ALLEGIANCE BANK
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Okan I. Akin

Okan Akin serves as President and Chief Risk Officer of Allegiance Bank and Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. He has over 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 and Chief Administration 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

Scott Lester

Mr. Lester serves as Market President, Director of Allegiance Bank, and Executive Vice President of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. He is a native Houstonian who attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a BBA in Finance and Management. With over 35 years of banking experience, Mr. Lester has worked for Texas Commerce Bank Austin, BancTexas Group Inc., Chase Bank and Sterling Bank. Previously serving as Chairman, he still serves as an Advisory Director in the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce. He also is an active member of the Heights Rotary Club and is on the Board of the Heights Rotary Foundation.

Board member since 2009

Bob Neyland

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

Board member since 2009

Ignacio Pujol, Jr.

Mr. Pujol serves as Market President, Director of International Banking, and Director of Allegiance Bank. With over 30 years of credit and commercial lending experience, he has held various senior level commercial lending positions, including Market CEO for Comerica Bank’s Memorial Office. Mr. Pujol currently serves as a Board Member and Secretary of The Spring Branch Community Health Center and Advisory Board Member of Bluehenge Capital. He is a graduate of the Spring 2013 Class of The Business/Civic Leadership Forum of the Center for Houston’s Future.

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 CEO 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, Steve serves on the Board of Greater Houston Partnership, Open Door Mission, Faith in Practice, 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 Chief Executive Officer of Allegiance Bank and 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, then moving to Sterling Bank until joining Allegiance Bank in 2007, prior to the bank’s opening. Ray serves on the Texas Bankers Association Board, the St. Pius X High School Foundation and School Board, the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Board, and the Bluehenge Capital Partners Limited Partner Advisory Board. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Board member since 2009

Daryl D. Bohls

Daryl Bohls serves as Vice Chairman of Asset Quality and a Board member for Allegiance Bank and Executive Vice President for Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. He has over 41 years of banking experience in the Houston market including 21 years with a $4 billion dollar Houston publicly traded financial institution, chairing their Sr. Loan Committee for over 17 years. Daryl recently served as President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Chapter of RMA (Risk Management Association). Additionally, he served as 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 Finance/Banking from Sam Houston State University. Mr. Bohls recently served as an adjunct Finance Professor, teaching Commercial lending for 5 semesters at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Board member since 2007

Cynthia A. Dopjera

Cynthia A. Dopjera joined the Allegiance Bank Board of Directors in February 2019. Ms. Dopjera is a CPA who retired from public accounting in 2018. She joined Harper & Pearson Company, P.C. in 2000 where she was a Shareholder, served as Chairman of the Firm’s Board of Directors, and held the position of Practice Leader over the Firm’s financial institutions practice. Prior to joining Harper & Pearson Company, she worked 18 years in the banking industry holding senior positions in both large national banks as well as local community banks. Ms. Dopjera holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and she is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas. Ms. Dopjera currently participates as a member of the Board of Directors for Archaeology Now which is Houston’s Chapter of the American Institute of Archaeology. She is also currently a member of the Audit Committee of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Over the past several years, Ms. Dopjera has participated at the Board or Advisory Board level at several organizations to include Child Advocates, Inc., St. Agnes Academy and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Board member since 2019

Lynda Keene

Lynda Keene serves as Market President and Director of Allegiance Bank. 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 Chairman of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. and Vice Chairman of Allegiance Bank. 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 Cornerstone Building Brands, a company traded on the NYSE. Active in the Houston community, he serves 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

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

With over 55 years of banking experience, Mr. Ramirez serves as Vice Chairman, Market President, and Director of Allegiance Bank. He is a graduate of both Texas Southmost College and SW Graduate School of Banking through Southern Methodist University. He has also completed The Management Program at Rice University. Mr. Ramirez has served in numerous capacities for organizations in the Katy and Houston communities as a Committee or Board Member. He currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Houston Methodist West 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 serves as Vice Chairman, Executive Bank Office President, and Director of Allegiance Bank. He 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