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Meet the Dallas 500: Clearsight Advisors’ Gretchen Frary Seay

Did you know the veteran investment banker used to work for the Russian consulate?

Veteran investment banker Gretchen Frary Seay leads the Dallas office and data analytics practice for Clearsight Advisors, which focuses exclusively on the business services and tech-enabled services industries. Her career began with the Russian government in its consulate in Seattle, where she was the only American on the team. She says she lives by this advice: “In life, it’s not what you do that you regret, it’s what you didn’t do.”

Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island

Education: The University of Chicago (MBA), University of Washington (BA)

Career Path: After working at the Russian consulate, I became employee No. 2 for Arthur Andersen in Moscow, as the country transitioned from communism. Living in Russia taught me about perseverance and tenaciousness, how to overcome obstacles at every turn, and how to be resilient.”

Dinner Party: “If I could have dinner with any two Dallas business leaders, I’d choose Ray Nixon, chairman of Nixon Capital and one of the most genuine, generous, and wise businesspeople I’ve ever met; and Krishna Nimmagadda, one of my clients for whom I have deep admiration.”

Destinations of Choice: “Seattle, Washington; and Boca Grande, Florida”

Hobby/Passion: “I love skiing, hiking, and just about anything outdoors. Just the thought of sleeping under the stars up in the mountains makes me smile.”

Fun Facts: “I learned sign language at a young age, and I hold an Egyptian driver’s license.”

Dream Car: “A Jeep for the great outdoors”

Toughest Challenge: “Wearing a back brace for scoliosis in middle school and high school. Things were very different in the 1980s than they are now.”

Proud Moment: “During the pandemic, we still managed to close one deal per month, which was amazing. We have a super team of investment bankers.”

Last Meal: “I’d have lobster. It was my very first food (having been born in Rhode Island) and would be my last!”

Must Read: “I recommend reading Flags of Our Fathers, We Band of Angels, or any other World War II book that teaches us about the sacrifice of those who have gone before us.”

A Better Dallas: “DFW could benefit from many more bike paths.”


This Q&A is extended content from Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit www.dallas500.com for details.

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