Our Team

  • Our team is comprised of talented professionals who have been hand-picked for their unique abilities. Clients work with the firm, not one individual. We all believe passionately in delivering simplicity, transparency, and clarity to our ideal clients.

    We are focused on one big idea: understanding you

    Interested in joining our team? View our open positions.

    • Matt Hall

      Matt Hall
      Co-Founder & President

    • Rick Hill

      Rick Hill

    • John Reagan

      John Reagan

    • PJ McDaniel

      PJ McDaniel

    • Buddy

      Buddy Reisinger, Jr.

    • Nell Schiffer

      Nell Schiffer

    • Scott Krajacic

      Scott Krajacic

    • Abby Crimmins

      Abby Crimmins

    • Matthew Luzecky

      Matthew Luzecky

    • Katie Ackerman

      Katie Ackerman

    • Jennifer Brendgord

      Jennifer Brendgord

  • Matt Hall

    Matt Hall

    Co-founder & President

    Matt is the author of Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor (Apr 2016) and is Hill Investment Group’s lead on all strategic matters—crafting the firm’s vision, establishing its exceptional standards, and managing key relationships.

    Matt found his calling while in Las Vegas. Over fifteen years ago, Matt’s wife suggested they have lunch with friends from St. Louis, who happened to be visiting “Sin City” at the same time. The friends, Ed and Dorette Goldberg, gave Matt a book on how financial markets really work. Within the first 100 pages, he knew his life had changed. Matt contacted the author’s investment advisory firm, created an opening for himself, and spent the next six years rising the company’s ranks.

    In June of 2005, Matt and Rick Hill left the firm where they met to create Hill Investment Group, together shaping a group that would fuse their unique abilities. Hill Investment Group is sometimes referred to as a model practice and has earned respect from both clients and the advisor community. The firm has grown from fifty million dollars in assets under management in 2005 to over 600 million dollars under advisement in 2017.

    Matt graduated from the University of Missouri — Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. A brief stint in law school followed. Matt is a student of his craft and has attended the highest levels of practitioner training. Matt has led education programs for advisors tied to marketing, client service and practice management. Matt founded a peer group called Evidence-Based Advisors. There are over 1400 members from the U.S., U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Canada. In 2010 Matt also co-created an evidence-based mutual fund with Jared Kizer that now has close to a billion dollars in assets.

    Matt serves on the boards of Community School and the Saint Louis Club.


    Beyond reading Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor, I suggest Larry Swedroe’s original book, The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy. For pleasure I’m addicted to Michael Lewis. Moneyball is one of my recent favorites because it isn’t really about baseball. It’s about resourcefully using data to defeat the wasteful competitor who ignores the statistics. It’s analogous to what we do at Hill.


    Some friends call me the “relentless motivator” and others call me the “relentless agitator.” I see both as compliments.


    My wife Lisa and I met standing in line at the Mizzou bookstore in 1993. Our 9-year-old daughter Harper is the star of our household.

    Lisa, Harper and Matt picnicking at the historic Muny in St. Louis.


    The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times


    Profiled in Laura Vanderkam’s book, What the Most Successful People Do at Work


    People sometimes ask us how long is the long view? We say that it hopefully extends beyond their own lifetimes. What if your great-grandchildren benefit from your prudent and thoughtful planning today?


    Being diagnosed with leukemia at age 33 was a challenge. I thrive in remission thanks to Gleevec and great doctors. It changed my perspective on managing time well.


    Taking a walk in the afternoon. It’s good to get the blood moving.


    Writing my book Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor (April 2016) was an incredibly demanding process, but one that has been worth the investment of time and energy. It is very hard to write about investing without boring your audience. I gave it all I have and the early reviews have been phenomenal.


    My mom used to challenge me to go 24 hours without suggesting how we could do something better. I didn’t make it five minutes. I like to edit.


    In Moneyball, when John Henry talks with Billy Beane about how Beane has changed the game, threatened the old ways of building a baseball team, and won more efficiently than the teams with big budgets.


    Don’t confuse strategy and outcome. (Borrowed from Larry Swedroe.)


    The rewards from patience and discipline are sweet.


    Working to improve the lives of others with people who care about you and want to do the same.

  • Rick Hill

    Rick Hill


    Rick directs Hill Investment Group’s advanced planning and client services. He actively adds value to clients’ lives through his expertise on a variety of areas, including wealth planning, tax and risk management, and Monte Carlo analysis.

    A graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wharton School of Business, Rick began helping people achieve their financial goals in 1967, when he started his first job as a stockbroker. He left the brokerage after 3 years and joined Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, holding management assignments in the corporate finance, international treasury, and capital planning areas. He rose to the level of Assistant Treasurer.

    After leaving AB in 1998, Rick’s passion for evidence-based investment came full circle, as he joined a very successful investment firm. In the years that followed, he earned his Certified Financial Planning (CFP) certification, then partnered with Matt Hall to launch Hill Investment Group in June of 2005. He has found this work more rewarding than he could have imagined.

    Family Matters

    My wife, Lynn, and I have two grown children — and two wonderful granddaughters.

    Chief Characteristic

    I’m an expectation setter. I find that setting and managing expectations — whether working with a client or managing something in my family life — has endless benefits.

    Inspired by

    Humble people who do significant work that no one knows about except for close friends.


    I have written several articles including “Planning for the Life You Want.”

    Travel Memories

    My wife and I have enjoyed traveling with other couples to Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, and Cuba. In 2008, I went with my son to the NCAA Final Four game in San Antonio on a Monday night (Kansas won), and the next day we were walking the hills at the Masters in Augusta (Immelman won).

    Friends Describe Him As

    Dependable, good sense of humor, and a good dancer (for a male).


    Happy and healthy. Happy means I’m living up to my potential and achieving my goals. Healthy means exercising and eating right so I have more energy to play with my grandkids.

    Favorite Grandfather Duties

    Rick’s family

    When our grandchildren turn 10, they get to choose a travel destination for a weekend-long trip with Lynn and me. One chose Boston and the other Colorado Springs. Since our grandchildren live in San Antonio, this was a great opportunity to spend quality time with them.

    Lesson Learned In The Corporate World

    Do not manage for the short-term. Make decisions that will prove beneficial in the long run—capital investments, borrowing funds, etc. We all need to be willing to accept delayed gratification.

    Interesting Fact

    I do not watch any live sporting events on TV… everything is on my DVR. For my favorite teams (St. Louis Cardinals, San Antonio Spurs, and Wake Forest teams) I first check to see who won (but not the score), and then watch it only if my team won. I find that this saves time and is less stressful.

    Favorite Quote

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass...it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
    —Vivian Greene

    Most Satisfying Part of Life at Hill Investment

    Acknowledgment that we are changing our clients’ lives, giving them more time for the important things. Also, being with a group of younger people makes me feel, well, younger. Our casual conversations are about technology, sports, and children’s activities rather than the medications we take.

    Why He’s Still Working

    I find that being engaged in both work and free time makes both more fun and rewarding. For me, constant relaxation is not in fact relaxing.

    Bucket List

    I started making goals about 30 years ago. Ones that I have achieved include trips to Ireland, Scotland, and the Masters; classes at Washington University; and building a firm. Among my future goals: Get my golf handicap down to 16 (from 18), a family trip to Lake Tahoe and couples' trips to Croatia.

  • John Reagan

    John Reagan

    Managing Director

    John supports the firm by focusing on client service, portfolio oversight, and all-around firm operations. With a sharp eye and ear for service, he helps simplify life for our clients.

    A graduate of Trinity University, where he studied finance, accounting, and economics, John arrived at Hill Investment Group with four years of experience at one of the largest financial services firms in the country.

    Having first been selected for his former company’s respected development program, he went on to become a financial advisor for the company. He excels at crafting strategic financial plans for both individuals and families, as well as developing and sustaining client relationships.

    Friends describe me as

    An older man stuck in a younger man’s body. I am up most mornings before the sun and read a hard copy of the newspaper. I can’t stand being late, and I enjoy listening to Frank Sinatra.

    First Job

    I was a baseball umpire when I was 14. It taught me how to deal with conflict at an early age.

    Family Matters

    My wife Molly and I have been married since 2011. We first met when we were 15 at St. Louis’ Fleur de Lis Ball, though we never dated during our high school years. She stayed on my mind, though, as her twin brother sat behind me for four years at Saint Louis University High School, the all-boys school I attended. During our sophomore year of college, when we were 1,000 miles apart (I was at Trinity, she was at Mizzou), a spark was lit. We dated long-distance for our final two years of college and have been together ever since. We have two little boys (less than a year apart), James and Thomas.

    Daily Reads

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Wall Street Journal, and NBCSports.com.

    Inspired By

    My dad. At The Muny — St. Louis’ famous outdoor theater — his first job was picking up trash. He eventually worked his way to his current role of President of The Muny. His work ethic, passion, and humility inspire me.

    Challenge Overcome

    During my junior year of high school, I broke my right hand two weeks before I was to compete in the state racquetball tournament. Being right-handed, this was going to be an issue. For the next two weeks I spent every evening after school teaching myself to play left-handed. I ended up finishing third in my seed at state that year.

    Approach to client services

    My experience has taught me that truly listening is the key to service. Not only listening to hear the explicit question, but also listening to learn more about what prompted the original question. We all have a desire to be understood, and I’ve found that listening is the best way to give someone else real understanding. Everyone at Hill has this same approach. We really care, which is what makes genuine listening possible.


