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The McGowanGroup Team


The McGowan Group is comprised of talented and caring financial services professionals with extensive experience and diverse capabilities. Their distinctive insights allow us to best meet the ever-more-complex needs of our clients.


Spencer McGowan

President, Certified Investment Management Analyst®

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Mr. McGowan is the founder of McGowanGroup Asset Management, a member of the MGAM Investment Committee, and serves as firm’s chief investment strategist. Spencer McGowan began his financial advisory practice after graduating from the University of Texas in 1986, training under the mentorship of his father Loy Dean McGowan. In 1989, Mr. McGowan invested in one of the financial services industry’s first CRM, customer relations management systems. In 1991, he adopted one of the industry’s first investment performance tracking systems. In 1997, Spencer earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst certification from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance. Utilizing a proprietary cash-flow based investment discipline, coupled with an advanced performance tracking system, Mr. McGowan has built a unique private wealth management platform. In addition to authoring two books, Spencer has advised thousands of successful families and is the host of NetWorth Radio™.


Andrew Orton

Director of Research, Certified Private Wealth Advisor®

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With over 17 years of financial services experience, Andrew serves to empower clients and prospective clients through education and development. His primary role is research but also is responsible for the onboarding of new clients and trading. In 2013 he earned the designation of Certified Private Wealth Advisor® delivered by Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining McGowan Group Asset Management, Andrew was a branch manager for GunnAllen Financial and also worked as a market maker. Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University. He holds the Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations and the Group One Texas Insurance license.


Kathie McWhorter

Director of Client Services

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Kathie serves as the main contact for all things service-related, from distribution requests to operational issues. Her background includes over 10 years of administrative experience, including 5 years as an Operations Associate with Hollencrest Securities, LLC in Newport Beach, California. She earned a BA from Arizona State University, and currently holds a Series 11 and 63.


Dominique Henderson

Director of Trading and Information Technology

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Dominique serves as Director of Trading and Information Technology and is mainly responsible for fixed income trading and the integration of all firm data systems. He brings nearly fifteen years of operations, trading and project management experience to the firm. Prior to joining McGowan Group Asset Management, Dominique spent 8 years with the Dallas based hedge fund, HBK Capital Management, and was responsible for portfolio reporting and special projects. Dominique holds the Series 7 and 66 securities registrations and the Group One Texas Insurance license.


Vanessa Valdez Avila

Director of Client Reporting

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Vanessa is responsible for the effective management of our client performance reviews and facilitating client tax reporting information. She is also responsible for implementing the firm recommendations for non-discretionary accounts and manages the 529 and annuity business. Prior to joining McGowan Group Asset Management, she worked as a Financial Consultant for AXA Advisors, LLC. There she worked for four years as a member of the Retirement Benefits Group, where she specialized in annuities, insurance, and college savings plans. Vanessa graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance in May of 2007. Vanessa holds the Series 7 and 66 securities registrations and the Group One Texas Insurance license.


Alexander G Tollen

Director of Client Development and Equity Trading

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Alex brings with him over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He serves as a client advocate and advanced solutions specialist responsible for outreach and development. Prior to Joining McGowan Group Asset Management, he served as Director of Client Relationship Consulting for 1st Global Capital Corp., responsible for client advocacy and creating efficiencies for firms with combined assets over $900 million. Alex has also served as an institutional trader and market maker with specialties in equity market structure and execution of strategic initiatives. Alex holds the Series 7, 63, 55, 24, 65 and the Group One Texas Insurance License.

Laurie Logan

Laurie Logan

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Laurie brings with her over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her background includes 22 years of client associate experience, along with 3 years as Administrative Assistant with Merrill Lynch, Peirce, Fenner and Smith, Inc. in Little Rock, AR. She earned her two BBAs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, one in Marketing and one in Computer Information Systems. Laurie holds the Series 7, 8, and 63 securities registrations.


Ismael L. Sanchez

Chief Compliance Officer and Comptroller

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Ismael, known to his friends as Izzy, is the current Chief Compliance Officer and Comptroller responsible for ensuring regulatory and fiscal compliance at The McGowan Group. Ismael has over 15 years of financial services experience with the bulk of that being involved with Broker Dealer compliance, Registered Investment Adviser compliance and sales supervision. Prior to joining McGowan, he was a Vice President/Central Supervision Principal in the Central Business Review Unit of Merrill Lynch responsible for monitoring and supervising the trading and risk management of the Greater Dallas complex. Ismael currently holds a series 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 63, 65 and series 99 licenses.


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