Managing Partner - Houston Office
“Financial consulting is the disciplined process of ongoing due diligence and a well-executed investment philosophy that can achieve two primary goals for you: managing your level of risk and balancing your natural behavioral tendencies to react.”
Tom was born and raised in Chatham, NJ where he graduated from Chatham High School. He grew up playing ice hockey and has three younger brothers who played, one of which is in the NHL. He went on to graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Tom has called Houston home since 2012 and, like many other transplants, came to Texas as soon as he could. He currently resides in Downtown Houston and his hobbies include hockey, golf, CrossFit, running, trying new restaurants in town and traveling.
Tom joined Global Wealth Advisors (GWA) in 2018 and became a managing partner in 2021. He serves as our host of Your Money Momentum, a GWA podcast on financially related topics. He also serves as host of the Ask Tom Anything Facebook page, a GWA program that shares video updates, commentary on hot topics, and fields questions.
Tom has also been elected to the board for the nonprofit United Against Human Trafficking. As a member, he will assist with business planning and fundraising, as well as providing trafficking survivors with the financial skills necessary to reduce risk of revictimization. Tom says, “I am pleased to have been elected to this board – a recognition I believe speaks to our firm’s commitment to give back to the community through the GWA Gives© program.”
Tom started his finance career at AXA Distributors where he was responsible for helping advisors guide and educate their clients about retirement income through a variety of strategies, such as variable and fixed annuities. He then went on to PGIM Investments where he spent his time building investment portfolios made up of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and SMA’s.
Tom holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification which is awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He also earned the Climate Change and Investment Academy Certificate through a partnership between Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Alliance Bernstein. Additionally, he holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and 66 securities registrations with Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor. His area of focus is targeted fixed income, equities, real estate and alternative investments.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certifications marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Tom Kennedy is recipient of the FIVE STAR Wealth Manager award. FIVE STAR Wealth Managers are selected by their peers as satisfying objective eligibility and evaluation criteria associated with providing quality services to clients in the market region. In 2021 less than 6 percent of wealth managers in Houston, Texas were named to the list 1.
1Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 3,133 Houston area wealth managers were considered for the award; 173 (6 percent of candidates) were named 2021 Five Star Wealth Managers. These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers’ future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.