The Houston Midtown Chapter of The Society for Financial Awareness Presents MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley (financial literacy)

Today we learned about Houston Money week and visited with HMW partner Money Management International. We were joined by Regional Director of Education and Community relations for MMI Rudy Cavazos Jr. We also discussed working with a non-profit credit counseling agency, financial literacy and credit card fraud


Recognized as a credit authority, Cavazos has represented MMI in numerous television, radio, print and online interviews.  He has hosted a weekly money management segment on a major San Antonio television station.  Also, Cavazos’ quotes have appeared in national periodicals such as Wall Street Journal, TIME Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Newsweek magazine. Locally, you can find his quotes and articles in newspapers such as The Courier and The Galveston Daily News.

Cavazos joined MMI as a credit counselor at the Texas City, Texas office in 1996, where he assisted clients from Galveston County and South Houston and established relationships with local financial institutions.  In his 16 years at MMI, Cavazos has held several positions within the organization; counselor, community relations manager, regional director of counseling both in Houston and  San Antonio, Director of Public Relations, Regional Director, Industry Relations, Regional Director of Development and currently Regional Director of Education and Community Relations.

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Today we discussed Entrepreneurship and Real Estate with Jason Hartman.

Jason Hartman is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Properties Investor Network, The Hartman Media Company and The Jason Hartman Foundation. Starting with very little, Jason, at the age of 19, embarked on a career in real estate while promoting his unique Personal Branding methodology through which Jason says “virtually anyone can achieve wealth, notoriety and a high level of personal satisfaction”. Through creativity, persistence and hard work, he soon joined the ranks of the top one-percent of Realtors in the U.S. and in quick succession; earned a number of prestigious industry awards.

By 1997, Jason realized his entrepreneurial dream and purchased an Irvine, California real estate brokerage firm. He combined his dedication and business talents to become a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author, and media personality. Jason’s latest accomplishment is the celebration of his first company’s 11 year anniversary. Over the last 20 years he developed his Complete Solution for Real Estate Investors™ where his innovative firm educates and assists investors in acquiring prudent investments nationwide for their portfolio. Jason’s highly sought after educational events, speaking engagements, and his ultra-hot “Creating Wealth Podcast” inspire and empower hundreds of thousands of people in 26 countries worldwide.

You can find learn more about jason by visiting :  
or to check out his podcast network 

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Doctors, Pilots and Financial Advisors all use checklist. When it comes to reviewing 2013 dont miss this crucial reminder off what things are important at year end.

Also On this episode we are joined by Pamela Davis.


Pamela Davis, a Macedonia, Ohio businesswoman uses coupons to feed her
growing family while holding down seven jobs.

Then, after being a contestant on "TLC's Extreme Couponing," she decided to
create Quick Couponing,

This is a business that teaches people how to save thousands of dollars
couponing - quickly and easily.




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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Whether you’ve been training for years for your retirement or you are a newbie, moving toward your goals, taking the right actions and following a plan will help you to cross the finish line feeling great and it will inspire those around you to do the same!

·        How preparing for retirement is like preparing for a marathon – and the 6 training fundamentals that apply to both goals

·        Why some people are great with money and others struggle

·        My 5-step system for reducing stress around your finances


Tune in tomorrow at 10 am and when we are joined by author and speaker Ellen Rogin.

A CPA, Certified Financial Planner™ and Abundance Activist® - Ellen is a nationally known expert on living a life of success and prosperity.

A financial advisor chock full of “left-brain” credentials (MBA, CPA, Certified Financial Planner™), she also walks on the “right” side, balancing values, big picture ideas, and meditation with all her professional training.  Ellen is as comfortable talking about the power of compound interest as she is the power of belief. Ellen shares this fresh approach in her book “Great with Money: 6 Steps to Lifetime Success and Prosperity.”

Ellen is a frequent speaker to the financial profession, sharing her experiences and expertise at building successful client relationships and growing a successful practice.  She is a regular contributor to Horsesmouth®, a support service for financial advisors and is a host of Horsesmouth Advisor Radio.

For more than 20 years, Ellen has been a financial advisor in Northfield, Illinois, and serves on the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Capital Bank in Chicago.

She co-authored the books:


Great with Money: 6 Steps to Lifetime Success & Prosperity



Inspirational Strategies for an Audaciously Authentic Life



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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 1:37pm PST

The Sages asked, “Who is mighty?” and answered, “Those who can control their own emotions and make of an enemy a friend.”

In the bestselling book The Go-Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann revolutionized the way we think about success via one very simple lesson: “Shifting one’s focus from getting to giving (constantly and consistently providing value to others) is both very fulfilling and the most profitable way to do business.

Now Burg is back with a new book, offering deeper insight into what it means to be truly influential and providing powerful strategies for mastering the art of winning people over.

Faced with the task of persuading someone to do what we want, most of us expect, and often encounter, resistance. We see the other person as an adversary and often resort to coercion or manipulation in order to get our way. But while this approach might at times bring us short-term results, it leaves people with a bad feeling about themselves and about us. At that point, our relationship with the person is weakened and our influence dramatically decreased.

