Growing up as the son of veteran banker Charles Lutz III, it seemed like a natural progression for Howard Lutz ’03 MBA to follow in his father’s footsteps, though the elder never pressured him to do so.
“He never said you should go into banking or anything like that,” Lutz says. “It was more of growing up in an environment and seeing him in a job that he was really good at. As a kid, I saw him always out in the community, whether it was supporting a nonprofit or an educational endeavor.”
Indeed Charles Lutz has been a longtime supporter of UIW, having served on the Board of Trustees since 2001.
Howard Lutz has made his own mark on the community serving as senior vice president, private banking manager of Amegy Bank. Since assuming the role in 2009, he has been responsible for increasing Amegy’s focus on the affluent market, as well as managing the private banking division’s strategy, growth and performance.
Prior to joining Amegy, he spent 10 years in leadership and advisory roles for JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America (BOA) both here and abroad.
Lutz is also bilingual, having earned his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.
“Spanish was a stepping stone to getting a degree in international business with the intention of going abroad for a while,” he says, adding that he initially was a pre-med major.
Lutz, who serves on UIW’s development board, says he is fortunate to have had some wonderful mentors in his life, who have been instrumental to his success.
“I’ve worked at three great banks and had some influential bosses,” he says. “I like to take their wisdom and incorporate it into what I do.”