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Veritex Adds Veteran Bank Executives in Houston

HOUSTON (May 2, 2018) – Four veteran bankers have joined Veritex Bank at its corporate office in Houston, located at 777 Post Oak Boulevard. Veritex expanded into the Houston market last August with its parent company Veritex Holdings, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: VBTX) merger with Dallas-based Sovereign Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sovereign Bank.

Jamie Ballard joins Veritex Bank as Senior Vice President-Community Bank Executive, with a focus on commercial lending. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Commercial Banking for Allegiance Bank. Jamie has been active numerous organizations, including Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, and served as former Chair of the Economic Development Committee for City of Friendswood. A Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), he is a graduate of the University of Phoenix.

Lance Gordon has been hired as Senior Vice President of SBA and Government Lending. He comes to Veritex Bank with nearly 20 years of banking experience in the Houston market. Most recently, Lance served as Senior Vice President/Houston Market Manager for South Star Bank. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  

Michael Hood joins Veritex Bank as Senior Vice President / Senior Director Commercial Banking, with a focus on corporate and middle-market lending. He has nearly 15 years of experience in financial services and most recently served as Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking Manager for Regions Bank. He is a graduate of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Chuck Helms, a native Houstonian, has been hired as Vice President-Commercial Real Estate Lending. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he began his banking career with Whitney National Bank in Houston.

“The addition of these highly experienced bankers to our Houston team will further enhance our operations in the market,” said Ruben Alvarez, Executive Vice President/Houston Community Bank President. “Each of them has extensive expertise in growing revenues across diversified client industries, always putting the customer first.”


About Veritex Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Dallas, Veritex Holdings, Inc. is a bank holding company that conducts banking activities through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Veritex Community Bank, with locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as well as in Austin and Houston. Veritex Community Bank is a Texas state chartered bank regulated by the Texas Department of Banking and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. For more information, visit

Additional Information for Investors and Shareholders

The information contained herein does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed merger of Veritex and Sovereign Bancshares, Veritex will file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The registration statement will include a joint proxy statement of Veritex and Sovereign Bancshares, which also will constitute a prospectus of Veritex, which Veritex and Sovereign Bancshares will send to their respective shareholders. Investors and shareholders are advised to read the joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available because it will contain important information about Veritex, Sovereign Bancshares and the proposed transaction. These documents will contain important information relating to the proposed transaction. When filed, this document and other documents relating to the merger filed by Veritex can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at

Participants in the Transaction

Veritex, Sovereign Bancshares and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed under the rules of the SEC to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the respective shareholders of Veritex and Sovereign Bancshares in connection with the proposed transaction. Certain information regarding the interests of these participants and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available. Additional information about Veritex and its directors and officers may be found in the definitive proxy statement of Veritex relating to its 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on April 7, 2016 and Veritex’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 filed with the SEC on March 15, 2016. The definitive proxy statement and annual report can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at or from Veritex Holdings at its website, Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Veritex Holdings will be available free of charge by directing a request by telephone or mail to Veritex Holdings, 8214 Westchester Drive, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75225 Attn: Investor Relations. Veritex’s telephone number is (972) 349-6200.

No Offer or Solicitation

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to sell, or the solicitation or an offer to buy any securities. There will be no sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirement of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Veritex’s management with respect to, among other things, future events and Veritex’s financial performance. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “predict,” “potential,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “expect,” “continue,” “will,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “goal,” “target,” “would” and “outlook,” or the negative variations of those words or other comparable words of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about Veritex’s industry, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond Veritex’s control. Accordingly, Veritex cautions you that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Although Veritex believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, actual results may prove to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Veritex’s expectations include successfully implementing its growth strategy, including identifying acquisition targets and consummating suitable acquisitions;  continuing to sustain internal growth rate; providing competitive products and services that appeal to its customers and target market; continuing to have access to debt and equity capital markets and achieving our performance goals. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, please refer to “Special Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Veritex’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 15, 2016 and any updates to those risk factors set forth in Veritex’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Veritex’s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what Veritex anticipates. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Veritex does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict those events or how they may affect us. In addition, Veritex cannot assess the impact of each factor on Veritex’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Veritex or persons acting on Veritex’s behalf may issue.

Annualized, pro forma, projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results.

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