George Seay: Texan to the Core
From the fall 2016 issue of McCOMBS, the magazine for alumni and friends of the McCombs School of Business.
George Seay, BBA '89, MBA '98, recalls the ribbing he faced in junior high school when he wore his burnt orange windbreaker over his gray uniform. "I proudly wore it anyway," Seay says. "UT is core to who I am and who most of my family are."
The founder and chair of Annandale Capital, a global investment firm for high net worth individuals, families, and institutions, Seay credits his deep Texas roots for his business success. "We believe in hard work and being a person of your word, a person of honor. Basically just earning your keep in life," he says. "That was the message my family gave me all throughout."
His family tree was planted in Texas in 1819 before the state was … well, a state. His grandfather Bill Clements served twice as Texas governor, and the family's association with UT goes back about 100 years — a legacy that reads like a "Who's Who" of Texas business, law, and philanthropy.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Seay thought he would follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps — his Grandfather Seay was salutatorian and the first distinguished alumnus at UT Law School. The younger George Seay also excelled in his law studies, earning head of Law Review at Southern Methodist University, but "it didn't come easily,"he recalls. When his work for a Dallas law firm proved unsatisfying, Seay came home to UT for his MBA.
"I'm indebted to McCombs forever for giving me the credentials and training in money management finance that I needed," he says. Seay shows his gratitude to UT through service on several boards, including previously acting as chair of the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft, founded in 2013. The Center draws on research and teaching in diplomatic and military history, with a goal to train the next generation of national security leaders.
Deeply patriotic, Seay says that next to his Christian faith and his family, his identity as a Texan is most important. His daughter is student at UT — a fifth generation Longhorn— and Seay finds himself on campus several times a year. "I bleed orange," he says.
-Selah Maya Zighelboim