2013 Alumnus of the Year
Mr. Michael Kimble ’81
Michael Kimble ’81 is a managing director and co-head of high yield bond investments for MacKay Shields LLC. MacKay Shields manages almost $70 billion in fixed income assets and is best known for its high yield and credit management capabilities. In the arena of institutional money management it is one of the largest and most respected high yield bond managers in the world. Michael and his three partners of over twenty years have been instrumental in developing this business. When they arrived at MacKay in 2004 their group was managing approximately $2 billion in assets and now has $45 billion under management and over 250 institutional clients around the world.
Michael is a Certified Financial Analyst and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. In addition, he is a member of both the New York State and Louisiana State Bar Associations. After graduating from Brother Martin High School in 1981, he attended Columbia College, where he received a B.S. in Economics in 1984. While working as a credit analyst at Citibank and E.F. Hutton, he attended New York University at night and completed an MBA in Finance in 1988. Soon after graduating from NYU, Michael simultaneously began another part time program at Fordham Law School and a job as a high yield bond portfolio manager at Chase Investors. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1992.
Michael is currently a board member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Foundation. He and his wife Norma, a former high school teacher, have been particularly supportive of education. They were instrumental in starting Kairos Christian School, a primary school in Norma’s home country of Guatemala, and are involved in fundraising efforts for St. Vincent’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey; the Lycee Francais of New York; the Ecole Bilingue of New Orleans; and St. George’s Episcopal School. They are supportive of the community and frequently offer their home as a venue for benefits to support organizations such as the Children’s Chorus of New Orleans, the Preservation Resource Center, Save the Bridges Foundation, and the Sisters of the Living Word.
Michael, who divides his time between New York and New Orleans, served as the inaugural President of the New York Area Chapter of the Brother Martin Alumni Association. Other alumni in the family are his brother Kenneth ’77, and his nephew, John Norwood IV, a 1997 Golden Crusader and board member of the Brother Martin Alumni Association. Another nephew, Stephen, is currently attending 8th grade at Brother Martin. God willing, Michael’s son Philip will be in the class of 2024.
In addition to Philip, Michael has another son, David, and two daughters, Charlotte and Marianne. David, who grew up in New York, is a speech writer at the United Nations. Charlotte is in 6th grade at the Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, and Marianne and Philip are in 1st grade and kindergarten at St. George’s Episcopal School. Michael and Norma have been married for 12 years and live on Bayou St. John. In addition to travelling with his family, Michael enjoys studying history and languages. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and German. He is an Eagle Scout and looks forward to involving Philip in Scouting. He is also a bagpiper in the Cuchullain Pipe Band.