Gerald founded Smith Graham in 1990 and has over 43 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.
Mr. Smith dedicates time to many corporate boards and civic and community organizations. After twenty years of committed service, effective December 31, 2020, Mr. Smith retired as a board member of the Charles Schwab Family of funds where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Investment Oversight Committee. Mr. Smith is a Board Member of the New York Life Insurance Company and Chairman of the Investment Committee; a Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Eaton, PLC. He is the current Chairman of the Texas Southern University Foundation Board, his alma mater. Mr. Smith is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board and Chairman of the Budget Planning Committee, Rice University’s Baker Institute Board of Advisors, and the ONEOK Board of Directors.
Gerald has received numerous honors and awards from local and national entities for his achievements and service, including the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, Community Partners, YMCA, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, Black Enterprise Magazine, National Black MBA Association, and 100 Black Men Association of America. He and his wife, Anita, are founding donors of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. A graduate of Texas Southern University with a BBA in Finance, in 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from his alma mater, where he has established the Gerald B. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development. Recently, the City of Houston proclaimed Gerald B. Smith and Anita Webber Smith Day for their history of extraordinary community and philanthropic giving. In October 2021, he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame for his transformational impact on the economy and on communities around the state, nation, and world.