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Allegiance Bancshares Inc (ABTX.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

George Martinez

76 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Steven Retzloff

61 2016 President, Director

Paul Egge

39 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Shanna Kuzdzal

38 Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Ramon Vitulli

49 Executive Vice President, Director

Robert McKee

2018 Director

Louis Waters

2018 Director

Roland Williams

2018 Director

John Beckworth

60 Independent Director

Matthew Hartzell

59 Independent Director

Robert Ivany

71 2017 Independent Director

Umesh Jain

61 2016 Independent Director

Frances Jeter

61 Independent Director

James Kearney

74 Independent Director

P. Michael Mann

76 Independent Director

David Moulton

78 Independent Director

William Nichols

66 Independent Director

Thomas Reiser

66 Independent Director

Raimundo Riojas E.

77 Independent Director

Fred Robertson

68 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

George Martinez

Mr. George Martinez serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer the Company. He 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, Inc. a publicly traded multi-billion dollar financial institution, from 1980-2001 and as Chairman from 1992-2004. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Martinez served as President of Chrysalis Partners, LLC, an executive leadership consulting firm. He currently serves on the board of directors of NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NCS:NYSE), Landmark Worldwide Enterprises, Inc., the University of St. Thomas and the Collaborative for Children. Mr. Martinez received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics 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 Retzloff

Mr. Steven Floyd Retzloff serves as President, Director of the Company and Bank. Mr. Retzloff has over 35 years of business experience and 29 years of Houston Banking experience. Mr. Retzloff served as a director of Sterling Bancshares, Inc., a publicly traded multi-billion dollar financial institution, 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 and Chief Executive Officer of Retzloff Industries, Inc. and is an advisory director to Pharos Capital Partners III. Prior to co-founding Allegiance Bank, Mr. Retzloff owned and managed Travis Body & Trailer, Inc., a nationwide manufacturer of specialized truck trailers. His past work experience also includes General Motors, Bristol Myers and Retzloff Capital Corporation. Mr. Retzloff received an Industrial Engineering degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. Mr. Retzloff currently serves as a Director of The Texas Theological Foundation and The Open Door Mission, and is a member of the advisory board for Fuller Texas School of Theology. He is also a Vice President of the Kinkaid School Investments Foundation and serves on the advisory board for the Mays School Banking Program at Texas A&M 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.

Paul Egge

Mr. Paul P. Egge is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company and Bank effective December 19, 2016. Mr. Egge has over 14 years of financial services experience, predominantly as an investment banker focused on providing strategic and capital markets advisory services to banks and specialty finance companies. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Director of Capital Planning and Corporate Development for Cadence Bank. Prior to joining Cadence, Mr. Egge was a senior investment banker at Robert W. Baird & Co Incorporated, where he played a leadership role in our initial public offering as well as our 2015 acquisition of Enterprise Bank. Mr. Egge graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance from The College of William & Mary and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Shanna Kuzdzal

Ms. Shanna R. Kuzdzal is Executive Vice President, General Counsel of the Company and Bank. Ms. Kuzdzal has more than 13 years of legal experience during which her practice has focused on community banking in Texas with a concentration in the corporate area including capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Prosperity Bank from 2014 to 2017. Prior to joining Prosperity, she was an attorney at Bracewell LLP, where she represented financial institutions in corporate matters, which included the organization of the Company in 2008 and our acquisition of Independence Bank. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Biology from Rice University and graduated with honors from The University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Kuzdzal currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel.

Ramon Vitulli

Mr. Ramon A. Vitulli III is Executive Vice President, Director of the Company. He has served on our board since 2014 and has been a director of the Bank since 2008. Mr. Vitulli has over 25 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 various bank offices in northwest Houston. 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, the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Board and the Limited Partner Advisory Board of Bluehenge Capital Partners. 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.

Robert McKee

Louis Waters

Roland Williams

John Beckworth

Mr. John B. Beckworth is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Beckworth practiced law in Houston for thirty years from 1983 until 2013. He was an associate and partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, before leaving to start his own firm. He later co-founded WattBeckworth in Houston where he practiced law as a partner through mid-2013. He is a member of the Texas and American Bar Associations and an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kinkaid School in Houston, and he is a director of the Kinkaid Investments Foundation and the Texas Cultural Trust. In 2013, Mr. Beckworth left active law practice in Houston to become an Associate Dean and lecturer at The University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He has served as a trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation, and he is a former President and Chairman of the Board of The University of Texas Ex Students Association. 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. He also operates family ranching, oil and gas and investment interests. In 2017, Mr. Beckworth became a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Board Leadership Fellow. As an experienced attorney and administrator, Mr. Beckworth provides service to the board and management as Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee.

Matthew Hartzell

Mr. Matthew H. Hartzell is Independent Director of the Company. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Hartzell served Independence Bank as the Vice Chairman of the Board, as the Chair of both the IT Committee and the Compensation Committee for over five years each, and as 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 served many years on the board 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. Mr. Hartzell understands computer technology and applications, which enables him to provide valuable insight and guidance as the Chairman of the Information Technology Committee. Given the existence of cyber-security risks in the industry, his IT and general business skillsets also make him a valued member of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee.