There is a better way.
We were joined by bestselling author Bob Burg to discuss his newest book :

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How can we solve the national debt crisis? Should you or your child take on a student loan? Is it safe to talk on a cell phone while driving? Are there viable energy alternatives to fossil fuels? Could simple policy changes reduce political polarization? These questions may all seem very different, but they share two things in common. First, they are all questions with important implications for either personal success or our success as a nation. Second, they all concern topics that we can fully understand only with the aid of clear quantitative or mathematical thinking. In other words, they are topics for which we need math for life--a kind of math that looks quite different from most of the math that we learn in school, but that is just as (and often more) important. In Math for Life, award-winning author Jeffrey Bennett simply and clearly explains the key ideas of quantitative reasoning and applies them to all the above questions and many more. He also uses these questions to analyze our current education system, identifying both shortfalls in the teaching of mathematics and solutions for our educational future. No matter what your own level of mathematical ability, and no matter whether you approach the book as an educator, student, or interested adult, you are sure to find something new and thought-provoking in Math for Life.

Please listen in tomorrow when we are joined by Jeffrey Bennett and discuss his newest book Math for Life :

Math For Life


About Jeffrey:

Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California at San Diego and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He specializes in mathematics and science education, spending most of his time as a writer, along with speaking to audiences ranging from elementary school children to college faculty, and offering teacher in-service workshops. He has taught extensively at all levels, including having founded and run a private science summer school for elementary and middle school children. At the college level, he has taught more than fifty classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He is the author of best-selling college textbooks in four distinct subject areas: astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and astrobiology (life in the universe); together, these books have sold more than 1 million copies. He has written four books for general public: On the Cosmic Horizon (Addison Wesley, 2001); Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008/2011), which was selected by Miami University as their Convocation book for all incoming students to read in 2008/9; Math for Life (Updated Edition from Big Kid Science, 2014), which won the Colorado Book Award for general nonfiction; and the forthcoming What is Relativity? (Columbia University Press, 2014). He is also the creator and author of the children’s series “Science Adventures with Max the Dog,” which includes Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, and Max Goes to Jupiter, and of The Wizard Who Saved the World. Through his “Max Goes to Schools” donation program, he has donated more than 23,000 copies of his children’s books to elementary school libraries in more than 60 countries. Dr. Bennett and his book Max Goes to the Moon were recognized with the 2013 AIP Science Communication Award.

Among his other major endeavors, he served two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters, where his achievements included creating the Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy (originally IDEA, now called IDEAS), developing the Perspectives From Space theme (and creating its poster set) for International Space Year, and helping start the program known as Flight Opportunities for Science Teacher EnRichment (FOSTER), which flew teachers on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory and will soon be taking teachers on the SOFIA airborne observatory.

Perhaps his most visible achievements have been his work in developing educational scale models of the solar system. He proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System (on the University of Colorado campus) and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Among his current projects, he is the founder of Big Kid Science, a company dedicated to educating and inspiring children with the wonders of science. When not working, he enjoys participating in masters swimming and the daily adventures of life with his wife Lisa, children Grant and Brooke, and dog Cosmo.

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 2:05pm PST

What are some common and costly money mistakes people make without realizing it? We review the 2013 annual impact report from Houston Money Week and got a quick update on past guest and comedian Dan Nainan who was on the front page of Yahoo Finance this week.


After the break we were joined by Financial Educator and Author Denise Winston and discussed some practical but often over looked tips to help better manage our finances. To find out more about Denise , visit her website at:

Here is a link to her book:

Money Starts Here! Your Practical Guide to Survive and Thrive in Any Economy

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I hosted the Open Journal show this morning on KPFT 90.1 FM to promote Money Matters which streams live every Friday morning at 10 AM on the HD3 channel. After a short introduction I was joined live in the studio by Jessica Bolanos and Nelson Vanegas of Goodspero.

Goodspero is an organization that focuses on education, literacy and gender equality in education. The husband and wife team have helped provide access to books in communities that would otherwise have little or no access to them, as well as scholarships for girls facing obstacles in areas of gender inequality. The project Goodspero is currently involved with if achieved will be the largest educational crowd fund ever.

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 1:31pm PST

On this episode we will react, and discuss the city of Detroit declaring bankruptcy. We discuss how this could lead to a ripple effect in the municipal bond market and in turn affect your own retirement savings plan.
When entire cities declare bankruptcy how can an individual avoid going down the same path?
We were joined by Financial Coach Daniel Scholl with Family Services of Greater Houston who shared with us the Financial Stability program. More specifically we discussed the free Financial Coaching program and how to become involved with this resource.

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 11:15am PST

Here is the first episode of Money Matters. It was recorded on May 3rd. This show introduces the Society For Financial Awareness is and what we do. We also explore what the radio show is about and what topics we will be covering in the next few months.

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Category:Financial Literacy -- posted at: 8:39am PST