GERALD B. SMITH has more than 35 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to launching Smith Graham in 1990, he served as Senior Vice President and Director of Fixed Income for Underwood Neuhaus & Company. His past executive experience also includes First Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing & Sales for Westcap Corporation and Vice President of Dillon Read & Co., New York. A founding member of the New York Futures Exchange, Mr. Smith worked with institutional investors to hedge their interest rate risk by using financial futures.
A graduate of Texas Southern University with a BBA in Finance, Mr. Smith has a long history of giving back to the community through his service with numerous civic and community organizations. Mr. Smith currently serves as Chair of the Texas Southern University Foundation; and, Treasurer of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors. Former affiliations included the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Board of Trustees; the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Executive Committee, and Founding Chairman of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
In addition to his company and community work, Mr. Smith dedicates time to corporate service, having sat on the boards of Pennzoil-Quaker State, Rorento Fund, N.V., Rotterdam, Netherlands, and First Interstate Bank of Texas. He currently is a member of: the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Investment Oversight Committee for The Charles Schwab Family of Funds – one of the largest mutual fund complexes in the country; and Lead Independent Director for Cooper Industries; Board of Directors of ONEOK Partners, MLP and ONEOK Inc. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board of Directors, Houston Branch.
He has been inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame for achievements in the field of Business. He has been consistently recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the Most Influential Blacks on Wall Street. The National Association of Securities Professionals awarded him the Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. Award for the financial service professional that best exemplifies entrepreneurial achievement, community service and high moral standards. Some of his many other honors include: United Way Volunteer of the Year, the National Black MBA’s Leadership Empowerment Award,
YMCA Annual Tribute to Leadership Award, and the Community Partner’s “Father of the Year” Award.
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Donna Sims Wilson is the President of Smith Graham & Co. She has 30 years of financial services experience.
Donna joined Smith Graham on October 1, 2014. She was formerly Executive Vice President and served on the Management Committee of CastleOak Securities, L.P., a leading New York-based boutique investment bank. Previously, she was President of M.R. Beal & Company, a Founder and Managing Director of Loop Capital Markets and worked as a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she sold mortgage-backed securities. Donna started her career in 1983 as an analyst in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.
Donna currently serves as Chair of the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Securities Professionals. Appointed by the Governor of the state of Illinois, Donna is also a member of the Budgeting for Results Commission and the Governor’s Export Council. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives’ Club of Chicago. She is a former Board Member of the Bond Market Association, currently known as the Securities Industry Financial Management Association (SIFMA), and a former Member of Fannie Mae’s National Advisory Council. Donna has also served as Chairman of the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Board of the Export Import Bank of the United States.
Donna received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Yale University.
She currently lives in Chicago with her husband of 23 years, Frank Wilson IV and their daughter, Shelby. Donna and Frank’s son, Frank Wilson V is currently a junior at Morehouse College.
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MARCUS SMITH is Vice President, Business Development. He is a member of the sales and marketing team at Smith Graham. He has more than a decade of experience in the investment and energy industries. His career began at Bankers Trust in New York where he served in the role as trading assistant. At Enron Energy Services in Houston, Texas, Marcus served for four years as a member for the Client Services Group in his role as Client Manager of Demand Side Management Leases.
Marcus received a Bachelors of Business Administration from Howard University and an MBA from Texas Southern University.
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