About the Trust Company
Trust Company Overview
The Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company (the "Trust Company") was created by the Legislature as a special purpose entity to efficiently and economically manage, invest and safeguard funds for its clients: the state and various subdivisions. The Trust Company is first and foremost a fiduciary organization. As such, it is held to the highest standard of care imposed in either law or equity and obligated to subordinate its own interests to those of its beneficiaries.
The Trust Company's mission is to preserve and grow the state's financial resources by competitively managing and investing them in a prudent, ethical, innovative and cost-effective manner while focusing on client needs.
The Trust Company invests, manages, and oversees close to $50 billion in assets. Investments include cash-equivalent funds such as the Texas Treasury Pool and separately managed portfolios for various Texas state agency clients. It oversees the state's two largest Local Government Investment Pools: TexPool and TexPool Prime. It manages 12 separate endowment funds with assets totaling over $3 billion. Endowment portfolios are invested across a broad spectrum of asset classes, ranging from traditional fixed-income and long-only equity investments to hedge funds, private equity and real estate.
Investment management is a specialized and highly competitive discipline. The Trust Company investment staff possesses skills in the areas of statistical analysis, economics, portfolio management, trading, portfolio transition management, risk management, and accounting. Staff develops and advances innovative investment solutions for the benefit of its clients.
Trading, Trust, Settlement and Custody
Through its Trading Desk and Settlement & Custody Services, the Trust Company acts as broker and custodian for marketable securities and mutual funds held by the Comptroller's Unclaimed Property Division. Custody and trading services are provided for certain other state agencies that may own marketable securities. For state agencies that issue debt, the Trust Company provides escrow services related to the retirement (defeasance) of bonds. The Trust Company also serves as the depository for newly-issued bonds and performs the complex accounting functions associated with investing bond proceeds in Guaranteed Investment Contracts (GICs).
Federal Reserve Membership and the Depository Trust Company
Texas has been granted a direct account with the Federal Reserve (the "Fed") and the Depository Trust Company ("DTC"). The Trust Company is allowed to maintain custody of assets at the Fed and DTC and to wire funds for limited purposes related to its business. Direct access to the Fed and DTC saves the state millions in fees that would otherwise be paid to commercial banks for these services. The Trust Company is not, however, allowed to compete with commercial banks.
Unique Entity Created by the Texas Legislature
Reference: Texas Government Code Sec. 404.101 - 404.116
The industry-specific legal, analytical, management, investment, accounting, and reporting skills required to meet the Trust Company's business needs are highly specialized and unique within state government. Its exposure to legal liability with the Fed and DTC sets it apart as well. The services provided by the Trust Company exist within a highly competitive and dynamic industry. The Trust Company was given the flexibility by the Legislature to meet private sector challenges in a public sector setting.
The Trust Company is incorporated and established as a separate, stand-alone organization with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts as its sole shareholder and director. The Comptroller appoints a Trust Company CEO and delegates authority to the CEO and Trust Company staff to manage the organization.
updated: December 2012
The Management Team
Comptroller Susan Combs
Elected by the people of Texas in 2006, Susan Combs serves as the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The Comptroller is the chief steward of the state's finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government.
Mr. Ballard joined the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company in February 2003. As CEO and CIO, he is responsible for the overall operation of the Trust Company and all investment management activities.
Prior to joining the Trust Company, Mr. Ballard was the Executive Administrator and CIO of the Texas Permanent School Fund, a $20 billion endowment benefiting K-12 public education in the state of Texas. His institutional funds management experience includes having served as Executive Director of the Kansas City Missouri Public School Retirement System. Mr. Ballard began his investment management career in 1982 when serving as Chief Financial Officer for Safety Federal Savings in Kansas City where he was charged with responsibility for building and managing the institution's mortgage backed securities portfolio.
Paul Ballard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Sachnowitz joined the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company in July 2003. As Deputy, he assists in managing the overall operations of the Trust Company and its investment management activities, with emphasis on the endowment portfolios.
Prior to joining the Trust Company, Mr. Sachnowitz was Deputy Executive Administrator of the Texas Permanent School Fund, a $20 billion endowment benefiting K-12 public education in the state of Texas. Mr. Sachnowitz began his investment career in January 1994 as a trading desk assistant for the Texas Treasury. By 1998, he served as Chief Investment Officer of the Office of the Comptroller's Investment Division, responsible for all investment and custody operations. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Capitol Credit Union in Austin.
Danny Sachnowitz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Texas State University.
Mr. Zahn joined the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Comapany as its CFO in September 2004. As CFO, Mr. Zahn directs all accounting and financial operations including general ledger accounting, trust services, wire room, information technology, investment accounting, financial reporting, purchasing and budget.
Previously, Mr. Zahn served as the Deputy Executive Administrator and Director of Investment Accounting of the Texas Permanent School Fund. His experience in the financial industry includes serving as Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of San Antonio Savings Association and Vice President and Manager of Systems Support at First Federal Savings Bank in San Antonio, Texas.
Frank Zahn is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Samples joined the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company in May 2003 as the Director of Internal Investments. Mr. Samples is responsible for overseeing the investment management of the Treasury.
Prior to joining the Trust Company, Mr. Samples spent six years as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager for the Texas Permanent School Fund with direct responsibility over the MBS, CMBS, and ABS portfolios. Mr. Samples began his career in investment management with AMR Corp in 1991 where he had responsibility over short- and intermediate-term fixed income portfolios covering all primary sectors. In 1996 and 1997, Mr. Samples taught investments as an adjunct professor in the graduate program at the University of Dallas.
Mike Samples is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas – Arlington and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Ms. Dwight joined the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company in April 2006. As General Counsel, she is responsible for drafting and negotiating contracts, investment agreements and other legal documents, working with outside counsel and advising the CEO and CIO on other legal issues.
Prior to joining the Trust Company, Ms. Dwight was in the private practice of law representing clients on legal issues ranging from employment to contract and financial matters. She also has extensive experience in the public sector as general counsel to the Commissioner of Insurance, general counsel to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Assistant Attorney General handling financial, tax and other cases.
Marianne Dwight is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, holds a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a BBA in accounting with honors from Texas A&M University.