MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley

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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In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.

Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

Today we were joined by Author Ashlee Vance .


Ashlee Vance is an award winning feature writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Previously, he worked for The New York Times and The Economist.

Vance was born in South Africa, grew up in Texas and attended Pomona College. He has spent more than a decade covering the technology industry from San Francisco and is a noted Silicon Valley historian.

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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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Money Matters Episode 102- Moneylive 2015 W/ Lonnie Mathews

MoneyLIVE is a program designed for high school through college age youth to provide them with the financial decision-making tools they need to create financial independence. The lessons learned during this event create good financial habits that last a lifetime.

Today we were joined by speaker and author Lonnie Mathews.

Lonnie Mathews is a motivational financial speaker who empowers audiences with tools and strategies to make immediate and long-term shifts in their lives. Lonnie gets audiences excited about taking charge of their financial futures. Companies hire Lonnie because he increases productivity, decreases employee financial issues and empowers their team to do more with their existing salaries.

Lonnie speaks from the heart about his life and past experiences. To realize his passion in life, he had to travel a long and difficult road. By doing so, it has made all the difference. Armed with degrees in finance and accounting, Lonnie has worked as a financial analyst and planner but struggled with his own personal finances


We were also joined today by Susan Edwards With Houston Business Journal who updated us on what is going on with the Houston energy sector as well as recent bank changes.

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