Roos, Garrett, Murphy and Werner Join Argent Trust Company, NA Board; Gary Moore named President

SHREVEPORT, LA, April 2, 2013 – Argent Financial Group, Inc, a leading diversified financial services company recently renamed its foundational trust company as Argent Trust Company, N.A. and elected four new directors and a new President for Argent Trust.

Argent Financial Group began in 1990 as The Trust Company of Louisiana. As a result of Argent’s explosive growth in other adjacent geographic areas and a refined focus on its client service delivery and brand development, the original trust company has been renamed Argent Trust Company, N.A.

“Argent Trust has been a primary catalyst for the growth our company has experienced. To ensure that continues, we have sharpened our focus on ensuring an excellent client experience through dedicated local leadership,” said Kyle McDonald, CEO of Argent Financial Group and Chairman of Argent Trust Company, N.A. “Our new president and directors are accomplished leaders and each bring unique perspectives to Argent Trust.”

New President

Gary A. Moore has been named President & Senior Trust Officer and elected to the Board of the trust company. Moore joined Argent in 1998 and has over 30 years of experience in the wealth management industry. He has B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Louisiana Tech University.

New Directors

Armand L. Roos is Of Counsel to Weiner Weiss & Madison of Shreveport. Roos has a law degree from Louisiana State University. He is a Board Certified Tax Attorney and a Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist.

J. Mark Garrett, CPA is a retired partner in KPMG, LLP. Garrett also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Argent Financial Group, Inc. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.

Thomas H. Murphy is a private investor and former President of Murco Drilling. Murphy also serves on the boards of Argent Financial Group, Inc. and PHI, Inc. He holds degrees from Washington & Lee University and Emory University.

John D. Werner is a partner in Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson of New Orleans. Werner received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a law degree from Tulane.

Director Emeritus

John R. Williams was elected Director Emeritus in recognition of his service for over 20 years.

About Argent Financial Group

Argent Financial Group, Inc., domiciled in Ruston, Louisiana, was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. Responsible for more than $5.5 billion in client assets, Argent Financial Group is a diversified financial services entity providing individuals and businesses in the mid-South with a broad range of financial services including trust administration and related services, investment management, retirement plan and charitable organization administration, mineral (oil and gas) 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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