Alum gets prestigious honor in Dallas


Oscar Davis, a Grambling alumnus, is honored in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Black Dallas. The Bastrop native was recognized for being a professional who has excelled tremendously in his profession. 

Who’s Who Black Dallas showcases the achievements and success of some of the top African American professionals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

Davis is a senior commercial banker for the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Banking Group at Regions Bank. He is responsible for managing and retaining existing relationships and generating new business. 

In past years he has been responsible for the strategic planning activities for developing the charter schools business in Texas, and he was able to generate more than $250 million in new loans for Regions Bank over a four-year period.  

From 1998 to 2005 at Bank of America, he was recognized as a top loan officer and was one of the winners for the Go for the Goal Award in 2004. 

In 2005 he joined Wachovia Bank and was recognized as one of the Top 10 percent in production for the Texas market. 

Regions Bank recognized Davis as the 2010 Chairman Club Winner. 

About his inclusion in Who’s Who Black Dallas, Davis said, “It was a privilege.”   He said he was excited by the recognition of his peers. 

“To receive such a prestigious honor and be recognized in the first annual Who’s who Black Dallas is something you dream of,” Davis said.

At Grambling, he received a bachelor of science degree in marketing. He is a Prince Hall Mason and a member the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Davis met his wife Marilyn at Grambling, and the two Gramblinites have a son together, Cody Davis.

Davis is proud of his success, but he realizes that he has not made it to the top alone. He credits much of his success to his father, I.L. Davis Sr., and mother, the late Araminta Jeanette Rivers Davis, who both constantly pushed him to be his best at all times. He also credits Grambling State University’s newspaper.

The Gramblinite really provided me with a platform,”he said. “My responsibility was to go out to the market and sell ads for the newspaper to different businesses in the Grambling and Ruston areas.

The Gramblinite helped me to become a professional at a young age and it groomed me to what I’m doing now,” Davis said. 

“Believe it or not I’m doing the same thing when I’m out pitching the bank to prospects. I’m selling what we can do verse other banks in the market.” 

To achieve such success as he has, Davis advises students that it is important for them to learn to balance their academics and establish social skills. He explains how establishing social skills can help students when they go out for jobs and that it will enable them to communicate with professionals. 

With all of his success Davis and his family gives back to Grambling’s school and community. His family helps bring business to the city of Grambling with their store Reali-Tees. 

What’s up next for Davis? In the next several years he plans to own his own company. He aspires to step out and acquire or purchase an existing company in the next two to three years. 

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