Joseph M. (Jody) Grant
Joseph M. (Jody) Grant is a well-known figure in Texas banking. In addition to being chairman and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc., he is the founding vision behind what has become The Best Business Bank in Texas. It was Grant who founded the bank in 1998 along with a select group of colleagues and investors.
He has more than 30 years of banking experience. Among his many achievements are his financial organization of a major multi-national information technology corporation and the authorship of two acclaimed books, “The Development of State Chartered Banking in Texas,” (1978) and “The Great Texas Banking Crash, An Insider’s Account” (1996).
Grant is also a banker with a deep education in finance and economics. He earned his doctorate and master’s of business administration degrees from the University of Texas; his bachelor’s degree is from Southern Methodist University, where he was an All-American swimmer.
He served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of EDS, a leading information technology company with offices in more than 30 countries. While there, he was responsible for a finance organization with more than 3,000 employees and directed treasury operations, all accounting functions, tax, audit, investor relations and administrative services. Grant was a member of the EDS Board of Directors and co-led the company’s successful spin-off from its parent General Motors, then the fourth largest transaction in U.S. business history.
His other banking experience includes leading Texas American Bancshares, Inc., as chairman and CEO of what was at the time the sixth largest bank holding company in Texas. He also served as chairman, CEO and president of Texas American Bank/Fort Worth, the company’s lead bank.
While senior vice president and economist of Texas Commerce Bank Houston, he led the effort that formed Texas Commerce Bancshares, which is now part of JPMorgan Chase Bank. He was the architect of the bank’s expansion strategy and a key member of the team that made the company’s first 35 acquisitions.
A native of San Antonio, Grant began his banking career at Citibank in New York City.
He has long been a business and community leader, on the local and state levels. His list of honors is long, as well:
• 2002 Ernst & Young Southwest Area Entrepreneur of the Year
• 2001 American Banker Community Banker of the Year
• University of Texas College of Business Administration Hall of Fame
• MD Anderson – board of visitors
• Communities Foundation of Texas – vice chairman
• Dallas Citizens Council
• KERA – Board of Directors
• Dallas County Community College Foundation – board of directors
• Young Presidents’ Organization – former international president
• World Presidents’ Organization – former board member
• Dallas Museum of Art – former board member
• SMU Board of Trustees – former board member
• Cotton Bowl Association – former board member