Gerald B. Smith is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SGIA (Smith Graham & Co.), a high-quality, competitive investment management firm headquartered in Houston with a full-service office in New York, New York. Founded in 1990, SGIA has served diversified, institutional clients, including public funds, corporations, endowments and Taft-Hartley plans and currently manages over $6 billion in fixed income, Mortgage & Real Estate Debt and equity institutional assets. SGIA is one of the nation’s largest minority-owned investment management firms and one of the largest investment management firms based in Houston. A founding member of the New York Futures Exchange, Mr. Smith has 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. 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 of the New York Life Insurance Company and Chair of the Investment Committee; and Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee for Eaton, PLC. He also serves as Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.He is the current Chairman of the Texas Southern University Foundation Board.
A graduate of Texas Southern University with a BBA in Finance, in 2012, Mr. Smith received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from his alma mater, where he has established the Gerald B. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to help young people of color better compete in today’s business environment.
Mr. Smith has received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial achievements and community service. Recently, the City of Houston proclaimed Gerald B. Smith and Anita Webber Smith Day for their extraordinary community and philanthropic giving.He and Anita, have three sons – Marcus, Jackson and Jordan, and one daughter – Joy.