From September 2023
Angela Harper grew up in a small West Texas Farmingtown not far from Lubbock, where she attended college at Texas Tech University. In the late 1980s, many female college students majored in either nursing or education, so she chose the latter. During college, she worked part time at a local bank. She developed a passion for banking and changed her major to finance. Her first job, a bank regulator, allowed her to get a big-picture look at the industry. Malcolm Holland, CEO of Veritex Community Bank, took notice of her skills and work ethic and asked her to help him start Veritex in Dallas. Today, Harper serves as chief risk officer for Veritex Bank. She was employee No. 3, and Veritex was a $140 million bank at the time. Today, Veritex has numerous locations across Texas and is a $12.5 billion bank. Harper has been instrumental in this growth, implementing a successful risk management program. She credits her success to the opportunities banking has provided and now mentors young women in the field. “Women currently represent 30 percent of the finance industry; we are confident this number will continue to grow. In the meantime, I am expanding my knowledge to keep up with the increasing complexities that come with working for a larger bank. There is still so much I can do for the bank and for others,” Harper says.