Christopher J. Furlow Named CEO of the Texas Bankers Association

Jan. 12, 2018

The Texas Bankers Association Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Christopher J. Furlow to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1. Furlow will join TBA April 1 and will work with the association’s current President and CEO Eric Sandberg to ensure a smooth transition.

Furlow brings 25 years of experience in business, government, politics and strategic communications to TBA. He is joining TBA from Ridge Global, where as President he is responsible for the operations, staff and business development services of the international risk management consulting firm.

He has worked extensively at the federal, state and local government levels. A White House and Capitol Hill veteran, Furlow has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Director for State Affairs in the White House Office of Homeland Security and Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the Department of Homeland Security. Furlow also served as National Field Director/Deputy Political Director for the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C., as well as Communications Director for the Office of U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) in Washington, D.C., and Executive Director of the Republican Party of Louisiana.

Although his career has taken him to Washington, D.C. and Louisiana, Furlow is excited about bringing his family to Austin, where he has Texas ties: His wife, Jan, grew up in Plano and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He and Jan have four children; one in college, two in high school and one in middle school. They currently live on a farm in Virginia outside of D.C. and own a small herd of cattle.

“Chris’ leadership, government relations, cyber and risk experience, coupled with his entrepreneurial background, make him the perfect person to lead TBA,” said Jay Dreibelbis, Chairman of the TBA Board of Directors. “Chris understands the unique challenges of our member banks and he is deeply committed to fulfilling our mission of member services. I am excited for TBA’s path forward and the focus on the next generation of Texas bankers under his leadership.”

“The Texas Bankers Association has a proud history of leading the way and I am excited to become a part of this tradition as CEO,” said Furlow. “I look forward to working with TBA’s outstanding team and membership to help shape the future of banking for all of our members and the customers they serve.”

“I am pleased to welcome Chris to the TBA family,” said Sandberg. “The future of this organization is solid. Chris’ vast experience, our excellent staff and strong volunteer membership will lead the way. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the association at such a critical point in our industry’s history and I am proud of the successes we have enjoyed.”

Furlow is a graduate of Louisiana State University, an Adjunct Professor of the Carnegie Mellon University Chief Risk Officer Program and a former Senior Fellow of the Homeland Security Policy Institute of The George Washington University. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force and its Cyber Leadership Council, the National Emergency Management Association private sector committee and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London.)

The Texas Bankers Association is the oldest state banking association with the largest number of members in the United States and is well-respected among its peers.