TOP TEN MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY #4: ROBERT MARLING, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, WOODFOREST FINANCIAL GROUP.
Woodforest Financial Group Chairman and CEO Rob Marling is the fourth most powerful person in Montgomery County at the present time. The writer of these posts doesn’t believe he’s ever met Marling, but, if you live in these parts, it’s hard not to hear a lot about him. #4, as well as #3, #2, and #1 are all people whom most of you will find have far more uplifting stories than some of the previous folks on the Top Ten Most Powerful People List. Perhaps, that’s why they’re near the top.
For the purpose of this discussion, I generally define “power” as the ability to get things done in our community. So if someone has specific business or political goals and can get them done for himself or herself or for others, then they have power. Marling fits that definition very precisely. He’s not particularly flashy, but he’s smart, kindhearted, community-minded, and a great entrepreneur and leader of others. The employees of Woodforest National Bank adore Marling who has stepped back from loans and operations of the Bank in recent years.
Marling, 61, graduated from J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston (suburb of The Woodlands) in 1974. He attended junior college at San Jacinto College and became an Emergency Medical Technician. Marling worked at a computer company and then went to work for First City Bancorporation back in the days when young people could still enjoy the upward mobility that used to exist within the banking business. Marling’s great personality, work ethic, and personal integrity shot him upward within the banking business like a V2 rocket. In 1989, Marling went to work for Woodforest National Bank as an Executive Vice President when it was still a small bank based in The Woodlands. Marling rapidly became the bank’s CEO, President, Chairman, and a major shareholder. Under Marling’s leadership Woodforest grew to approximately 800 branches in seventeen states.
Marling and his wife, Kim, are known in these parts for their philanthropy. They have been major supporters of the American Heart Association, United Way, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, as well as dozens of other major charities. The Marlings have also provided major support to conservative political candidates, such as Ted Cruz, and conservative political organizations such as the Texas Patriots Tea Party PAC.
Marling built Woodforest with a keen sense of how to make money in retail banking while also applying good sense and business savvy to real estate and commercial loans. Hundreds of developers, homebuilders, professional firms, and manufacturing businesses owe some of their success to the pro-business culture Marling developed inside of the bank. He was essential to the development of The Woodlands, south Montgomery County, the Lake Conroe area, and the recent growth of Conroe.
Rob Marling can get things done.
Congratulations to Rob Marling for making the Top Ten List as #4.
CURRENT TOP TEN MOST POWER PEOPLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIST:
#4 Robert Marling, Chairman and CEO, Woodforest Financial Group.
#5 Mike Meador, County Commissioner, Precinct One.
#6 Don Stockton, CISD Superintendant
#7 James Noack, County Commissioner, Precinct Three.
#8 Phyllis Martin, County Auditor.
#9 Bobby Adams, Civil Engineer.
#10 Rand Henderson, Sheriff-Elect.