News & Info
Congratulations to Becky Burns for successfully passing the CFP® exam. Becky will begin transitioning from CSR to Paraplanner responsibilities. Because of this, we welcomed Lizette Saenz to our team in March. Lizette has 15 years of banking industry experience and is excited about her new role at HAM. She and her Fiancé enjoy spending time with his 6 year-old daughter. Lizette will take on the Client Services Representative duties for Bob Frater, CFP® clients and is studying for the Series 6 and 63 FINRA registration exams.
We had 57 scholarship applicants this year. The scholarship committee will be meeting in May to choose the 7th Annual HAMCF Scholarship recipient. This $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a deserving high school senior pursuing a business related degree. Scholarship recipients of the past, Maricarmen Medina and Michelle Roy, will intern with us this summer. For more information on this scholarship, please visit our website: www.houstonassetmgmt.com/scholarship-info. If you would like to contribute to this 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, please call us at 713-629-1534.
Houston Asset Management will be closed on Friday, June 5th for our third annual Habitat for Humanity community service project in the Fort Bend area.
Lastly, congratulations to Bob Frater on his 32nd anniversary with HAM.
In January, Chris Brown, CFP® and Richard Hollis attended Loring Ward’s due diligence meeting in California where they met with Loring Ward’s CEO, members of the investment committee and other key personnel.
In February, Rich Welsh, CFP®, Richard Hollis and Chris Brown, CFP®attended AssetMark Gold Forum in Laguna Beach, California. The program included presentations by managing directors, presidents, chief economists, and chief investment officers from investment firms invited by AssetMark.
In April, Bob Frater, CFP®will attend the Financial Planning Association’s Retreat in Atlanta. This is an annual gathering of CFP®practitioners in the nation to gain knowledge of new techniques, strategies and technology used in the Financial Planning Profession.
The Cost of Loving Index was a big success this February with many media outlets around the country interested in reporting that the price for popular Valentine’s Day gifts increased 3.14% this year. Our top local features were in the Houston Chronicle (chron.com) on February 10th and PBS NewsHour which aired February 14th.
Houston Asset Management Charitable Foundation expects to award another scholarship this spring to a Houston area high school senior. The application window for the scholarship will close on March 31st. For more information on this scholarship please visit the "Scholarship Info" page on our website. If you would like to contribute to this 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, please call us at 713-629-1534.
We would like to welcome LaToya Green who joined us in February as a Client Services Assistant. In addition to assisting our CSRs, LaToya will be our part-time receptionist. Congratulations to Houston Asset Management staff members celebrating anniversaries in April:
16-Years: Harry Montgomery and Michele Frnka.
4-Years: Bob Hampton, Rich Welsh, Jacque Turner, Evelin Valenzuela,
2-Years: Emily Kerne
Our advisors and staff would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to all participants in our annual Houston Asset Management Charitable Golf Tournament on Friday, November 7thand to all who contributed donations to the foundation. We had chilly weather to start and a great turnout. This spring, we hope to fund another $10,000 scholarship and possibly a runner up scholarship to deserving high school seniors pursuing a degree in business. It’s still not too late to contribute to this spring’s scholarship awards. If you believe in this concept, please contact us on how you can donate to the 501(c)(3) Trust, Houston Asset Management Charitable Foundation.
In November, Chris attended the Texas A&M Financial Planning Day. He heard several distinguished speakers including Dr. Thomas R. Saving, the Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University. Dr. Savings is a sought after Social Security and Medicare speaker. He served as a Public Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds from 2000-2007. In addition, he served on President Bush’s bipartisan Commission to Strengthen Social Security.
Chris gave a talk on financial planning career opportunities to the Texas A&M Financial Planning Student Organization in December.
This January, Bob Frater is participating in a due diligence trip to Dividend Capital’s headquarters in Colorado to gain more knowledge about its operations and products.