Hector Escamilla Jr. is a 1977 summa cum laude BBA graduate of Southern Methodist University. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980 and commercial real estate broker since 2005.
He serves as part-time CFO or advisor for family offices and start-up and emerging growth companies. He also provides tax planning and compliance services for high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and closely-held companies.
His expertise includes business planning, financial management, income/estate/gift tax planning and compliance, due diligence, and investment oversight, with experience in Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Escamilla began his career in 1977 in the Dallas office of Price Waterhouse & Co., an international accounting firm. Audit clients included private oil and gas companies, the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas Housing Authority. Tax clients included high net worth individuals and oil and gas partnerships.
In 1981, he left Price Wterhouse to work for the family office of Herman W. Lay and H. Ward Lay of Dallas. Responsibilities included income, estate and gift tax planning and compliance for individuals, partnerships, trusts and corporations; due diligence and oversight of venture capital and private equity projects; and board-level management of operating company investments in Argentina and Mexico. He served in this capacity until 2016.
Mr. Escamilla is active in civic affairs. Current affiliations include membership in the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, and service on the Audit Committee of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.
In 1997, Texas Governor George W. Bush appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Trinity River Authority of Texas where he served until 2008, including terms as its President and Chairman of the Executive Committee. The TRA provides wastewater treatment, water treatment, and reservoir facilities in the Trinity River Basin. The assets of the TRA exceed $1 billion and its annual revenues exceed $130 million.
He was Co-Chairman of the advocacy committee for the successful Dallas County Community College District $450 million bond election in 2004. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of EducateDallas – a non-partisan general purpose political committee to promote quality school board leadership within the Dallas Independent School District, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the SMU Alumni Board, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas County MHMR Center, the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Board Chairman for 1993/94.