Phil Swatzell

Phil Swatzell

Phil Swatzell is a Bates Group expert and consultant with over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Swatzell’s primary expertise lies in Branch Management, Operations and Controls; Branch Supervision and Sales Supervision; and Recruiting. He comes to Bates from CrossFirst Bank in Dallas, where he served as a Senior Advisor.

Prior to joining CrossFirst, Mr. Swatzell was Managing Director and head of the Southwest Region for Credit Suisse Private Banking & Wealth Management.  Over the course of 9 years, he recruited, hired and mentored many outstanding advisors, and built a very profitable business in the Southwest region. During the same period, he also established a branch in Houston. Before Credit Suisse, Mr. Swatzell served as a Managing Director at US Trust in Dallas prior to its purchase by Bank of America.

From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Swatzell was Managing Director and Partner of a start-up investment management firm, Dearborn Partners, in Chicago. There he focused on client acquisition and managed portfolios of Large Cap Growth Equities and Fixed Income securities for high net worth individuals, families and foundations.

Mr. Swatzell began his career in Dallas, Texas with the Investment Banking firm Salomon Brothers, where he spent 10 years before moving to their Chicago office in 1987 to head up their Pension and Insurance Group. During his 15-year tenure at Salomon Brothers, he teamed up with Lewis Ranieri to start the mortgage securities business in 1982. He later joined First Boston Corporation in Chicago as a Director and Branch Manager of their Private Client Group, where he hired brokers and grew a retail business focused on UHNW individuals, families and small institutional clients.

Mr. Swatzell received his B.A. in Finance from Texas Tech University and has held FINRA Series 4, 7, 24 and 63 Licenses. He serves on the board of several charitable organizations focused on poverty alleviation, human rights and education.


Phil Swatzell

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CrossFirst Bank, Dallas, TX, Senior Advisor, 2016-Present

Credit Suisse, Dallas, TX, Managing Director, Southwest Regional Manager, 2007-2016

US Trust Company, Dallas, TX, Managing Director, 2004-2007

Dearborn Partners, Chicago, IL, Partner and Managing Director, 1998-2004

First Boston Corporation, Chicago, IL, Director, Head of Private Client Group, 1992-1998

Salomon Brothers, Chicago, IL, Director, Private Investment Group, 1990-1992

Salomon Brothers, Chicago, IL, Director, Institutional Sales, 1987-1990

Salomon Brothers, Dallas, TX, Director, Institutional Sales, 1978-1987

Gardner Denver Company, Dallas, TX, Financial Analyst, 1975-1978


Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Bachelors Finance and Economic, 1972

  • Series 4
  • Series 7
  • Series 24
  • Series 63