Mr. Hanigan is a director and the President and Chief Executive Officer of ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. and ViewPoint Bank, positions he has held since completion of the merger of Highlands Bancshares, Inc. with and into ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. in April 2012. Mr. Hanigan is a member of the Lending Committee. Prior to joining ViewPoint, Mr. Hanigan was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Highlands Bancshares, serving in those roles since 2010. His experience in Texas banking spans three decades and includes numerous leadership and management roles. Prior to joining Highlands, Mr. Hanigan served as chairman and chief executive officer of Guaranty Bank. After joining Guaranty in 1996, Mr. Hanigan held several senior-level executive positions that culminated in his appointment as chairman and chief executive officer in 2009. Previous positions with Guaranty included senior executive vice president from 2000 to 2007 with oversight of all corporate banking operations and responsibilities for middle market, oil and gas, syndications, treasury management and asset-based lending. In April 2007, Mr. Hanigan was appointed senior executive vice president with responsibilities for retail banking operations, provided through 163 offices in Texas and California, as well as an insurance subsidiary. From March to November 2008, he served as senior executive vice president and chief banking officer until his appointment as president and chief operating officer in November 2008. Mr. Hanigan began his career with Bank of the Southwest in Houston in June 1980. Mr. Hanigan earned his undergraduate degree and Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. In 2009 he was appointed and served on the host committee for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Arlington. Mr. Hanigan currently serves on the board of The Real Estate Council. With more than 30 years of experience working in the banking industry in Texas and serving as chief executive officer of several institutions, Mr. Hanigan brings to the Board outstanding leadership skills and a deep understanding of the local banking market and issues facing the banking industry.
Mr. Hunt joined the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. and of ViewPoint Bank in 2012, following completion of the merger of Highlands Bancshares, Inc. with and into ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. Mr. Hunt is a member of the Governance & Nominating and Compensation Committees. Mr. Hunt is President of Petro-Hunt, L.L.C., an independent oil and gas production company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Hunt is a graduate of the University of Texas with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) and is the independent lead director for that company. Mr. Hunt is active in a number of industry and professional organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), Independent Producers Association of America (IPAA), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), and All-American Wildcatters. Mr. Hunt serves on the Board of Trustees at Texas Christian University (TCU) and is a past member of the International Board of Visitors at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. Mr. Hunt is an experienced business leader. The depth and breadth of his general business knowledge, coupled with the experience he has gained as a director of Highlands Bancshares and as the lead independent director for another publicly held company makes Mr. Hunt a valuable addition to the Board.
Mr. LeVecchio joined the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group (the predecessor to ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc.) and ViewPoint Bank in September 2006. He was named Vice Chairman of the Board in 2011. Mr. LeVecchio serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and is also a member of the Compensation, Executive, Risk Management and Lending Committees. Mr. LeVecchio is President and Principal of The James Group, Inc., a Plano, Texas-based consulting group that focuses on providing executive support to businesses throughout the United States. Prior to founding The James Group, Mr. LeVecchio served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of VHA Southwest, Inc., a regional health care system comprised of not-for-profit hospitals in Texas. Before VHA Southwest, Mr. LeVecchio served in various senior financial management capacities with Phillips Information Systems, Exxon Office Systems and Xerox Corporation. Mr. LeVecchio currently serves on the boards of directors of several public and private companies, including Microtune, Inc. (a Plano-based semiconductor company), Ascendant Solutions (a value-oriented investment firm based in Dallas) and DG Fast Channel (a technology company based in Dallas, Texas). Mr. LeVecchio, who serves as our audit committee financial expert, holds a Bachelor of Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from Rollins College. His broad experience serving on the boards of publicly-traded companies, together with his expertise and extensive experience in accounting and finance and his sharp focus on the financial efficiency and profitability of the institution, have contributed significantly to our efforts since he joined the Board in 2006.
Brian McCall, Ph.D., has served on the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. since July 2011 and of ViewPoint Bank since 2009. Dr. McCall serves as Chairman of the Legislative Committee and is also a member of the Audit, Risk Management and Compensation Committees. Dr. McCall is chancellor of the Texas State University System, the oldest and third-largest university system in Texas, comprising eight institutions with more than 76,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff. Dr. McCall previously served in the Texas House of Representatives, first elected in 1991 to represent the areas of North Dallas, Frisco, Allen, and Plano. As a House member, he chaired the Calendars Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. Texas Monthly named Dr. McCall one of the "10 Best" legislators of the 2009 session. Dr. McCall wrote and passed one of the largest tax-cut bills in the history of Texas and during his last session secured $5 million in funding for The University of Texas at Dallas' Center for Values and Medicine. Other legislative accomplishments include authoring and passing key bills in the areas of health care, biotechnology, high technology, identity theft, and tax and budget policy. Dr. McCall holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Ph D. from University of Texas at Dallas.
