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Personnel Moves: Texas Health Aetna Appoints New Interim CEO

Plus, Four Seasons Las Colinas welcomes new regional VP, American National Bank & Trust creates new SBA lending team, and Centennial adds three execs.
Karl Hess, David Bernard, and Dave Green

Send your company’s personnel moves to online managing editor Bianca R. Montes at [email protected].

Texas Health Aetna

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Karl Hess

Karl Hess, Interim Chief Executive Officer

An expert in digital health and population health management services, Karl Hess will focus on expanding the capabilities and reach of Texas Health Aetna. Hess is the founder and former managing director of OnDigitalHealth Consulting. He also previously served as CEO of Kalico Partners, another health management services firm he helped found.

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

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

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David Bernand

David Bernand, Regional Vice President and General Manager

David Bernand began his career with Four Seasons in Las Colinas in 1999 and has since held several management positions across the company’s North American locations. Most recently, he was general manager and regional vice president in Washington, D.C. In his new role, he will be responsible for Four Seasons resorts in Las Colinas, Vail, and Montreal. A native of Roanne, France, Bernard began his 30-year hospitality career at his family’s bakery. 

Education: Ecole Hôtelière de La Rochelle (BTS)

American National Bank & Trust

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Dave Green

Dave Green, Senior Vice-President and Director

Dave Green will head the bank’s SBA program, which is tasked with providing SBA7(a) and 504 federal loans to small and midsized businesses. Last year, the bank helped 457 customers secure almost $47 million through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. A 30-year banking veteran, Green was most recently director of SBA lending at First United Bank and Trust.

Education: Texas Tech University (BS-finance)

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Bridgette McCain

Bridgette McCain, Vice-President for Closing and Operations Manager

Like Green, Bridgette McCain also joins American National from First United Bank and Trust, where she was manager of SBA closing and operations. McCain has been a banker for 10 years, nine of which she has devoted to SBA lending.

Education: Texas Woman’s University (BBA)

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Lexi Weir

Lexi Weir, Assistant Vice President for SBA Underwriting and Servicing Manager

Lexi Weir previously held the role of SBA underwriter at Gulf Coast Small Business Lending. She has more than eight years of experience in banking and has worked in SBA lending for the past four years.

Education: University of North Texas (BBA)

PlainsCapital Bank

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Michael Rowton

Michael Rowton, Executive Vice President

Michael Rowton will lead the PlainsCapital’s loan review team at its Turtle Creek location. He is a 15-year company veteran. Since joining the bank in 2005, Rowton has served as senior vice president and assistant vice president, among other roles.

Education: Texas Tech University (MBA, BBA)


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Stephanie Hermez

Stephanie Hermez, Vice President

Before she joined PlainsCapital in 2017 as assistant vice president, Stephanie Hermez was trust administrator at Tolleson Wealth Management. Now, she will head up PlainsCapital’s private bank at 6565 Hillcrest Ave.

Education: University of South Florida (BA)



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Michael Platt

Michael Platt, Senior Vice President of Mixed-Use Development

Michael Platt will lead Centennial’s development of Dulles Town Center in Virginia and Pacific City in California, while also serving as a mixed-use expert for all Centennial development projects. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a developer, architect, and designer, including VP roles at Starwood Retail Partners and Westfield.

Jonathan Maher
Jonathan Maher

Jonathan Maher, Vice President of Property Management

Jonathan Maher joined Centennial in 2015 and has since made significant impacts as the senior general manager of the firm’s MainPlaceMall in Orange County, California. Now, Maher is responsible for operations at several properties, including two holdings in California, a mall in Vancouver, Washington, and numerous other special regional and national projects.

Education: Boise State University, Community College of the Air Force

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Ken Bendalin

Ken Bendalin, Vice President of Asset Management

In his new role, Ken Bendalin will focus on investor reporting, risk management, property taxes and insurance, financial planning and analysis, and providing leadership on key initiatives. Prior to Centennial, Bendalin was responsible for building the asset management department at Howard Hughes Corporation.

Education: The University of Texas at Austin (BA)

Bank of Texas

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David Crotty

David Crotty, Vice President, Business Development Officer

Boston-native David Crotty will head up the institutional wealth management team at Bank of Texas, where he will be charged with cultivating new client relationships, primarily within the North Texas market. Crotty previously served as vice president at T. Rowe Price. His career has also included roles in retirement planning with Ascensus, Transamerica, and Merrill Lynch.

Education: Columbia University (BS)


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Jonathan Pride

Jonathan Pride, Executive Director

Jonathan Pride will spearhead new corporate partnerships that help fund free tech training programs for veterans and their spouses, with the end goal of launching their careers in the IT industry. He is a former U.S. Army military intelligence officer.

Education: Webster University (Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Management), Norwich University (BA)


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Jeffrey Laidlaw

Jeffrey Laidlaw, Director of Operations

Jeff Laidlaw will lead BioLabs’ efforts to build and equip high-tech facilities for start-ups at Pegasus Park, which is scheduled to open this fall. Most recently, Laidlaw was manager of environmental health, safety, and facilities for Peloton Therapeutics, where he assisted with the company’s acquisition by Merck & Co.

Education: The University of Texas at Dallas (MS), Southern Methodist University (MA)

Dallas Architecture Forum

2021 Board Officers and Members

Local nonprofit The Dallas Architecture Forum will welcome four new board officers and eight new board members:

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Eurico Francisco

President: Eurico Francisco, Vice President at CallisonRTKL

Treasurer: Terry Kafka, President at Kafka Properties

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Wendy Konadi

Secretary: Wendy Konradi, President at Wendy Konradi Interior Design

Board Members

Daniel Gunn, Architect at Oglesby-Greene Architecture

Kip Hanzlicek, President at Purdy-McGuire

Lance Josal, Founder at 1AD

Steve Kennedy, Partner at McGuire, Craddock & Strother 

Stephen Knowles, Design Principal at HDR Architecture Dallas

Robyn Menter, Principal at Robyn Menter Design Associates

John Orfield, Principal at BOKA Powell

Tiffany Woodson, Partner at Ink + Oro Creatives

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