To help you not only meet, but also exceed, your financial goals — all while paying close attention to the risk associated with each position and your portfolio as a whole.
For over three decades, Jeff Van Wart has been fully invested in providing customized investment portfolios for high net worth individuals and institutions. Jeff started King Capital Advisors, Inc. in 2006 and became a registered principal with Cantella & Co., Inc., a Boston based broker/dealer established in 1952 that provides services and support to independent representatives.
Prior to expanding the Houston branch, Jeff held various portfolio management and analyst positions in the financial services industry with companies such as Oppenheimer, INVESCO and Lehman Brothers, as well as served as an executive officer at various financial firms.
He began his financial services career in accounting for a public fund investment portfolio where he eventually managed all of the fund’s assets. Jeff is able to take his deep love of research to construct portfolios that address the specific needs of his clients. His specialty is in fixed income analytics.
Jeff combines his knowledge of cyclical trends with in-depth research of specific corporations or municipalities to select appropriate investments. He focuses heavily on a risk/reward analysis of each position and the impact of each holding in relation to client's entire portfolio.
Jeff is a firm believer in asset allocation and utilizing a team to provide the best possible services for his clients. He works closely with accountants, estate planners and insurance professionals to ensure that when it comes to questions about money, he may not know all of the answers — but he knows where to find them.
Attention to detail has made Jeff a sought-after asset throughout his career. He recently served on the Integrity Bank Board of Directors as chairman of the Asset-Liability Committee and also served on their Executive Loan and Strategic Planning Committee. He also held similar positions with Royal Oaks Bank prior to their merger with First Bank.
A devoted husband and father, Jeff and his wife of 33 years, Linda, are enjoying seeing their children Jay, Elaine and Carson mature into adults. Throughout their childhoods, Jeff remained very active in youth athletics, whether it was coaching the local AAU basketball team or offering his organizational skills to help manage local sports groups.
When he is away from the markets, Jeff is an active outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, ranching and horseback riding, as well as remains active in civic basketball leagues. Jeff is also an ordained minister and has performed wedding ceremonies both in the U.S. and Europe.
Jeff holds the following Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) registrations: 7, 24, 63 and 65.
Anthony Brock is an intense competitor who takes great pride in giving his best each and every day. After graduating from East Texas State in 1982 with a degree in industry and technology, he played professional football for five years as a linebacker with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League and the USFL’s Houston Gamblers team that featured future Hall of Fame quarterback, Jim Kelly. He then took his competitive spirit to the business world.
After working as a supervisor for Arco Petro Company, Anthony began his career in the financial services industry with Dean Witter Reynolds in 1995. During the past 25 years in financial services, Anthony has held positions with MGSI Securities and CIBC Oppenheimer, as well as served as an executive director at Morgan Stanley. He joined King Capital in August 2014.
Rather than being good at all aspects of investing, Anthony chose early on in his career to specialize in fixed income investing and focus on helping his clients solve their income needs. He advises institutional clients in the organization and acquisition of their debt instruments with a focus on U.S. Treasury notes and bonds, government agencies, CMOs, mortgage-backed securities (GNMAs, FNMAs and FHLMCs) and investment-grade corporate bonds.
His broad array of clients includes municipalities, insurance companies, banks, credit unions, investment advisors, fund managers, school districts and utility companies. Two words characterize Anthony: leadership and transparency. He is well-respected in the industry for his ability to go the extra mile, not only meeting but also exceeding client expectations. He appreciates the importance of knowing each customer individually, forging successful, long-term partnerships through his expert, personalized approach to achieving their investment objectives.
This personal attention is indicative of Anthony's business philosophy and proactive style. Anthony is registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses. His numerous memberships include the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSFMO), Government Treasurers' Organization of Texas (GTOT), Government Investment Officers Association (GIOA), North Carolina Local Government Investment Association (NCLGIA) and the Treasurers' Management Association (TMA).
Anthony resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Blanca, and two sons, Jacques and Braxton. He enjoys golf and playing football, basketball, soccer and baseball with his sons. He also has a black belt ranking in the World Taekwondo Federation. One of his missions in life is giving back, and he devotes much of his spare time to assisting nonprofit organizations.
Lee Burton is a fixed-income trader and investment specialist with more than 25 years of experience structuring securities ranging from very simple to highly complex investments for institutional accounts. The experience he has gained from watching and studying the markets 8-10 hours a day since he began his career in 1989 gives him a significant advantage over most advisors.
At King Capital Advisors, Lee’s client roster includes insurance companies, banks, professional investment managers and high net worth individuals. With in-depth knowledge from working as a fixed-income trader Lee has differentiated himself in the financial services industry through his deep understanding of the economy and his analytical ability to ascertain how certain securities might perform in different economic environments. He has structured over $2 billion of complex CMO securities and nearly $500 million of complex structured corporate notes.
As Lee says, “I truly enjoy figuring out a way to structure a new security that perfectly fits the financial needs and objectives of our clients.” To that end, he focuses on risk versus reward and is always seeking opportunities where the reward is much greater than the risk, providing clients with the optimum investment scenarios.
Lee holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses. He received his business degree from Sam Houston State University in 1986.
Residing in The Woodlands, Texas, with Lori, his wife of more than 25 years, Lee enjoys spending time with his wonderful family. He and Lori are the proud parents of three boys.
John Cuyler, age 21, is currently a junior at Texas A&M University with plans to attend medical school after graduation. John is the executive officer of the Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit and competes throughout the United States.
Cannon Lee, age 17, is a high school senior and plans to study computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas. Cannon is also an accomplished sound engineer and has been in charge of running all the sound equipment for the musical productions at his school for the past six years.
Callum Joseph, age 13, is an eighth grader who plays year-round competitive tournament baseball at the highest level for the past seven years.
Lee, Lori and all their boys enjoy the outdoors and are enthusiasts of target shooting, hunting, fishing and most ball sports. One of Lee’s most gratifying personal activities is giving back to his community. Together with his boys, they have helped build six different homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Noor Sammour specializes in providing fixed-income solutions for institutional and higher net worth individuals, specifically fixed-income products tied to different sectors of the market.
He began his career working at ABC Bank in Austin, Texas, which ignited his passion for finance. From there, he joined CapNet Securities where he received his FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses. Now, as an advisor of Cantella & Co., Inc., he feels he has found the right home to best serve his clients.
Noor's approach focuses on the total return of portfolios. He analyzes and offers municipal bonds, mortgaged-backed securities, collateralized mortgage obligations, U.S. Treasury notes, bonds and bills, government agencies, corporate bonds, FDIC-insured CDs and structured notes.
Noor says, "I love developing close relationships and helping others with their investments. I enjoy analyzing the different pieces of an investment puzzle to make it all fit together. Steepeners, step-ups, corporate bullet bonds, equity and commodity-linked notes are possible solutions, while other times a fixed coupon is best. It all depends on the current markets and what we are trying to achieve."
Noor's clients know they always come first and that he carefully listens to their financial objectives, shaping his investment strategies to align with their goals. He is known as an extremely organized and disciplined worker with the added qualities of being charismatic, funny and easy-going.
Noor grew up in a close-knit family with three supportive brothers. They all learned from each other on a daily basis, finding that sometimes they were the teacher and other times the mentor — but always together.
His attention to detail and discipline started at an early age when he attended the Kiski boarding school where every student played sports, and a suit and tie were expected during both Friday night study hall and Saturday classes. He then went on to receive his bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Texas State University.
Noor resides in Houston, Texas, and enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends. He is also a world traveler, visiting more than 30 countries. He enjoys interacting with other cultures, which feeds his “out-of-the-box” thinking process as he learns there is more than just one proper solution to the global issues we face on a daily basis.
In 2008, Mark began his career as a financial advisor with King Capital Advisors, Inc./ Cantella & Co., Inc.; a broker-dealer established in 1952 that provides services and support to independent representatives. He works with a variety of clients such as institutional investors, small business owners and individuals. Mark specializes in fixed-income securities and is proficient in US treasuries, FDIC CDs, U.S. government agencies, investment-grade corporates, tax-free municipal bonds, mortgage-backed securities and structured products.
Mark enjoys building long-lasting relationships with his clients and thrives on finding ways to maximize each of their investments. He is able to create and customize financial portfolios that are tailored toward each of his client’s goals. While other consultants may only offer what is carried at their own firm’s inventory (which could be a limited selection), Mark has access to various products and inventories through King Capital's independent Broker-Dealer, Cantella. This enables him to find investment instruments at the best price for his clients.
Mark works closely with nationally-recognized asset managers to help combine their skill sets with his own. This allows him to provide a full spectrum of wealth management services including investment management, retirement income planning, 401(k) rollovers and capital appreciation. This knowledge and experience enables Mark to advise on qualified retirement plans for small business owners as well. Mark is a believer in listening first, then constructing a strategy to execute based on the client’s goals and objectives.
He finds it rewarding when clients have seen their portfolio grow and are thankful for his hard work. “I appreciate the relationships I have formed and strive to exceed my client’s expectations with integrity.”
Mark resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife, son and their dog. He is an avid sports fan of the Houston Rockets, Texans and Astros. He volunteers with various organizations.
Mark holds the following Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) registrations: 7, 63 and 65.
Ray began his career specializing in finding value in the institutional fixed income marketplace in 1997. He joined King Capital Advisors in 2006 as a part of the Houston, Texas, branch. For over two decades, he has worked with insurance companies, banks, credit unions, foundations, municipalities, pension funds and high net worth individuals.
Prior to joining King Capital advisors, Ray began his career working as a fixed income broker. Today, he strives and continues to discover value in U.S. treasury notes and bonds, municipal bonds, mortgage-backed securities CMOs, corporate bonds and FDIC insurance for his clients.
Ray is a firm believer in asset allocation based on the risk/reward analysis of each client and loves to dig deep in the due diligence process to find the best investments for each one. Capital appreciation is a key component and he works closely with nationally recognized asset managers to help combine their skill set with his expertise in fixed income to provide a full spectrum of wealth management services.
As Ray states, “Finding the right investment is becoming more challenging in today’s marketplace. I take into consideration all of the moving parts to ladder portfolios for success in any interest rate environment.”
As an independent investment advisor representative, Ray is not limited to investments held in inventory and pushed by larger firms, which allows him to locate and compare a multitude of investments for the best levels in the country for his clients.
He and his wife, Donna, have been happily married for 40 years. He is the proud father of three children — Angela, Ray and Stephanie — and seven wonderful grandchildren. He is active in his church, youth sports, and golf and enjoys boating and fishing.Serving people is what drives Ray. He feels this is his purpose. He tries to inspire those around him every day, whether it be setting a positive example or providing encouragement. He measures his success by the satisfaction of his clients and seeks to exceed all expectations. Ray holds FINRA Series 63, 65 and 7 licenses.
John assists and educates his client base of sophisticated, qualified institutional investors on top-quality, highly-structured fixed income securities. In this capacity, he also works closely with Lee Burton at King Capital Advisors, who structures these complex investment instruments.
Applying the principle that the “market is too efficient to beat”, John utilizes specialized investment methods to help institutional investors understand the risks versus rewards of these complex securities. These include the FAMA theory and the Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings (CAPE), also known as the Shiller P/E ratio, popularized by Yale University professor, Robert Shiller.
After graduating from Allen Military Academy in 1969, John was soon attracted to the financial services industry. With more than 19 years of experience, John began his professional career as a registered representative at Coastal Securities, Inc.
From there, he moved on to become the assistant vice president of APS Financial Corp., vice president of Sanders Morris Harris, Inc. and senior vice president of Coastal Securities. He joined King Capital Advisors in 2017. He currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.
Clients and colleagues admire John for his commitment, discipline, loyalty and sense of humor. He measures his success by how well he provides service and value to his clients, and he establishes relationships that last — often into his clients’ retirement years.
John is devoted to family, community and church. He and his wife, Julie, take great pride and delight in their extended family of five children and six grandchildren. He is an active parishioner at St. John Vianney Parish in Houston, Texas where he has volunteered for more than 25 years.
For fun and relaxation, he enjoys lifting weights, golf and reading.
Sinan Sammour possesses a diverse skill set that enables him to provide financial advice to a variety of industry sectors. He advises high net worth retail clients, focusing on alternative investments and effective hedging strategies to reduce risk without sacrificing returns. He also services the institutional markets and specializes in structured securities for insurance companies and foundations. He holds Series 7 and 66 licenses.
Since joining King Capital Advisors in April 2018, he has become an integral part of the team. In addition to his skills Sinan has a superior work ethic, a passion for learning and expanding his knowledge and a commitment to providing his clients with the best possible customer service.
From 2016 to 2018, Sinan was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley’s wealth management group in Houston, Texas. He specialized in alternative investments, executive financial services, retirement planning, portfolio management, fixed income, stock option plans, 401(k) rollovers and wealth management and consulting.
He is a graduate of Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance and he served as the president of McCoy’s Student Economic Association.
During his college years, Sinan interned as a sales/broker trainee at Harbor Securities in Houston, Texas. He supported and shadowed financial advisors, gaining valuable knowledge about day-to-day operations in the fixed income field, pricing and risk factors, clearinghouse processes and client relations.
Sinan is one of four close-knit brothers brought up by strong, loving parents who taught their sons the value of education, honesty, dedication, loyalty and family. In the spirit of family, Sinan now has the pleasure of working with his brother, Noor Sammour, at King Capital Advisors.
A competitive swimmer in high school, Sinan participated in the Junior Olympics in Louisiana and Virginia. He finished in the top three in the 15/16-year age group for freestyle and breaststroke.
Sinan resides in Houston, Texas and enjoys running, swimming, fishing and hunting. He has a particular passion for dirt biking and loves classic, exotic cars and bikes.
Robert Rao is a veteran financial advisor dedicated to providing the personalized attention he feels every investor deserves. Robert’s journey to becoming a financial advisor was not typical. “I believe my life experiences before starting my career greatly helped me lay the foundation for becoming a valuable asset to my clients.”
Robert was a top-ranked tennis player in his youth and decided to seriously pursue the sport. Rather than attend traditional high schools, Robert took a leap and left the comforts of home, enrolling in schools in Florida where he could focus on both academics and tennis.
Upon graduation, he became a tennis professional, joining the ATP World Tour™ where he often found himself matched against Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and others. After four years of traveling around the world, he faced a difficult decision — become a tennis instructor or a businessman?
He decided he wanted to do something where he could truly help others and chose to attend college. When most of his friends were graduating, he enrolled as a freshman at Texas A&M University where he received not only his bachelor’s degree, but also his master’s degree in business administration.
Robert joined UBS Financial Services in 1999 and worked there for more than a decade conducting research and fundamental and technical analysis while serving high net worth clientele. He held similar leadership positions with Merrill Lynch for a few years and in 2011 became a branch manager for Edward Jones.
At King Capital Advisors, he now feels like he has found the right home where he offers securities through Cantella & Co., Inc. “This is what is right. The corporate pressure is gone. My entire focus is on doing what is best for my clients.” Robert helps individuals and business owners plan for retirement, save for college and reduce tax burdens by analyzing what they keep after all taxes are paid.
He takes great pride in learning about the needs of his clients, their risk tolerance and their goals for the future. As Robert says, “It is like putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Every portfolio is designed specifically for each customer.” He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 66 and insurance licenses.
Robert resides in Katy, Texas. He still plays tennis often and also enjoys golf, Latin and ballroom dancing and volunteering in his community.
Mark Menard has more than 29 years of experience helping individuals and families make financial decisions that are in their best interest and align with their financial goals as their trusted financial advisor.
Prior to joining King Capital, Mark graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in Education and began his career in 1990 at Merrill Lynch where he obtained his series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.
Mark specializes in helping his clients build their wealth and distribute it safely during retirement by applying a scientific approach centered around the Nobel prize winning investment theory, “Modern Portfolio Theory”. Marks’ degree in education lays the foundation of his client relationships. He places a strong emphasis on ensuring his clients are educated and informed on his strategic decisions regarding their portfolios. He believes the more educated his clients are in how their assets are being invested the stronger his relationship is with them.
Mark and his wife, Marcia, are both from Ohio and attended Ohio State University together. In 1978 they moved to Texas and have been happily married for over 40 years. They raised two wonderful sons who are both married and have two beautiful grandchildren.
Amy joined King Capital Advisors in 2006. She has been in the financial industry for 30 years and assists King Capital's financial representatives in the organization and dissemination of information relating to customer service, including new accounts. She provides branch organization in regards to compliance issues and record keeping.
Amy maintains daily communication with King Capital’s broker-dealer; Cantella & Co., Inc. and is responsible for updating documents that specifically apply to King Capital. Amy is married with one daughter and two "bonus" sons and one granddaughter. She is very active in her church, an avid hiker and bicyclist and enjoys gardening and reading.