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

    • Matt Hall

      Matt Hall

    • Rick Hill

      Rick Hill

    • Buddy

      Buddy Reisinger, Jr.

    • John Reagan

      John Reagan

    • Henry Bragg

      Henry Bragg

    • Katie

      Katie Ackerman

    • Dyanna

      Dyanna Jones

    • Nell

      Nell Swanson

  • Matt Hall

    Matt Hall

    Co-founder & President

    matt@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    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.

    BOOKS HE OFTEN RECOMMENDS TO PEOPLE

    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.

    OFTEN DESCRIBED AS

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

    FAMILY MATTERS

    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 at the Houston Office of Hill Investment Group

    DAILY READS

    The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times

    MEMORABLE MEDIA APPEARANCEs

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

    LONG VIEW MOMENT

    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?

    GREATEST CHALLENGE OVERCOME

    Being diagnosed with leukemia at age 33 was a challenge. I thrive in remission thanks to Gleevec and great doctors.

    WHAT HE FINDS UNDERRATED

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

    HOW HE STAYS SHARP

    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.

    FRIENDS OR FAMILY POKE FUN AT

    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.

    MOVIE MOMENTS

    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.

    CREDO

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

    FINANCIAL LESSON HE’LL TEACH HIS DAUGHTER

    The rewards from patience and discipline are sweet.

    MOST SATISFYING PART OF LIFE AT HILL INVESTMENT

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

  • Rick Hill

    Rick Hill

    Founder

    rick@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    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.

    Bylines

    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).

    Credo

    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.

  • Buddy Reisinger, Jr.

    Walter C. “Buddy” Reisinger, Jr.

    Director - Client Development

    buddy@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    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

    TV

    Underrated

    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.

  • John Reagan

    John Reagan

    Director - Client Services

    john@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

    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.

    HOW I STAY BUSY

    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.

    ENGAGEMENT STORY

    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.

    SPORTING LIFE

    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.

    EARLY MONEY MANAGEMENT

    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.

    KEY INGREDIENT IN CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS

    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.

    MY FAVORITE QUOTES

    “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.

  • Henry Bragg

    Henry Bragg

    Director - Texas

    henry@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    Henry leads Hill Investment Group’s client service and development efforts in Texas. Based in Houston, Henry’s primary focus is extending the reach of the firm's high-touch service.

    Henry graduated with an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a Bachelor’s in Finance with Honors from Arizona State University. Henry also has his CPA and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation.

    Henry began his career at Ernst & Young, working in audit, fraud & forensic consulting, and business process mapping. Prior to joining Hill, Henry was a partner and Director of Planning at a successful wealth management firm in Houston.

    Leveraging his experiences and entrepreneurial spirit, Henry has pioneered and perfected wealth visualization techniques to help wealthy individuals see opportunity and make better financial decisions in context of their current situation.

    Family Matters

    My wife Laurence and I met in 1999 and married nine months later. While it seemed crazy at the time, looking back, it was the best decision I ever made. We have three children- Kathryn, Julia, and Henry, Jr. Our dog’s name is Libby. She’s a feisty Tibetan Terrier.

    Best Presentation He’s Heard in Person

    Caroline Gaynor from Dimensional Fund Advisors on leading blind triathletes.

    Most Likely to Spend a Spare Hour

    Fixing something or playing with my kids.

    Greatest Accomplishment

    Swimming the Pensacola Bay (in 74 minutes), building a treasure box for my son (thanks to Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids), passing the CPA and CFP exams.

    Most Memorable Trip

    Israel, March 2013 with my wife and children.

    Ideal Weekend

    Spending the weekend at our family’s “ranch” outside Round Top, Texas. The best part of the day is just before sundown with the sun setting over a “Frog Lake” (a small pond). The ideal day would include time alone pruning trees along the creek line, fun and games with the kids in the tree house, while the dog races around.

    Why Hill Investment Group Makes Sense for Him

    Being part of a team that not just strives for excellence, but delivers it.

    What He Finds Underrated

    Getting outside.

    Overrated

    Active management.

    How He Stays Sharp

    The wealth visualization work that I do helps me to see new things (assets, planning techniques, family dynamics), which makes me a better advisor.

    Interesting Fact

    I grew up on a grain farm outside of Memphis, Tennessee. The farm has been in my family since 1853.

    Favorite Quote

    Don’t ask what the world needs, but ask what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman.

  • Katie Trout

    Katie Ackerman

    Executive Assistant

    katie@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    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.

  • Dyanna Jones

    Dyanna Jones

    Executive Assistant

    dyanna@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    In Dyanna'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.

    Most likely to spend a spare hour

    Experimenting with a new recipe, or taking a long walk.

    Inspired By

    My high school music teacher, Pat Ellison. She expected excellence and would settle for nothing less. She believed in me more than I believed in myself, empowering me to push past my self-made limits.

    Favorite quotes

    “It's kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

    Family Matters

    My husband, Brian and I met in the lunch room in junior high school.

    Dyanna and Her Husband in Junior High — Basketball Player and Cheerleader

    Six years later, we said yes to forever.

    Dyanna and Her Husband Wedding Photo

    It’s been 25 years since then, with little additions along the way; Taylor (22), Kennan (20) and Cory (18).

    Dyanna and Her Husband Today BFF Date

    Why Hill Investment Group Makes Sense For Me

    Serving others with excellence is a gift, as well as a passion. At Hill, I am free to excel at serving our team, our clients and our communities.

    Most Satisfying Part of Life at HIG

    I believe that our approach to treat others as we want to be treated, in every aspect, helps develop security, trust, value and friendship with those we serve.

    Interesting Fact

    I’m a football geek. I participate in fantasy football leagues. I keep up with stats. I’m a Madden pro and will gladly accept a challenge to compete. My favorite NCAA team is the Arkansas Razorbacks. My favorite NFL team is MY fantasy football team.

    Dyanna's Family in Arkansas Razorback Gear

    Bucket List

    My bucket list is fairly simple: Own a travel trailer and stay at each of the Texas State Parks. Attend a Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys football game at Lambeau Field. Give away tons of money for local, national and international missions.

    How My Family Would Describe Me

    Everybody's Mom.

  • Nell Swanson

    Nell Swanson

    Chief Operating Officer

    nell@hillinvestmentgroup.com

    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 her hometown of Houston, Texas.

    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

    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.

    We will be adding a new addition to our family in November, when my fiancé Walter and I tie the knot!

    Nell and her family

    Travel

    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.

    Overrated

    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