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.
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.