Officers & Directors

Leadership

Aaron P. Graft
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Aaron P. Graft is our founder, vice chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of TBK Bank, SSB and is the Chairman of Triumph Business Capital. Prior to establishing Triumph Bancorp, Mr. Graft served as the founder and President of Triumph Land and Capital Management, LLC, where he oversaw the management of several multifamily and commercial real estate projects in receivership and led the acquisition of multiple pools of distressed debt secured by multifamily projects. Prior to Triumph, Mr. Graft worked for Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP) where he focused on distressed loan workouts. Mr. Graft received a bachelor of arts, cum laude, and a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Baylor University. Mr. Graft is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, and in 2014 he was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal with the "40 Under 40" award.
R. Bryce Fowler
Chief Financial Officer
R. Bryce Fowler has served as our executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer since 2010. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer and President of TBK Bank, SSB. Previously, Mr. Fowler was a partner in Cyma Fund Advisors, which managed a $100 million capital investment in a leveraged mortgage-backed securities portfolio. He also served as a director, president and chief financial officer of Bluebonnet Savings Bank, FSB, a $3+ billion Southwest Plan institution formed from the acquisition of 15 failed institutions in 1988. He was a member of the executive committee that led Bluebonnet through the acquisition and consolidation of these institutions, implemented and managed the government assistance agreement, expanded its state-wide lending operations to be national in scope and was one of the principal architects in the development and implementation of Bluebonnet’s transition to a wholesale institution focused primarily in MBS investment strategies. Prior to that, Mr. Fowler was an auditor for David, Kinard & Company, working primarily on financial institution clients. Mr. Fowler received a bachelor of business administration from the University of Texas—Arlington and is a certified public accountant in Texas (license inactive).

