MSF Advisory Council members serve as advocates of the MSF Program, offer guidance to the curriculum committee, and assist in strengthening the overall student experience. Members have the opportunity to participate in MSF practicum projects, networking events and student treks.
The Advisory Council meets biannually in Austin, Texas.
Raymond James Managing Director
Managing Director, The Claro Group
Senior Investment Manager, Director of Special Opportunities Program, TRS
Smart Sand, Inc. CFO
Regional Director, DFA
Russell Brockett is a Regional Director on the Financial Advisor Services team at Dimensional Fund Advisors. He currently provides capital markets analyses to the Dimensional advisor base, utilizing webcasts, podcasts, virtual study groups, and video-based meetings. Prior to this role, he consulted with Dimensional's independent broker-dealer advisors and home offices, assisting in the implementation of strategist research models and advisor practice management.
Russell holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a Certified Financial Planner®. He graduated from the inaugural class of the McCombs Master of Science in Finance program in 2013. Before attending graduate school, he worked in multiple capacities for educational non-profits in the U.S. and Argentina. He was a Psychology and Government major at Claremont McKenna College, where he played varsity tennis.
Marketing Analyst, Eagle Global Advisors
Harris Britt is a Marketing Analyst with Eagle Global Advisors. He previously served as an analyst at Jackson Hill Advisors, a value-oriented investment firm in Houston, TX.
Associate Director, Corporate Finance, Scotiabank
Dan Cardone joined Scotiabank in April 2014 and is an Associate Director in the Houston office. Mr. Cardone focuses on corporate and asset valuations, the evaluation of merger and acquisition opportunities, capital market analysis and company research.
Prior to joining Scotiabank, Mr. Cardone worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Citigroup as part of the energy coverage team, working on debt, equity and M&A for energy companies around the world. Prior to working at Citigroup, Mr. Cardone was a consultant with PwC, focusing on financial and operational process improvements for a wide range of companies.
Mr. Cardone graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business with a Masters of Business Administration.
EY Principal - Transaction Advisory Services
Financial Analyst, Energy Financial Services Group, BOK Financial
Cameron Cofield is a financial analyst for the Energy Financial Services Group within BOK Financial, providing a variety of commercial and investment banking services to the Upstream and Midstream Sectors of the Energy Industry. Primary responsibilities include underwriting a reserve-based loan portfolio, facilitating discussions between the credit team and clients, and risk monitoring.
Prior to joining BOKF, Cameron earned her BBA in Marketing from Southern Methodist University (2015), and her Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin (2016). Cameron currently serves as the chair of the Young Professionals Board for Depelchin Children’s Center in Houston and as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters 2.0 program.
CEO, Oilfield Water Logistics
Michael B. Cox
Vice Chairman, Seabury Advisory Group
Michael B. Cox is Vice Chairman of the Seabury Advisory Group, Seabury’s holding company for all of its advisory practices and is Global Head of Seabury’s Corporate Advisory practice. Mr. Cox joined the Seabury as a partner Seabury’s principal advisory practice in April 1998. He has over 30 years of corporate and advisory experience covering corporate recovery, cash management, business planning and crisis management. At Seabury, Mr. Cox has advised numerous airline clients on a variety of projects, including airline treasury, corporate finance, and airline restructuring. In addition, Mr. Cox has been qualified as an industry expert in various commercial disputes involving aircraft leasing matters, airline valuations and business plans for the passenger and cargo sector.
Mr. Cox received his M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Texas, Austin and his B.B.A in Business Management from Texas A&M University where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Cox is a FINRA registered representative with the Series 7, 79 and 63 designations.
WildHorse Resource Development Corp (WRD) EVP & CFO
Treasurer, Development Company and Gas, ExxonMobil
Scott Darling is the Treasurer with Development Company and Gas at ExxonMobil.
Managing Director, UBS Private Wealth Management
President, Farrimond Castillo
Division Finance Manager, DaVita Inc.
Kenna Garinger is Division Finance Manager with DaVita Inc. She previously served as Commercial Banking Relationship Manager at Bank of Texas in Houston. Prior to her current role, Ms. Garinger was a Credit Specialist for the Commercial Group and completed the Bank’s Accelerated Career Track rotational program.
Texas Capital Bank EVP
William Griffin currently works at Texas Capital Bank as EVP.
Prior to this, Mr. Griffin served as Managing Director and Market Executive at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role he lead a team of dedicated private client professionals serving the Houston Metropolitan area, Louisiana, Arkansas, the Texas Gulf Coast and the Rio Grande Valley markets. William and his team served high and ultra high net worth individuals and their families as well as business owners operating in a broad range of industries.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Griffin was the South Texas Market Executive for Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Client Manager in Houston for Bank of America, a position he held from 1990 to 2007. As a senior client manager, he worked with public and private companies in accessing bank products and the capital markets – helping to grow the investment banking platform at Bank of America.
Mr. Griffin received his BBA and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. Active in the Houston community, Mr. Griffin is a Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera and he was the honorary chair of the 2015 Art on the Avenue event. He has also been active in a number of other organizations including, the March of Dimes, United Way, St. John’s School and is involved with the Houston Center for Literacy. He is also a member of the Children’s Museum Board and is on the Advisory Council of the Masters of Science in Finance program at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Griffin served for three years on the Board of the Houston Ballet.
Head of Capital Markets Origination, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Associate, Financial Advisory Services, DFA
Durbin Bennett CIO
CFO of TPG Sixth Street Partners (TSSP)
Robert Karicod is the Chief Financial Officer of TPG Sixth Street Partners (TSSP), the dedicated credit and special situations platform of TPG Capital. Prior to joining TSSP, Mr. Karicod was a Partner and Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management in New York, where he was responsible for many of the Federation departments of that firm. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Karicod was most recently a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young where he worked over a decade in a variety of service lines and locations, including the core audit practice, National Accounting Professional Practice, and primarily Transaction Advisory Services. During his time at Ernst & Young, Mr. Karicod spent two years as an expatriate in New Delhi to grow the country’s financial due diligence practice.
