The Houston Midtown Chapter of The Society for Financial Awareness Presents MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley (financial literacy)
If you won the lottery or inherited a large sum of money would all your problems be solved or would you lose your mind? Unfortunately, for many a large windfall of money can become a trigger event for poor and destructive behaviors. 

Today we were joined by Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, author of the new book ,Tales from a Park Avenue Therapist. We discussed Sudden Wealth Syndrome and what happens when a person comes into wealth through a host of immediate sources including the sale of a business, a lottery winning or inheritance and has to incorporate that reality into their identity. 

Paul L. Hokemeyer, J.D., Ph.D., a licensed marriage and family therapist and attorney, is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological and emotional issues that arise among people of wealth, power,
and celebrity. He contributes regularly to a variety of major media outlets as an on-air expert, and is a member of the Dr. Oz Show Panel of Experts and a FOX News Analyst. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN’s Prime News, The Wall Street Journal Live, CNBC, and Al Jazeera America. As a highly sought-after expert, Dr. Hokemeyer is quoted regularly in print and online media, including The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal,The Robb Report, Time, The Johns Hopkins Newsletter,, Private Wealth, The Washington Post, WebMD, The Los Angeles Times, Details, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Self, Yahoo Shine,Yahoo Parenting,,, and Huffington Post. His own research on wealth,
power, and celebrity has been published in Lambert Academic Press, The Journal of Wealth Management, Addiction Professional, and Family Therapy Magazine. 

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Would you go to the gym more often if someone was paying you? What if your employer not only encouraged you to be healthy but reinforced that behaviour? Does a healthy employee actually reduce expenses for a company and raise the bottom line?

We were joined today by the Founder and CEO of KrowdFit, Jim Miller. We discussed the correlation between getting healthy and monetary incentives in the work place.


Jim is a serial entrepreneur companies and experienced CEO with 25 years experience leading early stage technology driven companies.  He is keenly focused on improving the human health condition and is passionate about performance sports and nutrition.  He currently is the founder and CEO of KrowdFit, a platform that financially incentivizes healthy choices.


He is an expert in loyalty marketing, incentive rewards program design and has successfully led several venture-funded companies through periods of rapid growth, holding key senior leadership roles & has successfully raised over $125 million to fund his start-ups.


Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of uTANGO the world's richest Visa® Rewards program, rewarding individual lifetime consumer loyalty with up to $1 Million in cash rewards.  Prior to leading uTANGO, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence with Ignition Partners and Frazier Technology Ventures where he participated in the investment process and provided interim executive leadership to portfolio companies.


He has been a guest lecturer on Entrepreneurship and Raising Venture Capital at Seattle University, Portland State University Schools of Business Administration and Northwest University.  Jim has been recognized in Kiplinger's Magazine How to get Other People's Money to Finance your Business and Success Magazine Get Venture Capital for Your Business.

Jim currently resides with his wife, Mimi, and daughters Alex and Bridget in Bend, OR. Interests include: cycling, skiing, golf, technology, wine and domain name speculation.  He studied Finance and Marketing at Linfield College, however never one to sit still, he became bored and dropped out during the last semester.



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A traditional family office is a business run by and for a single family. Its sole function is to centralize the management of a significant family fortune. Typically, these organizations employ staff to manage investments, taxes, philanthropic activities, trusts, and legal matters. The purpose of the family office is to effectively transfer established wealth across generations. The family office invests the family's money, manages all of the family's assets, and disburses payments to family members as required.

The office itself either is, or operates just like, a corporation (often, a limited liability company, or LLC), with a president, CFO, CIO, etc. and a support staff. The officers are compensated per their arrangement with the family, usually with overrides based on the profits or capital gains generated by the office. Often, family offices are built around core assets that are professionally managed.

Today we were joined by Author Wedy Orth and Prateek Mehrotra.

Wendy is an independendent Wealth Advisor residing in Houston, TX.  She introduces clients to our Firm and our Endowment Investment Philosophy®. Wendy specializes in working with women and young professionals and understands that each client’s financial needs are unique. Wendy strives to understand the client’s complete financial picture, which allows the Endowment Wealth Management’s advisory team to design a custom tailored investment solution to meet each client’s specific needs. Coming from a scientific background, Wendy takes an analytical approach to assist clients with organizing their financial information and providing them with the tools to identify and reach their financial goals.

