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Neiman Marcus Adds First President

Plus, WiNGS appoints five board members; Jackson Shaw promotes five; and more.

Neiman Marcus

Ryan Ross, President

Ryan Ross

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

Education: University of Oregon (B.S.)


Leilani Miller, Chief Financial Officer

Leilani Miller

Leilani Miller will be responsible for all financial, H.R., and operations for 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 (B.S.)

Laura Reeder, Chief Development Officer

Laura Reeder

Laura Reeder will provide strategy and implement fundraising efforts for WiNGS. She will also oversee communications for WiNGS. She began her career in the film industry, then decided to use her fundraising and production skills to work in nonprofit. Before joining WiNGS, she worked for the American Heart Association as the corporate development director for the nonprofit’s Cortes du Coer fundraiser and its Heart Ball.

Education: University of Arizona (BFA)

Texas Capital Bank

Bryan Kucholtz, Head of Private Wealth

Bryan Kucholtz

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, concierge private banking, investment management, insurance and brokerage services, and online and mobile banking. Before joining Texas Capital Bank, he served as executive vice president and regional sales manager, North Texas at PNC Investments. He has also held prior posts at BBVA, Comerica, and JP Morgan Chase.

Education: The University of Texas at Dallas (MBA), The University of Dallas (B.A.)


Joy Chiles, Senior Vice President and Controller

Joy Chiles

Joy Chiles joined national real estate development company Jackson-Shaw in 1998 and has been promoted from her previous role 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 (B.S.)

Joe Blewitt, Senior Vice President of Hospitality Development

Joe Blewitt

Joe Blewitt has been promoted from his previous post as vice president of asset management. He is responsible for Jackson-Shaw’s hospitality developments and its expanding hospitality presence in several states. Prior to joining the company in 2016, he served in the U.S. Army and worked for Crescent Hotels as regional development manager.

Education: Nassau Community College (A.A.)

Mark Butler, Vice President of Finance

Mark Butler

Mark Butler joined Jackson-Shaw in 2017 and has been promoted from his previous post as a development associate. He focuses on debt and equity efforts related to the company’s development strategy. Before joining Jackson-Shaw, he was a senior underwriting analyst at Goldman Sachs and a private banking analyst at J.P. 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, layout and feasibility studies, land acquisitions, entitlements, and supporting construction and asset management of industrial projects. Before joining Jackson-Shaw, he worked at Multifamily Development, Workday, Gartner, and JPMorgan Chase.

Education: The University of Oklahoma (B.A.)

Zac McGuire, Vice President of Construction

Zac McGuire

Zac McGuire joined Jackson-Shaw in 2018 and has been promoted from his previous post as director of construction. He will lead day-to-day operations for development and construction management projects. This includes zoning, land acquisition, post-close underwritten improvements, predevelopment, lender requirements, and ongoing portfolio capital developments.

Education: Texas A&M University (B.S.)

Origin Bank

Charles P. A. Williams, Senior Vice President of Business Development/North Texas Region

Charles P.A. Williams

At Origin Bank, Charles P. A. Williams will source new small-to medium-size business loans and deposits and real estate lending 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 Cobbs

In his new role, Travis Cobbs focuses on high-net worth individuals in North Dallas and provides services around transactions including mortgages and private aircraft financing. Before joining Bank of Texas’ Private Wealth team, he held various positions at Liberty Capital Bank over five years, including vice president, assistant vice president, banking officer, and credit analyst.

Education: Southern Methodist University (MBA), Baylor University (B.A.)

Amanda Gottfried, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager

Amanda Gottfried

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

Education: California State University, Northridge (MBA, B.S.)

Lee Farr, North Dallas Corporate Banking Leader

Lee Farr

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

Education: Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, Boston University (B.S.)

Westmount Realty Capital

Alex Ingle, Senior Legal Counsel

Alex Ingle

In his new role, Alex Ingle will work on Westmount’s transactional side, coordinating legal dealings related to acquisitions, financing, and dispositions. Before joining Dallas-based Westmount, he worked as a real estate associate at Wick Phillips, where he was responsible for representing clients in negotiations. Ingle also previously worked at D.R. Horton and Haynes & Boone.

Education: Wake Forest University (J.D.), Wichita State University (B.A.)

Board Appointments


Jeff Harvey, Board of Directors 

Jeff Harvey

Jeff Harvey is a partner with the law firm Holland & Knight with experience developing and supporting customized legal and risk mitigation strategies that balance business, technical, operational, and legal concerns. He is one of five members being added to WiNGS’ board of directors—part of its 22-member board.

Education: Wake Forest (J.D., MBA), Texas A&M University (B.S.)

Malia Hodges, Board of Directors 

Malia Hodges

Malia Hodges is senior vice president and chief information officer for Oncor Electric Delivery, where she has worked for more than eight years. She is responsible for Oncor’s I.T. 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 chief talent and diversity officer and deputy publisher at The Dallas Morning News. At The Dallas Morning News, she is responsible for the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She has worked with The Dallas Morning News for more than 15 years.

Education: University of North Texas (B.S.)

Andrea Garcia Albright, Board of Directors 

Andrea Garcia Albright

Andrea Garcia Albright works for Bank of America as a managing director and senior treasury solutions manager in global transaction services. She is responsible for managing a team of treasury advisors and delivering working capital and cash management solutions to businesses within the Middle Market Banking line of business at Bank of America.

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 for many events to talk 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 City.

Education: Ross University (M.D.), University of Louisville (MBA), University of Oklahoma (B.S.)


Suzanne Crow

Suzanne Crow