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Welcome to Truth in Texas Banking hosted by, COO of Veritex Community Bank, LaVonda Renfro. Join us as we get to know the people in Texas banking with authentic conversations about leadership, career paths, and supporting the community we serve. We hope you enjoy it!


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This week, LaVonda is joined by Career Gear's Executive Director, Jamay Schardien for an amazing conversation about supporting the veterans of our community. The saying "teach a man to fish" is truly their message to the community. Listen to a few life changing stories in this inspirational interview. Member FDIC.

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda speaks with Jamie Miller with Veritex Bank. Jamie is the founder of the Wheels of Hope Car Show in downtown Garland, Texas. He talks about the history of how the car show came about and why he partners with the Hope Clinic.

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda speaks with Willie Rankin and Ashley Mortimer with LVTRise in Fort Worth. The Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project, known as LVTRise, is a collaboration and partnership of private companies, human service organizations and government agencies dedicated to helping residents of the Las Vegas Trail area improve their neighborhood and day-to-day lives.

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda interviews Mark Mullaney and Marissa Castro Mikoy from Jubilee Park and Community Center. Mark is the COO and Marissa is the CEO of Jubilee Park and together they have a wealth of experience in education and nonprofit management.

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda speaks with Cheryl Jackson from Minnie’s Food Pantry. Cheryl started Minnie’s Food Pantry in honor of her mother, the late Dr. Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing. Under Jackson’s leadership, her staff and volunteers have provided over 17 million meals to the hungry.

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda brings back Darlene Ellison, the founder of our Women in Business Program. They will discuss how Women in Business got started and give more details about our upcoming networking events!

Another Texas leader joins us on the podcast this week Jamey Rootes, former president of the Houston Texans stops by to discuss his book The Winning Game Plan. He and LaVonda share stories of leading Texas organizations and how to find great talent! Available on Spotify, Google Play, Apple podcast and Soundcloud!

Our first Veritex Bank Championship wrapped up a little more than a week ago and WOW what a week. On this podcast LaVonda interviews an array of guests including Veritex Bank CEO Malcolm Holland, the guys from Truck Karma (trust us, you want to hear more about them) Veritex Bank Team Members, and players from the Korn Ferry Tour including special guest Tony Romo and fresh off the Masters  Will Zalatoris. You’ll also learn about the organization benefiting from the event tickets sales Folded Flag Foundation and the amazing things they do for fallen soldiers' families. We hope you like this inside peek of the Veritex Bank Championship!



Texas football legend, Wade Phillips stops by the podcast this week. LaVonda and Coach Phillips discuss motivation behind the game, family, and the friends we make with team sports. Available on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify and Soundcloud. Subscribe and never miss an episode.  #TruthInTexasBanking #WadePhillips #GoCoogs #Texans #Cowboys #Broncos

This week, LaVonda sits down with another Veritex Bank golfing partner, JP Thornton. JP describes how he became interested in golf, his desire to inspire other African American children to become interested in golf and finding opportunities within the sport. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender #TruthInTexasBanking #FirstTee

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda speaks with Bryson DeChambeau from the PGA Tour. They discuss another side of Bryson and the pivotal moments that have shaped his life. Bryson talks about his organization, The Bryson DeChambeau Foundation, and his three pillars.

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda speaks with Bill Cawley of Dallas based Cawley Partners. They discuss the pivotal moments that shape your outlook on life and career and why shifting your focus on service will lead you to more rewarding experiences.

We are excited to have LPGA’s Kristen Gillman on the show this week. LaVonda and Kristen talk about COVID-19 and how it changed golf and adapting to the time off. Kristen also talks about organizations that are inspiring a new generation of golf players and what’s it like to be a role model for the future golf players. Member FDIC

This week, LaVonda is joined by Veritex Private Banking Director, Scooter Smith, and discuss how finding ways to serve the community will affect your life and career. Scooter details his personal experience with a few organizations and why he goes by the name Scooter.  Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

On this episode, LaVonda talks with long-time friend and President of Scott + Reid General Contractors, Brad Reid. They discuss how to keep the sense of comradery within the company and the benefit of developing an employee’s career to build a solid team and a stronger company. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

Join LaVonda this week as she talks with President of Christian Brothers Automotive, Donnie Carr, and share company culture concepts and why it’s important to find ways to ensure culture is never lost as a business grows. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

This week LaVonda and Dana Cooper (Veritex Community Bank, AVP Business Development) discuss career paths and how you never really know where your life will take you. Dana’s inspirational story of a nurse turned banker later in her career is a great example of how we take all of our life experiences and apply the skills we learn with every career change. Member FDIC  | Equal Housing Lender.

In this episode, we meet Alex Baldwin, President of the Korn Ferry Tour, and first women to lead one of the PGA Tour’s six global tours as President. LaVonda and Alex talk leadership during COVID19, upcoming Korn Ferry Texas tournament - Veritex Bank Championship and Alex shares her career path that led her to her role as President of a major PGA Tour. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

Welcome to episode #1 of Truth in Texas Banking.  Join us as we talk to the leaders of Veritex Community Bank and how our key team members led during the crisis. Malcolm Holland, CEO of Veritex Community Bank shares his perspective on leadership; Angela Harper, Chief Risk Officer discusses how she assembled the Pandemic team to drive the bank to safety; finally we are joined by the Community Service Development Officer, Courtney Taylor and Community Reinvestment Officer, Melanie Goodman to share their observations of the communities we serve and how we dedicated our time to support them amid the coronavirus. 

In this episode of Truth in Texas Banking, LaVonda speaks with Pete Delkus WFAA Meteorologist in Dallas, Texas. They discuss how Pete got into meteorology and the importance of being a good husband and father. It’s not just about being the weatherman, it’s about helping people!

This week, Truth in Texas Banking host, LaVonda Renfro welcomes Anavid Reyes back to Houston as the Traffic Expert on KPRC Channel 2. Anavid candidly tells her lessons learned along the way as she becomes a TV personality in a major market and her perspective on the environment and what we can do to make a difference. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

Veritex COO, LaVonda Renfro talks with Rudy Beeching, Retail Director of Veritex Community Bank. Rudy gives insight on how he found purpose with his career and shares heartwarming tales of his family.  Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

In this episode of Truth In Texas Banking, LaVonda introduces us to Darlene Ellison (SVP,BDO) who shares her journey of banking with us. She speaks on the balance of work, family and giving back and why her passion for helping others drives her to the work she does. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

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