Neiman Marcus appoints its first president

Neiman Marcus

Ryan Ross, President

ryan ross

In his new role, Ryan Ross will help fuel growth by strengthening the customer and brand experience. Prior to joining Neiman Marcus, Ross held several positions at Williams Sonoma, most recently as President. He has also worked for HSN, Harrods, Pottery Barn and Gap. Ross’ appointment comes after Neiman Marcus announced $500 million in technology and supply chain investments. Ross is the first president Neimans has ever had. He will report to CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck.

Education: University of Oregon (BS)


Leilani Miller, Financial director

Leilani Miller

Leilani Miller will be responsible for all financial, HR and operational operations of the nonprofit WiNGS, which supports women and families in need. She was previously a controller for Sound Productions. She has also worked for SoloProtect US, BrandFX, DynCorp International, Sargent Controls & Aerospace, Davis Selected Advisors and Walbro Engine Management.

Education: University of Phoenix (BS)

Laura Reder, Director of development

Laura Reder

Laura Reeder will provide strategy and implement fundraising efforts for WiNGS. She will also oversee communications for WiNGS. She started her career in the film industry, then decided to use her fundraising and production skills to work in a non-profit organization. Prior to joining WiNGS, she worked for the American Heart Association as the Director of Corporate Development for the non-profit fundraiser Cortes du Coer and its Heart Ball.

Education: University of Arizona (BFA)

Texas Capital Bank

Bryan Kucholtz, Head of Private Management

Bryan Kucholz

As head of Texas Capital Bank’s Private Wealth division, Bryan Kucholtz will be responsible for managing all aspects of its business, including estate and wealth planning strategies, trust and estate administration, private banking concierge, investment management, insurance and brokerage services, as well as online services and mobile banking. Prior to joining Texas Capital Bank, he served as Executive Vice President and Regional Sales Manager for North Texas at PNC Investments. He also held previous positions at BBVA, Comerica and JP Morgan Chase.

Education: The University of Texas at Dallas (MBA), The University of Dallas (BA)

Jackson Shaw

Joy Chiles, Senior Vice President and Controller

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Joy Chiles joined the national Jackson-Shaw real estate development company in 1998 and was promoted from her previous position as vice president and controller. She is responsible for accounting and financial reporting and is a CPA.

Education: The University of North Texas (MBA), The University of Texas at Dallas (BS)

Joe Blewitt, Senior Vice President of Hotel Development

Joe Blewitt

Joe Blewitt has been promoted from his previous position as vice president of asset management. He is responsible for Jackson-Shaw’s hotel developments and its growing hotel presence in several states. Prior to joining the company in 2016, he served in the US military and worked for Crescent Hotels as a regional development manager.

Education: Nassau Community College (AA)

Mark Butler, Vice President of Finance

Mark Butler

Mark Butler joined Jackson-Shaw in 2017 and was promoted from his previous position as a development associate. He focuses on debt and equity efforts related to the company’s development strategy. Prior to joining Jackson-Shaw, he was senior underwriting analyst at Goldman Sachs and private banking analyst at JP Morgan.

Education: Southern Methodist University (MBA, BBA)

Miles Terry, Vice President of Development

Miles Terry

Miles Terry was previously a development associate at Jackson Shaw for three years. His new responsibilities include market analysis, development and feasibility studies, land acquisitions, rights and support for construction and asset management of industrial projects. Prior to joining Jackson-Shaw, he worked at Multifamily Development, Workday, Gartner and JPMorgan Chase.

Education: The University of Oklahoma (BA)

Zac McGuire, Vice President of Construction

Zac McGuire

Zac McGuire joined Jackson-Shaw in 2018 and was promoted from his previous position as construction manager. He will direct the day-to-day operations of development and construction management projects. This includes zoning, land acquisition, underwritten improvements after closing, pre-development, lender requirements and ongoing portfolio capital developments.

