About

Leadership

John Pesce | Partner, CEO & Co-Founder

John Pesce is TCG’s visionary co-founder and manager in charge. John leads a team of experienced, principled advisors in the sustained effort to provide an unprecedented level of customer service in the finance industry. Throughout his distinguished career, John has owned and managed a successful third party administrator, led marketing efforts for two of the largest third party administrators for public agencies in Texas, and served as an investment and financial advisor to individuals and employers in both the public and private sectors.

In response to his concern about the impact unscrupulous practitioners were having on the reputation of the investment advisory profession, John and his partners based their company and client relationships on a transparent, fee-based approach. The resulting advisory service inspires client confidence and offers a degree of predictability in any portfolio.

Mike Cochran | Partner, Chairman & Co-Founder

Throughout his career, Mike has managed all types of retirement plans, and served as an officer in two Fortune 500 companies before co-founding TCG with John Pesce. He works primarily with institutional investors and provides financial planning and compensation advice for most of TCG’s public sector executive clients.

Mike has worked hard to forge a customer-driven culture at TCG, characterized by consistent fairness, unrivaled expertise and outstanding service for every client of the company. He is in demand as a speaker on investment fiduciary issues and author of several articles on retirement and compensation matters in well-known trade magazines.

 

 

David E. Friedman | Partner, General Counsel and Compliance

David serves as TCG’s and Fairway Asset Management’s General Counsel. Previously, David oversaw the legal, finance, investor relations, technology and operations teams for KeyCorp’s (NYSE: KEY) SEC-registered investment advisor.

Prior to that, David was a director on Citigroup’s Global Prime Brokerage desk, managed all aspects of a commodities trading company and practiced law. David has a BA in management from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and maintains his Series 4, 7, 24 and 63 securities registrations.

Chris J. Jamail, CFP® | Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Chris is responsible for investment activities related to TCG’s institutional and private clients, including managing and monitoring existing portfolios as well as assisting with strategies for growth. Chris earned his BBA from Texas A&M University and started his professional career with The Paragon Group, a subsidiary of TCG Group Holdings LLP, later making the transition to TCG Advisors in 2004.

Chris is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and acquired his Group One Life and Health Insurance License along with the Series 6 and 63 FINRA securities licenses.

 

 

 

 

 

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Cab Gillbreath | Partner, Senior Relationship Manager

Cab has 30 years of experience in investment management, starting on Wall Street with EF Hutton and American Express, continuing with Texas Commerce Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) in Houston, and most recently as Manager of Investment Management at Northern Trust in Houston and Austin, where he had responsibility for the discretionary management of over $1 billion in assets for high net worth individuals, foundations and endowments.

Cab earned both his BA and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Blake Rhodes, CFP®, AIF® | Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

After earning his BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, Blake worked as a Registered Representative for Charles Schwab and Co. for nearly 5 years before joining TCG.

He specializes in financial planning and retirement planning, speaking regularly at conferences around the state of Texas. Blake is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and had acquired his Series 7 and 63 FINRA securities licenses.

 

 

 

 

 

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Garrett Pittman | Equity Portfolio Manager

A graduate of University of Texas at Austin, Garrett started his career as a Registered Representative for Charles Schwab in 2000. Garrett later moved on to become a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch, specializing in option portfolios to generate income for his clients. After his time at Merrill Lynch, he went on to get his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Garrett has been with TCG for three years and specializes in equity portfolio management and alternative assets.

Parker White | Investment Advisor

Parker joined TCG after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, magna cum laude, with a BBA in Finance. He assists the advisors as a junior analyst and client relationship associate, performing financial planning for clients and analysis on portfolios and strategies. Prior to joining TCG, Parker worked with Merrill Lynch’s Private Wealth Management Group.

Parker’s enthusiasm for financial markets goes back to the age of 17, when he was the youngest individual to pass FINRA’s Series 65 examination.

