Stephen B. Payne, Jr.

Chairman, Heritage Trust Company & Vice Chairman, Argent Financial Group

Bond Payne co-founded Heritage Trust Company in 1997, working in compliance and asset management before being named Chairman of the Board in 2004.  In 2016, Heritage combined with Argent Financial Group and he was named Vice Chairman for Corporate Development.  Mr. Payne also serves on the AFG Board of Directors in addition to his responsibilities as market leader for Oklahoma.  Mr. Payne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Payne is active in business associations and community activities.  He is Past Chair of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board of Trustees and Past President of the Association of Trust Organizations.  He currently serves as a Trustee of Casady School and is a Director of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  Mr. Payne is a member of the Oklahoma City Chapter of YPO International and is a past Chapter Chair.

Mr. Payne has a passion for projects that contribute to the growth and improvement of his community, as evidenced by his leadership in the redevelopment of the historic Journal Record Building.  He is an active participant in economic development activities across Oklahoma, having served on the Oklahoma EDGE Policy Board, Oklahoma City Bond Advisory Committee, and Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust, and was a founding board member of the John Rex Charter Elementary School in Downtown Oklahoma City.  Mr. Payne currently serves as a member of the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Urban Land Institute.

Mr. Payne and his wife, Lori, have two daughters.  His hobbies include golf, hiking, Tarheel Field Hockey, Cyclone Volleyball and Thunder Basketball.