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TSB's Executive Business Curriculum


For owner-operated business leaders, the Executive Business curriculum is designed to leverage your existing experience and give you the additional depth of knowledge to take your firm and career to the next level without interrupting the management of your existing business.  The program targets overall leadership development as well as foundational, strategic, and functional principles to give you the tools to grow your business and communicate in the ever complex business world in which we operate.

The program is held as Summer and Fall Semester including a Summer Break in between and begin January 2020.  Sessions are held twice per month on Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:30 and will include a boxed lunch networking wrap up.  Participants will be responsible for outside work in preparation for classes and may include reading, researching or preparing information for class time discussion.  Overall the Executive Business Curriculum encompasses approximately 50 hours of instruction.  The candidate will be responsible for $1200 towards the cost of the program.

To be considered for admission to the January 2020 class, please submit your completed application by January 6, 2020. 

We will be offering an Academy program twice per year, the first 2020 class begins January 2020 and the second class will begin September 2020. 

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Curriculum Overview

Foundational Knowledge
  • Accounting Principles I & II
  • Building a Healthy Balance Sheet
  • Ratio Analysis/Benchmarking
  • Capital Sources/Funding
  • Economics for Business
Strategic Knowledge
  • Tax Planning
  • Hiring & Retaining Top Talent
  • Cyber Security
  • Succession Planning for Business
  • Legal Environment including Contract Negotiation
  • Fraud Protection
Functional Knowledge
  • Human Resources-Creating Respectful Workplaces
  • Elevate and Differentiate Your Brand
  • Entrepreneurial Operating System
  • Executive Communication
  • Leadership & Development
  • Wealth Management

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • C-Suite Executives or Key Players of healthy business
  • Seeking education to take business and career to the next level
  • Candidate must complete all required preparation prior to class
  • Attendance of all sessions is required for graduation
  • Active participation is critical to success
  • An existing Texas Security Bank relationship is not required



Frequently Asked Questions

Can multiple people from the same company enroll?
Yes! The curriculum segments are designed specifically to help business owners and their key players to learn the foundational, strategic and functional areas that are critical to operating a successful business.

What is the cost of the program?
The TSB Academy is a year long program that encompasses approximately 50 hours of instruction. The current cost of the program is $1200.00.

What happens if I have to miss a session?
Attendance to all sessions is important because the program is structured in a way that each topic builds upon the next to maximize learning. Of course, we understand that emergencies happen and can be discussed with the Executive Director.

Is joining by Skype an option?
Classroom interaction and participation is very important for the overall experience and enhances all students experience, therefore we do not offer Skype as an option, as we believe attendance is critical.

What do I need to bring with me to class?
We recommend that you bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Instructors do provide handouts of the presentation and we provide binders to keep classwork organized. If there are additional items needed the Executive Director will let you know ahead of class.

Do I get CPE credit for attending?
No. We are not currently certified to offer that credit at this time.

Is there a discount for multiple enrollments from the same company?
No. We do not offer discounts for multiple enrollments which is why we keep the cost of the program at a reasonable level.

May I bring someone with me from my company just for one session?
We are happy to accommodate a request to have a key player join the group for a session. Please check with the Executive Director for availability.

After I apply, how long will it be before I know if I am accepted to the TSB Academy?
Applications are viewed weekly, therefore response for acceptance into the TSB Academy is usually within a two week turnaround period.

How will I know that I have been accepted?
You will receive an email acceptance letter with further instructions letting you know that you have been selected.

What are the dress guidelines?
We have individuals attending that have varying types of businesses, so business casual is recommended.

TSB Academy Instructors

Craig Scheef currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Texas Security Bank. Craig is the founder of Texas Security Bank, committed to advancing the champions of free enterprise. Craig is a 30-year commercial banker, who is a trusted resource for owner man-aged businesses.

Chris Jones currently serves as Chief Lending Officer, Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for Texas Security Bank. Chris has been in the financial services industry for 30+ years, serving in various roles from Middle Market Lending to Business Development. He was President of Allied Capital Partners before becoming one of the Founders of Texas Security Bank.

Ed McQueen is a partner with Bell Nunnally Attorney & Counselors. His practice focuses on corporate, commercial and real estate finance. Ed concentrates in the areas of complex commercial and real estate lending transactions, structured finance, corporate workouts, complex commercial transactions, debt restructuring, asset based finance, leveraged buyouts and syndicated loan transactions.

Terri Swain is the founder and managing partner of The HR Consultant, a Fort Worth based human resources consulting firm specializing in Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and employee relations. She has managed major reorganizations and staffing during mergers and acquisitions; designing and implementing performance management systems; developing start-up human resource plans; and developing corporate diversity initiatives.

