Texas Capital Bank promotes San Antonio leadership: Johnson, Kennedy

TexasCapitalBank_LOGOTexas Capital Bank announced today that Mark Johnson has been promoted from San Antonio Regional Chairman to Vice Chairman of the bank and Shaun Kennedy is being promoted to San Antonio Regional Chairman.

Business Headshot Texas Capital BankJohnson will continue to reside in San Antonio and will remain actively involved in the bank’s efforts in that community. In his new role, he will be responsible for several bank-wide initiatives as well as oversight of its Builder Finance Group, which serves the top home builders across the nation under the leadership of Melissa Abel.

Shaun_Kennedy_5Y5A6593_R2 (683x1024)Kennedy will assume day-to-day responsibility for the San Antonio Bank in partnership with Regional President David Pope.

“Mark has built a great legacy in the San Antonio market and we’re looking forward to expanding his impact, which is possible because of the outstanding leadership that Shaun and David have brought to the bank,” said CEO Keith Cargill.

Johnson, Kennedy and Pope will report to Texas President and Chief Lending Officer Vince Ackerson.

Johnson joined Texas Capital Bank in 2001, and Kennedy and Pope were hired in 2013.

About Texas Capital Bank
Texas Capital Bank is a commercial bank that delivers highly personalized financial services to businesses and individual clients. Headquartered in Dallas, the Bank has full-service locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. It is the primary subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI), which is included in the Russell 2000® Index and the S&P SmallCap 600®. For more information, visit www.texascapitalbank.com

Raba Kistner, Inc. appoints Preston Parker as Vice President, Construction Materials Engineering/Testing

Parker_PrestonRaba Kistner’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Preston Parker, PE, PMP to the position of Vice President effective January 1, 2014. Preston Parker has been with Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., since 2008. He has 17 years of experience and is responsible for overseeing Construction Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) projects in the San Antonio area.  He has earned this promotion in recognition of his important contributions to the firm over the last five years, but also for his role already supporting the firm’s growth into the future.

“Preston has been a great leader for CoMET since he joined us six years ago,” said Paul Lampe, Executive Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants.  “He is recognized for his technical skills and shares his knowledge with others within the company.  He has a nice leadership style, his employees respect him, and he has a great level of urgency needed for this job.  Clients like and respect him because they know he takes care of their needs.  I know that I can rely on him to continue to manage and grow Raba Kistner Consultants in San Antonio.”

Mr. Parker manages and performs engineering investigations and studies dealing with construction related issues including analyzing and providing solutions to engineering problems and preparing forensic, engineering and testing/inspection reports. While responsible for total project management, he assists his team members by analyzing field data and laboratory test results, performing engineering calculations, and providing opinions and recommendations for the completion of engineering reports. Mr. Parker is also responsible for the training and mentoring of staff engineers and construction materials technicians.

Emmons Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Spawglass

Emmons_MichaelSpawGlass announced that Michael Emmons has been promoted to chief operating officer, responsible for daily operations, safety, leadership and strategic direction for the construction company’s approximately 500 employees as it continues to grow. Emmons has spent his entire 29-year career with SpawGlass, most recently serving as president of the company’s Houston Region.

“Michael has distinguished himself as an outstanding executive, leader and role model,” said SpawGlass CEO Joel Stone. “He has a proven ability to execute change and a focused discipline in quality business practices.”

He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in building construction from Texas A&M University and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. Emmons serves on the board of directors for both SpawGlass and the Association of General Contractors (AGC) Houston as well as on the Texas A&M University Construction Industry Advisory Council.

About SpawGlass
SpawGlass is a Texas-based general contractor, construction manager, design/builder and civil contractor with offices in Austin, the Golden Triangle, Houston, North Texas, San Antonio and South Texas. Utilizing its expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and green building, the company enjoys providing its clients with the absolute best construction experience in a variety of markets, including corporate, higher education, healthcare, government/public, senior/campus living, civil and more. With approximately 500 employees statewide, SpawGlass is 100 percent employee-owned with ownership open to all employees. For more information on the company and opportunities to join the SpawGlass team, visit www.spawglass.com

Raba Kistner announces appointment of Robert R. Costigan, PhD, PE to lead Facilities Group

180x150-RabaKistnerThe Board of Directors of Raba Kistner, Inc. has announced that Robert R. Costigan, PhD, PE, PMP, CFM, LEED GA, has accepted the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Raba Kistner Facilities, Inc. Dr. Costigan has more than 40 years of world-wide facility engineering experience, including roles as a project engineer, project manager, and program manager.

Dr. Costigan has been with Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc., since 2006, serving as President and COO of that company until tapped for his current role with Raba Kistner Facilities.

“We have several significant projects in our Facilities group right now,” said Dr. Costigan, “including the San Antonio Housing Authority Physical Needs Assessment, Alamo Colleges roof consulting and the Texas A&M Kyle Field Redevelopment. Another current effort is the transition process involved with the recent acquisition of Project Control of Texas. It’s an exciting time for our group with lots of opportunities for challenging work and professional development. I’m happy to be in this role with Raba Kistner Facilities.”

