Board of Trustees

Nicholas A. Merrick | Mayoral Appointee | Chairman

Nicholas A. Merrick is President of Mt. Vernon Investments LLC, an investment company with over $1 billion in assets principally controlled by Kenny Troutt (owner of WinStar Farm). Prior to Mt. Vernon Investments, Mr. Merrick served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Excel Communications up to its merger with Teleglobe, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Merrick served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Telco Communications...Read More

William F. Quinn | Mayoral Appointee | Vice Chairman

William F. Quinn is the retired Executive Chairman of American Beacon Advisors, a $60 billion asset management and mutual fund company he founded in 1986. The firm manages pension and cash assets for American Airlines and other clients. He served as Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2015, as President and CEO from 1986 to 2009, and a Trustee of the American Beacon Funds from 1986 to 2008. Mr. Quinn joined American...Read More

Armando Garza | Fire Fighter Trustee | Deputy Vice Chairman

Armando Garza is an active member of Dallas Fire-Rescue with over 25 years of service and holds the rank of Fire Lieutenant.  He is currently assigned to the Emergency Medical Services division and has served the department in many different capacities including: Recruit Training, Special Operations (Wildland Urban Interface and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting), and Emergency Operations. Read More

Michael Brown | Mayoral Appointee

Mr. Brown is a Co-Founder and Managing Director for Adjunct Partners, LP ( a boutique financial advisory firm focused on assisting emerging and lower middle market companies align their strategic business plans with the appropriate capital structure and assist them prepare a “deal ready” strategy for a liquidity event/exit within a 3-5 year time horizon. Read More

Robert French | Non-Member Trustee

Robert B. French is a licensed Attorney and Financial Advisor for Cornerstone Wealth Management. Mr. French specializes in qualified and non-qualified benefit plans. Mr. French currently holds his investment licenses with Northwestern Mutual which holds $272.2 billion in assets and $28.5 billion in revenues. Its goal is to provide financial security to more than 4.5 million people who rely on it for insurance, annuities, and investment services. Read More

Gilbert Andrew Garcia | Non-Member Trustee

Mr. Garcia received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. After graduating in 1985, he joined Salomon Brothers in New York City where he became a Vice-President specializing in mortgage-backed securities. In 1990, he joined former Mayor Henry Cisneros to build Cisneros Asset Management Company, ultimately becoming its president. In 2002, he joined Garcia Hamilton & Associates and is the firm’s Managing Partner.  Read More

Ken Haben | Police Officer Trustee

Kenneth Haben retired as a Sergeant from the police department with over 38 years of service. Currently works for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a Public Arbitrator. During his time with the department he was assigned to the Financial Investigations Unit supervising the Financial Crimes Squad and later to the Narcotics Division supervising the Money Laundering and Assert Forfeiture Squad. Read More

Tina Hernandez Patterson | Non-Member Trustee

Tina Hernandez is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Sub Saharan Opportunity Fund (SSO), a private equity fund providing debt financing in West Africa. Tina has over 20 years of experience in the hedge fund industry, with specific focus and expertise in the Credit/Capital Structure trading and risk management space. Prior to co-founding SSO, Tina was Director of Operations and Investor Relations at Cannae Capital Management, a Dallas-based high yield/distressed hedge fund. Read More

Steve Idoux | Mayoral Appointee

Steve joined Lockton Dunning Benefits in March 2007 as partner and vice president. Prior to joining Lockton Dunning Benefits, Steve served in a sales and account management role at CIGNA. He is a recognized thought leader in employee benefits and possesses extensive experience aligning various types of health and welfare plans to corporate business objectives. Read More

Mark Malveaux | Mayoral Appointee

Mark Malveaux joined the law firm of McCall, Parkhurst and Horton L.L.P. in 1993 and became a partner January 2000. Mr. Malveaux was the first African American public finance partner at a majority firm in the State of Texas. Mr. Malveaux received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992, where he was a quarterfinalist in the law school’s Minor-Lile Moot Court competition and was awarded the Bracewell & Patterson Oral Advocacy Award. Read More