Aaron Jack Named CEO of Heritage Trust Company

Succeeds Bond Payne, who has accepted post of Governor’s chief of staff

Contact: Taryn Clark, Heritage Trust
TClark@heritagetrust.com, 405.608.8645

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Aug. 13, 2020 J. Aaron Jack has been promoted from chief development officer to CEO of Oklahoma City-based Heritage Trust Company, a subsidiary of fiduciary wealth management firm Argent Financial Group, which has offices in 12 states and manages more than $30 billion. He has also been elected to the Heritage Board of Directors.

“A.J. has been a tremendous asset to our company and our clients since he joined Heritage seven years ago as a member of the leadership team,” said Argent CEO Kyle McDonald. “He is a born leader, epitomizing the humble confidence that is Argent’s core value. We are fortunate to have him on our team and I look forward to the important contributions he will make in this new role.”

J. Aaron Jack

In his new role, Jack succeeds Heritage Trust co-founder S. Bond Payne Jr., who has accepted the position of chief of staff to Gov. Kevin Stitt. Though relinquishing his day-to-day duties at Heritage Trust, Payne will remain chairman of the board and involved in the company in an advisory capacity. He will also maintain his deep commitment to the Oklahoma City community, evidenced by his leadership in the redevelopment of the historic Journal Record Building and his involvement in economic development activities across Oklahoma.

“Without Bond’s leadership, Heritage Trust would not be the strong and growing company it is today, built to last for generations to come. It is an amazing legacy he has created, and I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to carry it forward,” Jack said. “As a company, we are also very proud that one of our own has been chosen to be of service to our state in such a vital way. It is the opportunity of a lifetime for Bond to give back to the state he deeply loves.”

S. Bond Payne Jr.

“Though it is difficult to leave a company that means so much to me and my family, I am excited about the opportunity I now have to make a difference in a new, broader arena. This is a seminal time for Oklahoma and I hope this calling allows me to play a role, however small, in setting our state on course for success across generations – just as we have done at Heritage,” Payne said. “None of his would be possible without A.J. and I am so grateful he is a member of the Heritage family. With his steady hand on the tiller of our ship, I can leave knowing that we are on the right course.”

A native Oklahoman, Jack returned to the state in 2013 to join Heritage. He spent five years as vice president, director of development and marketing, before being named chief development officer in 2018 and assuming responsibility of marketing, sales and business development for Argent Financial Group’s entire 12-state footprint.

Extremely active in the Oklahoma City community, Jack has served on several boards, including the Wes Welker Foundation, Downtown Club and the Isaiah Stone Foundation. He is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 33 and participates on the board of advisors for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Heritage. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he served as a two-time captain on the men’s basketball team and holds several athletic honors.

About Heritage Trust Company

Heritage Trust Company, part of the Argent Financial Group family of companies, offers trust administration, oil and gas management, real estate management, financial planning and investment management services to individuals, for-profit companies and charitable/non-profit organizations. The Oklahoma-based company has offices in Oklahoma City, Ponca City and in Tulsa under the AmeriTrust brand, which serve clients in the United States and several countries around the world. For more information, visit www.HeritageTrust.com.

About Argent Financial Group

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, 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.