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Argent Trust Company announced today that Tom Stringfellow has joined the company as chief investment strategist. Stringfellow comes to Argent from Frost Bank, where he served as president & chief investment officer of Frost Investment Advisors and as executive vice president & chief investment officer of Frost Wealth Advisors.

“With a 31-year legacy of outstanding service to wealth management clients, focusing on respect as well as results, Argent is renowned in my industry and I am thrilled to be a member of this great company,” Stringfellow said.

During his time at Frost, Stringfellow supervised wealth advisor teams across the company’s regional offices serving high net worth clients. He also created Frost Investment Advisors, launching the Frost fund family of mutual funds, which was formerly included in Barron’s top fund family list.

“Tom Stringfellow is one of the most experienced and well-regarded investment professionals in our industry, and it is an honor to welcome him to Argent Trust Company, where he will be a key member of our leadership team,” said Reid Harrell, the San Antonio-based CEO of Argent Trust Company.

Stringfellow brings to Argent and its clients 40 years of experience in the investment management and energy industries. He is often sought out by national news outlets for his expertise and his comments on investing and market conditions have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, US News & World Report, CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg TV and Radio, Forbes and many others. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences in the investment industry and has chaired the Investment Committee of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and was appointed by the AICPA board of directors as a Council-At-Large Member.

“Tom brings a tremendous level of experience and investing expertise to our company. I am thrilled he has joined the Argent family and look forward to working closely with him in overseeing our company’s investment strategies,” said John McCollum, chief investment officer of Argent Financial Group, parent company of Argent Trust Company.

A long-time resident of San Antonio, Stringfellow will be headquartered in the Argent Trust Company’s San Antonio office but will be serving as chief investment strategist for all of Argent Trust Company, including wholly-owned subsidiaries Heritage Trust Company in Oklahoma City and Ponca City, Oklahoma, and the AmeriTrust Companies in Tulsa. Stringfellow has been active in the professional community as well, serving as past president of the San Antonio Society of CFA Institute and the San Antonio Business & Economic Society.

“Tom’s expertise, backed up by decades of experience managing billions of dollars, adds a new level to our investment management services. His input will benefit all Argent clients, but I am especially pleased he will be based here in San Antonio, where he has such deep roots in the community,” said Sam Boldrick, senior vice president and director of fixed income for Argent Trust Company.

About Argent Financial Group

Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $30 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate planning, investment management, ESOPs, retirement plan consulting, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. For more information, visit www.ArgentFinancial.com.

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