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Steven H. Madden Sr.

CEO, Apex Heritage Group
Houston, TX

Steven H. Madden was elected as a Trustee in 2016. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 1991 with a major in Human Organizational Development. He also attended the University of Innsbruck, Austria in 1989.

Mr. Madden has assembled a portfolio of companies and is Chairman and CEO of Dan-Loc Group, WeldFit Energy Group, Ashburn Chemical Technologies, Apex Heritage Properties, Apex Heritage-Capital Investments, and Apex Heritage Group. He has built, acquired, merged and sold many businesses, real estate holdings, and investments in and around the industrial, automotive, aerospace and energy industries for over 27 years. Mr. Madden’s competencies include manufacturing, engineering, distribution, and service companies established around the world. More recently, he has been involved in international trade and created strategic partnerships in the United Kingdom, the Peoples Republic of China, Latin America, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Madden is passionate about helping transform organizations from good to great, whether they are for-profit or nonprofit.

For decades, Mr. Madden has also served on a variety of nonprofit boards fulfilling such roles as Chairman, President, Long Range Planning Chair, and Educational Chair for organizations such as international commerce and industry associations, recreational clubs, youth sports associations, continuing educational groups, and churches.  Mr. Madden’s continuing education includes personal coaches since 1991, Vistage for 17 years, and Young Presidents Organization (now YPO Gold) since 2008. As a man of strong personal faith, Mr. Madden also stays active in their Catholic church, St. Cecilia’s.

At Vanderbilt, the Maddens chaired the Parents Leadership Committee (2015-2016) and Mr. Madden has been engaged in numerous board related committees. They have supported the university through many philanthropic efforts including the new residential colleges, career center, research around dyslexia, several student led projects and co-founded the Madden Family Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Robert Innes Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Madden and his wife, Kelly, reside in Houston and have four children, of whom the eldest graduated from Vanderbilt (’18), the second attends the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University (’20), the third is currently attending Vanderbilt (’22), and the youngest currently attends high school in Houston (’20).

Mr. Madden has a strong belief in continuing education, giving back to the community, mentoring, pursuit for the ‘greater good’, personal development, and staying grounded guided by his faith.


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