James R. Huffines
- Independent Director
- Audit Committee Financial Expert
Mr. Huffines has served on the Board since 2021. Mr. Huffines currently serves on the board of Susser Bank holding company. He has more than 35 years of experience in banking and finance. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for subsidiaries of Hilltop Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded banking and financial services company (HTH). He also acted as a member of the Hilltop board of directors from the time of the merger in 2012 with the primary subsidiary, Plains Capital Corporation through 2017. Mr. Huffines joined Plains Capital Bank in 2001 as chairman of the Central and South Texas banking markets. He served as President and COO of Plains Capital Corporation from 2010-2015 before assuming the role at Hilltop Holdings. In addition, he served on the Plains Capital Bank board for 15 years as well as serving on the Plains Capital Corporation board. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Huffines also served on the board of Energy Future Holdings as an independent director and as the board’s audit committee chairman. Mr. Huffines presided as chairman on the University of Texas (UT) System board of regents for four years during his seven years as a Regent. The UT System board is responsible for nine academic campuses and five different medical schools in the state. He also was on the board of the UTIMCO, a $35 billion endowment fund for higher education in Texas. Mr. Huffines is currently chair of the Southwestern Medical Center board, the largest foundation in the Dallas area, which has a mission of providing funding for research and support at the UT Southwestern Medical School. In 2009, Mr. Huffines was inducted into the UT McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame and in 2011 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin.