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In addition to serving as President and Partner of STA Wealth Management as well as President of STA Insurance Agency, Michael Smith serves as a co-host of the daily radio show, STA Money Hour. As Michael points out, “First and foremost, we are practitioners in the investment community – that’s where we focus our firm’s resources to assist our clients in building their personal wealth and reaching their long-term goals. The purpose of the radio show is to deliver insights on how daily economic, political and business developments can impact listeners’ financial situations.”
Michael utilizes his more than 15 years of investment experience to address a wide range of topics on the radio show. With his expertise in portfolio management, securities markets, debt securities, equities, options and alternative investments, he delves into current financial and business events and trends and their implications for listeners’ personal financial strategies. Building on his passion for small business, Michael also seeks to feature segments on the radio show that address the challenges and opportunities that small business owners face.
As the CEO and Chief Investment Officer for STA Wealth Management, Luke Patterson has nearly 20 years of investment experience, including portfolio management, equity and debt securities, options and alternative investments. Over his career, he has represented corporate clients and high net worth individuals and their families in a diverse range of financial transactions. In his roles as STA Wealth Management’s Chief Investment Officer and a member of its investment committee, Luke is responsible for directing the firm’s investment strategy, portfolio management, financial analysis and research. He focuses on identifying and implementing broad, multi-asset investment opportunities for client investment portfolios. Luke adheres to a disciplined investment strategy centered on conservative principles, effective risk management and capital appreciation – all aimed at achieving long-term results for each client. Prior to joining STA Wealth Management in 2009, Luke worked at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Morgan Keegan & Co. in their private client groups. A native of Houston, Luke graduated from Rice University with an M.B.A. in Finance and from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Luke is the co-host of the daily radio program The STA Money Hour, and contributes commentary to the firm’s website, STAWealth.com.
Mark Meyers, aka Max Gains provides background support and creative elements for the on-air hosts who are experts in money management. While focusing on keeping the show running on a professional format he also makes sure the show is as fun and interesting as it is informative.
Max likes to think of himself as one of those people who knows a little about a lot of different things. This talent comes in handy on the show and allows him to take part in the discussion that can often be too technical for non-investment professionals or industry insiders… and brings it to a level that normal people and dogs can hear.