Argent Financial Group Employee Spotlight – Ty Pendergrass

What led you to Argent and what makes it unique?

In the last half of 1989 Kyle McDonald reached out to me about his desire to launch the first independent trust company in Louisiana. I was 35 at the time and was looking for a new challenge and opportunity to be a part of a unique venture.

Why do you enjoy working at Argent?

Working at Argent has allowed me to do what I enjoy the most – building deep and long relationships – and helping clients and co-workers identify and meet their financial and often personal goals.

What does the company mean to you?

In late 1989 or early 1990 as plans were being made to launch the Trust Company of Louisiana – now Argent – I remember sharing with Kyle that I wanted to be a part of a company that the people of North Louisiana could be proud of. I believe that goal has been exceeded way beyond what I could have ever imagined 30 years ago. Today Argent is a company that every community where we have a presence is served honorably and competently. I am extremely blessed to have spent the last 30 years working at Argent.

Recount a favorite memory or project from your time at Argent. 

I have many good memories over the past 30 years, however probably the most memorable occurrence was in 2008 when leasing in the Haynesville Shale was taking place. People were standing in a line out the door of our office waiting for an opportunity to lease their land. It was a crazy time in many ways. I had certainly not seen anything like it before and I truly doubt that we will ever see anything like it again.

What is a random fact about you?

During my college years I worked for a veterinarian who talked me into taking on pet grooming to earn a little extra money. I agreed and the adventure began. I do not recall how many dogs I groomed, but I never had a repeat customer!

What’s your favorite thing about Minden?

Years ago I heard a famous theologian say that all of us have three great needs – transcendence, truth and community. Community can and does mean much more than where we live, but I really enjoy the community where I live and work. It certainly is not perfect, but it is a place that has allowed me to flourish professionally and serve my neighbor. I also appreciate the Argent community where I have been able to have a very small part of a company that strives to do the right things in the right way.