Mr. Graft is the founder, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: TBK). He also serves as the vice chairman and chief executive officer of TBK Bank, SSB and is the chairman of Triumph Business Capital and Triumph Insurance Group, Inc. Mr. Graft also serves as a director and as vice chairman of The Bank of the West of Thomas, Oklahoma.
Prior to establishing Triumph Bancorp, Inc., Mr. Graft served as the founder and president of Triumph Land and Capital Management, LLC, where he oversaw the management of several multi-family and commercial real estate projects in receivership and led the acquisition of multiple pools of distressed debt secured by multi-family projects. Prior to Triumph, Mr. Graft worked for Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP) where he focused on distressed loan workouts.
Mr. Graft has a long and ongoing involvement with charitable organizations, including serving on the Dallas committee of International Justice Mission. He has also championed Triumph’s participation in five well building trips to El Salvador with Living Water International and made multiple trips to Africa and Haiti.
Mr. Graft received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Baylor University. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. He also serves on the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board. In 2017, Mr. Graft received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Business & Financial Services category in the Southwest Region and the Baylor University 2017 Young Alumnus of the Year. In 2014, he was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal with the “40 Under 40” award. He and his wife Kimberly have three children and reside in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Mahmud joined Triumph in 2013 as Chief Investment Officer and Senior Managing Director at Triumph Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Mahmud was a Senior Vice President and Head of Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Strategy for a private family office.
Previously Mr. Mahmud served as Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Structured Products at Highland Capital Management, L.P. He served as the Head of the Structured Product Credit Committee and the Senior Structured Products Trader. Mr. Mahmud structured, marketed, negotiated, managed and monitored 30+ CDOs totaling over $28 billion backed by a variety of asset types. Mr. Mahmud managed a team of professionals that was responsible for the day-to-day management of all CDOs including portfolio management, asset surveillance, cash management, portfolio structuring, monthly trustee reporting, and quarterly waterfall and cashflow calculations. He also marketed related CDO investment strategies globally to pension funds, endowments, hedge funds, insurance companies and money managers. Additionally, Mr. Mahmud managed and invested a portfolio of over $6 billion of structured credit paper that was primarily backed by senior secured bank loan collateral and traded over $10 billion of structured credit paper overall during his time at Highland.
Prior to joining Highland, he served as a Senior Analyst at Fleet Capital where he was involved in originating, structuring, modeling and credit analysis for clients primarily in the manufacturing, retail and services industries. Formerly, he was a Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Mahmud received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Mr. Plumer joined Triumph in 2013 as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for the credit business at Triumph Capital Advisors with over 20 years of leveraged finance experience. Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Plumer was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Commerce Street Investment Management. At Commerce Street, Mr. Plumer managed two structured credit funds. In addition, he worked with institutional clients to develop new products to meet investor needs.
Mr. Plumer previously was a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager with Highland Capital Management, L.P. He served as a member of Highland’s Leveraged Loan Investment Committee. He actively managed a $10 billion portfolio of leveraged loans, high-yield bonds and distressed corporate debt and managed a team of up to 12 investment professionals. Additionally, he raised and managed two multi-strategy credit hedge funds and was the Portfolio Manager for Highland Credit Strategies Fund (ticker: HCF), a multi-strategy credit closed-end fund listed on the NYSE.
Mr. Plumer has significant bankruptcy and workout experience, having served on numerous creditor and steering committees. He formerly was a High Yield Trader for Lehman Brothers in New York. He began his career at Banc of America (formerly NationsBanc) Capital Markets in the Corporate Finance Group.
Mr. Plumer received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter Holder.
Mr. Braner joined Triumph in 2015 as a managing director at Triumph Capital Advisors with over 14 years of experience in the structured product and capital markets.
Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Braner was a managing director in the structured products group with Highland Capital Management, responsible for structuring, marketing and business development of its structured products business and foreign funds effort with a focus on emerging markets, primarily Latin America. During his time at Highland he was COO of the Structured Products Group, as well as head of the Deal Team within Highland’s Structured Products Group, responsible for the origination of structured finance transactions and separate investment accounts. Mr. Braner has structured over 30 CDOs and separate accounts totaling over $25 billion, including US and Euro cash CLOs, CDO Squareds, middle market CLOs, real estate CDOs and Brazilian securitization.
Previously, Mr. Braner served as a Senior Accountant at KPMG in Dallas, Texas, serving clients primarily in the Telecommunications industry.
Mr. Braner received both a Masters in Accountancy and a BBA from Baylor University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Davis joined Triumph Capital Advisors as a Senior Portfolio Analyst in 2013. He has over 9 years of relevant experience, investing primarily in the credit markets.
Prior to joining Triumph, Mr. Davis was an Associate Director in the Proprietary Investing group of ORIX USA, where he managed a portfolio of syndicated bank debt, high yield bonds, equities, and derivatives. His responsibilities included idea generation, underwriting, ongoing surveillance, and making trade recommendations to the Portfolio Managers. Prior to ORIX, Mr. Davis was an analyst at Sanctuary Capital Management, a hedge fund focused on investments in syndicated bank debt. Mr. Davis began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was an associate in the Dispute Analysis and Investigations group.
Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, and a Master’s of Science degree in Financial Management from Texas A&M University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas.
Mr. Hall joined Triumph as a Senior Portfolio Analyst at Triumph Capital Advisors in 2013 with over 10 years of investment experience, focused largely on credit and bank loans.
Before joining Triumph, Mr. Hall served as a Vice President with H.I.G. WhiteHorse, the lending affiliate of the $12 billion middle market private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. During his tenure, he independently managed a portfolio of syndicated bank loans, underwriting new primary investments, monitoring existing investments, and making recommendations to Portfolio Managers. He gained significant reorganization and workout experience and held numerous positions on steering committees with the firm. He was a voting member of the CLO Investment Committee, where he evaluated all new CLO investment opportunities. Additionally, Mr. Hall worked with Managing Directors at Bayside Capital, the distressed debt affiliate of H.I.G., to source, evaluate, and manage distressed debt investments across multiple sectors from inception to ultimate resolution. Prior to joining WhiteHorse, Mr. Hall completed a two year analyst program at an integrated asset management firm, gaining exposure to bank debt, bonds, and equities across a wide variety of structures and strategies. He has also received credit management and underwriting training from Wells Fargo.
Mr. Hall received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.