Education: Texas A&M University (BS)

Home bank

Charles PA Williams, Senior Vice President of Business Development / North Texas Region

Charles PA Williams

At Origin Bank, Charles PA Williams will find new loans and deposits for small and medium businesses and home loans. He was previously senior vice president of business development and director of real estate at Irving-based Sprout Funding. He is based at Origin’s Dallas Financial Center in Oak Lawn.

Education: The University of Mississippi (BBA)

Bank of Texas

Travis Cobbs, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager

Travis Cobb

In his new role, Travis Cobbs focuses on high net worth individuals in North Dallas and provides transaction-related services including mortgages and private aircraft financing. Prior to joining Bank of Texas’ Private Wealth team, he held various positions at Liberty Capital Bank for five years, including Vice President, Assistant Vice President, Banking Officer and Credit Analyst.

Education: Southern Methodist University (MBA), Baylor University (BA)

Amanda Gottfried, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager

Amanda Gottfried

Prior to joining Bank of Texas’ Private Wealth team, Amanda Gottfried was a private banking client manager for City National Bank for nearly seven years. She also previously worked at Comerica Bank, Velocity Mortage Capital and Wells Fargo. In his new role, Gottfried will focus on high net worth individuals in North Dallas.

Education: California State University, Northridge (MBA, BS)

Lee Farr, North Dallas Business Banking Leader

Lee Farr

Lee Farr will focus on mid-market and large-cap companies and institutions with annual revenues in excess of $75 million. Industries of interest will include distribution, manufacturing, services, public and private educational institutions, healthcare, financial services and technology industries. In the North Dallas office, he will lead Corporate Banking’s expansion efforts. Prior to joining Bank of Texas, Farr was senior vice president of middle market banking at Comerica Bank.

Education: Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, Boston University (BS)

Real Estate Capital Westmount

Alex Ingle, Senior Legal Counsel

Alex Ingle

In his new role, Alex Ingle will work on the transactional side of Westmount, coordinating legal proceedings related to acquisitions, financings and dispositions. Prior to joining Westmount in Dallas, he worked as a real estate associate at Wick Phillips, where he was responsible for representing clients in negotiations. Ingle also worked at DR Horton and Haynes & Boone.

Education: Wake Forest University (JD), Wichita State University (BA)

Board appointments


Jeff Harvey, board of directors

Jeff Harvey

Jeff Harvey is a partner at Holland & Knight law firm with experience in developing and supporting tailored legal and risk mitigation strategies that balance business, technical, operational and legal concerns. He is one of five members added to the WiNGS Board of Directors, which is part of its 22-member council.

Education: Wake Forest (JD, MBA), Texas A&M University (BS)

Malia Hodges, board of directors

Malia Hodges

Malia Hodges is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Oncor Electric Delivery, where she has worked for more than eight years. She is responsible for Oncor’s IT functions, including strategy and operations, technology investment management, and cybersecurity operations.

Education: University of Oklahoma (BBA)

Leona Allen Ford, board of directors

Leona Allen Ford

Leona Allen Ford is Director of Talent and Diversity and Associate Editor at The Dallas Morning News. To The Dallas Morning News, she is responsible for the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. She worked with The Dallas Morning News for more than 15 years.

Education: University of North Texas (BS)

Andrea Garcia Albright, board of directors

Andrea Garcia Albright

Andrea Garcia Albright works for Bank of America as Managing Director and Senior Head of Treasury Solutions in Global Transaction Services. She is responsible for managing a team of treasury advisors and providing working capital and cash management solutions to businesses in Bank of America’s Middle Market Banking business line.

Education: The University of Texas at Austin (BBA)

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, board of directors

Dr. Jessica Shepherd

Dr. Jessica Shepherd is the Chief Medical Officer of Verywell Health. She has taken the stage at many events to speak about wellness, diversity and leadership skills. After launching an editorial series on health disparities, Shepherd spoke at the 2020 Women’s March in New York.

Education: Ross University (MD), University of Louisville (MBA), University of Oklahoma (BS)


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