As Executive VP, Operations of Lucien, Stirling & Gray Advisory Group, Inc. and Lucien, Stirling & Gray Financial Corporation, Walter handles all operational and compliance functions of the two firms.
Walter came to the investment profession via a career in opera. He majored in music and was a participant in the Computer-Based Honors Program (CBHP) at the University of Alabama, and went on to receive his master’s degree in music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
After five years of performing, he came to Austin in 1983 to teach and to pursue a DMA at the University of Texas, but soon found that his true interests lay elsewhere. “I realized that I was spending a tremendous amount of my time in coffee shops reading the Wall Street Journal and following financial markets, and I decided that I couldn’t spend the rest of my life listening to 17 year-old sopranos singing Edelweiss.”
Walter became associated with a Wall Street firm in 1985, and spent two years managing individual investment portfolios. He then spent five years with a firm specializing in corporate retirement plan design and administration for companies in all 50 states.
In 1992, Walter was a founder of Lucien, Stirling & Gray Financial Corporation, an independent member firm of the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA). Soon after, the groundwork was laid for the creation of Lucien, Stirling & Gray Advisory Group, a Registered Investment Advisory firm.
In his spare time, Walter enjoys golf and flying small planes. Though he no longer sings professionally, he can occasionally be heard at office birthday parties and other special functions.