Wade Named as President of Argent Trust Company

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, January 13, 2015 – Argent Financial Group and its subsidiary Argent Trust Company are pleased to announce the election of Charles D. Wade as President of Argent Trust Company.

Wade brings more than 30 years of experience in leading large financial services firms.  Wade joined Argent Financial Group’s executive management team as Chief Operating Officer in 2014.  This additional role is an extension of Argent’s utilization of his experience and expertise.

Wade joins a team of seasoned professionals in the Argent Trust Nashville office led by Howard Safer, CEO of Argent Trust. Safer and his team have provided services to Nashville area clients for decades. Safer has been recognized as one of Worth magazine’s “Best Financial Advisors”, Inducted into Research Magazine’s 2012 Advisor Hall of Fame and one of the Top Five National “Most Innovative Investment Professionals” by Ticker magazine.

Wade will focus on creating synergies and efficiencies for all Argent Trust’s five offices and implementing other growth strategies, according to Safer,.

“As a leader for other wealth management firms during his career, Charlie identifies with the core values of focused client service that Argent delivers through our growing professional staff,” said Kyle McDonald, CEO of Argent Financial Group. “His acumen and experience leading companies and advising on strategy make him well-suited to further position Argent and particularly Argent Trust at the forefront of the continually evolving wealth management industry.”

“We have experienced significant growth since we opened the Nashville office less than three years ago. Our growth has created a need for more leaders to help serve client needs here in Nashville and our other Argent Trust offices. The addition of Charlie affords us the opportunity to serve even more clients in our Southern footprint.” says Safer.

Previously, Wade served as the Executive Vice President and Manager of Reliance Trust’s Wealth Management and Investment Division. Prior to joining Reliance, Charlie founded and then served as Chairman and CEO of The Trust Company, now the Texas based trust services subsidiary of Argent Financial Group. He holds an MBA and finance degree from the University of Alabama. He serves on the boards of Argent Financial Group, Argent Trust Company and The Trust Company.

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 $11 billion in client assets, Argent Financial Group is a diversified wealth management entity providing individuals and businesses in the Southern U.S. with a broad range of 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 www.argentcares.com.


Argent Financial Group

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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