R. Clark Locke
Mr. Locke advises management and directors on the strategic options available to financial institutions. He has worked with clients on both the buy-side and sell-side of mergers and acquisitions as well as branch transactions. In addition to M&A activities, Mr. Locke is also involved in raising capital, both debt and equity, for community banks and thrifts. In this capacity, he has raised equity, sub debt and trust preferred securities for his clients and handled the conversion of mutual thrifts to stock form. Throughout his career, Mr. Locke has advised clients on a wide variety of transactions representing several billion dollars in aggregate transaction value. Furthermore, he has authored or contributed to various publications on the banking industry. He has been featured in the several business journals, Bank Director and the American Banker. Mr. Locke has also been a speaker at Bank Director’s national mergers and acquisitions conference as well as a number of state and regional banking conventions.
Prior to joining Hovde Group, Mr. Locke worked for an international consulting firm. During his tenure in management consulting, he focused on strategic planning and valuation services for clients in the financial services, healthcare and utility industries.
Mr. Locke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Michigan and remains involved in the University's Alumni Association. Mr. Locke is a CFA charterholder (Chartered Financial Analyst) and is licensed with the Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a registered principal (series 7, 24 and 63). He is also a member of the CFA Institute and Societies of Chicago and Austin. Mr. Locke actively works with and has served on the board of charitable organizations. He previously served on the Board of Junior Achievement of Central Texas which covers the 21-County area in the middle of the State as well as an organization proving support and vocational training for citizens and veterans rehabilitating from traumatic brain injuries. He supports initiatives to improve the quality of life in third world counties, and has traveled to Lesotho (Southern Africa), Venezuela and Brazil to provide medical care, build homes and provide food to people living under challenging conditions. Mr. Locke resides with his wife and children in Austin, Texas.