    I am a member of the Saint Louis University High School Alumni Board. It’s a great way for me to give back to a school that gave me so much — and to also stay connected with my classmates and peers. I am also involved with the Young Friends group at The Muny.


    I stay busy by staying active, both physically and mentally. I love being outdoors, and try to spend any "free" time I have with my kids. I try to do some sort of physical exercise at least 4 days/week, and stay sharp mentally by reading and listening to thought leaders, both at the forefront of our industry and others.


    Molly was a kindergarten teacher after graduating college. One Friday afternoon, I surprised her and her class by having Fredbird — the popular St. Louis Cardinals mascot — drop into her classroom unannounced. Then I strolled in and proposed in front of the class.


    Sports have always been a big part of my life. Growing up, it was soccer, baseball, and basketball—and later lacrosse and racquetball. I was part of a state championship for my high school soccer team and then played college soccer at Trinity. To this day, I continue to play multiple sports. The team approach of athletics is something I feel strongly at Hill as well. It is certainly something that drew me to the firm.


    In college, I was one of a select group of students chosen to manage $1 million of the university’s endowment. This taught me an early lesson about the difference between managing your own money and someone else’s.


    Trust. Our clients trust that we are working as their advocate. We work hard to first gain that trust—and maintain it. One way we do that is through being reliable. Our clients know that if we tell them we are going to take care of something, then they can take it off of their "to-do" list.


    “Nice guys finish first.” – Unknown

    If you continue to do the right things, people will notice and you will ultimately end up more successful than if you tried to take a shortcut or cheat your way to victory.

    “A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life.” – Frank Abagnale

    Having a lot of money or a lot of power doesn’t make you a real man. Being a loving husband and always there for your children is what makes you a real man.

  • Buddy Reisinger, Jr.

    Walter C. “Buddy” Reisinger, Jr.


    Buddy concentrates on business development and advanced and charitable planning for Hill Investment Group. He splits his time between evaluating potential new families for the firm and coordinating high-level services for our clients.

    A Princeton University graduate in economics who earned an MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, Buddy joined Hill Investment Group in 2009. Before joining Hill, Buddy spent more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch, holding positions in brand management, strategic planning, wholesale operations, and sales before transitioning to the world of finance as the founder of a wealth coaching group and an estate planning firm called The Legacy Specialists; partner of a Wealth Management Team at Merrill Lynch; and Vice President of Sales for Guggenheim Partners, a global investment firm serving wealthy families.

    Buddy is passionate about giving back to the community and has taken a leadership role in St. Louis and beyond, serving on numerous boards of trustees and committees for organizations across the health, education, and arts sectors including: Princeton University, Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School, The Nature Conservancy, The St. Louis Art Museum, COCA, The St. Louis Zoo, and three local children’s hospitals: Ranken Jordan, Cardinal Glennon, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. While this work strengthens Buddy’s local community, it also makes him a more valuable advisor for Hill Investment Group client families, many of whom wish to safely and smartly incorporate philanthropy into their financial legacy.

    Evolution As an Advisor and Investor

    Being appointed Co-Executor and Co-Trustee of my father’s estate at age 27. Trial by fire. Kryptonite or rocket fuel? It was a choice. And one I don’t wish on anyone — which is why I do what I do. Most of the "bad stuff" of investing and finance is avoidable with the right help and planning.

    Why Hill Investment Group Makes Sense for Him

    Having witnessed presentations from — and been a client of — some of the most respected investment experts in the country, I can say that they all have one thing in common: their model is backwards. The focus of Wall Street is on Wall Street; its countless products and complexity. Our focus at Hill Investment Group is on serving our clients first while implementing an investment strategy that exhibits clarity, simplicity, and transparency.

    Family Matters

    My wife Jeana and I have three amazing (aren’t yours?) children: Lily, Bear, and Lizzy. Together we enjoy Corny — the 300-pound pig, Teddy the hypoallergenic Yorkie, and Thumper the magical rabbit.

    Buddy’s kids

    Highest Priority

    Experience has taught me that a strong family connection is not only fun and rewarding but provides the best foundation for helping others achieve the same thing. If I’m not happy, how can I be expected to help make our clients happy? One of the best ways to do that is through family vacations…in the photo above our kids remind me every day to embrace the opportunity ahead by jumping into life…you may get a little wet, but it’s worth it!

    Family Factoid

    My mom is the creator of the popular Vivienne Romano Cheese Dressing, which is offered throughout the country and online at http://www.vivienne.com/

    How His Kids Would Describe Him

    Much smarter than he acts with us.

