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James Huffines

President and COO

PlainsCapital Corporation

Areas of Responsibility

  • Provides strategic direction to the leaders of PlainsCapital Bank,  FirstSouthwest and PrimeLending
  • Serves on the Hilltop Holdings Inc., PlainsCapital Corporation, PlainsCapital Bank, FirstSouthwest, PrimeLending and PlainsCapital Securities LLC, boards of directors


  • More than 30 years of experience in banking, with expertise in lending 
  • Named president and COO of PlainsCapital Corporation in November 2010
  • Joined PlainsCapital in 2001 as Central and South Texas region chairman 
  • Provided strategic direction for PlainsCapital’s entry into Austin (2001) and San Antonio (2004) 
  • Held executive positions at Dallas Bancshares, Inc., Bank of Dallas and Republic National Bank of Dallas prior to joining PlainsCapital
  • Former chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, 2004-2007; 2009-2010
  • Served on the UTIMCO board of directors, a $20 billion endowment for higher education in Texas


  • B.B.A. in finance, The University of Texas 
  • Southwest Graduate School of Banking, Southern Methodist University


  • Outstanding Dallas Texas Exes Award, 2012
  • Robert C. Jeffrey College Benefactor Award for The University of Texas, 2012
  • Received the President’s Medal from The University of Texas at El Paso, 2011
  • Received the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of Texas, 2011
  • Received the National Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation, 2011
  • Received The University of Texas System Board of Regents Santa Rita Award, 2010
  • Inducted into The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, 2009

Current Affiliations

  • Andrew Harper Travel Publications, Inc., board of directors and partner
  • Texas State History Museum Foundation board of trustees vice president
  • Dallas Citizens Council board of directors
  • Dallas Regional Chamber board of advisors
  • Texas Business Leadership Council vice chairman
  • Texas Lyceum Advisory Council member
  • Texas Philosophical Society member
  • The University of Texas at Dallas Capital Campaign 2012, co-chairman
  • The University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee member
  • The University of Texas Development board of directors
  • The University of Texas Foundation board of directors
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation advisory board

Past Affiliations

  • Energy Future Holdings Board of Directors (formerly TXU) & Audit Committee chairman, 2007-2012
  • Austin Caritas board of directors
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra board of directors, executive vice president 
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra board of directors
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce chairman-elect, 2010-2011 
  • March of Dimes board of directors
  • State of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Commission member
  • State of Texas Governor’s Inauguration Committee co-chairman, 2003 and 2007
  • Texas Bankers Association board of directors