DALLAS — Douglas Benton, vice president and senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Service in Dallas, is leaving the agency to join Bank of Texas as an analyst in the wealth management division.

Benton joined Moody’s in 1999 as vice president after spending five years at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, where he was responsible for assessing the credit quality of more than 300 financial institutions with $9 billion in outstanding credit.

He was also senior consultant for PriceWaterhouse and senior credit analyst at First City National Bank.

Benton earned his masters in accounting from Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University and his undergraduate degree in finance at Baylor University.

At Moody’s, Benton managed analytical resources of the southwest regional ratings team that covered about 1,200 municipal debt issuers in the Southwest.

Bank of Texas is a subsidiary of the publicly traded BOK Financial Corp. that includes the Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Arizona, Colorado State Bank and Trust, and Bank of Kansas City.

BOKF has full-service banks in eight states.

Its broker-dealer subsidiary provides brokerage services in 10 states.

BOKF entered the regional markets with two small acquisitions in the Dallas area in 1997 and has grown average assets in Texas to over $5.7 billion.

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