Partner, Vice President of Marketing and Client Services
Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from Howard University and an M.B.A. from Texas Southern University. After graduating in 1999, he joined Enron Corporation in Houston, where he managed large commercial and industrial accounts for energy customers. In 2001, Mr. Smith joined Reliant Energy as a Senior Marketing Analyst before moving to Rio de Janeiro in 2003 to serve as a Consultant at Brazilian-based real estate company, Spiral Carioca, Inc. Mr. Smith moved back to Houston and joined Smith, Graham & Co. in 2009 as the Vice President of Business Development, contributing to over $250 million of the firm’s asset growth. Mr. Smith joined Salient Partners in 2015 as the Director of Institutional Investments and Ara Partners in 2018 as the Director of Investor Relations.
In July 2021, Mr. Smith joined Garcia Hamilton & Associates, bringing over 30 years of investment industry experience to the marketing and client service team. He is an industry veteran and worked with our Managing Partner, Gilbert Garcia, and other Firm professionals during the early 2000’s. Mr. Smith became a Partner of the Firm in December 2021.
GH&A has received numerous industry recognitions including 2019 Fixed Income Manager of the Year, 2018 Fixed Income Manager of the Year, and 2010 Core Fixed Income Manager of the Year by Emerging Manager Monthly. The Firm most recently received Pensions & Investments’ Best Places to Work in Money Management for the sixth year (2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016). In 2022, Houston Business Journal recognized GH&A as an Outstanding Diverse Organization within their 2022 Diversity in Business Awards. Other awards include 2014 Fixed Income Investment Grade Manager of the Year, 2015 Intermediate-Term Fixed Income Manager of the Year, and 2016 Intermediate-Term Fixed Income Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor, as well as Fundmap’s 2018 U.S. Fixed Income Manager of the Year.
Each third-party award/ranking about Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P. (GH&A) or its representatives was given based upon various criteria and methodologies. GH&A paid no fee to be considered for awards/rankings, and they may not be representative of actual client experiences. Go to www.garciahamiltonassociates.com/awards for additional information on each award. Top down, left right: P&I Best Places: based on Firm info as of June 30 of award year; awarded in December. HBJ DIB: based on previous year (May to May); awarded in December. HBJ BPlaces: awarded October 2018; based on previous calendar year. EMM: based on returns as of Dec 31 of award year; awarded in April. Institutional Investor: based on returns as of Dec 31 of award year; awarded in May.