Taylor St. Germain Economic Analyst at ITR Economics.  Taylor provides economic consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries.  As a member of the Leading Indicator team with experience in both consulting and forecasting, Taylor is a key contributor to ITR Economics’ forecast accuracy rating of 94.7%.

Ed Butowsky Managing Partner, Chapwood Capital Investments, LLC, a private wealth management advisory firm that focuses on providing comprehensive financial counseling and investment advice to wealthy families and individuals.  Ed has over 30 years in the financial services industry and began at Morgan Stanley, where he was a Senior Vice President in private wealth management as well as a Chairman’s Club Member- the firm’s highest designation.  At his peek he oversaw $11.1 Billion in assets.  He has a unique talent for taking a news story and explaining how it affects people’s finances and offering suggestions which has made him a sought-after commentator.  He has appeared on FOX News Channel, Fox Business News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, as well as many radio stations.  He is the originator of the CHIP score as well as the Chapwood Index.  The CHIP score is the first metric tool designed to properly and effectively evaluate and score a portfolio’s strength based on all elements that attribute to portfolio performance: rate of return, risk, inflation, taxes, management fees and investment fees.  He was awarded the 2015 Alternative Investment Award for Excellence in Investment Wealth Management-USA and is the bestselling Author of “Wealth Mismanagement: A Wall Street Insider on the Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisers and How to Protect Your Portfolio.”

Terry Oehring CEO of Solis Security. 

Solis Security was founded in 2003 as an Information Security company focused on helping financial institutions build robust and effective security programs.  Today, Solis helps companies across industries throughout the country to solve their business problems with a holistic approach including information security and information technology services.

Derek Wright President of Solis Security.

Solis Security was founded in 2003 as an Information Security company focused on helping financial institutions build robust and effective security programs.  Today, Solis helps companies across industries throughout the country to solve their business problems with a holistic approach including information security and information technology services.

Chris McKee is the managing partner of Venturity Financial Partners, a professional services firm providing accounting and finance services on an outsourced basis to small, growing companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth market.

Clint Pugh is the managing partner of Saville, Dodgen & Co. He is an accountant and trusted business advisor, providing proactive tax planning and compliance services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. He assists clients in various industries such as construction, real estate, professional services, oil & gas and agriculture.

Ben Parkey is the Dallas Market President of Texas Security Bank. He has over 20 years banking experience as a Commercial Banker and Team Leader. Ben is an active member of Conscious Capitalism and the Dallas Executive Educational Program.

Jeff Whittle is the Founder of Whittle & Partners, a Dallas-based consulting boutique dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, owners and leadership teams build better businesses. Jeff moderates deep-dive conversations around the challenges, opportunities and issues faced by entrepreneurs taking their business to the next level.

Felix Lozano, III is the Partner in Charge of Whitley Penn's Dallas office. Felix has more than 30 years of experience in auditing public and private companies. He oversees the Audit practice at the firm, with a focus on manufacturing, wholesale & retail, employee benefit plans and not-for-profit industries.

Jake Pollack Partner Bell Nunnally Attorneys & Counselors.  Jake’s practice primarily focuses on sophisticated estate planning, family-owned business transactions, and estate and trust litigation.  He assists clients in protecting their assets and business interests, preparing for death, disability and financial crisis, avoiding unnecessary taxation, and maximizing business and financial opportunities. 

Brian Brandt CEO of Core Insights, a Texas-based company providing premier training, strategic guidance, leadership coaching, and keynotes for businesses, nonprofits, and associations.  In his three decades of leadership experience, he has served in such roles as a CEO, Public Relations Director, National Sales Director, Executive Pastor, and College tennis coach.  He regularly speaks on leadership topics and has spent his life supporting the transformation of individuals and organizations.  Brian holds a Master of Global Leadership, as well as a Bachelor of Accounting.  He volunteers for and serves on the board of numerous non-profit agencies and has recently co-authored Blind Spots:  What you don’t know CAN hurt you, with Ashley Kutach.

David Richardson Vice President Account Services at Spire Agency.  David has built his career around growing B2B companies through branding, marketing and sales initiatives.  David is the Vice President of Spire Agency, the top B2B branding agency in DFW.  His expertise in the B2B buying has helped elevate companies from disruptive start-ups to industry leading Fortune 500s.

Jamie Crosbie CEO/Founder ProActivate & Peak Performance Mindset Speaker.  Jamie has over 20 years of success across sales leadership, talent acquisition and executive management.  She is the Author of “The Power of 2, Exponential Sales Leadership”, specializing in Peak Performance Mindset workshops.  Having serves as VP of Training and Development at Career Builder and Founder of ProActivate, she understands, how to motivate, shape and lead successful teams.  Jamie received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Business from the University of Kansas.  She has also pursued post graduate work with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Dallas. 

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