Lisa Saenz serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for WestStar. Lisa provides oversight to the Bank’s Accounting, Treasury, Information Technology, Branch Operations and Wealth Management Departments as well as WestStar’s Insurance Agency. She maintains a wide range of responsibilities including overseeing and directing the Bank’s financial goals, strategic objectives, interest rate risk, investment strategies and budget. She joined WestStar (then Bank of the West) in July 2000 as Assistant Controller before serving as Controller for thirteen years before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2015.
Lisa began her career in 1997 as an Internal Auditor for El Paso County (El Paso, TX). Later that same year, she moved to KPMG (El Paso, TX) where she served as a Senior Auditor before joining WestStar Bank.
Lisa currently serves on the Public Service Board for El Paso Water and the University of Texas Foundation. She is also a member of the UTEP Banking Academy Advisory Council. Previously, Lisa served as board chair of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Board of Trustee and Treasurer for St. Clement’s Parish School, and Board member for Texas Bankers Association Services Company and Financial Managers Society. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Lisa graduated with Honors from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. Additionally, she is a graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, where she received the Graduation with Distinction Honor and is a Certified Public Accountant.