Mike Rome Joins Allen Austin as Senior Partner

May 4, 2020


Sade Jackson

(Houston, TX) – Monday, May 4, 2020 – Allen Austin, a global retained executive search and leadership advisory firm, is pleased to announce Mike Rome has joined the firm as Senior Partner.

“Mike is well-known as a strategist, connector, and coach to some of the most influential leaders in Houston,” says Rob Andrews, Chairman and CEO of Allen Austin. “He managed the growth of Bridgeway Capital from $450 million in assets to just over $6.2 billion, and became the largest corporate philanthropist in Texas, giving 50% of profits to strategic charities.”

In his new role, Mike will co-lead the Board, CEO, and Private Equity practices. He is a member of the life sciences, industrial, professional services, and financial services practices, and plays an integral role in the firm’s growth, culture, and client service excellence commitment. Mike was drawn to Allen Austin because of the firm’s history, leadership architecture, and disciplined approach to retained search consulting. Mike is a proven operator, an accomplished coach, and counselor to boards and CEOs nationally. Mike has served on over two dozen corporate and non-profit boards and regularly advises clients on a wide variety of board, executive leadership, recruitment, culture-shaping, and succession related matters.

Prior to joining Allen Austin, Mike served as CEO and Principal at Chilton Capital. Mike is nationally recognized as a leading investment manager and management advisor to business owners, senior executives, and family offices. His forty-four-year career includes experience in virtually every facet of the financial sector and capital markets. Internally, Mike is well-known as a strategist, connector, and coach to some of the most influential leaders in Houston.

Before joining Chilton, Mike was CEO of Texan Capital for three years where he oversaw a similar transformation. At Texan Capital, Mike redefined internal incentive structure, improved culture, and hired a new Chief Investment Officer who succeeded him as CEO when he was recruited (by H&S) to Chilton. Ultimately, Mike acquired Texan Capital and oversaw the integration into Chilton.

Prior to Chilton, Mike was Senior Partner at Bridgeway Capital. Mike managed the growth of Bridgeway Capital from $450 million in assets to just over $6.2 billion. Mike talks about Bridgeway as the most amazing thing he has ever been a part of as Bridgeway became the largest corporate philanthropist in the state of Texas at one point, giving 50% of net profit to strategic charities. In his career, Mike was EVP Institutional Marketing at AIM/Invesco, SVP of Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch, EVP of Capital Markets for Kidder Peabody and EVP and Manager of Institutional Sales for Oppenheimer. He is a Partner in a small private-equity firm, Memorial Capital Partners.

Mike graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree and was a two-sport letterman in Football and Baseball. He furthered his studies in Portfolio Management at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and in Behavioral Finance at Harvard University. He is active in the community and serves on a number of boards, including the City of Houston Higher Education Finance Corp., University of Kansas School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Texas Libraries System, and Houston Baptist University’s Center for Christianity in and Houston Wilderness. Mike has also taught at the University of Houston’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.

About Allen Austin

Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained search and leadership advisory. In an industry that hasn’t innovated in over 100 years, Allen Austin delivers solutions based on its own study and architecture around Total Performance Leadership™ (TPL): The Nine Disciplines that enable organizations to reach their highest potential, engage their workforces and deliver unprecedented shareholder returns. The Allen Austin Foresight™ search process, which is TPL Discipline #3, delivers exceptionally well-aligned A-Players that stick, perform, and deliver exceptional results. For more information, please see www.allenaustin.com.


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