Lauren Sparks founded Agility 2020, Inc., the entity that proposed a federally chartered bank, primarily owned and led by women. Today, Agility Bank (in organization) is nearing completion of the approval process to begin operations in the second quarter of 2021. With over three decades of community banking and risk management experience, Lauren is uniquely qualified to foster the growth of a community bank that focuses on digital banking. As a business owner herself, she executed exceptional opportunities for entrepreneurs, especially women. In 2009 Lauren formed Third Party Resources, Inc. (3PR Inc.), a woman-owned consulting firm specializing in community banks and financial service firms. 3PR, which serves more than 30 community banks at any given time, also has become a preferred vendor for one of the world’s largest software providers.
Terry Harrison, a Founder of Agility 2020, Inc., has more than 15 years of experience in banking with leadership positions in operations, finance, lending and portfolio management, risk management, compliance, and training. He also led teams in forming two de novo banks. His experience includes tenure at a family-owned bank where he initiated and oversaw the development of a credit department including loan review processes, policies, and compliance initiatives, as well as handling a core system conversion. That bank almost tripled in size in eighteen months. Terry also served as chief operating officer, cashier and compliance officer for a bank which, at that time, received the only de novo charter granted in a three-year period. His previous work in manufacturing gives him a unique perspective on running a mid-sized company.
Since founding The Richland Companies in 1993, Edna Meyer-Nelson has amassed a portfolio of 35 properties in the southwestern states representing more than 2.5 million square feet of commercially owned and managed property valued in excess of $250 million. She began her career in the banking industry where she served as vice president, commercial loan officer, and marketing director for several of the larger community banks in Houston. During her tenure, Edna’s duties included initiating commercial, small business and real estate loans, as well as executive lines of credit. Today Edna is also involved in mentoring and career development in her industry.
Deborah is the owner and founding member of Strategic Financial Services and Strategic Benefit Solutions. Both practices have been providing comprehensive financial planning and employee benefits services predominately in Texas for 25 years. As a financial advisor, Strategic Financial Services is a member of BCJ Financial Services, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. Deborah is a member of both the Houston and National Underwriters Association. A member since 2000, she is past president of Houston’s Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Organization. Deborah is also on the global and local boards of Entrepreneurs Organization serving as chair of both the Mentorship and Learning Committees. A board member of the Jewish Family Service, she co-chairs its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Maureen Sanders is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of leading financial and non-profit organizations. Currently she serves as the key executive officer for San José Clinic, the oldest safety net charity clinic in the state located in Midtown Houston. This faith based charity clinic provides medical, dental, pharmacy and ancillary services for 4,000+ patients annually who are underserved, uninsured and live at 250 percent or below the Federal Poverty level. Maureen manages a staff of 50+ and more than 800 volunteers with an annual budget of approximately $10 million.
James E. McLean (Jim), a native Houstonian, is a Certified Public Accountant and a Charter Global Management Accountant with over 40 years of experience. Over his career, Jim has assisted in launching and managing various small businesses across multiple industry sectors. For three years, he served on the Advisory Board of Community National Bank in Bellaire (acquired by Prosperity Bank in 2012), and is currently a board member of the Galveston Railroad Museum serving on the finance committee.
With more than 40 years of experience in community banking, Tina’s career has featured leadership positions in operations, internal auditing, compliance, human resources, financial accounting and internal controls. A proven leader, she has served community banks as chief operating officer, cashier, compliance/BSA officer and secretary to the board of directors. Tina has coordinated the opening of three de novo banks in the Houston area. Prior to joining Agility 2020, Inc., she was a senior consultant that specialized in risk management, including regulatory compliance and BSA/AML compliance. She is a past board member of the Bank Administration Institute Gulf Coast Chapter and is committed to strengthening the pipeline of women into banking.
With 20 years in the technology sector, including 12 of those in banking, Jay has had IT leadership positions in community banking and managed services. Prior to joining Agility Bank (in organization), he was with a managed service provider that specializes in serving community banks in areas such as IT risk assessment, cyber-security, regulatory audits and examinations, business continuity, and IT strategic planning. Jay is a key leader at Agility Bank (in organization) to ensure that the Bank’s technology “leans forward” for its customers, delivering efficiencies and effectiveness in a secure environment. Jay's four daughters have given him a perspective on women and their need for an equal playing field in the community and for the future.
As a native Houstonian and veteran banking leader, Laquita has significant insights into the local economy and the opportunities of companies in the region. At Agility, she will oversee customer relationship growth, as well as guide digital strategies to meet the needs of growing businesses for their deposit, lending and treasury management. Her career, which spans over 20 years, has focused on providing banking solutions for lending to small and mid-size businesses which are focused on sustainable growth. At leading Houston banks, she has managed teams that have been recognized for relationship building through strategic service and product solutions, as well as helping bring efficiencies to companies’ operations. Laquita, who attended the University of Houston in finance and business administration, has served on a number of boards including as former board chair of C-STEM, an organization supporting children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Yolanda’s experience is deep in product development and execution, branch operations management, and client service. With more than 20 years of “hands on” regional and community banking, Yolanda has excelled at both loan portfolio management and treasury management. In addition, she has been active on the client side of ensuring security and fraud prevention, as well as ensuring that clients have the most effective and efficient products and services for their financial requirements. A mentor of younger bankers, particularly women, she has been successful in furthering careers and building the pipeline of women into bank management.
Prior to joining Agility Bank (in organization) as a consultant, Sarah held executive positions as the head of marketing in banking and healthcare companies. She began her career as a journalist with the Houston Chronicle as a feature writer and later as a correspondent and the southwest bureau chief of U.S. News & World Report magazine. In both banking and healthcare, Sarah has been adept at developing clear messaging and effective branding that benefit an organization’s clients. The mother of two professional daughters, Sarah has been, and continues to be, committed to the progress of women.
Tan Ghaderi’s track record as a banker for businesses spans 20 years. She has joined Agility as a business lending officer to continue to accelerate the success of small and mid-sized business owners. Primarily a veteran of larger banks, she is intent on building strong relationships that she can now couple with clean digital processes to help her clients be more efficient and effective in building their businesses. At Agility, she also will coordinate one of those processes, the loan and underwriting software which will enhance the speed and cost of transactions.
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