About the TCU Investment Management Staff

 

Staff

 

Chief Investment Officer

Jim R. Hille, CFA, CAIA

James R. Hille was appointed the first Chief Investment Officer of Texas Christian University in May 2006. Formerly he was the Chief Investment Officer of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a $100 billion public pension plan. From 1992 to 1995, he managed portfolios for the Employees Retirement System of Texas. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Hille worked as an assistant to the international portfolio manager at a large family office in Fort Worth while earning an MBA in finance from TCU. With a BS in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1983, Mr. Hille served for six years as a Marine Corps officer. He has served as president of the Austin Society of Financial Analysts, and an adjunct finance professor for the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Mr. Hille is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Director of Alternative Assets

M. Keith Garrison, CPM

M. Keith Garrison is the Director of Alternative Assets for the Texas Christian University Endowment, a position he has held since November 2007. He is responsible for directing the investment process for private equity, real estate, and other private market investments including policy/strategy development, due diligence underwriting, and portfolio management. Target allocations for alternatives include 13% for Private Equity, 4% for Real Estate, 10% for minerals and energy, and 6% for Opportunistic. Mr. Garrison worked for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas since September 1989 serving as a real estate asset manager, chief asset manager, Director of Real Estate and, at the time of his departure, Director of Private Markets. His prior experience includes lending positions with two commercial banks in the Austin area. Mr. Garrison earned a BBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 and the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management in 1998.

Senior Asset Manager

Jason R. Safran, CFA

Jason R. Safran is the senior asset manager for TCU’s Endowment and is responsible for researching and evaluating investment opportunities across asset classes. He joined TCU’s endowment team in August 2012. Mr. Safran began his career as a research associate with John McStay Investment Counsel, an equity investment boutique. After business school, he joined Cimarron Asset Management, an institutional advisory firm specializing in the management of relative-value portfolios. Following a merger, he served as portfolio manager for Smith Asset Management, L.P. responsible for relative-value equity strategies. Prior to joining TCU, he was a senior investment analyst for Texas Capital Bank. Mr. Safran earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and his BBA in finance and minor in economics from TCU in 2001. Mr. Safran is a chartered financial analyst and has served as a director for the CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Senior Investment Analyst

Lauren Farrelly Searway

Lauren Farrelly Searway is the senior analyst for the TCU endowment. She is responsible for researching and evaluating investment opportunities across asset classes. Prior to joining TCU, Ms. Searway was a senior analyst for Prudential Capital Group’s Dallas-based Energy Finance Group. Previously, she worked for Congresswoman Kay Granger and the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Ms. Searway graduated from TCU magna cum laude as a John V. Roach Honors College Laureate with a BBA in finance. She earned her MBA from the Neeley School of Business.

Investment Operations Coordinator

Alaina M. Parker

Alaina M. Parker is the Investment Operations Coordinator for Texas Christian University’s Endowment. She earned her BBA from TCU’s Neeley School of Business in 2000 and has been working in the Investment office since 2006. She is responsible for office operations reporting and cash flows, Investment Committee coordination, the annual Endowment audit, and executive assistance.

 

Investment Committee

Rafael G. Garza ’82, Chairman
President and Managing Director
Bravo Equity Partners

 

Sheryl Adkins-Green

Chief Marketing Officer

Mary Kay, Inc.

 

R. Denny Alexander
TCU Trustee Emeritus
Alexander Foundations

 

Allie Beth Allman '62
Founder
Allie Beth Allman & Associates

 

Michael K. Berry MBA '82

President

Hillwood Properties

 

Edward A. Clark '82
President/CEO
Professional Turf Products

 

Brenda A. Cline '82
Vice President and CFO
Kimbell Art Foundation

 

G. Hunter Enis ’59; MA ‘63
President
Four Sevens Oil Company

 

Kathyrn Thompson Farmer '92; MBA '96
Group Vice President, Consumer Products
BNSF Railway

 

Alan D. Friedman
President
Trisept, Inc.

 

Bruce W. Hunt
President and Director
Petro-Hunt Corp.

J. Bryan King ‘94
Principal
Luther King Capital Management

 

R. Bruce LaBoon ’63
TCU Trustee Emeritus
Locke Lord LLP

 

G. Malcolm Louden '67
President
Walsh Holdings

 

Kade L. Matthews '81

Rancher

 

Trevor D. Rees-Jones
Chairman and CEO
Chief Oil & Gas, LLC

 

John V. Roach ’61
TCU Trustee Emeritus Chairman
Roach Enterprises

 

Billy Rosenthal
Chairman
Penrose Group

 

Thomas Sumner '67; MBA '68
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Allpoints Services Corporation

 

William E. Steele ’61
TCU Trustee Emeritus
Steele Investments

 

Duer Wagner III ‘81
Chairman and President
Duer Wagner III, Inc.

 

Michael G. Wright
Partner
Business Jet Center