Deloitte Advisory Principal, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP
Vision Ridge Partners
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, NGP Energy Capital Management
Jill W. Lampert is Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of NGP, a premier investment franchise in the natural resources industry. Founded in 1988, NGP has aggregate cumulative capital of over $19 billion and has invested in over 340 transactions in energy and natural resources. She is a member of the Firmâ™s Executive Committee and the Investment Committee.
Since taking her current position in 2010, NGP has tripled its capital commitments. To support this growth, Ms. Lampert has built out the infrastructure to support the increased number of investors and entities and associated complexities as well as the demands for enhanced reporting from both investors and regulators. In her role, Ms. Lampert oversees financial reporting, tax, accounting oversight as well as all other administrative functions including technology, marketing, human resources, and support operations.
From 2007 through 2010, Ms. Lampert served as Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member of NGP Midstream and Resources where she was responsible for creating and managing a private equity platform including legal documentation, tax planning, investor communication, financial reporting and accounting oversight. Ms. Lampert has held other financial, accounting and operational roles since beginning her career at Arthur Andersen.
Ms. Lampert is on the board of Rebellion Energy, a privately owned Tulsa based E&P Company. She has also been involved with many non-profit organizations and is a founding board member of the Global Adaptation Institute - now the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and The Birthday Party Project. She currently serves on the University of Texas McCombs MSF Advisory Board, the Risk Committee of the Parish Episcopal School, the Finance Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and the Finance Committee for the Temple Emanu El Endowment. She has served as an advisor to the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and as the chair of the Temple Emanu-el Audit Committee.
Ms. Lampert is actively involved in several financial, private equity and energy organizations, and she is a frequent panelist and lecturer at industry functions. Ms. Lampert was awarded the 2012 CFO of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal.
Ms. Lampert is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Lampert resides in Dallas with her husband and three children.
Managing Director, Head of Global Corporate Banking, Natural Resources
FTI Consulting, Senior Managing Director
Partner, Wynden Capitol Management
VMG Health Managing Director
Mark C. Moores
Tax Director, Soros Fund Management LLC
Mark Moores is the Tax Director at Soros Fund Management LLC where he has been since 1995. Prior to joinin Soros, he was a Tax Manager at Arthur Andersen. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 with a BBA in accounting. He is a CPA licensed in New York and Texas. Mark grew up in Austin and now resides in Rye, NY with his wife Patti and two sons.
Co-Founder and President, Platform Partners
Brad is active with several organizations, including the Children's Museum of Houston (Board, Executive Committee, Finance and Investments Committees) and The Kinkaid School (Alumni Association Board â€“ President, Advancement Committee). He is also a member of the Greater Houston Community Foundation NextGen Giving Circle, the American Enterprise Institute Enterprise Club and previously served on The University of Texas 1883 Council. Brad graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Texas in 2000 with a BA in the Plan II Honors Program and a BBA in finance.
Executive VP and CFO, Lucid Energy Group
Assistant Vice President Consumer & Retail Group, Wells Fargo
CIO, International Growth Equity, Invesco
Waterfall Asset Management
Andrea Petro is a Managing Director of the Principal Finance Group at Waterfall Asset Management. Waterfall is an investment advisor focused on High Yield Asset Backed Securities and loan investments. Ms. Petro has over 30 years of structured credit experience. She established the Lender Finance Division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2000 to exclusively provide financing for specialty finance companies. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Andrea was Senior Vice President, National Marketing Manager of the Financial Servicing Funding Division of Transamerica Business Credit.
Andrea earned her bachelor of arts degree from Kent State University and her master of business administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a past president of the Commercial Finance Association and serves as member of the board of directors of the Association. Andrea is a member of the Advisory Council of the Texas Master of Science Finance Program at The University of Texas at Austin and is an active member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and the International Factoring Association.
Partner, Chartwell Partners
Managing Director, Regional & Specialty Banking
Jim Recer is Managing Director, Specialty & Regional Banking at Texas Capital Bank, focusing on the Dallas region in addition to Private Wealth and Energy and the bank’s businesses in Syndicated Finance, Lender Finance, Leasing and Financial Institutions.
A veteran of Texas banking, Recer joined Texas Capital Bank from BBVA Compass, where he spent 13 years, most recently leading U.S. coverage for the Corporate & Investment Banking group. As Senior Managing Director and Senior Executive Vice President, Recer led a team that provided banking and investment services to U.S. clients with revenues of more than $3 billion.
While at BBVA Compass, Recer also served as Director of Asset Recovery Management & Solutions as a direct report to the CEO and Chief Risk Officer, transforming the bank’s commercial loan workout function to a separate line of business to meet the demands of the credit crisis. He also was South Texas Region Executive and served as Houston Market President, leading the Corporate Banking group in the Houston area.
Earlier in his career, Recer served as an executive for Bank of America’s Financial Strategies Group, which provided traditional banking and investment banking services to California companies with revenues in excess of $100 million.
Recer has served as an Executive Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council, and Chairman of the Friends of Scouting Campaign. He has also been active with the Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, where he served on several committees and was an Adult Bible Fellowship Leader.
Recer currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Master of Science in Finance Program in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Recer earned a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Houston Regional President, Texas Capital Bank
Financial Advisor, US Capital Advisors, LLC
PetroLegacy Energy, Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President, BBVA Compass
Houston Regional CEO – Bank of Texas
Mark L. Zyla
Managing Director, Acuitas