About Terry

Terry is a father, businessman, and attorney who loves University City and sees its great potential. He has lived here for over 20 years, and has served on the city council for the last decade. As mayor, he vows to continue open lines of communication with citizens and seek smart economic solutions for issues like MSD, EMS, and the spending of Proposition P funds. Terry believes University City is one of the most vital and diverse communities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Terry brings an extensive legal and financial background to the University City City Council. He has previously served as:

  • President and CEO of the Edward Jones Trust Company, an entity that he created and grew for Edward Jones and became a general partner of the firm. As a general partner, Terry became responsible for the financial planning department of Edward Jones, giving lectures to financial advisors, management, and clients across the country.
  • CEO of the Guaranty Trust Company of Missouri, a privately held trust company in Clayton, Missouri that offers personal trust and investment management services to businesses and individuals.

Currently, Terry is an owner of several Great Clips hair salons. He is also a partner of Crow and Takacs, LLC.

A lifelong volunteer, Terry is the recipient of the prestigious Michael Edlin Award from Doorways, a nonprofit that offers supportive housing for people with HIV/AIDS. He served on the Doorways board of directors for 10 years, five of which he served as chair. Terry has also served as Chairman of the Board for the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund.

Terry has completed business coursework at Harvard University, Claremont College and the London Business School. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Westminster College. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri.

Born in Farber, Missouri, a town of approximately 400 people north of St. Louis, Terry grew up attending public schools and the local Presbyterian Church. The son of a brick plant worker and homemaker, Terry learned early on the value of education, hard work, and giving back.