Frank Sands '89 Advancing Effective Oral Communications and Presentations

Frank Sands graduated from Washington and Lee in 1989 with a B.A. in Economics. While at W&L Frank enjoyed history classes, participated in fraternity life and played lacrosse and intramural sports.  He went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Development from Johns Hopkins University. He also earned the Charter Financial Analyst CFA designation.

Frank is the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Sands Capital Management, an institutional investment management firm focused on investing in high-quality, global, growth businesses. Frank helped his father to create Sands Capital in 1992 and then left later that year to attend business school. After working for 6 years at Fayez Sarofim & Co., an institutional investment management firm in Houston, Frank returned to Sands Capital in 2000 as the Director of Research. In 2004 he became the President and in 2008 he became the CIO and CEO. During Frank's tenure with the firm, assets under management have grown from approximately $900 million to over $50 billion. Over the past decade, the firm has broadened and deepened its research and investment capabilities by globalizing its research platform and expanding its expertise in key innovative growth segments of the market. With a keen eye on preserving its culture, Frank has expanded the investment team from 5 professionals in 2000 to over 38 today. The firm now offers seven investment strategies including its flagship strategies, Select Growth, Global Growth, and Emerging Markets Growth as well as four specialty strategies, including a private equity effort. Sands Capital remains rooted in the same mission, philosophy and six investment criteria that have been in place since the firm's founding in 1992 by his father, Frank M. Sands, Sr., CFA, an early innovator in delivering concentrated growth equity solutions to sophisticated institutional investors.

Frank is a long-time supporter of the Annual Fund and the Williams Investment Society. He served on the Williams School Advisory Board from 2008-2014 and has hosted students at the Sands Capital Management's offices in Arlington, Virginia.  

Frank is firmly committed to the concept of liberal arts education. He believes that the ability to speak publically and communicate effectively are critical skills for people in all fields of endeavor. As an undergraduate at W&L, Frank took several public speaking courses under Professor Halford Ryan which sparked a lifelong interest in oral communications and the power of effective persuasion. In building businesses, Frank saw first-hand the power of effective communications. When he learned that Professor Ryan had retired and the school no longer taught public speaking, he joined forces with former classmate Ross Singletary '89 to fund a pilot program for a Communications Center in the Williams School and to hire visiting faculty. After a year of review and success of the pilot program, Frank endowed the Frank Sands '89 Professorship of Professional Communications in the hopes that it will encourage all students and members of the University to develop their communication and presentation skills.    

The ability to speak publically and communicate effectively are critical skills for people in all fields of endeavor.

Frank Sands '89