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About Alan Steelman


Alan W. Steelman

Alan W. Steelman
U. S. Congressman, Texas 5th District
1973-1976

Alan Steelman lives in Dallas, Texas. He is Managing Director for Alexander Proudfoot Company, an international consulting company listed on the London Stock Exchange and is the former President of Maxager Technology, Inc. North America, a privately-held software company based in San Rafael, California. Until its sale in 2001, he served as a board member of Sterling Software, a NYSE-listed company. Until recently he served on the board of directors of Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. a Sydney, Australia-based software and electronic game manufacturing company. He was appointed by Governor George Bush to the Texas Growth Fund Board, a $600 million venture capital fund operated by the State of Texas. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the John Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU, the Trinity Foundation, The Thanksgiving Foundation and is the former Chairman of the Dallas Council on World Affairs. [See Dallas Morning News article: "Council wants to change way Dallas relates to world"

From 1993 to mid-1999 he served as a Senior Principal with Monitor Company, a leading international consulting firm which specializes in competitive strategy. During his time at Monitor, Mr. Steelman split his time between the U. S. and Monitor Company's Asian offices. Prior to joining Monitor in 1993, Mr. Steelman was Chief Operating Officer of the Alexander Proudfoot Company, a consulting company listed on the London Stock Exchange with worldwide operations spanning 39 countries.

During his fifteen years at Alexander Proudfoot, Mr. Steelman held several assignments including Group President of the Asia-Pacific region. Living in Singapore for eight years, he pioneered the firm's start-up in the region. His responsibilities included the firm's activities in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. While at Proudfoot, he also served as Executive Vice-President of worldwide Sales and Marketing.

He joined Proudfoot following a successful career in politics. Mr. Steelman served in the U.S. Congress, representing Texas 5th District (Dallas). At the age of 29, he was the youngest member of Congress and was the Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1976 from Texas. Previous to his election to Congress, he had served as an advisor to President Richard M. Nixon as the appointed Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Minority Business Enterprise. He also served as a member of the President's Special Task Force on Wage and Price Controls.

Time magazine listed him among its "200 Emerging Young National Leaders" in 1974, in a special edition devoted to leadership in America. The Dallas Times Herald, in endorsing his re-election bid called him one of "the best ever sent to Congress for Texas." Texas Monthly Magazine named him one of the top five most effective member's of the 26 person Texas Congressional delegation in during only his second term in office. New Times, a Washington-based national magazine named him one of the "Ten Best Congressmen" of the 435 member body in 1973.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, he is married to his wife Susan, the former Susan Seligman Fuller, and is the father of five children: Robin Whitehead, Kim Cuban, Allison Carter, Alan Steelman, Jr. and Alex Steelman. He is the step-father of two: Daniel Fuller and Elizabeth Fuller.

He attended Baylor University on a Baseball Scholarship, receiving a B.A. in Political Science in 1964. He was President of his class, and President of his fraternity. He received an MLA degree form SMU in Dallas, and in 1972 won a Kennedy Fellowship to the Institute of Politics at Harvard University for post-graduate study.

For hobbies, Mr. Steelman writes and speaks on U. S. foreign policy issues, particularly those related to U. S./Asia relations. He also reads history and biographies and is an avid golfer.


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