Kathleen and Eric Houssels are super parents. This busy working pair has not one, not two, not even three, but five growing boys running around their westside home: Dane (16), twins Wyatt and Will (8), Knox (5), and little Walker (3).
Eric earned his Economics degree from Stanford University. He then went on to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to earn his MBA and CFA. While there he met his future wife, Kathleen, also earning her MBA and CFA. Kathleen attended Duke following her time at Harvard University where she earned her degree in Economics. These investment-minded love birds married in 2009.
Currently Eric runs an investment management firm for private investors, his own business that he has proudly owned for more than two decades. He is also a founding board member of Lexicon Bank, based in Las Vegas. Kathleen has spent over 20 years in the investment management industry and just recently retired from her role as the Global Chief Investment Officer at AXA Rosenberg Investment Management. She is now focusing on helping front line and lower income workers build wealth.
On the home front, five boys certainly equates to a busy household! The kids love everything outdoors; hunting for lizards and snakes, catching insects, fishing and playing in the water, and of course riding bikes. “Golf is the special talent in our family (except for Mom),” says Eric. “In July, Dane, our oldest, became the first Houssels to make a hole-in-one during a family vacation in Las Vegas.” This year was also the year that Dane and Eric ended their annual golf trip to Bandon Dunes with a win over the other 3 father-son pairs that attended the friendly four-day competition. The family enjoys its golf at Diablo CC, where they joined in early 2020. Mom may not have been bitten by the golf bug, but she takes her talents elsewhere, although it’s been awhile since she showcased her all-state and Division 1 softball skills.
The kids also love basketball. They love to root for the LA Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks. Other professional teams that they follow include the New England Patriots, the 49ers, the Raiders, the A’s and SF Giants, and of course Dad’s Alma Mater, Stanford, as well as the Florida Gators and the UNLV Rebels. It’s clear this family has ties all over the country, and they’re proud to showcase that in their allegiance to various teams!
When not watching and/or playing sports, the whole family loves to get together to play various board games: backgammon, cards, chess, etc. The Houssels family has been known to incorporate their Vegas ties into family time and place the occasional household wager on a game. Will and Wyatt are ready for the big leagues; these precocious twins are sharp liars’ dice players too!
The Housselses have enjoyed getting involved with their community. Eric “helps coach a number of youth sports including basketball, golf, soccer, and baseball.” The Houssels family are also members of Community Presbyterian Church, and are involved in other organizations like Mobilize Love, National Review Institute, Next Step, and the Center for Risk Management Research at UC Berkeley.
Of their home in Danville, Kathleen says, “Our neighborhood is happy and peaceful. Everyone is friendly and respectful. We love being able to walk to downtown Danville, our schools, and our church. We are so thankful to live in Danville – it has exceeded our expectations! It is such a great place to raise a family.”
Eric and Kathleen work hard to instill in their boys the family motto: “Do what you say and say what you do.” Their loving marriage, beautiful family and successful careers are a testament to their strength in character and the hard work that they put in everyday to show their boys exactly what that family motto means.
Each year Kathleen and Eric love to take the boys up to Tahoe for a couple of weeks. During this year’s trip they had a profound realization: “Our family is our great blessing. When in Truckee earlier this summer, Kathleen remarked beautifully that through the virus hardship, depression and reduction to organized activity for the kids, it has become clear to her that we are a happy family. This is just awesome, our #1 blessing.”
By Alexandra Sullivan, Resident since 2017