Board of Directors

Responsible for establishing and upholding broad polices within Silvercrest, our Board of Directors provides direction and support for achieving the firm’s current and future objectives. The Board is comprised of financial professionals who are deeply committed to Silvercrest’s rich heritage of client satisfaction and guiding the firm to even greater success in the future.

Richard R. Hough III

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Richard R. Hough III is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors. Mr. Hough served as President of SAMG LLC from 2012-2015 and as its Chief Operating Officer from July 2010-November 2013 when he assumed his duties as Chief Executive Officer. He has been a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Executive Committee since 2007. Mr. Hough, who joined us in 2003, has at various times held responsibility for all aspects of our operations, including corporate strategy and development. Previously, Mr. Hough served as the founding national program director of Children’s Scholarship Fund. Mr. Hough also worked in Washington, DC, as a managing editor and policy analyst. Mr. Hough is a member of the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association, a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of SEC-registered investment adviser firms. He serves on the advisory board of the New Criterion, a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life and on the executive board of Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Hough was graduated with a degree in politics from Princeton University.

Mr. Hough has been involved in the strategy of our company for over 12 years. His various leadership roles enable him to provide valuable insight on the strategic direction of the Company.

Richard Burns


Mr. Burns co-founded Isis Ventures Partners in 2002 and is currently one of its general partners and Chairman of its operating companies. Prior to co-founding Isis, Mr. Burns was President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Financial Media, a company holding the banking, insurance and electronic commerce media assets of The Thomson Corporation. Mr. Burns also previously served as Chief Executive Officer and publisher of Institutional Investor, a leading media business for fund management and finance professionals. Mr. Burns is currently a director on the board of Interaudi Bank, an FDIC-regulated bank based in New York. He serves as Chairman of the bank’s audit committee and is a member of its compliance committee. He also serves as Chairman of the board of Intelligent Security Systems, a leading provider of algorithmic software solutions for the global video intelligence industry. Mr. Burns has previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and currently serves on the board of Carnegie Hall, representing New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and the board of trustees of the David Rockefeller-founded Americas Society.

Mr. Burns was educated at St. John’s College, Oxford University, where he received B.A. and M.A. degrees. He subsequently received his Masters of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Winthrop B. Conrad, Jr.


Winthrop B. Conrad, Jr. is a member of our board of directors. Winthrop B. Conrad, Jr. is Senior Counsel, retired, of Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, a New York-based global law firm. Prior to July 2007, Mr. Conrad was a senior partner at Davis Polk, specializing in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Mr. Conrad is a graduate of Yale College and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Davis Polk has not performed and does not perform legal services for us.

Mr. Conrad has extensive experience with corporate transactions, as well as finance, which provides us with important perspectives in those areas. With his broad experience in corporate legal matters, Mr. Conrad is uniquely equipped to provide the board with insight into capitalization strategies, fiduciary matters, capital markets mechanics and strategic expansion opportunities.

Brian D. Dunn


Brian D. Dunn is a member of our board of directors. Mr. Dunn joined McLagan Partners (an Aon Hewitt Company), a provider of compensation consulting services, in 1998 and retired as Chairman of McLagan and CEO of Performance, Reward & Talent for Aon Hewitt Consulting Worldwide in December 2015. He is a board member of the Phi Delta Education Foundation. Mr. Dunn received a B.S. degree summa cum laude from the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and an M.B.A. with highest honors from the Cornell University Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Dunn has over 30 years of experience specializing in incentive and executive compensation and has had several compensation committee relationships with publicly-traded companies. His client base was exclusively financial services firms including many asset managers.

Albert S. Messina


Albert S. Messina is a member of our board of directors as well as the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Messina joined Silvercrest Asset Management at its founding as a Managing Director and portfolio manager of equity and fixed income portfolios. Prior to Silvercrest, Mr. Messina was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management, where he served in a similar capacity. He arrived at CSAM as a result of that firm's merger with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), where he had worked since 1983. Previously, he spent 14 years with Bankers Trust Company, where he advised private clients and oversaw the fiduciary department's Tax Services Division. Mr. Messina holds a B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College.

Mr. Messina is a member of the Board of Directors of The Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of The National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland serving on the Investment and Programs Committees. He serves as co-President and Chairman of the Board of ArtWatch International, the international advocate for the proper conservation and stewardship of historically significant works of art. Mr. Messina is also on the board of The Training Institute for Mental Health which provides postgraduate psychoanalytic training for mental health professionals in addition to offering high quality therapy services.

Mr. Messina has extensive experience in managing client portfolios and providing financial and estate planning advice to individuals and families.