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Jonathan Swanburg 1
CFP
Houston, TX
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Firm
Guided Wealth Management
Fee Structure
Fee-Based
Biography

Since 2009, Jonathan Swanburg has been an Investment Advisor Representative at Tri-Star Advisors. Today he runs the firm's Guided Wealth Management service, offering financial planning and investment advice to working age professionals.  He has an extensive fixed income background having started his career analyzing mortgage backed securities, municipal bonds, and structured notes. Jonathan's financial commentary has been featured in publications including Time Magazine, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Planning Magazine.

Jonathan attended college at Pepperdine University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. During that time he was a macroeconomic teaching assistant, the President of Phi Alpha Delta, and a caddy at Riviera Country Club. From there, he went on to receive his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from Baylor University where he concentrated in Business Transactions and was recognized as the outstanding MBA graduate, top presenter at the Big XII case competition, and two-time winner of the Baylor MBA ethics case competition. Jonathan earned the Certified Financial Planner© designation in 2013 and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

Outside of work, Jonathan volunteers with the Houston Young Lawyers Association and enjoys playing golf, tennis, fishing, writing and spending time with his wife and two sons.

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Bryan Zschiesche
CFP®
Houston, TX
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Firm
Financial Synergies Asset Management, Inc.
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

Bryan Zschiesche is a Shareholder and Financial Advisor with Financial Synergies Asset Management. Before he joined Financial Synergies Asset Management, Bryan Zschiesche was pursuing an entirely different profession: Estate Law. However, when his former classmate, Heath Hightower, asked him if he was interested in joining a financial advisory firm instead, Bryan made the leap. Bryan withdrew from law school, got married, moved to Houston, and started his career at Financial Synergies, all within a span of 30 days. Now, he’s a shareholder at Financial Synergies and has been working with clients to secure their financial futures since 2003.

Bryan is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Qualified Kingdom Advisor™. He uses his expertise to develop investment strategies to protect and grow clients’ retirement savings. Bryan is a proponent of Elegant Simplicity, the idea that we can work through complex issues surrounding a financial problem and arrive at a sophisticated but simple solution. Bryan specializes in wealth management, focusing on financial planning and evidence-based investment management.

A Katy resident, Bryan is an active member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Katy Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston chapter of the Financial Planning Association. Bryan graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in Finance and holds two graduate degrees from Texas Tech – a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Financial Planning. When he’s not helping clients, you can find the Eagle Scout hiking in Colorado with his wife, Cele, and two sons, Hudson and Carson.

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Gary Brand
CFP®
Houston, TX
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Firm
Dreamcatcher Financial Planning
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

As a Certified Financial Planner™ with 15 years experience, I take great pride in helping my clients reach their financial goals, assuage their financial concerns, and ultimately make their financial dreams a reality. Whether it is a comfortable and enjoyable retirement, creating a viable legacy for their children and grandchildren, or developing an investment approach that is in alignment with their risk tolerance and time horizon, I always strive to uphold the fiduciary standard I am bound to as a CFP®, and act in my clients’ best interest.

Prior to my entry to the financial services industry and joining The Goff Financial Group as Vice President of Client Services, I was a middle school English teacher. That experience has enabled me to also function as a financial educator for my clients, which I believe is an important ancillary function of my role.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Hofstra University, my post-baccalaureate teaching certification from the University of Vermont, and my paralegal certification from Adelphi University. I enjoy visiting  both my daughter, the aspiring singer/dancer/actress in NYC, as well as my molecular biology PhD son who is doing drug research in San Diego. I am also enjoying being an empty nester and playing really bad golf.

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Cesar de la Cerda
Houston, TX
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Firm
My Benefit Pro
Biography

Cesar De La Cerda is a Investment Advisor Representative employed by My Benefit Pro in Houston, Texas. My Benefit Pro is an insurance and financial services firm located in Houston, Texas. The professional staff is owner and Investment Adviser Representative, Cesar, who has over 15 years industry experience. He served in the United States Navy as a corpsman and is a graduate of the University of Houston where he focused his studies on economics and finance. He has a passion for helping others and educating individuals, families and businesses for success!

Cesar works with individuals and business owners in the Texas area to identify risk and provide solutions to meet those specific needs. Individuals and businesses alike can be at different stages in their life phase and require different necessities at different times. He helps identify risk through a discovery process that helps prioritize essentials and helps to keep clients on track for financial independence. He hasn’t forgotten about lifestyle, after all that is why individuals and business owners do what they do.

Cesar believes the importance of financial independence provides us time to enjoy with our families, friends, community and business partners. His discovery process is designed with a goals based approach to help clients stay on track to maintain a balanced approach.

