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.
Division Manager, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Managing Director, Head of Global Corporate Banking, Natural Resources
Partner, Quantum Energy Partners
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.
Senior Vice President, Prudential Capital
CEO, Oilfield Water Logistics
CIO, International Growth Equity
WildHorse Resource Development Corp (WRD) EVP & CFO
VMG Health Managing Director
PetroLegacy Energy, Chief Financial Officer
Kris Simpson is Chief Financial Officer with PetroLegacy Energy. He previously served with Luxe Energy LLC as Chief Financial Officer.
FTI Consulting Senior Managing Director
Smart Sand, Inc. CFO
Raymond James Managing Director
Durbin Bennett CIO
Wells Fargo Managing Director
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.
James D. Recer
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.
Managing Director, The Claro Group
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.
Owner, Chief investment Officer, Wynden Management; Heritage Trust
Houston Regional President, Texas Capital Bank
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, Bank of Texas
IB Analyst, Credit Suisse
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets Origination, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
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.
Mark L. Zyla
Managing Director, Acuitas
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.
Managing Director, UBS Private Wealth Management
Houston Regional CEO – Bank of Texas
Director, Berkeley Research Group
Financial Advisor, US Capital Advisors, LLC
CFO of TPG Special Situations Partners
Regional Director, Dimensional Fund Advisors
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.
Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners
Partner, Farrimond Castillo & Bresnahan, P.C.
EY Principal - Transaction Advisory Services
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.
Managing Director, Lazard Asset Management