H.S. Grace & Company, Inc.
Jeffrey E. Curtiss, CPA, CFA, J.D., L.L.M. (Taxation)


Jeffrey E. Curtiss is a private investor and a member of the Board of Directors of KBR, Inc., which is an $6 billion construction and engineering company with a market capitalization of over $3 billion. Mr. Curtiss is Chairman of KBR’s Audit Committee and  a member of its Nominating and Corporate Governance.  He previously served as a member of its Independent Committee (relating to the spinoff/splitoff from Halliburton), Compensation Committee and Social Responsibility Committee. Until June, 2006, Mr. Curtiss served for 20 years as the Chief Financial Officer of publicly owned Service Corporation International, Browning-Ferris Industries, The Coleman Company, Heritage Media Corporation and G.D. Searle & Co. (then a subsidiary of Monsanto Company).

Mr. Curtiss has a BSBA degree from the University of Nebraska, College of Business Administration (1970); a JD degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law (1971) and an LLM degree in taxation from the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis (1975). Mr. Curtiss became a CPA in 1971; a lawyer in 1972 and a CFA charterholder in 2006. He received a Certificate of Director Education from NACD’s Corporate Directors Institute in 2007.

He has experience with Peat, Marwick & Mitchell, receiving his CPA certificate from Colorado in 1971, and experience with a multi-state law firm, Nelson, Harding, Marchetti, Leonard & Tate. He was admitted to practice law by exam in Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado and Illinois from 1972 to 1981. He was employed by Monsanto Company and G.D. Searle & Co. in the tax, international treasury and corporate development positions for 13 years before serving as a Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Curtiss was a member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Media Corporation and American Ref-Fuel, a $2 billion waste to energy joint venture owned 50% by BFI.

Mr. Curtiss is a member of the AICPA, FEI, CFA Institute, CFA Society of Houston and NACD and an inactive member of the Nebraska and Missouri Bar Associations. He was President of the Houston Chapter of Financial Executives International (“FEI”) in 2001-02, Regional Director of FEI and served as Secretary to FEI (National). He was President of the CFA Society of Houston in 2012-13. He serves on the Board of the Houston Chapter of FEI and the CFA Society of Houston. In the 1970s, he taught accounting at three universities; published several tax related articles and served as Municipal Judge of the City of Manchester, Missouri.