 to 2005. He is currently Chairman, President and a director of Retzloff Industries, Inc. From 1988 to 2007, Mr. Retzloff served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travis Body & Trailer, Inc., a manufacturer specialized in truck trailers. Mr. Retzloff received a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from Wake Forest University. Mr. Retzloff's significant experience as a director and officer of community banks and his extensive leadership skills qualify him to serve on our board.
Ramon A. (Ray) Vitulli III
Mr. Vitulli serves as President & Chief Operating Officer. He has been a Bank office president since 2007 and has been President of the Bank since 2013. He has served on our board since 2014 and has been a director of the Bank since 2008. Mr. Vitulli has over 23 years of banking experience. He started his career as a loan review examiner at Charter National Bank in Houston and worked as a senior credit analyst and later as bank manager for Charter until his move to Sterling Bank in 1996. Mr. Vitulli previously was the Market Chief Executive Officer at Sterling Bank, where he managed six bank offices with total assets in excess of $250 million. He presently serves on the St. Pius X High School Foundation and School Board and is a current member of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas Finance Committee. Mr. Vitulli received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Vitulli's considerable business experience, and in particular his considerable experience in community banking, qualifies him to serve on our board.
John B. Beckworth
Lead Director
Mr. Beckworth has served on our board since 2009. Mr. Beckworth practiced law in Houston for thirty years from 1983 until 2013. He commenced his law practice as an associate and then as a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, before leaving to start his own firm. Mr. Beckworth co-founded WattBeckworth in Houston where he remained a partner until March of 2015. In 2013, Mr. Beckworth left active law practice to become an Associate Dean at the University Of Texas School Of Law. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kinkaid School in Houston and he is a Life Trustee of the school. He is a former Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, and he has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the University of Texas Ex Students' Association. He is a director of the Kinkaid Investments Foundation and the Texas Exes Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Beckworth also operates family ranching, oil and gas, and investments interests. Mr. Beckworth received Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor Degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Beckworth's legal and business experience qualify him to serve on our board.
Matthew H. Hartzell
Mr. Hartzell has served on our board since our acquisition of Independence Bank in 2013. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Hartzell served Independence Bank as the Vice Chairman of the board, the Chair of both the IT committee and the compensation committee for over five years each, and a member of the executive committee. Mr. Hartzell is presently Chief Administrative Officer of N.F. Smith & Associates, L.P., an independent distributor of computer hardware components, and served as their Chief Operating Officer for the six years prior. For the past 17 years, he has also served as General Counsel of Valid Management, LLC, one of the holdings in N.F. Smith's diversified portfolio of technology businesses. Prior to joining Valid Management, Mr. Hartzell was a shareholder and associate with Hirsch & Westheimer, P.C., for more than a decade. Since 2010 he has served as a member of the SAE G-19 Committee, a committee dedicated to promulgating standards for the mitigation of counterfeit parts in electronic part purchasing. Mr. Hartzell is past president and a longtime board member of the Woodlands Heights Civic Association. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston. Mr. Hartzell's extensive legal experience and business skills qualify him to serve on our board.
Frances H. Jeter
Ms. Jeter has served on our board since 2014. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, public affairs and business and nonprofit management. Ms. Jeter is presently group Vice President of internal and external affairs for Spectra Energy. Before joining Spectra, Ms. Jeter served as Chief Marketing Officer for Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. She previously served as Vice President of public affairs for Duke Energy Gas Transmission, a predecessor company of Spectra. Ms. Jeter served as Director of marketing and customer service for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and was manager of government relations for Geosource, Inc. She also served as assistant Vice President of institutional advancement for Rice University and as Associate Director of external relations at the Rice University James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy. She is a life trustee and a past chair of The Kinkaid School board of trustees in Houston and a former trustee of The Hockaday School in Dallas. She is the founding Chair of Houston's The Fay School and is also a founding board member and former chair of LIFE Houston, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities and Park People. Ms. Jeter received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Jeter's significant knowledge of marketing and business affairs in the Houston area qualifies her to serve on our board.
William S. (Nick) Nichols III
Mr. Nichols is one of the organizers of the Bank and has served on our board since 2008 and the board of the Bank since 2007. He is the Chairman of our audit committee. Mr. Nichols is presently the President of Suncor Companies, LLC, a real estate development company that primarily focuses on the development of freestanding retail facilities throughout the United States. He is also general partner of numerous real estate development partnerships. From 1974 to 1984 he worked as an audit principal at Ernst & Young. He has held numerous board appointments, including advisory director at Community Bank, Katy, Texas. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Nichols Foundation, a foundation to provide college scholarships to students on a need basis. He also serves on the development council of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Mr. Nichols is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University. Mr. Nichols' understanding of the Houston business market and leadership experience qualify him to serve on our board.
Raimundo Riojas
Mr. Riojas has served on our board since 2012. Mr. Riojas is the President of Duwest, Inc., a joint venture of Westrade, Inc. and E.I. DuPont de Nemours, engaged in the distribution of crop protection products and the manufacture of industrial and automotive coatings. Mr. Riojas presently manages a group of companies in Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean. From 1994 to 2011, he served as a director of Sterling Bancshares, Inc. He has also served as a director of The American Brahman Breeders Association since 1996. Mr. Riojas received a Chemical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University. Mr. Riojas' international business experience and relationships in the banking industry qualifies him to serve on our board.
Fred S. Robertson
Mr. Robertson has served on our board since 2011. Mr. Robertson has over 30 years of experience overseeing institutional and retail investments. He has managed fixed income investments and designed extensive quantitative models for bond management. For the past five years, Mr. Robertson has been managing his personal investments. Mr. Robertson holds a number of board appointments, including with the Texas Presbyterian Foundation and the Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund, and volunteers with many organizations in Houston. Mr. Robertson received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from the College of William and Mary. Mr. Robertson's significant experience in the banking industry and leadership skills qualify him to serve on our board.
Denise Castillo-Rhodes
Robert Ivany
Louis A. Waters Jr.
Roland L. Williams
Janet S. Wong

Advisory Directors

F. Charles Brunicardi, M.D.
Dr. Brunicardi presently is Chief of the Santa Monica-UCLA Surgical Group at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center/Santa Monica General Surgery. From 1995 to June 2011, he had been with Baylor College of Medicine and served as Chairman of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.

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