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LU business college hosts Carmen Jordan in ExxonMobil Executive in Residence series

Lamar University’s College of Business will host Carmen Jordan, executive vice president and chief lending officer of Encore Bank, as ExxonMobil Executive in Residence Feb. 22, 2011. She also serves as executive vice president of Encore Bancshares, Inc., Encore Bank’s holding company.

Jordan will present a talk on “Returning to the Era of ‘Skin in the Game’ – A Banker’s Perspective” in Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Business Building at 11 a.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public. She will also host a faculty colloquium and meet with graduate business students that day. Jordan received her bachelor of business administration degree in finance from Lamar University in 1990.

Jordan joined Encore Bank in 2009, where she oversees the 30-plus-member Encore Bank lending team and serves as a voting member of its senior loan committee. In both 2007 and 2008, she was named by US Banker magazine as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in their annual Most Powerful Women in Banking rankings. A well-respected decision maker with a strong ability to guide experienced lenders as well as recognize and culture young talent, she grew loans 12 percent and increased deposits 10 percent in 2010 when many banks were experiencing declines.

Prior to joining Encore Bank, Jordan served as senior vice president of Amegy Bank from 1997 to 2009. She founded its corporate energy services division in 2002 and managed the bank-wide energy services portfolio that generated more than $2 billion in new loans under her leadership. Jordan was the youngest and first female member of Amegy’s senior loan committee.

Jordan began her career in branch management at First Interstate Bank of Texas (later acquired by Wells Fargo). She completed the bank’s loan officer development program in 1994 and joined the commercial lending group. She rose to assistant vice president before joining Amegy Bank as vice president, corporate and commercial lending.

Jordan’s community interests are centered on children. In addition to being a hands-on mom, she has served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston and is currently an advisory board member. She also volunteers as a coach for First Colony soccer club and is actively involved with St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land. She and her husband, Matt, have two daughters, Kelsey and Kendall.

Jordan’s visit is made possible by a generous grant from Exxon/Mobil. For more information about the lecture or the College of Business, call (409) 880-8603 or visit on the Web.