George P. Bush
Prior to founding St. Augustine, Mr. Bush led management of investor relations functions in addition to sourcing and providing analysis of potential investment opportunities with Pennybacker Capital—a middle market private equity firm he co-founded in 2007. He also practiced corporate and securities law with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, conducting legal due diligence and preparing transaction documents in connection with mergers, acquisitions, offerings, credit facilities, securities filings and divestitures for private equity clients and publicly held corporations. While practicing in the Investment Funds Group at Akin Gump, Mr. Bush was selected as one of Texas Monthly’s “Rising Stars” (2005). In addition, he clerked for the Honorable Sidney A. Fitzwater, a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
Mr. Bush returned from a mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2011) in his capacity as a Naval Reserves Intelligence Officer, where he was deployed to Afghanistan under the Special Operations Command. Among other service decorations, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service.
Mr. Bush has been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations ranging from leading a $30MM capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas to serving as Chairman of the Dallas Celebration of Reading that on average raises $1MM for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy on an annual basis. He is also the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education, a highly successful Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner-city public schools.
His political activities commenced with the numerous campaigns of his grandfather, President George H. W. Bush, at the national level. Mr. Bush was also involved with three gubernatorial races in Florida in support of his father, Governor Jeb Bush, and served as a surrogate speaker for his uncle, President George W. Bush, in connection with both of his campaigns for President. In addition to his position as Chairman of Maverick PAC, Mr. Bush maintains his passion for politics as the Chairman and co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas, the first Texas based political action committee that identifies, recruits and comprehensively supports Hispanic candidates for Texas state political offices.
Mr. Bush has been privileged to serve his country as a member of several diplomacy missions including Nicaragua for the second peaceful transfer of power in that country and Brazil for the Pan-American Games in 2007. Further, he has joined two US Congressional Delegations to Saudi Arabia during the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011 and to Turkey during intensifying civil strife in neighboring Syria (2012).
Mr. Bush received his undergraduate degree from Rice University and obtained his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association and currently resides in Fort Worth with his wife of 8 years, Amanda, who is an attorney and partner at Jackson Walker, LLP. They are expecting their first child this summer.