Our Team

Steve Durham

Account Executive

Steve Durham serves as an Account Executive at SAM. He joined the SAM team in 2023 with a decade of association experience in finance, operations, and programming. 

Steve's previous experience includes serving as director of financial operations for Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) from 2015–2024. He received TOMA's Meritorious Service Award in 2019, a statewide award granted to one individual each year.

Steve graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in economics. Prior to his work in associations, he worked in the insurance industry, reporting to the CFO of several companies, including a subsidiary of The Travelers Insurance Group.

Steve was born in Fort Worth and has lived in Austin since 2004.

Partners/Roles: Executive Director, Texas Hearing Aid Association (THAA); Executive Director, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA)

Family: My amazing wife Lori and two cats—Max and Lucy.

Outside of work, I love... playing music, watching baseball, playing pickleball, and reading historical nonfiction.

Assessments: Specialist (Predictive Index)

What inspires me about working with associations: I feel a sense of purpose working with associations that I didn’t experience in other industries. When I see people with sincere nonprofit passions, I’m inspired to help them. People and their ideas really can change the world.

My passions and skills: I try to simplify and provide clarity using words, charts, and numbers. I love studying the process individuals have when they make big decisions. For some reason, the details involved in the decision-making process have always fascinated me. 

Favorite SAM core value: Build trust. Life is filled with complexities and details. Although all core values deserve some level of importance, I prefer building trust for the longer-term benefits.