Roger W. Claxton
Roger W. Claxton, age 58, owns and operates Claxton Farms, which consists of a stocker-cattle operation and nursery operation in northern Hunt County. Claxton is retired as an Ag-Science Teacher with Bland ISD, where he taught for 30 years. He has also been involved in dairying, hay production, and small grain production. He is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, the Hunt County Junior Livestock Association, the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser’s Association and a lifetime member of the Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association of Texas. Claxton is an Elder of the Church of Christ and has served as a Bible class teacher for many years. Claxton is a graduate of East Texas State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Kathryn, have been married for 38 years and have three grown children. Claxton has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 2010.
Kevin Sampson, age 47, is the chief engineer for M.P. Industries, Inc. in Tyler, Texas, where he has been employed for 20 years. He runs a cow-calf operation in Smith County. Additionally, Sampson produces hay, forage, Tifton 85 sprigs and timber. He has served as president, vice-president and on the budget committee of the Smith County Farm Bureau, as well as the resolutions committee for the Texas Farm Bureau. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Sampson has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 2006.
Bill Ashworth, age 75, runs a stocker calf and cow-calf operation in Hunt County and raises high quality hay for the public. He is a retired developer and still constructs custom single family homes on a limited basis. Ashworth serves as a member of the board for Hickory Creek Specialty Utility District, a member of the building committee of the First Baptist Church of Celeste, a charter member of the Celeste Lions Club, as well as a member of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas. Ashworth has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 1991.
Gina DeHoyos, age 38, is president and owner of Gina G. DeHoyos, CPA, PLLC in Gladewater, and owner of Aire Serv of Longview. She was previously employed as a senior manager at a regional accounting firm and has served as the internal auditor for Heritage Land Bank. DeHoyos has served as the board president of the East Texas Chapter of Texas State Society of CPA’s, is a board member of the Texas State Society of CPA’s and a member and former vice president of finance of the Junior League of Longview. She has served on numerous other boards, including the boards of Leadership Tyler and the United Way of Longview, as well as a commissioner for the Gregg County Emergency Services # 2. DeHoyos is a graduate of Texas A&M University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accounting. She joined the board of Heritage Land Bank in 2014 and also serves as chairman of the Audit Committee.
George Hodges, age 65, owns and operates a cow-calf operation in southern Anderson County. Mr. Hodges serves as chairman of Heritage Land Bank’s Credit Risk Management Committee. His past experience includes 28 years working for the Farm Credit System. Hodges was a commissioned examiner with the Farm Credit Administration, vice president for the Farm Credit Bank of Texas and senior vice president and branch manager for Heritage Land Bank. During his career with the Farm Credit System, Hodges has held numerous chairman and leadership positions. He currently serves as chairman of Heritage Land Bank’s Credit Risk Management Committee. Hodges is a member of the Anderson County Farm Bureau, 1st Farm Credit Services of Illinois, Producer's Cooperative Association, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In addition to his Texas agriculture interests, he is part-owner of a family operated farm in Illinois. Hodges is a graduate of Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three married children and five grandchildren. Hodges has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 2007.
Jack S. Pullen
Jack S. Pullen, age 69, is a Texas A&M graduate and a retired right-of-way agent with the Texas Department of Transportation. He owns a cow-calf operation in Rockwall County specializing in breeding of club calves. In addition, he is also involved in hay and small grain. He is president of RCH Water Corporation, past president of Rockwall Youth Fair, city councilman for McLendon/Chisholm, member of Rockwall Lions Club, charter member of the Rockwall County A&M Club, director of the Texas Hereford Association and a member of First Baptist Church of Rockwall. Pullen has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 1982.
James Tarrant, Jr.
James Tarrant, Jr., age 59, is owner and operator of Consolidated Wood Products in Bullard, Texas. He is a former loan officer and credit analyst for North Texas PCA and AgriLand Farm Credit Services. Tarrant has served as a director for the Cherokee County Electric Coop, the North Cherokee Water Corp., director for Texas National Bank and has served 10 years on the Jacksonville ISD School Board, two years as president. Other honors and distinctions include a 1989 graduate of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program (T.A.L.L.), service on the 2002 Texas A&M College of Ag Development Council, served numerous times as a delegate to the State Republican Convention and has served as an Adult Sunday School Teacher for the past 20 years. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Range Science/Ag Economics. Tarrant has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 2009.
Scott Line, age 60, is owner and operator of Line Land & Cattle, a cow-calf operation in Cherokee County with approximately 220 head of cattle excluding calves. He is a retired CPA and has been self-employed for over 20 years. Line is the previous owner of Map Production Co., Inc.; a small, independent oil & gas company. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Line serves as a director of Highland Park Estates HOA and Big Valley Ranch HOA; is a member of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, and is a former member of the Texas State Society of CPA’s.