Joseph M. “Jody” Grant

Jody Grant is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Texas Capital Bancshares and founder, chairman and partner of BankCap Partners.

Mr. Grant is a native of San Antonio where in high school he set two national Junior Olympic swimming records and was a high school All American in 1955 and 1956. He attended Southern Methodist University on a swimming scholarship where he majored in Finance. At SMU, he won four individual Southwest Conference championships, was the high point medalist in 1959, and was named to the collegiate All America team.

Mr. Grant earned an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. Upon receiving his degree, he joined the executive training program at Citibank in New York City. After five years he returned to the University of Texas to earn a Ph.D. in finance and economics. Upon completion in 1970, Mr. Grant joined Texas Commerce Bank as senior economist where he developed the expansion strategy for Texas Commerce Bancshares, which became the 26thlargest bank in the country (now J.P. Morgan Chase). As economist, he garnered a national reputation during the energy crisis of the 1970s.

After five years at Texas Commerce, Mr. Grant joined Texas American Bank in Fort Worth where he became chairman and CEO of Texas American Bancshares (TAB) in 1986. He took office just as the Texas economy was caught in the vortex of the “perfect storm.” Nine of the ten largest banks in Texas failed to survive, including TAB. He chronicled this experience in his book, The Great Texas Banking Crash—an Insider’s Account, published in 1996.

In 1990, Mr. Grant joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as CFO. In 1996, he co-led its split-off from General Motors, which then was the fourth largest transaction ever on Wall Street. In 1998, he founded Texas Capital Bank and its parent Texas Capital Bancshares, then the largest start up in U. S. history. In recognition of this success, in 2001 he received banking’s highest honor by being named Community Banker of the Year by American Banker. Texas Capital went public in 2003 and is now over $20 billion in assets. He served as chairman and CEO until his retirement in 2008; he remained on the board of directors until May 2013. Today, Mr. Grant serves as chairman emeritus of Texas Capital and is a founding partner and chairman of BankCap Partners, a private equity firm formed to expand the Texas Capital model outside of Texas. In 2007, BankCap started Atlantic Capital Bank in Atlanta, which replaced Texas Capital as the nation’s largest start up. Currently, BankCap’s other portfolio banks are in Virginia, California, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, and Texas.

Mr. Grant is a member of The University of Texas at Austin College of Business Administration Hall of Fame and the boards of trustees of the foundations of Dallas County Community College and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is a member of Chief Executive Organization, Young Presidents Organization-Gold, and is a past chairman of Communities Foundation of Texas. In 2010, he was inducted into Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans where he is also a member of its board of directors. He has served on the boards of trustees of SMU and TCU, and the boards of directors of numerous public companies. In 1987-1988, he served as International President of the Young Presidents Organization, which today has 20,000 members in 120 countries. He also has served as chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and of the North Texas Commission, which is an economic development and marketing agency for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In 2013, Mr. Grant was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of SMU and was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Grant is chairman of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, which operates Klyde Warren Park (KWP), a $110 million park that serves as the epicenter of the Arts District. He led the effort to develop the Park, which opened to great acclaim in October 2012. KWP has been transformational for Dallas, connecting Uptown and Downtown, and serving as the “Front Lawn” of the Dallas Arts District. Since the beginning of its development, KWP is estimated to have created $2 billion in value-added to Dallas. It is credited with being a major catalyst in attracting businesses and residents to Uptown and Downtown thereby accelerating the revitalization of central Dallas. Mr. Grant and his wife Sheila received the prestigious Linz Award in 2015 for their efforts in developing KWP, only the third couple to receive the award in its 90 year history.

The Grants have two adult children, Mary Elizabeth Grant and Steven Clay Grant.