Officers & Directors

Management Team

G. Timothy Laney
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Laney has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director for the Company since 2010 and currently holds the same positions at NBH Bank. Mr. Laney was appointed as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors in 2014 and he also serves as the chairman of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Mr. Laney is the former Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Services at Regions Financial, one of the nation’s largest full-service banks. He joined Regions Financial in late 2007 to lead the transformation of the bank’s wholesale lines of business. Prior to his tenure at Regions Financial, Mr. Laney had a 24-year tenure with Bank of America, where he held senior management roles in small business, commercial banking, private banking, corporate marketing and change management. He also served as President of Bank of America, Florida, with more than 800 banking centers and $50 billion in total assets. He was also a member of Bank of America’s Management Operating Committee. Mr. Laney is active in community service and currently serves as a board member for the Colorado State Banking Board, the Colorado Bankers Association and Moffitt Cancer Center. Mr. Laney brings to our Board of Directors valuable and extensive experience from managing and overseeing a broad range of operations during his tenures at Bank of America and Regions Financial.
Aldis Birkans
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Birkans has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since August 2018, as well as the Company’s Treasurer since August 2011, and he currently holds the same positions at NBH Bank. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since August 2018. Prior to joining the Company in 2011, Mr. Birkans was a Vice President, Assistant Treasurer of M&I Bank for five years, where he was responsible for capital management, investments, corporate liquidity and risk management related to the bank’s financial activities. In addition, Mr. Birkans worked at Citigroup as a Senior Vice President, Corporate and Investment Bank Treasury. Mr. Birkans holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance.
Richard U. Newfield Jr.
Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Newfield has served as the Company’s Chief Risk Management Officer since 2011 and currently holds the same position at NBH Bank. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since 2016. Mr. Newfield is the former Head of Business Services Credit at Regions Bank. He joined Regions in 2008 after a 23-year career at Bank of America. Mr. Newfield held various senior positions at Bank of America, including roles in risk management, credit, commercial banking, global bank debt and corporate marketing. He brings significant experience in development and implementation of business models and integration of businesses during mergers. In addition, Mr. Newfield has led credit process reengineering initiatives, including risk and credit policy design, and other corporate governance initiatives.
Zsolt K. Besskó
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Mr. Besskó has served as the Company’s Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel since 2013 and as the Company’s Chief Human Resources Officer since 2017, and currently oversees our legal, compliance, BSA/AML, human resources, facilities, security/fraud and enterprise technology functions. He has also served as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors since 2016 and currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Human Resources Officer of NBH Bank. Mr. Besskó brings significant experience in banking, corporate, regulatory, human resources, securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters over the span of his 20-plus-year career. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Besskó was a partner with the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street LLP and, prior to that, a shareholder of the law firm of Jones & Keller, P.C. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Guaranty Bancorp, a publicly traded bank holding company, where he oversaw the company’s legal and compliance departments. He began his legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. Mr. Besskó currently serves as a member of the Colorado Bankers Association Government Affairs Committee. He also is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Board of Directors