Wendy attended the Glascock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University where she studied Retirement and Estate Planning. She has completed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination. Wendy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science Degree in biology from the University of Houston.



As Chief Investment Officer, Prateek is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, recommending, monitoring and reporting on both alternative and traditional investments.  He manages relationships with high net worth clients, institutional investors, and traditional/alternative (hedge funds, private equity and real assets) money management firms.

Prior to joining the Company, Prateek worked at Sumnicht & Associates, LLC (and its affiliate iSectors, LLC) a SEC-registered investment advisory firm for over ten (10) years as Chief Investment Officer and as a Member of its Investment Committee.  His prior employer won numerous accolades and rankings from Bloomberg and Worth magazines during his tenure there. He was involved in helping incubate and launch their ETF model management business in February of 2005 under the brand name iSectors.

Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Prateek was a principal with GTG Ventures, Inc., in Palo Alto, California, where he was responsible for sourcing and analyzing investment opportunities across various technology sectors.  He also worked overseas at a boutique investment company and was involved in co-managing a PIPE fund and a hedge fund-of-funds, among other alternative investing activities.  He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry involved in areas as diverse as sell-side investment banking, leasing, portfolio management, and buy-side alternative assets investing. Prateek has lived and worked in India and the Middle East, and brings a wealth of global experience and perspective to the Company.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.  Prateek earned his MBA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was a Rotary International Scholar while attending Lehigh.  He is both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter Holder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).  The CAIA program is the global mark of distinction for alternative investments, and Prateek has blazed the trail by being the first CAIA Charter Holder in Wisconsin.


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Bank on Houston is dedicated to helping people who do not use or who under use mainstream financial institutions – banks and credit unions. - gain an understanding of their personal finances and establish a relationship with a bank or credit union. Having a relationship with a local bank branch or a credit union goes a long way towards asset building: having a reliable vehicle, buying a home, saving for a college education, having savings for emergencies, and growing savings to become financially secure. Bank on Houston partners with community organizations that provide free financial education/coaching and address life challenges; and with 27 banks and credit unions that provide accounts at no or low monthly service charge, second chance accounts, and other financial services.

Today we were joined by Bank on Houston Coordinator Denise Carpenter .



Denise Carpenter joined Bank on Houston in June 2013 and is the Program Coordinator. Ms. Carpenter is responsible for the operational success of Bank on Houston by ensuring development, program delivery, quality control, and evaluation. Prior to Bank on Houston, Ms. Carpenter held positions at Comerica Bank/Sterling Bank in Training and Development and Organization Development. Denise worked for many years in university administration at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She worked in the banking industry in branch management and operations roles before joining the university. Ms. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Denise serves on the Houston Committee College-Central Campus Banking and Finance Advisory Committee and is a member of the Texas Bankers Association.


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It is a well known fact that there is a strong link between financial education and the ability to manage and save money. But did you know that the Banking on Kids program was specifically designed to begin this learning process at the elementary/middle school level.

In 1995, the first Banking On Kids student-run bank opened . It proved to showcase just how simple it is to teach "banking concepts" to very young children.

The intent of opening a bank within an elementary/middle school is threefold:

  1. To teach kids at a very young age the value of saving.
  2. To design a banking curriculum that would teach money issues i.e. the origin of money, compound and simple interest, banking systems, and the workings of the Federal Reserve, and
  3. To offer real-world experience by allowing students to operate a real bank using real money.

on the 100th episode of Money Matters we were joined in the studio by Radio Host  Lou Garino.


Lou is truly a serial entrepreneur with 3 decades of real, hardcore, business experience.  His thirst for new horizons includes over 20 years of award-winning experience in real estate as a realtor and investor. Lou was one of the first to coin the term "flipping houses" and is an expert in rehabing properties.  As Author of the upcoming book, Business Relationship Riches, Lou is excited about the opportunity to help others pursue their dreams through business success  by building better relationships and a better life. Lou is the Host of Business Newsmakers Radio with Lou Garino, a weekly talk radio show on Bloomberg radio in Houston, TX, Business 1110 KTEK, on the Wall Street Radio Network.  Previous host of House Talk with Lou, a now archived weekly business talk radio show on live streaming internet radio on Lone Star Internet Radio.


