Executive Team

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Meet our executive team. If you have a suggestion on how we can improve your banking experience, don't hesitate to contact us online or stop by your nearest branch. We would love to hear from you!

David R. Brooks

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

David R. Brooks

David R. Brooks

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

David R. Brooks is Chairman of the Board, President, CEO and a director of the Company. Mr. Brooks began his banking career in the early 1980s with a large regional bank and has been active in community banking since he led the investor group that acquired the Bank in 1988. Mr. Brooks has previously served as a board member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. He currently serves as Chairman of Capital Southwest Corporation, and previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at Baylor University from 2000 to 2004 and President of the Board of Trustees of the McKinney Independent School District for five years and on the McKinney City Council for four years and served for three years on both the McKinney Economic Development Corporation Board and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board. David R. Brooks is the brother of Daniel W. Brooks.

Daniel W. Brooks

Vice Chairman & Chief Risk Officer

Daniel W. Brooks

Daniel W. Brooks

Vice Chairman & Chief Risk Officer

Daniel W. Brooks is Vice Chairman, Chief Risk Officer and a director of the Company. Mr. Brooks formerly served as Vice Chairman and a director of the Company since 2009. Mr. Brooks previously served as President and a director of the Company from 2000 to 2009. Mr. Brooks has functioned as our Chief Credit Officer throughout his tenure with our Company. Mr. Brooks began his banking career in the early 1980s with a large regional bank and has been active in community banking since the late 1980s. Mr. Brooks has served in numerous leadership roles in the Collin County community, including service as Chairman of the Board for Medical Center of McKinney and on the boards of directors of McKinney Christian Academy and the McKinney Education Foundation. Daniel W. Brooks is the brother of David R. Brooks.

Brian E. Hobart

Vice Chairman & Chief Lending Officer

Brian E. Hobart

Brian E. Hobart

Vice Chairman & Chief Lending Officer

Brian E. Hobart is Vice Chairman and Chief Lending Officer of the Company. Since 2009, Mr. Hobart has functioned as Chief Lending Officer, serving as President and as a director at both the Company and the Bank during this time. Mr. Hobart was one of the founders of IBG Central Texas and served as its President and as a director from 2004 until January 2009. Prior to joining IBG Central Texas, Mr. Hobart held senior level positions in community banks since the early 1990s. Mr. Hobart is an active volunteer within the communities of North and Central Texas and has served in various roles over his career.

Michelle S. Hickox

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Michelle S. Hickox

Michelle S. Hickox

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Michelle S. Hickox has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Independent Bank since May of 2012. Michelle is responsible for the Bank’s financial and regulatory reporting, asset liability management, capital planning as well as M&A evaluation and integration. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Hickox was an audit partner with RSMUS LLP, where she was a designated financial institution specialist and was nominated as the first woman audit partner in their Dallas office. Over her 22-year career in public accounting, Ms. Hickox provided audit, financial reporting, internal control assistance and training to large community banks and other financial institutions. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Texas A&M University. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Texas A&M Mays Business School Commercial Banking Program. Michelle is a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs.

James C. White

Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

James C. White

James C. White

Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Jim White is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Bank. Jim comes from Fischer Technology, a Dallas based corporate real estate firm where he was Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman. Prior to Fischer, White was Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President at Texas Capital Bank. During his fifteen years with Texas Capital, White managed 600 people, seven key operational units and two revenue producing lines of business. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of North Texas in business and control systems, a certificate in Six Sigma, is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and a Member of Association of Financial Professionals (AFP).

James Tippit

Executive Vice President Corporate Responsibility

James Tippit

James Tippit

Executive Vice President Corporate Responsibility

James Tippit is Executive Vice President Corporate Responsibility. Mr. Tippit oversees Human Resources, CRA, Community Development, Marketing and Communications. He and his teams provide strategic counsel and drive business performance by growing the company’s brand value, building strong, healthy communities, cultivating a positive corporate culture, and driving engagement. James joined Independent Bank in 2011; previously working for JP Morgan Chase in the Wealth Management Division and American Express Financial Advisors. A native Texan, he holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews, and Baylor University.

Mark Haynie

Executive Vice President General Counsel

Mark Haynie

Mark Haynie

Executive Vice President General Counsel

Mark Haynie is Executive Vice President General Counsel. Mr. Haynie has represented the Company since its formation in 2002, serving as lead counsel on all of the Company’s M&A and capital markets transactions and advising the Company in corporate and regulatory matters.  Prior to joining the Company, he was a founding shareholder of Haynie Rake Repass & Klimko, PC, a law firm emphasizing the representation of community banks. He has 35 years’ experience in representing banks, bank holding companies, and other financial institutions in a wide variety of corporate, regulatory and securities matters. Mr. Haynie is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Texas School of Law.