Mr. Westbrook currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of HomeTrust Bancshares and of HomeTrust Bank. Prior to September 1, 2021, Mr. Westbrook served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HomeTrust Bancshares since October 2018, President and Chief Operating Officer of HomeTrust Bank since October 2020 and Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HomeTrust Bank since October 2018. Before that, Mr. Westbrook served as Executive Vice President (Senior Vice President prior to December 22, 2014) and Chief Banking Officer of HomeTrust Bancshares and HomeTrust Bank since June 2012. Mr. Westbrook began his career in banking with TCF Bank in Minneapolis and later joined TCF National Bank Illinois as Senior Vice President of Finance. In 2004 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Retail Banking for Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana markets that included 250 branches and $4 billion in deposits. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Community Bancshares in Texas, from 2006 to 2008, where he was responsible for repositioning the bank’s retail operating model and implemented the bank’s retail and corporate lending product offerings. In his most recent role, Mr. Westbrook served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer from 2008 to 2010 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2012 of Second Federal Savings and Loan Association of Chicago, where he significantly grew core operating revenue, net checking account balances, and repositioned the bank’s entire product line. Mr. Westbrook joined the Board effective September 1, 2021, in conjunction with his promotion to President of HomeTrust Bancshares and Chief Executive Officer of HomeTrust Bank. Mr. Westbrook’s decades of experience as a senior executive in the banking industry and nearly ten years of service with HomeTrust Bank make him a valued addition to the Board.
Mr. Sprink joined HomeTrust Bancshares and HomeTrust Bank in November 2014 as Senior Vice President and Market President, leading HomeTrust’s denovo entrance into the Raleigh, NC market. As of May 2023, Mr. Sprink was promoted to Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking. His experience in the banking industry of more than 30 years includes leadership roles at Central Carolina Bank/SunTrust and TrustAtlantic Bank.
Mr. Houghton has served as Executive Vice President (Senior Vice President prior to December 22, 2014) and Chief Credit Officer of HomeTrust Bank since March 2014. Mr. Houghton has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. For nearly 17 years, he held a variety of senior positions in the credit and lending areas with StellarOne Corporation, a Charlottesville, VA-based bank holding company with approximately $3 billion in assets, and its predecessors, until the sale of StellarOne to another bank in January 2014. The most recent of those positions was Chief Credit Risk Officer, which Mr. Houghton held since 2007.
Ms. Powell joined HomeTrust Bancshares and HomeTrust Bank in July 2015. From July 2015 to May 2020, Ms. Powell served as Director of Residential Mortgage Lending, and from June 2020 to June 2022, Ms. Powell served as Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking Group Executive. As of July 2022, Ms. Powell was promoted to Executive Vice President, Consumer and Business Banking Group Executive. Her experience in the banking and financial services industry spans over 20 years. Prior to joining HomeTrust, she served for over 13 years at PNC in senior leadership and strategic positions throughout the Southeast. Currently, she provides direction and leadership to our Consumer and Business Banking lines of business, which include Mortgage, Retail, Business Banking, and Professional Investment Bank services.
Ms. Jex joined HomeTrust Bancshares and HomeTrust Bank in August 2023 as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. Ms. Jex has more than 20 years of banking and financial industry experience at institutions ranging from $3 billion to $30 billion in assets. Before joining HomeTrust, she served as Chief Compliance Officer at Southern First Bank in Greenville, South Carolina and at South State Bank in Columbia, South Carolina. She has also held positions at The Savannah Bancorp, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Crowe Chizek & Company and Troy Bank & Trust.
Mr. Caywood joined HomeTrust Bank in May 1995 and has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer since April 2019. During his time at HomeTrust Bank, he has served in multiple capacities, developing and implementing technology initiatives across the organization. In 2014, Mr. Caywood assumed the role of Director of Information Technology and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in September 2017. In addition to maintaining existing enterprise systems, he provides technical direction to all lines of business and has led numerous operational process improvement initiatives.
Ms. Pelletier joined HomeTrust Bancshares and HomeTrust Bank in May 2022 as Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer. In July 2023, Ms. Pelletier was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operations & People Officer and gained responsibility for Deposit and Loan Operations, and Project Management functions, while retaining leadership of Human Resources. Her experience spans 20 years of banking and financial industry roles as an operational and commercial line of business employee as well as a human resources leader. Prior to joining HomeTrust, she served in several key roles at SouthState Bank in Charlotte, NC, most recently as Senior Vice President, Director of Talent Acquisition. While at SouthState she also held the positions of Director of Commercial Operations, Human Resources Manager and Human Resources Business Partner.
Mr. VunCannon is a certified public accountant and has served as Executive Vice President (Senior Vice President prior to December 22, 2014), Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of HomeTrust Bank since July 2006 and as Corporate Secretary of HomeTrust Bank since September 2017. From March 1997 to June 2006, Mr. VunCannon served as Vice President and Treasurer of HomeTrust Bank and from April 1992 to February 1997, Mr. VunCannon served as Controller of HomeTrust Bank. In addition, Mr. VunCannon has served as Executive Vice President (Senior Vice President prior to December 22, 2014), Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of HomeTrust Bancshares since HomeTrust Bank’s mutual-to-stock conversion and as Corporate Secretary of HomeTrust Bancshares since September 2017. Previously, Mr. VunCannon was employed by KPMG in Charlotte, North Carolina.