M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

In my ongoing role as an Advisory Board Member for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, my primary focus is supporting the board and executive team on development projects. My relationship with M.D. Anderson is personal as well. Learn more here.

Tom Rushing was valued for his leadership at Merrill Lynch throughout his 40-year career; one of the best I’ve ever worked with.
— John Theil, Retired Vice Chairman

U.S. Capital Advisors

As a member of the USCA Board of Trustees, I provide investor oversight for USCA Premium Buy/Write Fund, a publicly-traded mutual fund (SHLDX).

Merrill Lynch

During my decades-long career, I raised more than $5 billion in assets and consistently placed in the top 5% of all Merrill Lynch advisors. I guided an 18-person team with $4 billion in AUM and an additional $1.7 billion in hedge fund capital.

American Cancer Society

I assisted the American Cancer Society in raising $30 million to construct Hope Lodge (see below) in the Texas Medical Center. When completed, Hope Lodge will provide 23,000 nights of lodging per year to cancer patients and their families.

West University Place

While serving two terms as Mayor Pro Tem, I guided the city through a bond issue that provided drainage infrastructure which continues to protect residents from flooding.

Houston Grand Opera

I currently serve as Chairman of the HGO Endowment Fund, supporting our team’s fund-raising. The Fund provides over 10% of the Opera’s annual operating expenses. During my Board tenure, endowment value has grown from approximately $40 million to $60 million. Our current goal is $100 million.

Hope Lodge will provide no-cost, high-quality residential lodging for cancer patients who travel to Houston for treatment but have limited resources.