President, Chief Investment Officer
John was raised in Arlington, Texas - between Dallas and Ft. Worth. He moved to Houston in 1973. John attended the University of Texas at Arlington from 1966 to 1970 and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies with concentrations in economics, government and mathematics. He completed his Certiﬁed Financial Planner studies in 1980.
John is a pioneer in wealth management services. He worked with a local ﬁnancial planning ﬁrm from 1974 to 1979. In October, 1979, John founded Tanglewood as Houston’s ﬁrst “fee only” ﬁnancial planning and investment management ﬁrm (no commissionable products). From the very beginning he believed that there should be no conﬂicts of interest with his clients. John is proud of the fact that he has never raised fees and, in fact, has lowered them four times over his career.
John is a recognized leader in the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) community. He served on Charles Schwab’s Advisory Board (2007-2008). He has been recognized by both Barrons and Worth magazine as one of the top advisors in the country. He has often appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and the Fox Business channel. He has been quoted in a wide variety of business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Investors Business Daily and the Houston Chronicle. John manages over $900 million in client assets.
John has written or co-written six books on portfolio management. The latest, Investing in Uncertain Times 2nd Edition (2018), was co-written with his son Brian (who also works at Tanglewood). John also wrote Outperforming the Market, McGraw Hill, (1998) and Beyond Stocks (1997).
John and his wife Diane are very active in the Houston community. John serves as chairman of the Financial Literacy Board, a non-proﬁt endowment at the University of Texas at Arlington. Diane is very involved with the Houston Holocaust Museum. Both John and Diane are avid golfers. They also enjoy traveling and include golf on most trips.
“There is absolutely nothing more rewarding than helping clients create a plan that meets all of their goals and that balances the tradeoffs between current and future needs. For me, it is all about the client, getting to know them, appreciating their personal needs and formulating a strategy that helps them achieve what matters most to them.”
Market Opportunity for 2019 CNBC, December 31, 2018
Domestic ETFs with Good Income NBR, July 13, 2018
Dow Jones Closes Down Nearly 1,200 Points KPRC, February 5, 2018
ETFs Benefitting From Global Upturn NBR, January 26, 2018
Stocks Finishing Best Year Since 2013 CNBC, December 29, 2017
ETFs to Keep An Eye On in 2017 CNBC, December 30, 2016
What Matters to the Market CNBC, March 30, 2016
The Bullish Case for Japan CNBC, July 24, 2015
Strong US Dollar Fox Business, February 12, 2015
Who's Behind Your Wealth Houston Business Journal, January 9, 2015
2015 Outlook CNBC, December 31, 2014
Domestic Stocks Fox Business, December 4, 2014
Low Interest Rates Fox Business, September 3, 2014
Gearing Up for Last Trading Day of 2013 CNBC, December 1, 2013