ALLEGIANCE BANK
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Okan I. Akin

Okan Akin serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Allegiance Bank and has 20 years experience in the banking industry in Houston. Mr. Akin joined Independence Bank as Senior Credit Officer in August 2002. He was promoted to Chief Credit Officer in 2004 and later promoted to President in August 2009. He served as CEO of Independence Bank from July 2010 to November 15, 2013. Independence Bank merged with and into Allegiance Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc., effective November 15, 2013. Since joining Allegiance Bank in 2013, he has held the position of Regional President & Deputy Chief Credit Officer. Okan holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston.

Board member since 2013

Charles (Chris) CARMOUCHE

Charles H. Carmouche is a life-long resident of Houston, Texas, and as such understands the constantly changing needs of the city and its people. Mr. Carmouche received his BA from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas and serves at the University of Houston Victoria as an adjunct professor. Mr. Carmouche has served as General Counsel for several companies, and has been a partner in several successful locally owned and operated businesses. He has served on the boards of Allegiance Bank, Post Oak Bank, N.A., Post Oak Bancshares, Inc., Evans Hamilton, Inc., John Paul II Catholic School, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School, Westside YMCA, the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston, No More Victims, Inc., Cenacle Retreat House, Houston West Chamber of Commerce, The WorkFaith Connection, Inc., and the Advisory Board of Directors for the Center For Faith And Culture, and the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. 

Board member since 2018

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.

Board member since 2016

James J. Kearney

Mr. Kearney has served on our board since 2013. During 2018, Mr. Kearney retired from the position of Senior Vice President with Raymond James & Associates, Inc. member NYSE/SIPC which provides brokerage, investment banking, trust, and other financial services. From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Kearney was Senior Vice President of the Houston office of Robert W. Baird & Co, a New York Stock Exchange investment banking and securities brokerage firm. From 1974 until December 2000, Mr. Kearney was Senior Vice President and Director of the Private Client Group for the Houston office of SG Cowen & Co. From 2006 to 2012 he was a director of First Community Bank of Fort Bend. He served as a Director on the board of Sterling Bank from 1985 to 1992 and the board of Sterling Bancshares, Inc. from 1992 to 2006. Mr. Kearney is a member of the Dominican Sisters Board and has served on the Investment Advisory Committee for the Sacred Heart Convent Retirement Trust since 1988. Mr. Kearney received his Master of Arts in economics from the University of Missouri, a Master of Arts from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Missouri. Mr. Kearney's diverse business experience and community involvement qualify him to serve on our board.

Board member since 2013

Scott Lester

Mr Lester has 29 years of banking experience.  He is a native Houstonian who attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a BBA in finance and management.  Mr. Lester has previously worked for Texas Commerce Bank Austin, BancTexas Group Inc., Chase Bank and Sterling Bank.  He is currently the President of the Heights Office and a Director of Allegiance Bank.  He is active in the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce where he previously served as Chairman and is currently an Advisory Director.  He is currently an active member of the board of the Heights Rotary Club.

Board member since 2009

David B. Moulton

Mr. Moulton has served on our board since 2008 and the board of the Bank since 2007. Mr. Moulton is a retired banker. He began his career in banking in 1969 with Texas Commerce Bank. He was the Chairman and CEO of National Commerce Bank from 1986 to 1995, when it was acquired by Frost Bank. He was the Chairman and CEO of Almeda Bancshares, Inc. from 1996 to 1999, when it was acquired by Sterling Bancshares, Inc., and he served as a director of Sterling Bancshares until 2004. Mr. Moulton attended the University of Georgia and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Moulton's extensive business experience, particularly in the community banking industry, qualifies him to serve on our board.

Board member since 2008

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.

Board member since 2007

Vidal Ramirez

Mr. Ramirez has 46 years of banking experience. He is a graduate of Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, Texas and a graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU- Dallas, Texas. He has completed The Management Program at Rice University in Houston, TX. Mr. Ramirez has served in numerous capacities for organizations in the Katy and Houston communities as a Committee or Board Member. He currently serves on the Board of Methodist West Houston Hospital.

Board member since 2009

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.

Board member since 2011

William C. (Bill) Woodby

Mr. Woodby is an experienced community banker who has served business customers in the Houston area since 1967. He has over 53 years' experience in banking. Mr. Woodby was one of the founders of Enterprise Bank and Farmers & Merchants Bancshares since 2001. Prior to Enterprise Bank, he served as President and Chairman of Navigation State Bank.