Robert Ivany

Dr. Robert Ivany is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Ivany recently retired as President of the University of St. Thomas, a position he held since 2004 and now serves as President Emeritus. Prior to his tenure, Dr. Ivany served as an adjunct professor in Executive Education at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. Dr. Ivany's background also includes a distinguished career in the military culminating in the rank of Major General, service as the Army Aide to President Reagan and Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Ivany sits on the board of the Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas. He also served on the Mutual of America Capital Management Corporation Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in European History.

Umesh Jain

Mr. Umesh (Mike) Jain, CPA is Independent Director of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. 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 $150 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 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 as a member of its Loan, Merger and Acquisition, Governance and Compensation Committees. Mr. Jain is a member of the Lieutenant Governor’s Advisory Board and was appointed in October 2017 to the Texas Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force. Mr. Jain was a Board member of the University of St. Thomas and served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Upon his addition to the board, Mr. Jain became an active and valuable member of the Audit Committee through his extensive experience as a Certified Public Accountant and previous audit committee experience.

Frances Jeter

Ms. Frances H. Jeter is Independent Director of the Company. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, public affairs and business and nonprofit management. Ms. Jeter is a Managing Director and head of the Houston office for Sard Verbinnen, a strategic communications firm. Ms. Jeter previously served as Group Vice President of Internal and External Affairs for Spectra Energy. Before joining Spectra Energy, Ms. Jeter served as Chief Marketing Officer for Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and served as Vice President of Public Affairs for Duke Energy Gas Transmission, a predecessor company of Spectra Energy. She is a Life Trustee and a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kinkaid School 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 former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, among several other non-profit organizations. Ms. Jeter received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her extensive experience in the public company arena is leveraged to assist the organization in all areas of marketing and public relations. Her attention to detail and working knowledge of corporate and board governance matters are well-suited to her participation on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

James Kearney

Mr. James J. Kearney is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kearney is presently Senior Vice President of Investments for Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Member New York Stock Exchange/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, an 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 on 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

P. Michael Mann

Dr. P. Michael Mann M.D. is Independent Director of the company. Dr. Mann is the Chairman and majority owner of Mann Eye Center, P.A. from 1979 to present. Dr. Mann served as a director of Sterling Bank from 1997 to 2004. He has served on the board of trustees of the Houston Symphony and Centenary College of Louisiana. He is a Rotarian and past president of the Humble Rotary Club. He is a member of numerous medical professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Windsor National Associates and the Houston Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Mann received a Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Medical Degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and he completed residency in Ophthalmology at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Mann’s leadership skills and business experience qualify him to serve on our board. The Audit Committee benefits from Dr. Mann’s prior experience as a public company bank director and from his proven ability to run a very successful, multi-location eye surgery business. His familiarity with decision makers in the local medical services industry and other local business owners helps to advance the Bank’s goal of pursuing existing and new organic growth avenues.

David Moulton

Mr. David B. Moulton is Independent Director of the Company. 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. He understands community banking, and particularly the Houston market, and he serves the Bank well through his status as the Chairman of the Asset Quality Committee, as a regular voting member of the Loan Committee, and as a director of Allegiance Bank. His skills and experience are also valuable to his other director roles: ALCO Committee member, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee member and Chairman of the Compensation Committee.

William Nichols

Mr. William S. Nichols, III is Independent Director of the company. Mr. Nichols retired in 2017 as 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. 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. Mr. Nichols makes good use of both his experience in the real estate industry and as a CPA as he contributes by serving as a director of the Bank. He also provides informed guidance as a member of the Compensation Committee and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Thomas Reiser

Mr. Thomas A. Reiser is Independent Director of the Company. He is one of the organizers of the Bank and has served on our board since 2008 and the board of the Bank from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Reiser has over 40 years of business experience. He is presently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Upstream Insurance Brokers. He has over 25 years of board membership experience, including from 1994 to 2006 when he served as a Director of Sterling Bancshares, Inc., and was recently appointed by Governor Abbott to the Board of Directors of the Coastal Water Authority. Mr. Reiser has served on numerous board committees, including audit, enterprise risk management and IT committees. Mr. Reiser received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary. Mr. Reiser’s extensive business experience in the community banking industry qualifies him to serve on our board. Mr. Reiser is able to directly contribute through his role as Chairman of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee given his long exposure to banking and as an insurance executive. He also contributes his knowledge and experience as a member of the Audit Committee.

Raimundo Riojas E.

Mr. Raimundo Riojas E. is Independent Directorof the company. 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 from 1996 through February 2015. Mr. Riojas received a Chemical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University. Mr. Riojas’ international business experience and relationships in the banking industry qualify him to serve on our board. The Compensation Committee benefits from Mr. Riojas’ experience in manufacturing, distribution, service and chemicals.

Fred Robertson

Mr. Fred S. Robertson is Independent Director of the Company. 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 non-profit board appointments 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. Mr. Robertson utilizes his knowledge of investment and fund management as Chair of the Bank's ALCO Committee. His financial expertise provides additional benefit to the Company as he serves as a director of the Bank, as a member of the Compensation Committee and as Chairman of the 401K Committee.