Steve Mach ’92

Traveling at Mach Speed

By Donna Parker

Steve Mach moves at extreme velocity. He has to – to keep up with himself. Not only is this energetic ’92 grad the vice president of finance for the Mach Industrial Group, he also advises no fewer than seven charitable organizations in Houston including the Family Services of Greater Houston, Houston Chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Morrison School of Music Society at the University of Houston, River Oaks Baptist School, and the Chi Delta Tau Foundation, which exclusively supports Trinity students. Steve co-founded that organization which has raised $250,000 for educational scholarships.


Anyone traveling this fast needs steady direction and Steve discovered his compass long ago in the writings of Leo Rosten.


I cannot believe that the purpose of life is merely to be “happy.” I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter: to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.


These powerful words set the course for Steve’s life and he shared them during the commencement address several years back, while serving as president of the Trinity University Alumni Association. He continues to be dedicated to his alma mater.


“I’ve found it to be a better experience on this side, because I stay active with the University and have grown with my sphere of involvement. Everything clicked in getting involved with Trinity. It’s the perfect storm in the sense that so many things had to happen. My involvement is an interesting challenge and something I really enjoy doing.”


Still, with all that he has on his plate, this dynamo names his family as his greatest achievement. He and wife Joella have three children under age 5: Priscilla, 4; Bennett, 3; and Evelyn, 4 months.


“It’s a wondrous thing to see them grow, learn and soak up everything around them,” says this dedicated dad, who no doubt is setting a great example in giving back.