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We have all heard about the enviormental benefits of building green. How does building green translate into hard dollars? What is the economic impact of building green?

We were joined today by Mike Collignon Executive Director and Co-Founder.

Mike engages in national and state-level advocacy, co-produces quarterly research reports, and publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter, a monthly member publication and a monthly feature in Green Builder® Magazine. He has presented at RESNET, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and the Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference. Mike has also delivered testimony at the IECC and IgCC final action hearings.

A former Market Manager of Residential for the Portland Cement Association (PCA), he supervised the $1.2 million residential co-op advertising program for regional and local promoters, delivered 10 guest lectures between Cal State University at San Luis Obispo, Cal State University at Chico and Middle Tennessee State University, and managed the 10,000+ sq. ft. Concrete Pavilion, the cement and concrete industry’s marquis annual presence at the Builders’ Show.

Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Advertising from Drake University.

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April is here and many of us are done with taxes. Now what? April is also Financial Literacy month and celebrated locally as Houston Money Week. Houston Money Week is a financial education initiative for people of all ages. FREE workshops are scheduled from April 11 - April 18, 2015.


We were joined today by Houston Money Week Partner Ogadi Fields



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Learn the secrets to maximizing your Social Security benefits and earn up to thousands of dollars more each year with expert advice that you can’t get anywhere else.

Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits? You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but Kotlikoff, Moeller, and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy to understand and user-friendly style. What you don’t know can seriously hurt you: wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost some individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year.  

On today's show we were once again joined by Suzanne Edwards, Money and Legal reporter for Houston Business Journal. Suzanne updated us on the local banking trends in Houston in relation to the oil market.

We were joined at the halfway mark by author Laurence Kotlikoff and discussed his newest book Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security.


Laurence J. Kotlikoff is William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and a professor of economics at Boston University.  He is also president of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software.  His company websites are and  He is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Spend ‘Til the End and The Coming Generational Storm (both with Scott Burns).  His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Economist, Huffington Post, and other major publications.  He has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, governments around the world, and major U.S. corporations including Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, and AON.  In addition, he has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions to committees of Congress.  He lives in Boston.



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Money Matters Episode 90- Collectible Cars: Is a Car an Asset or a Liability W/ Michael Foertsch

For me a car has always been a tool to get you from point A to B. I have said in the past that a car is a depreciating asset as soon as you drive it off the lot. The only exception to this rule is classic and/or collectible cars. I recently toured a classic and collectible car facility here in Houston that made me change my thinking. After learning about how much some of these cars have recently gone for at the auction I wanted to learn more about collecting cars. Even more interesting than the cars are the people behind them.  


Today we popped the hood and looked at the collectible and classic car market with Michael Foertsch, Owner of M. Brandon Cars.

Michael Foertsch is the owner of M. Brandon Motorcars, a small automobile dealership located in Houston. He specializes in Ferrari models from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, as well as other "interesting" sports cars. He is currently an apprentice concours judge for the International Association for the Conservation and Preservation of Ferrari Automobiles (IAC/PFA), and his personal cars have won Platinum awards at the prestigious Cavallino Classic. Before opening his dealership, he spent almost 20 years as a software engineer, and was a high performance driving instructor on the weekends.


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When spring fever hits and you start tossing out old clothes and scrubbing the floors, don't forget to give your finances some fresh air, too. Today we discussed how do we get started Spring cleaning our finances.

Today we were joined live in the studio with  AVP of South Texas Community programs with Comerica Bank and Houston Money Week partner, Vanessa Reed

Vanessa Reed, AVP of the South Texas Community Reinvestment programs for Comerica Bank.  Reed's priorities include affordable housing, education including financial literacy and small business and job training programs.  Reed joined Comerica Bank in 2000.  

A graduate of University of New Orleans, she holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in accounting.

Reed serves on numerous boards and committees including Change Happens! and the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce formerly Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of The Fort Bend Church where she serves on the Accounting Team.  She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

Mrs. Reed is the wife of Kevin Reed and mother of Jordan and Parker Reed.

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