October 2019 | Posted By Nell Schiffer

We are thrilled to officially welcome Jennifer Brengord to our team. Jennifer’s role as Executive Assistant has her wear many hats. It’s no surprise that Jennifer excels at this role, as she comes from an impressively diverse professional background that elevates “take the long view” to new heights. Jennifer spent many years as a private aviation flight attendant, traveling the world six miles above the earth serving global leaders and their families – including royal families. She exhibits both discretion and a can-do attitude.

Jennifer is an essential member of the client service team and works with Katie to leverage the team’s time, so we can spend it with you. She has impressed us with her ability to learn quickly and take on a wide range of projects that help us serve our clients. When she started, she claimed she was “not so great with technology,” but she has proven that false at every corner.

Jennifer serves our clients coast to coast and is based in Houston alongside Henry Bragg.  She and her husband of 22 years, Steve, have two teenage children Ava and Jack. She is an avid Astros fan and grew up playing baseball herself, having been the first girl on her hometown’s little league baseball team!

Next time you stop by our Houston office, or speak with Jennifer on the phone, ask her about Amos, her beloved black lab. Read her full bio here for more fun facts about her. Welcome Jennifer!

October 2019 | Posted By Buddy Reisinger

In Episode 10 of Take the Long View, Matt Hall speaks with husband and wife dynamic duo Sid and Ann Mashburn. They are doing big things with their signature styles. In this episode you’ll learn about their journey working with legends like Ralph Lauren and the leaders of Vogue, how they chose Atlanta as their home base, the powerful pillow talk that comes when working with your spouse, and how they define future success!

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October 2019 | Posted By Katie Ackerman

Matt Hall was featured on the award-winning popular podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Creator and host Zibby Owens talks with authors to give her busy listeners the inside scoop. Not Surprisingly, in September, Oprah Magazine listed her podcast as one of the “21 of the Best Book Podcasts to Listen to When You’re Not Reading.” A New York Magazine article highlighted Zibby as “New York’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer.” 

Listen to the episode here

On Itunes here

September 2019 | Posted By Hill Investment Group

David Kabiller is hugely successful and doesn’t need to do podcast interviews, in fact, he rarely grants requests. In Episode 8 of the Take the Longview podcast, Kabiller sat down with Matt Hall to talk about many topics including: tennis, his path to success, starting at “Goldman Slacks”, and his views on modern investing. Enjoy this special episode with the influential leader who assembled AQR, one of the more important quantitative money management firms in the world.

Listen to Episode 8

 

September 2019 | Posted By Nell Schiffer

Building a restaurant and hospitality empire from the ground up doesn’t happen by accident—it’s the product of unwavering attention to detail complemented by a bold vision. That’s where Danny Meyer’s classic book comes in: Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business.

Restaurants have a notoriously high failure rate. By some estimates, more than half of new restaurants shutter before their fifth anniversary. When you’re a restaurateur, the odds are stacked against you—especially if you’re a novice. But what about the outliers? The mavens, the tastemakers who have the magic touch?

Enter Danny Meyer: St. Louis native, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, and founder of several restaurants including the beloved Shake Shack. At the age of 27, Meyer opened Union Square Cafe in New York City which became an instant hit. But he wanted to prove to himself that his success wasn’t a fluke–and it wasn’t. Today, Meyer has a portfolio of restaurants and is widely regarded as one of the most successful restaurateurs on the planet.

In his memoir-manifesto hybrid, Meyer illustrates the philosophy which he credits to his success: Enlightened Hospitality. “[Enlightened Hospitality] stands some more traditional business approaches on their head, but it’s the foundation of every business decision and every success we’ve had,” says Meyer.

Meyer’s writing is undeniably entertaining and intriguing, but what’s most impressive about the book is how easily it can be applied to industries outside of hospitality. Whether you’re managing a coffee shop or a publicly traded corporation, Meyer’s behind-the-scenes stories are guaranteed to equip you with priceless insights into leadership, creativity, and customer service.

At Hill Investment Group, we don’t limit our reading to books strictly about finance. In fact, some of the best Long View lessons we’ve learned come from stories completely unrelated to money. Now, thanks to Danny Meyer, we can add hospitality to that collection.

September 2019 | Posted By Hill Investment Group

Matt and Danny Following Their Discussion


Why would a man pursuing a career in law and politics suddenly give it all up and gamble his future on a restaurant? Just ask the legendary St. Louis native Danny Meyer, who turned that one restaurant into a hospitality empire and eventually founded Shake Shack, the beloved burger spot with over 250 locations around the world.

Today, with his philosophy of enlightened hospitality and belief in the importance of building community wealth, Meyer continually prods the restaurant industry to level up and create better career opportunities for its workers, while challenging himself to share his insights with new industries through his investment fund.

Danny and Matt Recording at Argot Studios

Matt Hall met up with Meyer in New York to talk about everything from why there is a no-tip rule in Meyer’s restaurants to St. Louis Sports. Get to know more about Meyer’s legendary career in episode 9.

Listen to Episode 9

September 2019 | Posted By Henry Bragg

For the past 10 years, most US investors have been star managers without really trying. In our country, investor portfolios are typically US large-cap dominant, so while they are up this decade (and specifically this year with the S&P), they didn’t fare well the first decade of this century.

I recommend spending a few minutes with this piece from Dimensional. They took a look back at the stock market over the past 20 years. While the 2000s and 2010s have differed starkly in performance, collectively they have reinforced investing lessons on patience and discipline – the real stars! Read their synopsis at the link below.

A Tale of Two Decades: Lessons for Long-Term Investors