Jeffrey A. Green

Founder, Green Financial Group
Registered Principal, RJFS

Phone: 713-244-3030
Fax: 713-513-5669
Email: Jeff@greenfinancialgrp.com

 

Jeff Green’s goal in life is to help other people be successful.  As founder of Green Financial Group and Registered Principal with RJFS, Jeff helps clients and their families navigate to a better financial future through comprehensive retirement planning and wealth management.  Employing rigorous financial analysis, holistic wealth and retirement planning and proactive investing strategies, Jeff’s focus is to grow and preserve the money his clients have worked so hard to earn.  Seeing the positive, sometimes truly life-changing, impact that conscientious planning and investing can make in clients’ lives is the greatest reward of his job and the reason for Green Financial Group’s existence.

Jeff grew up as the son of a bond trader who frequently worked on Wall Street.  Jeff would see him go to work every day in a suit and tie and even at a young age, envisioned a career in financial services, just like his father.  Ultimately, it was his dad who inspired him to focus on retirement planning.  The ever-evolving niche within the industry appealed to him and he wanted to help other folks, like his father, who needed smart, straightforward financial strategies as they planned for their future.  Jeff wanted to build a business where he could take care of clients like family.

Prior to establishing Green Financial Group, Jeff spent more than a decade at two major investment firms, Morgan Stanley and Banc of America Investment Services, where he crafted a wide variety of equity trading strategies and investment models for his clients.  Though grateful for the experience, Jeff’s desire to put clients first didn’t always align with the need for publicly-traded corporations to answer to their Shareholders above all.  And he had a fundamental problem with that.  Feeling that he could better serve clients with his own team offering financial advisory and wealth management service – and more like family – Jeff launched his local independent practice, Green Financial Group, in 2008.

Jeff served in the United States Army Airborne Infantry for three years, where he learned critical leadership and decision-making skills, how to perform under pressure and how take a stand for what he believes in.  The camaraderie he felt with his [team/squad] was the beginning of his lifelong passion for mentorship.  He would later coach his three sons in every sport imaginable, serve as a mentor for youth in the community and help guide and support other talented financial professionals, including those on the Green Financial Group team.  Upon completing his military commitment, Jeff was selected for the inaugural class at the University of Houston Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  He earned his degree from the University of Houston after being one of only 30 students accepted into the elite Entrepreneurship program.

A true Southerner, Jeff grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and later made Houston, Texas his home.  He is proud to have three sons who, as every father can relate to, are his entire life.  Anything they’re involved with, Jeff’s involved with.  So whether they’re hunting, fishing, watching football, or throwing meat on the grill, that’s where you’ll find Jeff (when he’s not in the office, of course).

Lauren Smith, MBA, CFP®

Director of Business Development
Financial Advisor, RJFS

Phone: 713-244-3030
Fax: 713-513-5669
Email: Lauren@greenfinancialgrp.com

 

Lauren Smith likes making money – especially for other people.  As a Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Green Financial Group, Lauren Smith helps guide clients to their best retirement outcomes through comprehensive planning and portfolio management.  Lauren serves as a sounding board to her clients whether that means developing a retirement plan, advising on strategic timing of Social Security withdrawals, establishing a client’s most optimal cash flow or supporting clients through unexpected financial situations.  Her goal is always to make the retirement planning and wealth management process both straightforward and strategic so that her clients have the road map they need for their continued success and most importantly, financial confidence.

Lauren’s focus on retirement planning is deeply personal.  The daughter of a doctor and a small business owner, Lauren has vivid memories of seeing her parents work hard and make sacrifices throughout their lives to ensure their family’s well-being and happiness.  As an adult armed with financial expertise, Lauren has been able to help them make a plan and employ strategies so they can achieve the well-deserved retirement of their dreams.  But obviously, not everyone has a daughter who is a financial advisor.  Lauren prides herself on being able to take on that role in other families where people, just like her parents, are making these important, and sometimes complicated, decisions about their lives.  The most rewarding part for her at the end of the day is being able to make a big impact on her clients’ futures.  Given her passion for retirement planning as well as her youthful perspective, Lauren is uniquely suited to cohesively serve Green Financial Group’s current clients as well as their next generations. 

Ever the entrepreneur, Lauren would find ways to create and preserve wealth, even when she was growing up.  She was known for collecting seashells on family trips to Florida and charging admission for people to look at them.  And her interest in finance as a career piqued in middle school when her team won a stock market simulation game run by the Houston Chronicle.  Later, Lauren graduated with Honors from the University of Georgia with her degree in Finance.  Competitive by nature, Lauren has always worked hard to take anything she does to the next level and so decided to hone her business skills by attending graduate school at the University of Houston.  While there, she earned a dual MBA at the Bauer College of Business and Masters in Science in Hospitality Management at the Conrad Hilton School.  Lauren also holds the AAMS (Accredited Asset Management Specialist) designation from the College of Financial Planning, the series 7 and 66 and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®).