    Daily Reads

    Seth Godin’s blog

    Favorite Apps

    Overcast and Pandora

    What He Finds Overrated



    The importance of eating dinner with your family — however brief the meal — as often as possible

    Favorite Workout Routines

    Shark Fitness Bootcamp, Fitness Formula and TFitwell

    Movie He’s Most Likely To Re-watch

    Top Gun

    Favorite Musical

    Hamilton. Yes...it’s worth it!

    Favorite Karaoke Song

    Come Sail Away by Styx

    Ideal Weekend

    Sleep in until 8:00 a.m., have breakfast with my wife and kids, workout or go for a bike ride with my family, cook together, eat together. Repeat.

    Toughest Challenge Overcome

    Unfortunately, I fully expect that I have yet to face it. But I’ll be ready!

    Most Likely To Spend A Spare Hour

    With my wife and kids. They are a constant inspiration and reminder to take nothing for granted … ever.

    Most Satisfying Part Of Life At Hill Investment Group

    Working with a fantastic group of people that together transforms clients’ lives from complexity to simplicity and allows them to focus on their Unique Ability while we focus on our own.

  • Nell Schiffer

    Nell Schiffer

    Chief Operating Officer

    Nell runs the business. She leads operational activities for Hill Investment Group, focusing on planning, human capital management, compliance, and investment policy. Nell is based out of our office in St. Louis.

    Nell graduated from the University of Texas in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science with Honors in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and grew up attending St. John’s School.

    Nell began her career working for Occidental Petroleum in Long Beach, California as a production engineer. Prior to working at Hill, Nell worked at a successful oil and gas private equity firm in Houston. Her work primarily focused on determining projects for investment.

    With her experience in operations and finance, and her passion for our work counselling clients, Nell is an integral part of our team and our future success.

    Most Satisfying Part of Life at HIG

    I have found my tribe: relentless improvers, lifelong learners, caring experts, and coffee people. Check out this blog post from Katie Ackerman about the radical podcast that connected me to Hill Investment Group.

    Family Matters

    My husband Walter and I created our new family at our wedding on November 25, 2017 with all of our friends and family (including HIG!) cheering us on.

    Nell and her husband, Walter
    Congratulations to the newlyweds, Nell & Walter. (Photo credit: Leah Wilson Photography)

    From the moment my sister Emily played “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” on the guitar for me when I was 6, and she 20, I knew her to be the coolest person on the planet. She and her Husband Alex are both physicians and live with my nephews in Portland, OR.

    My parents ostensibly live in Houston, but actually live on I–10 between Houston and our family ranch near Millet, TX.

    Nell and her family


    Our family hobby is travel. Whether my parents and I are going to visit my sister in Portland, or using a couple days off as an excuse to go to Istanbul, we are all over the map.

    One of our favorite trips was a hiking trip to Iceland in 2016. We traveled with both sets of Walters and my parents, and with Walter’s brother Parker (sadly my sister Emily couldn’t make it because she was busy saving lives). With the volcanoes, steam vents, and copious waterfalls, Iceland was like visiting a different planet. It was so special for all of us to explore that strange country together.

    Nell and Walter standing on the coast in iceland

    Early Money Management

    I was hooked from the time I was 14 and my dad insisted I read Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan. Personal finance has been a hobby (read: mild obsession) ever since.

    Most Likely To Spend A Spare Hour

    Journaling. My journal is a daily touchstone I use to tame my mind and organize my thoughts. My days don’t feel right without it.

    I recently took a 5–day silent retreat to Marfa, TX to journal and reflect. As all sane people would do, I drove nearly to Mexico to achieve the desired atmosphere for efficacious reflection in silence (note: no sane person would do this). Marfa is known for its art and other sundry oddities. One of the most famous is Prada Marfa, a permanent art installation in truly the middle of nowhere. I took a photo of my reflection, and the reflection of the desert, in the window of Prada Marfa to commemorate my time there.

    Nell's reflection in a the window of of Prada Marfa as she takes a picture of herself.

    Inspired By

    My friends. I am so lucky to have “forever” friends from each of my life stages. Each one is unique, but each of them is also authentic, honest, and fiercely loving. They are the compasses that help me find my true North.

    First Job

    Counselor at one of my favorite places in the world, Camp Mystic for Girls in Hunt, TX.

    Ideal Weekend

    In no particular order:
    Nightcap: Laphroig ® 15 Year
    Dessert: Melted ice cream
    Dinner: with friends and family
    Happy hour: Beer, preferably Yellow Rose IPA
    Daytime: read, run, write, repeat
    Upon waking: copious volumes of coffee

    Engagement Story

    My fiancé Walter and I met in pre–school, but paid hardly a moment of attention to each other until three years ago. We have been inseparable since.