Jason Riley | Alternative Investments Portfolio Manager

Jason is the portfolio manager for TCG’s and Fairway Asset Management's suite of alternative and privately-held investments.  His duties include ongoing management and monitoring of existing investments, research and due diligence on new investments, and personalized client engagement to meet specific investing needs.  

Jason holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business, both from the University of Texas at Austin.  Jason is also an actively serving Navy officer and flight instructor with the Navy Reserves, flying T-6B Texan II aircraft.

Mason Moses | Institutional Client Associate

Prior to joining TCG Advisors, Mason, the son of life-long educators, worked for a Texas school district, for Texas’ regional education service centers, and for the Texas Senate. His first-hand experiences with the Texas public school system and his knowledge of public affairs issues, places him in a unique position to meet the specific financial planning needs of school leaders and private clients.  

Mason is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and received his master’s degree from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Hillary Poole | Institutional Investment Associate

Hillary Poole is an Institutional Investment Consultant for accounts managed by TCG Advisors and assists our institutional clients to manage their many different investment criteria. Hillary is responsible for client relationships, fixed asset portfolio management and income driven strategies. She works these clients to determine specific issues like cash flow expectations, investment policy guidelines and implementation and monitoring of various investment strategies.

 

She has her BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University.

Lori Burns | Institutional Client Advisor

Lori Burns is the Institutional Account Rep for TCG Advisors, LP.  Lori reviews accounts and portfolios for institutional and individual clients.  Lori has been a Financial Advisor for other well-known firms, focusing on helping clients understand how their funds are being invested and making investment adjustments that take Investment Policy Statement targets and client needs/goals into account.  Lori strives to know the client’s needs, relevant financial policy, regulation information, and investment allocation possibilities that can go into designing plans and portfolios that keep the client first.

Lori has spent over 10 years presenting to clients in order to help them find solutions that meet their needs.  She has a BA from Texas State University and has achieved the following licenses:  Life and Health, Group 1, Series 63, 66, and 7.

Lauren Baker | Private Client Associate

Lauren Baker began her career in the investment business in 2001 focusing on branch operation services and joined TCG Advisors in February 2015. Lauren grew up Pensacola, FL and she is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. She provides administrative support in all phases of client service, client relationship building, and account maintenance.  She has achieved the following licenses:  Series 7, Series 66, and Florida Life and Health and Variable Annuities.

Matthew W. Escalante | Relationship Manager

Matt is an experienced advisor with an extensive background in the area of retirement planning, benefits, and investment advice for educators and business professionals.  Matt works with institutional clients to develop compliant group retirement plans and helps individuals reach their retirement goals.  As a goals-based advisor, he’s focused on the client’s best interest and financial future.

Since earning his BBA in management from Cal State University, Fullerton, Matt has acquired his California license in life and health insurance along with the Series 6 and 63 licenses.

 

Jerry D. Smith | Relationship Manager

Prior to joining TCG and Fairway Asset Management, Jerry capped off a distinguished golf career with a long and successful tenure as a club professional at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. Applying life lessons learned under the great Harvey Penick, Jerry has led the charge on tailoring a financial planning approach for golf professionals and many other high net worth clients.

Shannon Andrews | Relationship Manager


With a strong personal emphasis on faith and family, Shannon is uniquely attuned to client needs, both in the planning process and beyond. A graduate of Portland State University, Shannon is a perpetual learner, consistently seeking out educational opportunities in the financial field to remain abreast of best practices to better serve her clients.

Her 25-plus years of financial services experience, not only benefit her TCG and Fairway Asset Management clients, but also the local nonprofits where she volunteers.

Larry Heinrich | Relationship Manager

Larry is passionate about protecting the retirement of the participants in corporate retirement plans,by acting as a fiduciary, in the “sole interest” of plan participants and their beneficiaries. With over 38 years in the financial services industry, the last 15 as a financial advisor, he has the maturity and life experiences to help affluent families and business owners achieve everything that is important to them, utilizing a holistic approach to wealth management. Larry recently merged his practice of over 13 years, Integrated Wealth Partners, into TCG Advisors, allowing him to focus all his time and energy on working with his clients.