Distinguished Speaker Series

The College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series provides students and faculty with an opportunity to interact with prominent executives and community leaders. It offers students first-hand information about the complexities of the business world, while inspiring them to seek new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Speakers share their views about successful management styles, possible career paths, critical industry-related issues, and qualities conducive to successful business leadership. These lectures seek to enhance the educational experience of students in the College of Business while showcasing programs, faculty, and students to the international business community.

Distinguished Speaker Series

Friday, November 13, 2015
BLB 80
10am - 11:30am

Christina Kitchens
Managing Group Director of East West Bank’s National Energy Finance Group

Christina serves as Managing Group Director of East West Bank’s National Energy Finance Group. Her group focuses primarily on providing senior debt lending to upstream, midstream and downstream middle market companies and offers first-class treasury management along with its bank's cross-border advisory, private equity financing, structured and project finance. Christina is among the fourth generation of oil and gas professionals in her family and has been involved in all aspects of the industry with specific focuses in finance and operations. She received her BA and MBA from the University of North Texas.

Christina has numerous industry affiliations and leadership roles with the Texas Energy Council, TIPRO, Texas Energy Update (a founding member and board member), Energy Leadership Series (a founding member and board member), Women's Energy Network (a North Texas founding member and advisory board member), Dallas Petroleum Club, Midland Petroleum Club and the Society of Petroleum Engineers among many others. She additionally serves on the University of North Texas College of Business advisory board and is active in her sponsorship of the UNT Professional Leadership Program and The Board Connection, a non-profit organization focused to placement of women on for-profit boards.

Christina was recently honored as a D CEO’s Most Influential Business Leader in DFW as a part of an upcoming 2015 feature and as a 2014 Who's Who in Energy Designee for the second year in a row with the Dallas Business Journal. She also received the recognition of Top 20 under 40 in Energy Finance with The Oil and Gas Investor for 2014 (a well-respected industry publication) and was recognized by the Texas Energy Council at their 26th Annual Symposium held at the George Bush Presidential Center as their 2014 Energy Ambassador recipient for her work in oil and gas.

About East West Bancorp (NASDAQ: EWBC) is a US publicly traded bank with total assets of $30.1 billion and a market capitalization over $6.5 billion as of 6/30/15. EWBC is one of the 25 largest public banks in the US and has been ranked consistently in the top 15 of Forbes’ “100 Best Banks in America” for 5 consecutive years. The bank has recently expanded its operations and product footprint in Texas including the launch of its national energy finance platform, headquartered in Dallas.

Mike Robnett
President, Texas Capital Bank – Plano

Graduated from the University of North Texas in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance Major. Graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in 1987. Currently on the University of North Texas Alumni Association Board of Directors, Treasurer.

On the Board or involved in various activities including the Mean Green Club, Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, Plano YMCA, Plano United Way, U.S.M.C. 14th Marines Unit Support Group, AF & AM, Plano Rotary Club, Custer Road Methodist Church, Leadership Plano, Plano Chamber of Commerce, and others.

Originally from Commerce, Texas and my favorite things to do is attend Mean Green Football games with my wife and family.

Texas Capital Bank – Plano, President 1999 to Present

Texas Capital Bank – I started with Texas Capital as President - Plano about 30 days after we raised our initial capital. At the time, we were the largest capitalization of a new bank in the history of the United States. Since that time we have grown to be one of the larger independent banks in Texas with assets of approximately $18 Billion and trading on NASDAQ as TCBI. My responsibility is primarily the Collin County/North Dallas market for a broad spectrum of banking customers.

North Dallas Area Manager, Bank One, 1981 to 1999

Bank One - I started with a small independent bank in Plano as a Vice President in 1981. The bank was purchased by another bank and then merged twice more. We were American National Bank, Deposit Guaranty Bank, Team Bank, and finally Bank One. I was fortunate enough to be able to navigate my way through all of these changes and mergers, receiving promotions and working in Plano the entire time, taking care of my clients providing banking services.

I worked as a teller in a bank in high school and during my time at UNT. I also worked at two small banks in Lake Dallas and Arlington prior to moving to Plano in 1981.