    Walter took me to the tiny restaurant where we had our first date to exchange Christmas presents. We always laugh because we were both too nervous on our first date to really taste the food, so this would be our time to finally eat. We played rock, paper, scissors to determine when I could open my gift. I won, opened my “gift” (aka my ring) before dinner and he proposed! We headed back to my parent’s house where our family and friends were waiting, and completely lost track of dinner. We still need to go back and have a real meal at that restaurant. Maybe for our first anniversary...

    Nell and Walter in a mountainous setting

    What She Finds Underrated

    Sitting in stillness.


    Financial media.

    My Favorite Quotes

    “Weniger aber besser.”
    English translation: Less but better.
    — Dieter Rams, Braun Industrial Designer

    “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
    — Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
    — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
    — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”
    — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    Favorite Books

    Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

    A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

    The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

    Favorite Podcasts

    The Tim Ferriss Show

    How I Built This

    Death, Sex, and Money

    Radical Personal Finance

  • Scott Krajacic

    Scott Krajacic

    Associate Advisor

    Scott supports the firm using his technical expertise in the areas of investment management and financial planning.

    Scott graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He currently holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of St. Louis.

    Through his experience with both high-net-worth investors and institutional clients, Scott brings the ability to uncover clients' unique goals and design customized plans to meet those needs.

    Family Matters

    My wife Dana and I have been married since 2009. We met at Mizzou freshman year, but it wasn't until our junior year that I really swept her off her feet. The stars aligned when I decided to ask her on a date the day before my fraternity formal at the Lake of the Ozarks. We now have two amazing children, Noah (8) and Blakely (6), who keep our life full of joy and laughter.

    Scott Krajacic

    Most Memorable Trip

    I can't choose just one so I'll mention my two favorites. When I was a kid we took a family trip to Croatia to visit the small town where my dad grew up just outside the capital city of Zagreb. I got to meet new family and experience the culture in a deep way, beyond the experience we would have gotten visiting popular tourist attractions. I didn't quite appreciate at the time just how much the experience would mean to me when I look back on it as an adult.

    Another favorite memory is when Dana and I "backpacked" through Italy—which actually translated to me wheeling around a very squeaky, 40-pound suitcase full of shoes everywhere we went. It started off a little rocky as we were supposed to fly into Rome, but we had to jump on a different flight to Zurich since our original flight was overbooked (Dana's uncle is a pilot so we're using standby passes). Conveniently there were only two seats left on that flight, one in first class and the other in coach. The crew told us I was not dressed properly for first-class and Dana would have to take the seat, but I could read between the lines—I remind her frequently that she still owes me for taking one for the team. Once we landed, we waited and waited for our luggage, but it never showed up. We count these early mishaps as reminders to focus on what matters and what we can control. Once we adopted this mindset, we were able to plan out an amazing new travel route and embrace the adventure together. Some of our favorite parts were hiking the trails between towns in Cinque Terre and celebrating AC Milan's Champions League victory in the Piazza del Duomo. Looking back we are so grateful for those lost suitcases full of shoes, because that little obstacle forced us to use our creativity, and we had the trip of a lifetime.

    Most Inspired By

    My dad. Even though he is no longer with us, I still think about the courage and perseverance it took for him to leave his home in Croatia and travel across the world to an unknown place, all with the dream of creating better opportunities for himself and for his future family. When times are tough, I think of all that he overcame to help me push through.

    Most Satisfying Part at HIG

    The intellectual curiosity here challenges me to think beyond my own boundaries and challenges me to consider new ways to provide anticipatory service for our clients.

    Favorite Warren Buffett Quotes

    "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it."

    "Whether we're talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down."

    First Job

    Folding clothes at Abercrombie & Fitch. One thing I would tell my younger self would be not to reinvest my entire paycheck in new clothes.

    In My Spare Time

    When I'm not playing super Dad and spending time with my family, I enjoy exercising. I find that my physical well-being has a direct relation to how I feel mentally and emotionally, and helps me perform at a higher level in all areas of life.

    Scott Krajacic

    Fun fact

    I broke my hand in high school playing football and now I have two metal plates in my hand. Noah (our son) thinks my scar looks like Harry Potter's lightning bolt.


    Pumpkin spice lattes and running for long periods of time.


    Being truly present in the moment.

  • Abby Crimmins

    Abby Crimmins

    Client Service Associate

    Abby is the jack-of all trades in client service, supporting the team in delivery of exemplary service. Her attention to detail, conscientious working style, and generous hospitality make her the ideal addition. She is eager to make the client experience at Hill Investment Group meet and exceed the high standard set before her.

    Abby graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate. She began her career at one of the largest brokerage firms in the country, where she quickly had an unsettling experience. Instead of prioritizing the client's well being, the focus at the wirehouse firm was on meeting sales hurdles, pushing product, and finding the next best manager who was "destined" to beat the market. Abby became eager to find a firm that emphasized exemplary client service and aligned with her core values. She was fortunate enough to cross paths with a long-time family friend who introduced her to Hill Investment Group. One read of Odds On and Abby knew she found what she was looking for in her career.

