Our Team

Our Team

Howard Safer

Howard Safer

Vice Chairman, Argent Trust Company
Nashville

Howard joined Argent Trust Company in April 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and was named Vice Chairman in 2020. He serves families providing trust, investment, estate and family office services. Howard has more than three decades of experience. Prior to joining...

J. David Luce

J. David Luce

Portfolio Manager
Lake Mary

David is a portfolio manager for Core Plus Fixed Income strategy. Prior to joining Highland Capital Management, David has spent close to 20 years working for Lehman Brothers and then Barclays Capital as one of the top fixed income salesperson. David received BA in...

J. Harvie Roe

J. Harvie Roe

President, AmeriTrust
Tulsa

Harvie Roe is President and Founder of AmeriTrust Corporation, an Oklahoma Trust Company located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The firm provides Fee-Only financial services including investment management, trust administration, and personal financial planning. He was previously...

J. Hutchison (Hutch) Bryan, Jr, CFA®

J. Hutchison (Hutch) Bryan, Jr, CFA®

Senior Portfolio Manager
San Antonio

J. Hutchison (Hutch) Bryan, Jr., CFA is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Argent Trust Company in our San Antonio office. He is responsible for fixed income portfolio management of client portfolios, with an emphasis on municipal and investment grade corporate bonds....

James Ferraro, J.D.

James Ferraro, J.D.

Trust Counsel
Shreveport

Jim joined Argent in 2016 and brought with him twelve years' experience as a Trust Officer, Manager of Trust Real Estate and Trust Counsel for a bank trust department in Kansas City. Prior to attending law school his previous career was as a Social Studies and History...

James M. Pettus, III

James M. Pettus, III

Senior Vice President
Corpus Christi

James has been with the company since 2004. His responsibilities include oversight of the Corpus Christi office, client service and business development in South Texas. He sits on the firm's Investment Committee and the Trust Management Committee. He has been a...

James Story, CFA®

James Story, CFA®

Senior Portfolio Manager
Nashville

James Story, CFA is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Argent Trust Company in our Nashville office. He is responsible for fixed income portfolio management of client portfolios, with an emphasis on Institutional fixed income strategies. Prior to joining Argent, James was...

Janelle Palfreyman, CTFA

Janelle Palfreyman, CTFA

Vice President and Trust Officer
Austin

Argent Financial Group announced today that Janelle Palfreyman has joined Argent Trust Company as vice president and trust officer. Palfreyman will be based in Austin and focus on developing and administering strategies for personal trust accounts. She will report...

Janet Cowart

Janet Cowart

Operations Manager
Ruston

Janet serves as the Operations Manager for APS. Prior to joining APS, she worked for six years in the Operations and Compliance Departments of National Independent Trust Company, an Argent Financial Group subsidiary. She currently manages data processing for all...

Jason Farrington

Jason Farrington

Creative Director

Jason serves the Argent Financial Group Team as Creative Director. He joined the company in 2020. He is the former owner and president of Shreveport creative firm Summiteer Creative. Before founding Summiteer in 2016, he was owner and creative director of Gorilla...

Jason McDavid, CPA

Jason McDavid, CPA

Vice President & Wealth Advisor
Ridgeland

Jason joined Argent in 2020, coming to Argent from Gulf South Capital, a family office in Jackson, where he had provided finance and accounting support since 2017. Before that, he worked at KLLM Transport Services in Richland as controller of investment transportation...

Jason Velie

Jason Velie

Trust Officer
Wilmington

As a Trust Officer for Argent Trust Company’s Funeral and Cemetery Division, Jason is responsible for the oversight and administration of various Funeral and Cemetery Trust relationships. Before joining Argent Trust Company, Jason worked in Trust Operations for Live...

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