A long-time civic and community volunteer, Dr. McCall is founder and chairman of the board of The Empowerment Project, a non-profit organization which has sent more than $10 million worth of math and science books to disadvantaged schools in the Republic of South Africa. The Empowerment Project also raised more than $350,000 to provide direct support for the medical needs of children in north Texas.
Mr. McCarley has served on the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. (including its predecessor, ViewPoint Financial Group) since 2006 and of ViewPoint Bank (including its predecessor entity) since 1992. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 1999. Mr. McCarley serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee and is also a member of the Compensation, Legislative and Governance and Nominating Committees. Since January 1996, Mr. McCarley has served as President of James McCarley Consultants, a governmental affairs consulting company. He served as Executive Director of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition (DRMC) on a contract basis from 1996 until his retirement in 2007. DRMC is a voluntary coalition of five counties and 27 cities in the Texas Department of Transportation Dallas District that promotes mobility issues, projects and programs for transportation improvements. During his service with the DRMC, he served as interim Executive Director of the North Texas Tollway Authority, a Regional Tollway Authority comprised of four counties in North Texas. His service there included responsibility for development of tollway facilities through public revenue bond funding for various projects over $2 billion and operation of the Regional Agency. From February 1987 through January 1996, Mr. McCarley served as the Assistant City Manager-Director of Public Safety for the City of Plano, Texas. During a portion of his service with the City of Plano he had oversight of the Finance Department and Tax Department along with Budget Planning. Prior to 1987, Mr. McCarley spent 23 years in law enforcement, including serving nearly 11 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Plano, Texas. McCarley was also a founding Director Equity investor of the Town and Country Savings and Loan (State Chartered) in McKinney and served on the Loan Committee of that entity prior to its sale to another institution in the early eighties.
With 29 years of combined experience serving on the boards of directors of two different financial institutions, 20 years of senior executive experience with public entities and 14 years as the owner-operator of a successful legislative relations business, Mr. McCarley has a diverse and well-rounded background for his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Additionally, his personal and professional relationships with a litany of local, state and federal elected officials, and his extensive network of professional contacts within our business area, have regularly proven to be valuable to ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc.
Ms. O’Shea has served on the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. (including its predecessor, ViewPoint Financial Group) since 2006 and of ViewPoint Bank (including its predecessor entity) since 1998. Ms. O’Shea chairs the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Governance and Nominating and Executive Committees and the Board of Directors of our mortgage banking subsidiary. Prior to her retirement in 2008, she was Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for Lennox International Inc., a NYSE-listed manufacturer of heating and air conditioning equipment. During her 25 years at Lennox, Ms. O’Shea’s responsibilities included media relations, corporate communications, investor relations and human resources, including compensation and employee development. Prior to her 25 years at Lennox, she was a teacher, an owner and manager of a retail business, and an editor for a major Texas metropolitan newspaper. She also served on the Board of Directors of Richardson Regional Medical Center for eight years, including a term as Vice-Chairman. Ms. O’Shea’s expertise in corporate communications for a NYSE-listed company and her experience in human resources, employee development and compensation, as well as her experience on the boards of both a large regional medical institution and a publicly-traded financial institution, give her a broad range of experience she draws upon for her service on our board and her assigned committees.
Mr. Sockwell has served on the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. (including its predecessor, ViewPoint Financial Group) since 2006 and of ViewPoint Bank (including its predecessor entity) since 1987. Mr. Sockwell serves as Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee and is also a member of the Legislative, Compensation, Executive and Audit Committees. He is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of Cambridge Strategic Services. Mr. Sockwell retired after 40 years in public education where he served as Deputy Superintendent of the Plano Independent School District and Superintendent of the Northwest Independent School District. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators. He served on the Executive Committees for the Texas School Coalition and the Fast Growth Coalition of Texas Public Schools. Mr. Sockwell’s years of executive management with large public educational organizations provided him extensive experience in budgeting, financial management and human resources that prove valuable in his role as a board member. In addition, his 23 years of service on our Board of Directors gives him an important historical perspective on our business.