    Often described as / friends describe me as

    The celebratory phone call. I am a natural cheerleader, doling out enthusiastic support and enthusiastic congratulations by the truckload. I love when my people are happy and fulfilled, so I make a point to pause and celebrate wins—big and small!


    Every day at 11am you can find me on the phone with my dad. My mom gets her time on my drive home. Yes, I'm that person who calls her parents every day. They are my closest friends and my number-one motivators, and being able to visit with them every day, even if just for a quick hello, is number one on my list.

    My family is spread out—my mom is in St. Louis and dad is in Newport Beach, CA. When I'm at the beach with dad, we fill our days playing Gin Rummy, riding bikes, taste-testing all the chicken wings in town and soaking up the beautiful weather.

    Mom and I are each other's favorite homebodies , cooking dinner (no leftovers for her!) and binge-watching This Is Us, Friends and The Handmaid's Tale.

    Abby Crimmins

    Poor dad is outnumbered 4-1 (5-1 if you include our dog). My sisters and I share almost everything, including our closets. I am the oldest (and wisest). Molly is the tough middle sister, fitness fanatic and aspiring entrepreneur. My youngest sister is the star field hockey player. You can frequently catch me at her games, her #1 fan, cheering her team on to two state victories.


    Never in my life did I imagine I would be free falling 12,000 feet above a land thousands of miles from home. This was the most significant step I had ever taken out of my comfort zone, and I needed more! Skydiving in New Zealand was all it took: I was hooked on travelling. From a French bakery in the hillsides of Assisi, to a 15th century Swedish Castle, to studying in Australia and New Zealand I have been lucky to visit some incredible places.

    Abby Crimmins

    The most memorable experience of my adventures was skydiving. Queenstown, NZ is the birthplace of tandem skydiving, known as the "Adventure Capital of the World", and the most beautiful place in the world. Here, I jumped out of a perfectly safe airplane at 12,000 feet and free fell over the famous Remarkables mountain range and Wakatipu basin. It was the most frightening and exhilarating experience of my life, and I would highly recommend it.

    Abby Crimmins

    The opportunities I have had to see the world have been invaluable blessings. Travel helps me understand other cultures and appreciate these differences, while coming to understand myself better. Immersing myself in others' cultures brings me a sense of fulfillment that I plan to continue to chase throughout my lifetime.

    Ideal weekend

    Morning workout
    Brunch with friends
    Patio lounging in nice weather
    Burying my nose in a good book
    Walking my dog
    Trying a new dish at a restaurant
    Busting some moves at a concert

    Most satisfying part of HIG

    Seeing the impact of our work on client lives. The authentic, genuine experience created by the members of Hill Investment Group has not only reshaped our clients' perspective on financial services, but mine as well. It is refreshing to work with a firm that truly prioritizes what is best for the client, and with people who work tirelessly to to make clients' lives better. Our own personal growth is a nice byproduct as well!

    Favorite quotes

    "There is no failure except in no longer trying."
    - Elbert Hubbard
    I ran for student council every year of high school, and election after election I was runner-up. My friends and family like to give me trouble for this, even to this day. Although I never won, I looked at each year as a fresh start and an opportunity to win. This quote reminds me of the importance of the hope and perseverance required to "take the long view" and remain disciplined to achieving your goals.

    "This too shall pass"
    When my family was going through a difficult time, my sister gave each of us an engraved bracelet with this on it. It is a simple phrase filled with so much wisdom. My interpretation: good or bad, happy or sad, this too shall pass, every moment is fleeting so enjoy the good times and have "soft knees" through the bad.


    Fruity desserts


    Hand-written notes

    Favorite workout routines

    Any and all Trufusion classes—Bootcamp, Pilates, Boxing, Spinning. I also enjoy long walks outside.

    Favorite karaoke song

    'Valerie' by Amy Winehouse and 'Jessie's Girl' by Rick Springfield

    First job

    Tennis instructor for children at a country club

    Most likely to spend a spare hour

    With my closest friends, laughing about anything and everything.

    Interesting food choices

    I have only had a handful of burgers in my life, I didn't try my first one until 21 years old. I also dislike fruit and ketchup.

  • Matthew Luzecky

    Matthew Luzecky

    Client Service Associate

    Matt uses his customer service and operations experience to create a smooth service experience for clients, allowing them to filter out the everyday noise and focus on high-value activities that impact their financial well-being.

    Friends describe me as

    Hospitable, engaging, the last to go home, charitable, always available to help, the organizer and most importantly—loyal (almost to a fault).