Prior to joining Green Financial Group, Lauren spent two years in New York where she worked for a Raymond James branch in Manhattan.  Lauren is originally from Beaumont, Texas and is happy to finally be back in the Lone Star State.  A devout Bulldog, every fall you can find Lauren in Athens, Georgia in the stands of UGA football games.  She also loves travelling with friends and spending time with her cat, Pippa, and dog, Mamba.

James Douglas (Doug) Hall

Retirement Advisor
Financial Advisor, RJFS

Phone: 713-244-3030
Fax: 713-513-5669
Email: Doug@greenfinancialgrp.com

 

Educated and trained as a chemical engineer at Southern Illinois University, Doug joined the financial service industry in 1984. Prior to beginning his financial service career, he held field engineering and management positions with The Duriron Company of Dayton, Ohio. After serving 4 ½ years as Chief Financial Officer of a Texas Corporation, he found his passion and profession in helping retirees manage their life's savings.

In 1985, Doug joined the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and completed their "Train the Trainer" certification program designed to train corporate Human Resource personnel in assisting employees in making retirement decisions and choices. His engineering and CFO background guided him in developing and understanding a client's need for prudent income plans. As a once member of the International Association of Financial Planners, which became the Financial Planning Association in 2000, he recognized that financial planning tools and software focused on accumulating wealth, not spending down wealth which is paramount in planning for your financial future. The result was the development of his copyrighted computer driven program in 1989 – "Retirement Dynamics" which focuses on engineering cash flow for retirement paychecks.

For the past 31 years, Doug has pursued his passion and enjoyed his profession of assisting many clients reach their goals for retirement. While enjoying several hobbies and traveling down the back-roads of America as his second love, his Midwestern farming roots compel him to follow the advice of his father's father, "find something you love to do and you will never have to work a day in your life."

John Grover

Financial Advisor

Phone: 713-244-3030
Fax: 713-513-5669
Email: John@greenfinancialgrp.com


With the heart of a teacher and the skills of a coach, John brings a distinct approach to helping his clients pursue their financial goals. He uses these valuable relational assets – that he honed as a teacher and coach directly out of college before entering the financial industry – to help educate, instruct and guide clients, not only in the investments they make, but also in other financial decisions that could affect their overall financial plans.

John joined Raymond James in 2005 and brought with him years of experience in the financial industry that began in 1989 at Prudential Securities. After becoming a branch manager and vice president of investments at Prudential, John also would work for Kidder Peabody, Legg Mason and Dain Rauscher before coming to work for Raymond James. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, John has seen his clients through some of the best and some of the most historically challenging markets our country has ever seen.

Born in San Jose, California, John was a child when his family moved to Houston in 1967. He later attended the University of Texas, Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Today, John and his wife, Beth, live in Sugar Land and have four children. He is an active volunteer in his community and enjoys, golf, fishing, waterfowl hunting and family activities.

Robert "Bobby" Burks

Financial Advisor

With over 2 decades of financial planning and investment advice experience, Robert “Bobby” Burks brings his passion every day to help families pursue and achieve their short- and long-term financial goals. Through a disciplined process of listening to and understanding each client’s unique goals and objectives, he utilizes the extensive resources available through his team at Green Financial Group and Raymond James to create an achievable and proactive financial strategy. Throughout his career, Bobby has maintained a passion for sharing his understanding of financial markets and assisting clients with making smart decisions in managing their wealth. An industry veteran, Bobby has spent the majority of his career providing investment solutions and planning advice for individuals and families. He began his career in 1997 with Invesco before beginning to provide investment advice in 2000 at Morgan Stanley. He later joined Bank of America Investments. He then spent 13 years at JP Morgan as a Private Client Advisor before settling in at Raymond James in 2018. Bobby attended the University of Houston where he majored in Marketing. Bobby moved to Houston as a young child in the early 1970’s. As a proud Houstonian, he resides in Sugar Land with his wife Katie and their two daughters. Bobby has volunteered a lot of his time over the years coaching youth sports. He currently enjoys traveling, select softball with his daughter, family time and, when time allows, the occasional round of golf.

Melanie Knight

Director of Operations & Client Services, GFG
Client Service Associate, RJFS

Phone: 713-244-3030
Fax: 713-513-5669
Email: Melanie@greenfinancialgrp.com

Melanie Knight likes to get things done.  As the Director of Operations and Client Services at Green Financial Group, she supports clients and their families with important administrative and clerical tasks, directs the team’s internal operations, and serves as a friendly liaison for clients.  Melanie is central to the team’s successful operation and if you need anything at Green Financial Group – she’s your girl!

Hard work comes naturally for Melanie and incomplete tasks don’t sit well with her.  She leverages her organization and planning skills to the benefit of our clients and team. Though to some the financial industry can seem cold, Melanie was actually drawn in by the human element.  She finds an immense amount of satisfaction in helping a client with issues, small or large, from opening new accounts to facilitating money transfers to helping generate annual reports. 

The youngest of three daughters, Melanie developed independence at a young age and is honored to have followed in the footsteps of three generations of her family by attending The University of Texas at Austin.  A lifelong Houstonian, Melanie moved back to her hometown and began her career in financial services after graduating with her degree in Corporate Communications.  Her previous roles include a wide variety of communication and client service roles, which help make her a true asset to the Green Financial Group team.