G. Timothy Laney
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Laney has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director for the Company since 2010 and currently holds the same positions at NBH Bank. Mr. Laney was appointed as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors in 2014 and he also serves as the chairman of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Mr. Laney is the former Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Services at Regions Financial, one of the nation’s largest full-service banks. He joined Regions Financial in late 2007 to lead the transformation of the bank’s wholesale lines of business. Prior to his tenure at Regions Financial, Mr. Laney had a 24-year tenure with Bank of America, where he held senior management roles in small business, commercial banking, private banking, corporate marketing and change management. He also served as President of Bank of America, Florida, with more than 800 banking centers and $50 billion in total assets. He was also a member of Bank of America’s Management Operating Committee. Mr. Laney is active in community service and currently serves as a board member for the Colorado State Banking Board, the Colorado Bankers Association and Moffitt Cancer Center. Mr. Laney brings to our Board of Directors valuable and extensive experience from managing and overseeing a broad range of operations during his tenures at Bank of America and Regions Financial.
Ralph W. Clermont
Independent Lead Director
Mr. Clermont has served as a director for the Company since 2009 and as the Board’s independent Lead Director since May 2014. He also serves as Chair of the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee and as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Mr. Clermont retired in 2008 as Managing Partner of the St. Louis office of KPMG LLP, and was formerly the partner in charge of KPMG’s Midwest financial services practice. Mr. Clermont joined the St. Louis office of KPMG in 1969 and was elected to partnership in 1977. Mr. Clermont spent over 39 years providing services to the banking industry and has had responsibility for the audits of numerous banking organizations. Subsequent to retiring, Mr. Clermont has served as a consultant to various banking institutions on strategic planning, risk management and corporate governance matters. In October 2015, Mr. Clermont was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cass Information Systems, Inc., where he also serves on the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee. Mr. Clermont is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Clermont was a member of the KPMG’s Assurance Services Committee and was chairman of KPMG’s Quality Improvement Audit Subcommittee. Mr. Clermont received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint Louis University. Mr. Clermont’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his expertise in financial and accounting matters for complex financial organizations. As the independent Lead Director, Mr. Clermont is an ex officio member of all of our Board committees with full voting rights.
Robert E. Dean
Independent Director
Mr. Dean has served as a director for the Company since 2009 and also serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Dean is a private investor. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Dean was with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance LLC, a wholly owned broker-dealer subsidiary of Ernst & Young LLP, serving as a Senior Managing Director and member of the Board of Managers from 2001 to 2003. From 1976 to 2000, Mr. Dean practiced corporate, banking and securities law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Mr. Dean co-chaired the firm’s banking practice and advised bank clients on numerous capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions (including FDIC-assisted transactions). Mr. Dean was Partner-in-Charge of the Orange County, California office from 1993 to 1996 and was a member of the law firm’s Executive Committee from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Since November 2014, Mr. Dean has served as a member of the boards of directors of two related Cornerstone closed-end mutual funds (Strategic Value (CLM) and Total Return (CRF)) and as a member of each audit and nominating and governance committee thereof. Mr. Dean’s substantial experience in bank capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions, bank regulatory matters and public company corporate governance matters qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Fred J. Joseph
Independent Director
Mr. Joseph has served as a director of the Company since 2014 and also serves as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Mr. Joseph was a financial services regulator for 30 years, retiring at the end of 2013 as the Banking and Securities Commissioner for the State of Colorado, a dual role created in 2011. He was originally appointed as the Securities Commissioner in 1999. In that role, he oversaw the regulatory agency that licenses stockbrokers, brokerage firms and investment advisers in Colorado. In his role as the Banking Commissioner, he had regulatory oversight of state-chartered commercial banks, money transmitters and trust companies in Colorado. Mr. Joseph also served as the Acting Banking Commissioner for the State of Colorado from 2008 to 2010. From 1992 to 1999, he was the Deputy Securities Commissioner for the State of Colorado. In that position, he oversaw the examination functions as well as the administrative matters for the Colorado Division of Securities. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Financial Services in Colorado for eight years, where he was responsible for the examination and regulatory oversight of state-chartered savings and loan associations and credit unions in Colorado. Mr. Joseph is a past President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”), and also served as a director on NASAA’s Board for almost a decade. Mr. Joseph currently serves as a board member of the Colorado Board of Mortgage Loan Originators, being appointed to that position by the Colorado Governor in 2014. He also serves as a member of the Investor Issues Committee for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Mr. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University-Pueblo and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University in Denver. Mr. Joseph’s substantial experience in the regulatory fields of financial services and securities qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Micho F. Spring
Independent Director
Ms. Spring has served as a director for the Company since 2009 and also serves as a member of NBH Bank’s board of directors. Ms. Spring is Chair, Global Corporate Practice of Weber Shandwick. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Ms. Spring was Chief Executive Officer of Boston Telecommunications Company. She served for four years as Deputy Mayor of Boston. She previously served as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Kevin H. White after four years of service in New York City government. Ms. Spring also served as a director of Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, one of the largest state-chartered banks in Massachusetts at the time of her service. Ms. Spring currently serves as Vice Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and on a member of the Corporation of Partners Healthcare, Inc. She also serves on numerous boards of civic organizations, including John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Friends of Caritas Cubana and the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Ms. Spring attended Georgetown and Columbia Universities and received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Spring’s extensive public policy experience, expertise in public relations, involvement in community activities and knowledge of financial institutions make her a valuable member of our Board.
Burney S. Warren III
Independent Director
Mr. Warren has served as a director for the Company since 2009 and also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Warren has also served as an advisor to South State Corporation, a bank holding company based in South Carolina, since 2009. Prior to retirement in December 2007, Mr. Warren was Executive Vice President and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Branch Banking and Trust Company (“BB&T”), one of the largest commercial banks in the United States. Mr. Warren was responsible for the development, structure and negotiation of BB&T’s bank and non-bank acquisitions. During his tenure, he successfully completed the acquisition of over 50 banks and thrifts and numerous nonbank transactions, including capital markets, brokerage, fixed income and consumer finance. Prior to joining BB&T in 1990, Mr. Warren was President and Chief Executive Officer of First Federal Savings Bank, Greenville, N.C. Mr. Warren serves on the boards of the East Carolina University Foundation and East Carolina University Real Estate Foundation, and is the former chairman of the Real Estate Foundation. Mr. Warren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. Mr. Warren’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive financial institutions experience, including identifying and integrating acquisitions for complex financial institutions.
Art Zeile
Independent Director
Mr. Zeile has served as a director for the Company since July 2016. Mr. Zeile is currently the CEO of DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX), a leading provider of data, insights and employment connections through its specialized services for technology professionals and other select online communities. Mr. Zeile previously served as the CEO of Deke Digital during 2017. Prior to joining Deke Digital, Mr. Zeile cofounded and served as the CEO of HOSTING, a pioneer in the cloud hosting space, from 2008 through 2016. Mr. Zeile’s extensive career experience also includes serving as CEO and co-founder of several technology companies. He began his career as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Zeile currently serves on the board of Choozle and is a member of the University of Delaware Cyber Security Initiative Advisory Council. He was also previously a director for Intrado (NASDAQ: TRDO) from 2004 to 2006 and several other private companies. Mr. Zeile holds a Masters of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Zeile’s extensive experience in telecommunications, internet, datacenter and security technologies, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.