Board member since 2015

Daryl D. Bohls

Daryl Bohls serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Allegiance Bank and Executive Vice President for Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. He has 33 years of banking experience in the Houston market including 20 years with a $4 billion dollar Houston publicly traded financial institution. Daryl currently serves as President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Chapter of RMA (Risk Management Association). Additionally, he remains an appointed Civil Service Commissioner with the Harris County Sheriff's Department since 1999. Daryl holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas and an MBA in Banking from Sam Houston State University.

Board member since 2007

Cynthia A. Dopjera

Biography coming soon

Board member since 2019

Umesh (Mike) Jain

Mr. Jain was elected to serve on our board in February 2016. Mr. Jain has been a Certified Public Accountant in Houston since 1982. Mr. Jain founded Jain and Jain, P.C., Accountants and Tax Consultants in 1986, which provides assurance and tax services primarily for privately held businesses with revenues up to $100 million. Mr. Jain also founded Pi Capital Partners, LLC., a private equity firm. Mr. Jain served as a Director of Horizon Capital Bank from 2002 to 2005, which was acquired by Frost Bank in 2005. In addition, Mr. Jain served as a Director of Bank of Houston from March 2006 to April 2014 until it was acquired by Independent Bank in April 2014. While with Bank of Houston, Mr. Jain served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of its Loan, Merger and Acquisition, Governance and Compensation Committees. Mr. Jain is a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Advisory Board which consists of 55 Texas Business and Industry leaders. Mr. Jain was a Board member of the University of St. Thomas and serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Jain's accounting and business experience qualify him to serve on our board.

Board member since 2016

Lynda Keene

Lynda Keene. Mrs. Keene has over 35 years of banking experience in the Houston area. She has served as a Director on two Community Bank Boards as well as the Houston Intown Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Keene is currently a member of the Women Presidents Organization for the Houston Chapter and also enjoys her volunteer work and participating in other community projects and organizations.

Board member since 2010

George Martinez

George Martinez serves as Chief Executive Officer of Allegiance Bank and Chairman of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. He was co-founder in 1974, and served from 1980 to 2001 as Chief Executive Officer of a multi-billion dollar publicly traded financial institution. George currently serves as a director of NCI Building Systems, Inc., a company traded on the NYSE. Active in the Houston community, he also serves as a board member of the University of St. Thomas and as an emeritus member of the Council of Overseers for the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. Martinez was inducted into the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame in April 2017 and recognized for his valuable contributions to the Texas banking industry. In 2004, he was awarded the Ethical Leadership in Action Award from the University of St. Thomas Center for Business Ethics. George earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Economics from Rice University in 1963.

Board member since 2007

Bob Neyland

Bob Neyland has over 35 years of banking experience in the Houston market. He has been very active in numerous community activities. He is proud to be called a husband, father and now a grandfather.

Board member since 2009

Ignacio Pujol, Jr.

Mr. Pujol is an experienced community banker who has served business customers in the Houston area since 1985. Mr. Pujol is also active in the community as he currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Arte Publico Press and as Chairman of the West Committee for the Villas on Travis Homeowners Association. He has held community positions as Secretary to the Board of Directors for the Memorial City Management District and as Trustee of the City of Houston Municipal Employees Pension Board. Mr. Pujol has lived in the Memorial area for 18 years.

Mr. Pujol earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston, an MBA in Finance from The University of St. Thomas and is also a licensed Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Board member since 2012

Steven F. Retzloff

Steven Retzloff serves as Chairman of Allegiance Bank and President of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. With 30 years of Houston banking experience, he served as a Director and twice as Chairman of a publicly traded multi-billion dollar financial institution. His past work experience also includes General Motors, Bristol Myers, Retzloff Capital Corporation and CEO of Travis Body & Trailer, Inc. Additionally, Steven serves on the Advisory Board for Fuller Texas School of Theology and as Vice President of the Kinkaid School Investments Foundation. As a native Texan and a lifelong Houstonian, he received an Industrial Engineering degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979 and an MBA with distinction from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in 1981.

Board member since 2007

Ramon A. (Ray) Vitulli III

Ramon (Ray) Vitulli serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Allegiance Bank and Executive Vice President of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. He has over 29 years of banking experience, getting his start as a loan review examiner at Charter National Bank in Houston. He then worked as a senior credit analyst and bank manager for Charter until his move to Sterling Bank in 1996. Ray serves on the St. Pius X High School Foundation and School Board, the Texas Bankers Association Board, the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Board, and the Limited Partner Advisory Board of Bluehenge Capital Partners. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Board member since 2009