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Mike Minter
CFP, CFS
Houston, TX
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Firm
Financial Synergies Asset Management, Inc.
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

Mike is a Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager for Financial Synergies Asset Management. As a perpetual student of investing and the markets, Mike considers himself obsessed with the subject. He enjoys working with clients because it requires a deep level of trust, which is something he believes makes the wealth management business unique.

Mike has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Fund Specialist® designations. He is also an active member of the Houston chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Mike became a shareholder of Financial Synergies in 2013.

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Matthew Goff
Houston, TX
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Firm
The Goff Financial Group
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

Matthew Goff is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Goff Financial Group, an SEC registered investment advisory company, which is based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Goff currently manages approximately $200 million in private accounts for long-term investors. He specializes in value-oriented security analysis and management, with an emphasis on meeting the unique needs of clients who need both growth and current income from their portfolios. He is an expert in providing wealth management for corporate executives and business owners.

Matthew began his career in financial services at Lehman Brothers in 1993 after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin with a major in finance.   Mr. Goff manages portfolios for individuals, couples, trusts, retirement plans and corporations. For four consecutive years he has been included in the Five Star Award Professionals list as featured in Texas Monthly. Mr. Goff has also been rated as a Five Star advisor by the Paladin Registry since 2006. Mr. Goff is a fiduciary and an active member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors which advocates for fiduciary, fee-only financial advice.

In his spare time, Mr. Goff volunteers and supports various non-profit organizations related to health care and improving the community.

 

 

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Nick Lyons
Houston, TX
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Firm
The Goff Financial Group
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

Nick Lyons is a financial advisor and analyst at The Goff Financial Group where he works directly with clients on their investment and planning needs. Before entering the financial services industry, he served in the United States Army Reserve as an Intelligence Analyst. In addition to serving his country, he worked full-time directly under the president  while simultaneously obtaining his degree in Finance from the University of Houston – Downtown.

From an early age, Nick discovered that he was extremely passionate about serving others through volunteering. Nick began volunteering at his grandparents’ retirement home during the summers at 7 years old. Now, he volunteers his time to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo helping young children learn the value of hard work through agricultural projects and helping high school seniors obtain scholarships for college. Nick also serves the Financial Planning Association – Houston as Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Nick’s role at The Goff Financial Group is to assist the Chief Investment Officer and Owner with investment analysis, execution, and research while coordinating with the financial planner to ensure that all of the clients’ goals and objectives are satisfied. 

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Jillian Nel
CFP®, CDFA™
Houston, TX
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Firm
Legacy Asset Management
Fee Structure
Asset-Based
Biography

Jillian Nel is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst for Legacy Asset Management in Houston, TX. Jillian was hired by Legacy Asset Management in 2011 to open and direct a financial planning practice for the firm.

Jillian provides comprehensive financial planning and risk management to individual clients, business owners & their families. She also provides consulting and advisory services for the Qualified Retirement Plan practice of the firm to business owners, plan administrators, and participants.

Jillian has a passion for education and the empowerment it provides to both clients and the general public. She regularly speaks at financial planning seminars and employee educational meetings on risk management and its critical role in the success of any goal setting or financial planning scenario. Jillian also is an instructor of Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits at Rice University’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification program at the Glasscock School for Continuing Studies.

Jillian has the Series 7 & 66 securities license, as well as the Series 24, general securities principal, and is licensed as a General Lines Insurance Agent for the State of Texas. Jillian received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She serves on the advisory board of directors for the Periwinkle Foundation and the board of directors for the HER Foundation that supports the Women's Fund, both local Houston charities.

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A. L. Williams
MBA
Houston, TX
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Firm
Galene Financial
Fee Structure
Free Consultations, other cost vary
Biography

Anthony Williams has been an advisor 1999.   The last couple of decades have proven to be some of both the most challenging and rewarding times in the history of the financial markets. For Anthony, entering the financial industry at the beginning of those turbulent times was a baptism by fire. This experience has given him the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the good, the bad, and the ugly of the ever changing financial landscape. His career achievements are built on a foundation of education, with an MBA already and a Doctorate in Finance within grasp. He adds a key perspective to the Galene Financial team of advisors. He has been featured in Texas Monthly as a Five Star Wealth Advisor and the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s Top Wealth Managers. He has also provided academic literature for financial and non-financial magazines, publications, websites, and been an expert guest on radio shows. Today, Anthony is instrumental in helping families, individuals, and businesses within The Greater Houston Area pursue their financial goals. He likes to donate his time to both charitable and non-charitable organizations and events when called upon, to stay active in the community. He does this and balances a family of his own.

