Charlie Amato, reappointed to the Board of Regents in 2019, earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University, with which he has maintained close ties over the years, chairing the College of Business Advisory Council, as well as being an appointee to the Board of Regents.
He is the Chairman and co-founder of SWBC, a diversified financial services company providing insurance, including business insurance; mortgage banking; wealth management; employee benefits; real estate development; professional employer services; and more to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. With more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of insurance operations, underwriting, and product development, Charlie is known in the business community for his innovative, relationship-building approach.
Aside from other business ventures, five of which include owning automobile dealerships and an interest in five-time National Basketball Association champion – The San Antonio Spurs – Amato recognizes the importance of giving back to the community in which he has prospered. Some of his roles include serving as a Board Member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – San Antonio branch, Chairman of the Texas State University System Foundation, Board Member of Lone Star Capital Bank, National Director for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Vice Chairman for the Texas Business Leadership Council, Board Member for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Board Member for Silver and Black Give Back.
Throughout his career, he has received recognition and several awards, including the Richard W. Weekley Public Policy Leadership Award from the Texas Business Leadership Council; inductions into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame, and the Sam Houston State University’s College of Business Hall of Honor; and the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship. He was also given the Citation Award from Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the Pathfinder award from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the Legacy Leaders Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. He was also awarded an Honorary Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of the Incarnate Word.
Amato has two grown children and one grandchild. His term on the Board of Regents expires in 2025.