Chief Operating Officer; Partner
Chris Pate was named Chief Operating Officer of True North in January 2024. His duties include oversight of True North’s Wealth Management and Wealth Planning teams. He also spends time sourcing/evaluating private investment opportunities for clients of the firm. Chris serves on True North’s Management Committee and Leadership Team and is also a voting member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee.
Chris initially joined True North in 2019 as Managing Director in our Fort Worth office. Prior to True North, he spent eight years managing the investment activities for Western Commerce Group in Fort Worth. His responsibilities included oversight of both public markets and private investments within Western’s investment advisory operations, including equities, fixed income, alternatives, and hard assets.
Before joining Western, Chris spent 11 years at Q Investments, a $2.5 billion (as of 2011) Fort Worth multi-strategy hedge fund founded in 1994. He began his career at Q in the Financial Control group before spending 1.5 years on the risk team and 5+ years on the trading desk, eventually overseeing equities trading and financing operations for the firm. Chris also managed the firm’s recruiting operations and administrative staff and spearheaded several restructuring initiatives within portfolio company holdings during his tenure at Q Investments.
The firm’s mission is Fulfilling Lives™, and Chris supports this by his leadership activities in the firm, his work on the alternative investment platform, and his supervision of key client relationships.
Chris graduated Cum Laude from Texas Wesleyan University in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics. He lives in Fort Worth, spends his free time with his wife and three children, and is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization and American Enterprise Institute.