His philosophy is to provide time tested investment advice that will reduce a client’s risk, and still provide them with consistent and competitive investment returns in the short and long term.

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Joseph Birkofer
CFP
Houston, TX
Firm
Legacy Asset Management, Inc.
Fee Structure
Asset-Based
Biography

Over the past 15 years, Joe has been, and continues to be, passionate about helping his clients (business owners and their families and employees) concentrate on financial planning and asset allocation. His own experience as a business owner has given him great insight into the demands of running a successful enterprise.

A consultant to individual and corporate clients for the evaluation of retirement plans, Birkofer also works with plan sponsors to improve communications, monitor investment performance and streamline administration. Joe specializes in retirement planning, 401-k retirement plan design, asset allocation, investment selection, employee retirement plan communications, ERISA regulations, and DOL 401-k audits.

In addition to being a Certified Financial Planner™ and a Registered Investment Advisor, Joe heads up the firm's Retirement Plan consulting practice, working with plan sponsors to improve investments, communications and streamline administration. Prior to co-launching Legacy Asset Management with Rick, he served as a Trust Officer with Texas Commerce Bank.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his MBA from the University of Texas, Austin. Currently, Joe heads up the Rice University Certified Financial Planner™ program where he teaches Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning. By instructing others about financial planning, Joe is constantly and consistently tuning up his skills in order to teach a new generation of financial planners.

Joe regularly provides commentary for national media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, CBS Market Watch, and locally for the Houston Chronicle, local radio, and television programs. Joe is an active member of the community, serving as a Board Member of The Periwinkle Foundation, St. Anne's School Foundation, and a member of Goodwill Industries' Business Council.

Lauren Lindsay
CFP®
Houston, TX
Firm
Personal Finance Advisors, LLC
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

Lauren Lindsay, CFP, is the Director of Financial Planning, and focuses on fee-only, comprehensive financial planning for both individuals and corporate clients. As a former high school teacher, client education is a priority of Lauren’s and she has delivered financial education seminars around the country.

Prior to joining Personal Financial Advisors, Lauren worked in Boston, Massachusetts as a fee-only planner with her own firm, Beacon Financial Planning and Compass Planning Associates. Before that, Lauren was employed at Putnam Investments in Boston where she earned numerous awards for client services. Her Putnam experience included servicing Institutional 401(k) client services, and she traveled and presented to corporate clients nationally. She also worked in Human Resources on the 401(k) and EDC plans, as well as assisted Marsh and McLennan employees and their families through the Putnam Preferred Access group. Before joining the financial planning profession, Lauren taught high school English and Drama in London, England. She has been in the financial planning field since 1998.

Lauren is a member of NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, a national organization of fee-only financial planners. She is the Treasurer of the William B. Travis Foundation and is the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Houston Heights Woman’s Club. She belongs to the Junior League of Houston, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Association, the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) and is an administrator for Heights Kids Group. She is active in the Woodland Heights Civic Association, and works on the annual Lights in the Heights Celebration, as well as volunteering for the Travis Elementary PTA. She has created teaching content for the online CFP course at Boston University, and is a graduate of Joe Hurley’s 529 Boot Camp for Advisors.

With her teaching background, she brings a unique perspective to the challenge of financial planning. She has instructed classes on financial education topics for local colleges and corporations nationwide, such as PepsiCo, Bose and Harvard University. Lauren has also been quoted in national periodicals on financial topics, including CNBC.com, Financial Advisor, The Journal of Financial Planning, Self, Money Magazine, Financial Advisor Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and U.S News and World Reports, as well as on the online web journal at Bankrate.com.

Lauren grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and loves all things beach-related. She lives in Houston with her husband, Lee, and daughter, Grace. Lauren enjoys reading and travel in her spare time.

Craig Parks
CFP®, CRPC
Houston, TX
Firm
Houston Wealth Management
Fee Structure
Hourly, Project/Set Fee, Percentage based on Assets Under management (AUM)
Biography

Craig Parks is the founder and primary advisor at Houston Wealth Management headquartered in Houston, TX. Craig provides financial planning, investment management, tax planning and other wealth management services to successful families and individuals, non-profits and business entities in the Houston area and throughout Texas. Craig's expertise includes retirement planning, social security benefit planning, executive compensation benefit analysis, preservation and growth of investment portfolio assets, and comprehensive financial planning.

