Mike Oakes has 25 years experience in commercial and corporate banking in the Houston market with an emphasis on the energy industry. Prior to joining Trustmark, he managed the Houston loan production office of the Industrial Bank of Japan with responsibility for $3.2 billion in loan commitments and a staff of 15. Mike led the entry into the Houston reserve-based lending arena for both ABN AMRO Bank and the Industrial Bank of Japan. During the years preceding his banking career, Mike spent time in the audit group of Ernst & Young and served as controller for a firm client. He is a CPA, earned an MBA from the University of Houston and a BBA – Accounting from the University of Texas. Mike discussed careers in banking during tough economic times. Listen to the January 19, 2009 show with Mike Oakes here, or visit our VoiceAmerica archive to hear any of our previous shows.