Gerald founded Smith Graham in 1990 and has more than 35 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to Smith Graham, 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.
Gerald lends his expertise to a number of corporate boards. He has 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, Board Member for Eaton Corporation PLC, as well as Board Member for New York Life Insurance Company. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch, Board of Directors.
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. Gerald currently serves as Chair of the Texas Southern University Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership. Additionally, Mr. Smith serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP). His 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