Episode 140: Levi H. Davis

For over 30 years, Levi Davis has been active in the North Texas community and economic development landscape as a business leader, nonprofit board member, municipal administrator, and educator. After completing his military service, he began his civilian career at the City of Dallas and was later appointed to the position of Assistant City Manager. At the City of Dallas, his responsibilities included Convention and Event Services, Water Utilities, Housing, Police and Fire, and Emergency Preparedness. During his tenure as Assistant City Manager, he participated in the expansion of the Convention Center, development of the Reunion Arena, and oversaw the City’s housing and community development initiatives.

Mr. Davis has held senior level positions in the financial services industry at several investment banking firms, with a focus on public finance. Presently, he is the Senior Vice President of McCarley Backstrom Berry & Co. LLC serving as an investment banker and consultant responsible for overseeing the firm’s client engagements and business development in the Texas market. Mr. Davis was also the founder of the Hamilton Financial Group, one of the first minority-owned municipal financial advisory firms in the State of Texas. While at Hamilton Financial Group, he developed the first comprehensive long-range financial plan for the City of Houston.

Previously, he served as the Western Region Public Finance Director for the 12th ranked investment banking firm in the nation. As the Regional Director, Mr. Davis oversaw bankers working in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Baton Rouge. The firm specialized in providing bond underwriting services to local governments, hospitals, school districts, and other public agencies. During his tenure, Mr. Davis participated in over $7 billion in financing as a banker and his client list included: DFW Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), City of Dallas, North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), financing for the Dallas Omni Hotel, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and the Dallas Performing Arts Center’s. He also served as the firm’s co-financial advisor to the State of Louisiana Housing Authority.

Throughout his career, Mr. Davis has served on numerous boards in leadership positions, including Board Chairman of the Dallas Methodist Health System, Board Chairman of the Texas Hospital Trustee Association, Board Chairman of Community Council of Greater Dallas, and Vice Chair of KERA North Texas Public Broadcasting. Additionally, he has served as a board member for the State Fair of Texas, Dallas Symphony, Trustee for Dallas Boys & Girls Club, and is a member of the Salesmanship Club. Mr. Davis completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University in 1971 and received his Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1973.

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