Argent Hires New Trust Officer – Mark P. Shorthouse

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (January 8, 2015) – Argent Financial Group and its subsidiary Argent Trust Company, are pleased to announce the addition of Mark P. Shorthouse as Vice President and Fiduciary Consultant.

In his new role, Mark will manage complex ESOP relationships and major trust clients for the firm. Shorthouse has over 15 years of experience in the fiduciary services and consulting industry serving the needs of clients across the nation. Shorthouse holds a Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and also holds his Series 7 and 63.

Shorthouse joins a seasoned team of fiduciary services professionals in Argent Trust’s Atlanta office. Dave Williams is Executive Vice President and Manager of Fiduciary Services and also serves as General Counsel to Argent Financial Group. Williams has over 40 years experience in law practice with a special emphases on employment related items and business transactions. In high demand for his professional insight and expertise, he speaks and writes about ESOPs and other employee benefit plan and executive compensation issues on the local and national level.

Steve Martin serves as Senior Vice President and Senior Fiduciary Consultant. Martin has over 35 years of employee benefit and trust administration experience, focusing on the most complex ESOP relationships. He has started or rebuilt fiduciary services departments for several other firms.

“We have experienced a great deal of growth since we opened the Atlanta office less than a year ago. Our growth has created a need to add experienced professionals to serve the needs of our existing and prospective clients. The addition of Mark to our team affords us the opportunity to serve even more of the market.” says Williams.

“Argent Trust is committed to employing highly qualified professionals who are willing to go to great lengths to understand and serve clients. Mark has demonstrated these qualities and we are excited that he decided to join our Argent Trust team” said Kyle McDonald, CEO of Argent Financial Group and chairman of Argent Trust Company.

“This team continues to add a great deal to Argent’s success with client-focused service with a reputation unsurpassed in the industry,” added McDonald.

About Argent Financial Group

Argent Financial Group, domiciled in Ruston, Louisiana, was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. Responsible for more than $11 billion in client assets, Argent Financial Group provides individuals, institutions and businesses in the U.S. with a broad range of wealth management services including trust administration and related services, investment management, family office services, retirement plan and charitable organization administration, mineral (oil and gas) rights management, and financial, retirement and estate planning. For more information, visit



Argent Financial Group

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $30 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate administration, investment management, ESOPs, retirement plan consulting, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930.

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