Dr. Costigan has more than 40 years of managerial and technical leadership on projects involving multi-disciplines for public and private sector clients nationwide, encompassing facility and infrastructure planning, design, repair and restoration.

Dr. Costigan received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri, and his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute – all in civil engineering.  Dr. Costigan is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arizona, and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) from the International Facility Management Association, and as a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.

About the Company
Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc. is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in ten different markets in Texas, Utah, New York and México. Raba Kistner Facilities, a wholly-owned division of Raba Kistner, Inc., provides program management services, facilities planning, building envelope consulting and engineering, facility condition assessments and building commissioning.

Accion Texas names Harold Oliver to senior management post

Accion logo colorAccion Texas Inc. – the nation’s largest microlender – announces the appointment of Harold Oliver as chief external affairs officer.

With more than 20 years of experience in communications, government and corporate relations, economic and community development and legislative work, Oliver brings a wealth of experience to his new position.

He oversees all legislative, communications and development team processes and personnel for Accion Texas. He is responsible for all aspects of public relations, marketing and other outreach that enhance Accion’s public image and brand. In addition, he is charged with developing and maintaining all external and internal constituencies, monitoring Accion’s legislative and policy priorities throughout its 21-city, eight-state footprint – and representing Accion at the state and federal levels.

HaroldOliver2CEAO08202013“Harold is a wonderful addition to our senior management team and I am very happy that he has joined us,” said Accion Texas President and CEO Janie Barrera. “His breadth of experience and strong relationships with leaders in the private and public sectors will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we continue our mission of helping small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed and thrive.”

Prior to joining Accion, Oliver was the managing principal of TX Capitol Consulting Group LLC, from 2005 to 2013. In that capacity, he represented his clients’ interests before the Texas legislature and local governments, particularly in the fields of economic development, community and neighborhood development and transportation.

From 1994 to 2004, he worked as legislative assistant to the late Texas State Senator Frank Madla, assisting on the Senate Committee on Transportation Infrastructure and Homeland Security as well as the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

Oliver’s extensive and successful legislative work with Madla included the creation and funding of the new Texas A&M campus in San Antonio, and drafting and negotiating the bill that created the Defense Area Management Authority for San Antonio. He was part of the state’s negotiating team for the Toyota Motor Manufacturing project for San Antonio and helped draft the legislation relating to Toyota’s incentive package.

Further, Oliver was intimately involved in the creation of the Defense Readjustment Zone for Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio and the accompanying Defense Readjustment Fund with the initial funding of $20 million. Finally, he rewrote the State of Texas’ policy on Insurance Solicitation and Financial Modernization.

Oliver currently serves on the board of the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Foundation and served as inaugural chairman. Other civic involvement has included serving as the chair of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, a director of The Texas Lyceum, the chair of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Committee and co-chair of the 2011 San Antonio March of Dimes “Fund the Mission” gala. He also has served on the boards of the Friends of Big Bend National Park and the Jewish Family and Children Services Organization.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from Incarnate Word College (now the University of the Incarnate Word) and a master of science degree in public administration from St. Mary’s University. He also studied law at the University of Oxford in England and completed his juris doctorate degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

About Accion Texas Inc.
Established in 1994 in San Antonio, Accion Texas Inc.’s financial and business-support services help entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities.

Accion Texas manages the nation’s largest nonprofit microloan portfolio in the nation and is the largest member of the Accion U.S. Network. It is committed to providing capital to entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources and to providing educational services to help them succeed. Since its inception, Accion Texas has made 13,700 loans totaling nearly $148 million. Accion now operates in 21 offices in eight states – Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. For more information, visit www.acciontexas.org.

BBVA Compass welcomes new San Antonio city president

BBVA Compass - Official Bank of NBA2After 12 years of successfully managing commercial banking relationships at BBVA Compass, the bank has promoted Andrea Smith to San Antonio city president.

Andrea SmithSmith brings more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, she worked as a commercial relationship manager at the bank in Birmingham, Ala., and focused on governmental and institutional lending to nonprofits, universities and municipalities. She also brings expertise in health care, commercial and industrial lending.

“Given the strong business climate in San Antonio, including the health care and government sectors, we believe this will be a very good fit,” said BBVA Compass Head of Commercial Banking Rafael Bustillo. “San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the U.S., so it’s a very important market for BBVA Compass.”

Prior to joining BBVA Compass, Smith spent six years in community banking at Lamar Bank and Pike County National Bank in Mississippi. She previously served as president of the board for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, and as a board member for the YMCA and the Railroad Park Foundation in Birmingham.

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, she completed the BBVA Compass UT School of Management program and Alabama-based executive programs such as Project Corporate Leadership and Leadership Birmingham.