Day in the Life: Mark Nurdin

Mark Nurdin - Bank of Texas' Fort Worth CEO and chair of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce - makes time in his schedule for Bible study and family downtime.

6 a.m. Alarm goes off and I do my daily Bible study. This helps me to set my moral compass for the day.

6:20 a.m. Review the headlines of the day on my iPhone; make note of any stories that require further research. I look for economic news, news on the financial services industry or any news about a client. I also get my instructions for the day from the CEO of the Nurdin household – my wife Robin.

7:40 a.m. Leave the house in Stonegate and listen to Hal Jay on WBAP 820 on the way to the bank. Hal is one of the funniest guys on the radio. He and his team routinely have me laughing out loud on the way to work. I try not to take myself too seriously, and a bit of humor on the way to the bank helps with that.

8 a.m. Arrive at the bank; review calendar for the day (no two are exactly alike). Most mornings are spent in team meetings, one-on-one coaching sessions with my team members or meetings with clients or prospective clients. I will also do a more in-depth review of any pertinent news items. This year, I am chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. We typically have a couple of bi-monthly, early morning meetings at the Chamber (officers meeting, executive committee meeting, board meeting).

11:30 a.m. Lunchtime is spent with clients or prospective clients, in United Way of Tarrant County board or committee meetings, Chamber or Rotary membership luncheons, nonprofit fundraising events or recruiting talent. The Fort Worth Club is my standard go-to for lunch if I have a choice.

1:30 p.m. Afternoons are similar to the mornings except that I am typically involved in more strategic matters in the afternoons.

5:30 p.m. I typically leave the bank by 5:30. It is very common for me to have two or three events per week after work, some involving dinner, some not. For example, this week I have a cocktail reception for a non-profit on Tuesday and a campaign fundraiser on Wednesday. I have Bible Study Fellowship every Thursday.

7 p.m. On nights when I don’t have an event, Robin and I usually have dinner together at around 7. She is an excellent cook! I love her tacos (soft or crunchy) and her spaghetti with meatballs. We will frequently go out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Lately, we have been frequenting The Tavern quite a bit. Sometimes, my oldest son, Tyler, 24, will join us. He’s a busy young professional, and it’s always nice to catch up with him. Our youngest son, Hunter, 21, is a senior at Texas Tech. We are looking forward to having him back in Fort Worth soon.

8 p.m. Downtime with Robin. Robin and I are both sports fans. If our TV is on, there is typically a sporting event on. If not, we will read and listen to music. I’m a John Grisham fan, and I’m also a history buff. I like to alternate between a Grisham/history book and a business book of some sort. I’m currently reading “Un-Kill Creativity: How Corporate America Can Out-Innovate Startups” by Yoram Solomon, PhD.

9 p.m. We make every effort to watch the 9 o’clock news on Fox 4.

10 p.m. Lights out.