Prior to founding Houston Wealth Management, Craig worked over 10 years as an investment and retirement advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, ING and an independent investment firm in Texas. Prior to his career in financial services, Craig's background and experience in engineering provides a base for understanding complex concepts. It was, however, his interest in investing and business that led Craig to leave engineering for graduate business study. Craig combines his diverse experience with a sincere respect and interest for others through his work at Houston Wealth Management for the firm's clients and partners.

Craig is proud to be a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) practitioner in good standing since 2007. He also completed the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor(SM) (CRPC®) in 2006 and holds the FINRA Series 66 securities license.  Craig earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University- Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business (Houston, TX) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA). Craig believes that ongoing education is a lifetime commitment.  He actively participates in the national and Houston area Financial Planning Association meetings, conferences and events.

Craig is strongly committed to the success of communities that he belongs. His community activities include service and leadership in his neighborhood and at the local elementary school. Craig is also a longtime volunteer and leader in the Lehigh Alumni Association in Houston and in the Northeast. He regularly volunteers as a youth sports coach for his children's sports teams in the West Houston Christian Sports League. He and his wife, Ruth, reside with their two children in the West Memorial/Energy Corridor section of Houston.

Craig enjoys music and music performance of all kinds, and as a past drum major, he eagerly awaits the opportunity to lead his neighborhood's annual July Fourth Parade. Other current interests and areas for improvement include working on his tennis backhand and eliminating his annoying golfer's slice.

Henry Bragg
Houston, TX
Firm
Hill Investment Group
Biography

Henry leads Hill Investment Group’s client service and development efforts in Texas. Based in Houston, Henry’s primary focus is extending the reach of the firm's high-touch service.

Henry graduated with an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a Bachelor’s in Finance with Honors from Arizona State University. Henry also has his CPA and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation.

Henry began his career at Ernst & Young, working in audit, fraud & forensic consulting, and business process mapping. Prior to joining Hill, Henry was a partner and Director of Planning at a successful wealth management firm in Houston.

Leveraging his experiences and entrepreneurial spirit, Henry has pioneered and perfected wealth visualization techniques to help wealthy individuals see opportunity and make better financial decisions in context of their current situation.

Henry met his wife Laurence in 1999 and married nine months later. While it seemed crazy at the time, looking back, it was the best decision Henry ever made. They have three children- Kathryn, Julia, and Henry, Jr. Their dog’s name is Libby. She’s a feisty Tibetan Terrier.

Aaron Karas
Houston, TX
Firm
Insight Wealth Strategies
Biography

Aaron Karas is a comprehensive, fee-based financial planner who began his career in the financial industry in 2008. His primary areas of expertise are financial planning, investment portfolio management, liability management, trust and estate planning, banking, and hedging strategies. He offers objective, strategic advice designed to help his clients accumulate, retain, protect, and transfer their wealth.

In his practice, Aaron focuses on his clients’ aspirations and uses his unique insight to create a financial plan and brings his passion for excellence in helping his clients achieve their goals. He works closely with his clients’ attorneys, CPAs, and other advisors, integrating their efforts to effectively help his clients implement the recommended strategies to guide them toward their financial goals; Aaron provides a great deal of personal attention to help adapt their plan to fit their current circumstances.

Prior to joining the Insight team, Aaron was an advisor/financial planner at Wells Fargo. Before that, he was a licensed private banker at JP Morgan Chase where he assisted clients with their investments, both commercial & personal. Aaron achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and was a letterman of the football team. At Baylor, he cultivated his passion for helping others achieve their goals. He is a proud husband and father and lives in The Woodlands, TX where he was raised.

Christine Powell
Houston, TX
Firm
Pensionmark Houston
Biography

Pensionmark provides investment advisory services to a variety of qualified retirement plans including 401k, defined benefit, cash balance plans as well as non-qualified plans such as incentive stock options (ISO's) and executive compensation programs. They commit their extensive expertise to plan fiduciaries in carrying out their fiduciary duties and overseeing plan investments. They also offer wealth management and financial planning services to high net worth individuals and families seeking an organized and structured process.

As managing director of Pensionmark Houston, LLC. Christine Powell has more than 40 years of consulting experience and has served as an industry expert on FINRA arbitrations. Prior to Pensionmark, Christine worked as a Registered Investment Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for 23 years. During her 22 years with Smith Barney, Christine received several awards for outstanding achievements as a 401k plan consultant. She worked as a Senior Manager in the Employee Benefit Consulting Group for the southwest region of KPMG for a decade.

Christine earned her BS in Mathematics from Missouri State University. She earned her Pension Funds and Money Management Certificate from University of Pennsylvania-The Wharton School, and her Financial Planning Certificate from the Metropolitan College of Denver.

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