Wells Fargo Names Regional VP, Dallas Middle Market Leadership Team



Wells Fargo named 16-year company veteran Brendon Riley to its Dallas Middle Market Banking leadership team as regional vice president, effective immediately. He succeeds Tom Krueger, who joined the company’s Great Lakes commercial lending team.

In his new role, Riley oversees 10 experienced commercial banking professionals in Dallas who deliver Wells Fargo’s localized approach to serving privately held, middle-market companies with revenues of $20 million and above.

Texas is home to eight Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking offices, including three regional offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, three in Houston, and offices in San Antonio and Austin. Growth in the downtown Dallas office led to the expansion of new Middle Market Banking offices in Oklahoma and North Dallas.

“Tom Krueger led Wells Fargo’s steady growth in Dallas, and Brendon will continue that momentum in supporting middle market companies in the area,” said Cecil Edwards Jr., region manager for Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking in North Texas, who has more than 35 years in the industry. “We’re pleased to bring yet another high-caliber leader to the market to help local companies succeed financially.”

Riley joins James Schmeltekopf, Wells Fargo’s Middle Market Banking Southern division manager, and Regional Vice President Nick Salomone. In October, Schmeltekopf succeeded promoted leader Monica Cole, and Salomone was tapped to lead operations in the Fort Worth and surrounding West Texas.

The regional offices provide more than 80 Wholesale Banking services to customers in industries such as manufacturing, wholesale, retail, distribution and technology. Edwards said the bank will continue to add new commercial bankers and staff to support customer demand here in one of the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas.

Riley previously served as a senior vice president in Houston, responsible for local credit decisions, risk management and development of financial analysts. He brings 16 years of banking experience to the Dallas team. Riley began his career at Wells Fargo in its Investment Banking division. He also worked as a National Labor Relations Board attorney.

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