Gary B. Wood, Ph.D., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Concorde Companies. With over 40 years of asset management, venture capital and business valuation experience, Dr. Wood also serves as Chairman of the firms’ Investment Policy Committees. His investment and business activities include domestic US and North America as well as Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Prior to founding Concorde, Dr. Wood worked for an independent trust company in Houston, Texas, as an investment and financial advisor. There, he was responsible for managing the assets of high-net worth clients. His performance and contribution to the investment policies of the company quickly established him as one of the Southwest’s premier portfolio managers and advisors. Gary relocated to Dallas from Houston in 1981 to establish Concorde Companies, a group of investment management and financial advisory enterprises with activities in marketable securities and venture capital.
Dr. Wood is a co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of International Hospital Corporation, founded in 1991 to develop acute-care hospital facilities, specialty hospitals and specialty clinics that were uniformly managed and branded in three countries in Latin America. He has extensive business experience relating to healthcare, software, manufacturing and investment management.
He is also active in civic and charitable organizations in Dallas. He is currently a member of the Endowment Foundation Investment Committee and Advisory Board for the Children’s Oncology Service of Texas (aka Ronald McDonald House) and a board member of Leader Formation International, an International Christian Leadership Development Mission. In February 2005, he completed six years serving on the board of the Parkland Health and Hospital System (Dallas County Hospital District), where he served on the Pension Investment oversight committee. He has twice served as past chairman (in 1988 and 1999) of the Society of International Business Fellows, a leadership organization consisting of 1600 senior business executive level, government officials, and NGO members in four regional networks in 45 countries, where he is a member in good standing. He was founder and initial chairman of The Health Industry Council (1988-1998) in the Dallas Ft Worth region, a nine county industry promoter and advocacy organization in North Texas, and he served as a board member for the Baylor Medical Research Institute (1987-2000).
A sixth generation Texan, Gary received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University and went on to receive only the third interdisciplinary Ph.D. awarded by Tech, emphasizing law, business and statistics. He was named a Distinguished Graduate in Engineering in 1993. In 1994, he received the Allan J. McDonald International Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Society of International Business Fellows. Gary and his wife Sheryl have four grown children and six grandchildren.
John joined Concorde in 1994 as a senior portfolio manager with responsibility for investment research, portfolio strategy and trading. Prior to joining Concorde, he founded and was President of Spyglass Investment Management, a registered investment advisor, from 1988 to 1994. John’s discretionary management at Spyglass included both balanced and fixed income portfolios for primarily high net worth clients. Between 1979 and 1988 he was with a private manufacturing and engineering firm in Dallas, Texas, and served on the investment committee for an internally managed defined benefit plan. In addition, he served as an investment and financial analyst in assisting the CFO and President with corporate capital projects, strategic planning, banking relations and outside investment projects. John currently serves as a Trustee of the R. R. Cook Endowment and previously served on the Board of Trustees for the private school at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shephard in Dallas, Texas. He also served on the Board of Directors and as the Secretary and Treasurer of Stone Gap and Greater Duncanville Industrial Corporations, private real estate development businesses in Dallas County, Texas.
John received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1979 from The University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. John and his wife Susan have two grown children.
Greg is a Vice President of the Concorde Companies, and is a Principal in the portfolio management team for both public securities and private investments in addition to overseeing regulatory compliance as chief compliance officer. He is also a Managing Director of Omnimed Capital, a healthcare focused Venture Capital investment group. Prior to joining Concorde, Greg spent a decade in banking for JP Morgan and Wells Fargo, as a troubled asset work-out specialist, and covered a variety of businesses including healthcare, gaming, distribution companies, import businesses, manufacturing, technology, services, and agriculture.
He currently serves on the Endowment Foundation Investment Committee for the Children’s Oncology Service of Texas (aka the Ronald McDonald House). Greg is also a member and the former Texas State Chair of the Society of International Business Fellows, a leadership organization consisting of 1400 senior business executive level, government officials, and NGO members in four regional networks in 45 countries and completed their North American Leadership Academy in 2015. Greg completed his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Business Administration focusing on Finance and Strategy at Southern Methodist University, where he served as President of the Student Advisory Board.
Greg is a longtime Dallasite and is married with two sons and a daughter. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, bird hunting, and Texas football.
Barbie Spicer is the Director of Portfolio Administration for Concorde Investment Management. She studied Business Administration and Economics at Collin College during her 14 year tenure as the Trust Management Liaison for a Dallas, TX investment trust company managing close to a $1 billion portfolio. Barbie brings her experience, expertise and commitment to client care, aiming to exceed expectations in all facets of investment portfolio administration and operations.
For leisure, Barbie enjoys shopping and cooking for friends and family.
Marisa Parrott is the Office Manager for Concorde Companies. She joined Concorde in June 2014 bringing with her over 15 years of Administrative and Management experience. In previous roles she has managed a team of 22 administrative employees, improved processes, increased morale and led the team to consistently outperform all other markets within the region; managed an internal audit team responsible for ensuring Trust funds were properly administered, worked closely with regulatory auditors, and improved audit scores to the highest among funeral trust service providers; and developed a regional administrative training program to which she also led its delivery. In addition to administrative tasks, she is also an active behind-the-scenes partner to the President and Vice President, contributing to both the day-to-day business operations and long-term business development planning.
Outside of work Marisa enjoys spending time with her four children, traveling, cooking, watching football, and simply enjoying nature. She is an active member of her church and finds joy in serving, encouraging, and motivating others.