    Family Life

    I have been happily married to my wife Mary since May 2008. We have 3 young kids—Jack, Maggie, and Billy who are constantly finding new ways to keep us on our toes. While some may call it old-fashioned, we make a concerted effort to eat dinner together every weeknight so that we can discuss each other's days. As a family, we enjoy entertaining and having our home filled with friends and relatives.

    Matt Luzecky

    First Job

    One of my first jobs was with my younger brother Jim, taking over a grass-cutting circuit for a gentleman having a summer knee surgery. Together, my brother and I quickly learned the importance of scheduling, prioritization, and cooperation. As young boys, both of us would have preferred playing ball with friends or swimming at the pool, but we knew that that wouldn't happen until all the necessary lawns were cut each and every day. We also came to the quick realization that it was in the best interest of everyone involved (both for the customers and for us!) that Jim cut the grass and I stick to edging—we put each other in positions where we were most likely to succeed. Coincidentally (or not), at HIG we strive to have each team member working on tasks for which they are uniquely qualified. We call this "unique ability" and believe it is one of the organizational advantages making HIG a special place for employees and our clients.

    Sporting Life

    Much of my life has revolved around sports—even from a very young age. Sports are a great way to develop vital skills and learn life lessons like teamwork and playing by the rules. I started officiating youth sports in grade school and coached my first youth sports team at 17 years old. I have continued both officiating and coaching to this day and found that both have prepared me for the challenge of coaching my own kids.

    Matt Luzecky

    Favorite Movies

    Some of my favorite movies are "For Love of the Game", "Cinderella Man", and "Rudy"; all sports-themed movies that deal with personal struggle and triumph. I always enjoy rooting for the underdog!

    Customer Service

    One of the most formative experiences of my life was the time I spent working at a local Italian restaurant. I worked there on and off for almost 15 years. It was there where I learned the meaning of effective communication with customers and the importance of a strong work ethic. I also came to understand the privilege and responsibility of having a direct impact on someone's day through my interaction with them. It was at this job that I started to build my appreciation for truly exceptional service.

    Life at HIG

    Since joining HIG in 2019, I am most impressed with the level of cooperation amongst the team and the attention to detail that goes into each and every client interaction. This same attention to detail is also reflected in the people with which HIG chooses to work with and for. The mutual respect between client, strategic partners, and the HIG team is unrivaled in my experience. There is a constant pursuit of excellence that pushes all of us to be better than we were yesterday.

    Favorite Quote

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

    –Teddy Roosevelt; April 23, 1910


    Both coffee and bagels (despite my love of breakfast)
    Reality TV


    Sunday dinners with family and friends
    Being at a live sporting event vs watching on TV
    A real/wood fire in the fireplace on a cool evening

    My Walk-Up Song

    "Livin' on a Prayer" – Bon Jovi

  • Katie Ackerman

    Katie Ackerman

    Executive Assistant

    In Katie's role as Executive Assistant, she supports client services and firm operations. You're sure to speak with her when scheduling meetings and interacting with our client service team. She works to leverage our time—ensuring that we're as responsive and attentive as ever.

    Like our two founders, Matt Hall and Rick Hill, Katie formerly worked at Buckingham Asset Management. She was a member of the institutional services team as it grew from a few hundred million in client assets to approximately $800M. In her free time, she is involved with several local nonprofits including Gateway to Hope, The St. Louis Fashion Fund, and the Crisis Nursery. Katie holds an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University and a bachelor's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Family Matters

    My husband, Doug, and I got married October 2015 at Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. In January 2017 we welcomed our first child together, Sally. She is the center of our whole world: we cannot remember what life was like before she arrived. In our free time, we love to travel, spend time as a family and work around the house.

    We are also incredibly close with our extended family. My mom and dad are two of my best friends, and phenomenal grandparents to baby Sally. My brothers Tim and Colin have officially claimed Doug as their mentor and hunting buddy while being fabulous uncles to Sally.

    Katie's Wedding

    Community Involvement

    Being involved with nonprofits is one of my favorite things. I have been very blessed and want to give back as much as I can. I serve on the board of Gateway to Hope: A Breast Cancer Lifeline and am very involved with their fundraising events. I also serve on the board of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. When I have free time I fundraise or volunteer at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

    Most memorable trip

    While it's hard to pick, Italy is my favorite place to visit, more specifically, Rome — the eternal city! Each trip has been incredibly special. In 2012, I was privileged to meet Pope Benedict with my dad through the Papal Foundation. In 2013, I went on a spur-of-the-moment trip with a friend for the Conclave and witnessed Pope Francis' election and installation mass, but, the most memorable trip I've ever been on was in October 2015 when my husband, Doug, and I were married in Saint Peter's Basilica. We will never forget that trip — and were lucky enough to go back a few months later for an audience with Pope Francis.

    Katie and Doug Have An Audience with Pope Francis

    Top of mind during calls with clients

    I want to make them feel like they are calling a close friend, and let them know they are my top priority at that moment.

    Favorite workout routine

    Yoga! Especially Ashtanga. I also enjoy playing tennis and walking when the weather is nice.

    Katie Doing Yoga

    Top five movies

    This answer is always changing, but, right now: The Women, To Catch a Thief, Thomas Crown Affair (the remake), The Money Pit, and Blue Jasmine

    Favorite App

    Instagram. It's kind of an addiction.

    Ideal weekend

    Relaxing with my family or working around the house

    Most satisfying part of life at HIG

    Hands down, the people on our team! Also, the attention to detail in all aspects of our company. I never thought I would find an investment firm so thoughtful about the design and quality of all our materials.

    Most likely to spend a spare hour

    Giggling with Sally, reading, needlepointing, or letting my OCD run wild by organizing!

    Katie holding her daughter Sally.

    Inspired by

    My parents, Ralph Lauren, and Walt Disney.

    Favorite quotes

    “Honesty is a very expensive gift, don't expect it from cheap people.” — Warren Buffett

    “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” — Jim Elliot

    What's the deal with the pink hair

    Ten years ago, the hair salon I was going to participated in a program called "Pink Hair for Hope." During October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) they would attach pink hair extensions and donate the proceeds to various charities. About six years ago I decided that I wanted the pink to stay in year round, so my stylist agreed to continue making a donation and started dyeing a section permanently with hot pink! It doesn't hurt that pink is also my favorite color.

  • Jennifer Brendgord

    Jennifer Brendgord

    Executive Assistant

    Jennifer's role as Executive Assistant requires her to wear many hats. When she isn't scheduling meetings, she is essential in supporting the client services team. She works with Katie to help the team leverage our time.

    Family Matters

    My husband, Steve, and I have been married for 22 years and have 2 teenaged children, Ava, 18, and Jack, 16 and a beloved black lab, Amos. Our story is an interesting one; how we met and married while our jobs took us around the world for weeks or months at a time. By some miracle, we made it work. I believe our success is due to fierce independence, loyalty and respect for each other, traits we hope to instill in our children.

    Jennifer and her husband horseback riding in Chile

    Interesting Fact

    I was a flight attendant for 15 years. I lived and worked in the Middle East off-and-on for 5 of those 15 years, and got the privilege to visit countries all around the world. A few of my favorite sites are the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, The Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, Corcovado in Brazil, Sydney Opera House, the Dead Sea, Mostar Bridge in Bosnia and Stonehenge.

    Jennifer at Taj Mahal

    Most Satisfying Part of Life at HIG

    New to HIG in 2019, I am impressed daily by our team and how they use their individual strengths to collectively provide the highest level of attention and service for our clients. Coming from a strong customer service background, I appreciate the value placed on each client touch. Even a small request is handled with the highest level of commitment and discretion. I'm proud to be a part of this amazing team.

    Jennifer and her family

    Friends Would Describe Me As

    Friendly, loyal and curious.

    Favorite Quotes

    “Nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so.” - Shakespeare

    “Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” - Anthony Bourdain

    Favorite Books

    The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

    Howard Roark' s character remains strong-willed and unwavering in his beliefs, even in the face of suffering.

    The Journeyer by Gary Jennings

    A favorite because Marco Polo was the ultimate adventurer, unafraid and curious about the world.

    A Personal History by Katharine Graham

    I had the pleasure of meeting Katharine Graham, back in my flight attendant days. She was the only passenger on a 3 hour flight. I didn't know much about her at the time, only that she owned the Washington Post. She was gracious and kind. I can still remember the look on her face when she read the newspaper. She seemed to study it, soak it in, and almost devour the words. I knew she had a story to tell.

    Growing up

    At nine years old, I was the first girl in Coweta County, Georgia to play on a boy's little league baseball team. I was written up in the Newnan Times- Herald. I still have excellent hand-eye coordination. Better than most. I can hit or catch most anything thrown my way. I was the only parent to hit an over the fence home run at my son's little league Parents vs Parents game.

    I know the game of baseball. I grew up playing baseball with my two brothers. My dad coached for many years. I spent several summers at our local recreation center either playing or watching or volunteering at the fields. I helped my dad tie the bases down, line the fields with chalk and even picking up trash after the games. I kept stats for Newnan High Varsity baseball team and wrote articles about the team for our local newspaper.

    I played JV and Varsity basketball for Newnan High School. I played "up" on Varsity as a freshman and sophomore.

    I was also Homecoming Queen of my high school!


    Brown Turkey Figs, Fresh Dates, Simplicity, Family Dinners


    New Year's Eve, Muffins, Cruises