Experienced, multi-generational, and purpose driven team

Our culture is rooted in individual accountability, with team members sharing a common goal: generating superior returns for our clients.

Our Team Members

Ryan Nixon

CIO, Founder

Investment experience:

20+ years

University of Texas


Ryan is the founder of the firm and leads the firm’s Investment Team, portfolio construction, research process and risk-management controls. He also manages the firm’s investment-analyst intern program. Ryan founded the firm after earning his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to graduate school, he spent three years as an equity analyst for Hester Capital Management. Ryan earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Ryan has served on the MSF Advisory Council and the MBA Advisory Board for the University of Texas, and currently serves as chair of Austin PBS.

Mercer Proctor

Chief Operations Officer

University of Texas

BA, Public Relations

Mercer joins the firm after working in advertising for over seven years. She previously worked at Bumble where she managed their brand media strategy and spending. Prior to that, she was at McGarrah Jessee, an advertising agency in Austin, where she planned and executed media campaigns for clients with varying business objectives and helped to pitch new business for the company. Mercer attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BA in Public Relations.

Alex Gouws


Investment experience:

3 years

Columbia University

BA, Financial Economics

Alex is a investment analyst and member of the Investment Team. He recently graduated from Columbia University where he majored in Financial Economics and concentrated in Philosophy. While at Columbia, Alex served as the president of his fraternity Phi Gamma Delta for two years and was captain of the Rugby team. He interned at Nixon Capital during the summer of 2021 and joined the firm in August of 2022. Alex grew up in South Africa, spent his middle years in London and New York, and is now excited about living in Austin.

Ray Nixon


Investment experience:

45+ years

University of Texas


Ray was previously the Executive Director and a Portfolio Manager at Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney, & Strauss, LLC, where he spent 25 years. When Ray retired, Barrow Hanley was one of the largest value-oriented managers of institutional assets in the U.S. with over $75 billion under management. Ray is currently serving as Chair of the Texas Health Resources Investment Committee and he is also a member of the UTIMCO board of directors, an approximately $60 billion endowment for the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

Internship Information

Nixon Capital has a formal internship program for both undergraduate and graduate students. We seek to hire curious and resourceful students from all different educational backgrounds and disciplines who demonstrate a willingness to learn. Interns will work alongside our team to research investment opportunities.

“Few people have the imagination for reality.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe