The Audacity of Aaron Graft

Aaron Graft doesn’t subscribe to the maxim that one should under-promise and over-deliver. At no point was this more evident than on the latest quarterly earnings call of Triumph Bancorp, the $6 billion bank based in Dallas that Graft has led as chief executive officer since 2010. “Beginning this quarter,” Graft shared at the start of the call on Oct. 21, 2021,”we are not going to address our community banking results in our prepared remarks.” Here’s a modestly sized regional bank, helmed by a 43-year-old CEO who purports to having no meaningful previous experience working in a bank, telling sophisticated…

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John Maxfield


John Maxfield is a freelance writer for Bank Director magazine. He was previously the senior banking specialist at The Motley Fool. He regularly writes for Bank Director magazine and BankDirector.com. His work has been syndicated widely to national publications including USA Today, Time and Business Insider, and he’s been a regular guest on CNBC. John has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lewis & Clark College and a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University. He’s a licensed attorney in the State of Oregon.

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