The Economics Department

2018 Commencement Speaker-Steve Houston

Thu, April 26, 2018
2018 Commencement Speaker-Steve Houston
Steve Houston

Steve Houston, Partner at M+Funds will be the keynote speaker for the Economics Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Commence Details: For more information, please go to our commencement page

Video StreamCommencement Ceremony-The ceremony will stream live at 8:45am on May 19.


Steve was born and raised in Houston. After graduating with an Economics degree from UT, Steve moved to New York to work in the financial services industry. While living there he also earned his MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

For several years, Steve work with Bankers Trust Company in their innovative financial derivatives division. During this period, he lived in Hong Kong for five years, expanding the firm's business footprint in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore.  Most importantly, it was there that he met his wife, Mimi.

Steve joined Merrill Lynch in 1999 where he worked for 10 years.  Leading the firm’s Alternative Investments and Structured Investment businesses, he returned to Asia, this time to Japan, where he lived for three years.

In 2009, Barclays Bank recruited Steve to head their Americas Wealth Management business.  During his six years with the firm he was named to the Board of Directors of Barclays Capital, Inc.  Steve is now a partner with the start-up funds management firm, m+ Funds.

Steve and his wife live in Connecticut with their three children, Marley, Sadie and Miles.  He has been active on his children’s school boards and committees and is also currently the Chair of UT’s Economics Advisory Committee.  Steve is a passionate music supporter and currently sits on the Board of National Sawdust, the Brooklyn performing arts center. In fact, his children’s names come from musicians who still inspire Steve today.

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