Board of Directors

Charles Albert Anderson
Director
Charles A. Anderson has served on our board of directors since 2010. In 2003, Mr. Anderson co-founded Bandera Ventures, Ltd., a firm focused on industrial development and acquisitions, distressed office acquisitions and long-term lease opportunities. Prior to that, Mr. Anderson was associated with the Trammell Crow Company where he served as senior executive director, responsible for the Development and Investment Group for the Western half of the United States. Since 2014, Mr. Anderson has served on the board of directors and as a member of the investment and audit committees of Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HIW), a publicly traded real estate investment trust. He earned his bachelor of business administration and masters of business administration from Southern Methodist University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Anderson’s extensive experience in business and finance qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Richard Loren Davis
Director
Richard Davis has served on our board of directors since 2010. He is founder and chief executive officer of Dallas-based DAVACO, Inc., a leading provider of retail, restaurant and hospitality service solutions. In 2000 and 2006, Mr. Davis was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2006, he was inducted into the Retail Construction Hall of Fame. Mr. Davis currently serves on The Salvation Army’s Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Advisory Board and The Board of Advisors of the Baylor Angel Network with the Hankamer School of Business of Baylor University. Mr. Davis’ extensive experience in business qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Robert J. Dobrient
Director
Robert Dobrient has served on our board of directors since 2010. He is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Savoya, an industry-leading provider of chauffeured ground transportation services. Prior to establishing Savoya in 2000, Mr. Dobrient was cofounder and president of Max America, a same-day delivery and logistics firm that won Inc. "500" honors for three consecutive years in the early 1990s. He serves on the board of the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship at University of North Texas, where he earned his bachelor of business administration. Mr. Dobrient also serves as a mentor and director at Mercy Street, a program supporting inner-city youth in West Dallas. Mr. Dobrient’s extensive business experience qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Aaron P. Graft
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Aaron P. Graft is our founder, vice chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of TBK Bank, SSB and is the Chairman of Triumph Business Capital. Prior to establishing Triumph Bancorp, Mr. Graft served as the founder and President of Triumph Land and Capital Management, LLC, where he oversaw the management of several multifamily and commercial real estate projects in receivership and led the acquisition of multiple pools of distressed debt secured by multifamily projects. Prior to Triumph, Mr. Graft worked for Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP) where he focused on distressed loan workouts. Mr. Graft received a bachelor of arts, cum laude, and a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Baylor University. Mr. Graft is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, and in 2014 he was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal with the "40 Under 40" award.
Douglas M. Kratz
Director
Douglas M. Kratz has served on our board of directors since 2013. Prior to the Company’s October 2013 Triumph Community Bank acquisition, Mr. Kratz served as chairman of the board and CEO of National Bancshares, Inc. and vice chairman of Triumph Community Bank in Bettendorf, Iowa since 2001. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Kratz has been a director and a principal investor in numerous community banking organizations and privately-held non-financial services related entities. Mr. Kratz’s extensive business and banking experience, as well as his long-standing community business and banking relationships in the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Maribess L. Miller
Director
Maribess L. Miller was elected to our board of directors in July 2014. Ms. Miller was a member of the public accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1975 until 2009, including serving as the North Texas Market Managing Partner from 2001 until 2009; as Southwest Region Consumer, Industrial Products and Services Leader from 1998 until 2001; and as Managing Partner of that firm’s U.S. Healthcare Audit Practice from 1995 to 1998. Since 2010, Ms. Miller has served as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee for Zix Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIXI). Ms. Miller is also a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee for Midmark Corp., a privately-held medical supply company. She was appointed in 2009 by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and serves on the behavioral enforcement (chair), rules and executive committees. She is past Board Chair for the Texas Health Institute and serves on the boards of the TCU Neeley School of Business and the North Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Texas Christian University. Ms. Miller is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Miller’s extensive business experience qualifies her to serve on our board of directors.
Michael P. Rafferty
Director
Michael P. Rafferty was elected to our board of directors in July 2014 and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Rafferty was a member of the public accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP from 1975 until 2013, was admitted as Partner of the Firm in 1988, and served as the Audit Practice Leader for the Southwest Region from 2004 to 2013. During his career with Ernst & Young, he primarily served clients in the financial services and healthcare industries. Mr. Rafferty graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans. Mr. Rafferty is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Rafferty’s extensive experience in the financial services industry qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Carlos M. Sepulveda Jr.
Executive Chairman
Carlos M. Sepulveda, Jr. has served on our board of directors since 2010 and became executive chairman in 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Board at TBK Bank, SSB. Since March 2014, Mr. Sepulveda has served on the board of directors of Savoya, a chauffeured ground transportation service provider. Since 2013, Mr. Sepulveda has served as a director and chairman of the audit committee at of the Matador Resources Company (NYSE: MTDR) and since 2007, he has served as a director and chairman of the audit committee at for Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK). Mr. Sepulveda joined Interstate Battery System International, Inc. in 1990, served on its board of directors since 1995 and as its president and chief executive officer from 2004 until 2013. Prior to joining Interstate Battery, Mr. Sepulveda was a partner at KPMG, with more than 10 years of audit experience including a concentration in community banks. Mr. Sepulveda received a bachelor of business administration with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Texas Society of CPAs. Mr. Sepulveda’s extensive experience in business and finance qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
C. Todd Sparks
Director
C. Todd Sparks has served on our board of directors since 2010. He is vice president and chief financial officer of Discovery Operating Inc., where he has been employed since 1992. He currently serves on the board of directors for Patriot Drilling, LLC, First Capital Bank of Texas, First Bank of Texas (Holding Company), Trace Engines, LLC and High Sky Children’s Ranch. Mr. Sparks received a bachelor of business administration from Baylor University in 1989 and a master of business administration from Texas A&M University in 1992. Mr. Sparks’ extensive business and banking experience, as well as his long-standing business and banking relationships in the community, qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Justin N. Trail
Director
Justin N. Trail has been a member of our board of directors since 2010. He is the founder and president of Commercial Insurance Solutions Group, LLC, a national retail insurance brokerage company specializing in the risk management of real estate investment portfolios, founder and CEO of C1 Insurance Group and cofounder and director of Spicewood Funding Group, a specialty finance company. Mr. Trail serves as a director at Triumph Business Capital, chairman at Triumph Insurance Group and chairman of the Personnel Committee and director at Triumph Savings Bank. He also serves as a director at the NMHC and numerous non-profit organizations and is currently president-elect of The Feed Store. Mr. Trail graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science in 1994 and a master’s degree in 1996. Mr. Trail’s extensive business and banking experience qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Frederick P. Perpall