James (Jim) Huston, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP® - Founder
A native of the Philadelphia, PA, suburbs, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics in 1969 from Lehigh University.
Jim’s professional career began with Exxon, where he spent more than 10 years, eventually transferring to Houston. Over the years, Jim came to realize that one of his strengths was his ability to communicate, one on one, in a clear, concise manner. He also realized that he preferred working directly with individuals and their issues. It wasn’t long before Jim decided that, with his desire to help others, his ability to communicate, and his financial education, the financial services industry was the place for him.
Starting on his own, Jim learned the value of independence and all that meant to his ability to serve his clients. For over 30 years now, Jim has served the financial planning needs of his varied clients. Along the way, he also continued his professional education, earning the Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certifications. In 2012 Jim was recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager* and has been an award recipient each year since.
Jim has taught financial planning classes for the University of Houston System and the Lone Star College System, as well as employee groups of many of the Fortune 100 companies in the Houston area.
Over the years, Jim has been active in the community. He previously served on the Board of Directors and is a former president of the Klein Education Foundation. He also has served on the Boards of the Klein Soccer Club, Eastern District Division One Youth Soccer, and the Burroughs Park Sports Authority, and is past President of the Northampton Club.
Jim was also co-founder of the Challenge Soccer Club and coached girl’s youth soccer for 23 years.
*The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a registered investment advisor or as a principal of a registered investment advisor form for a minimum of five years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not: A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three customer settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the last 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 3,114 Houston wealth managers were considered for the award; 218 (7% of candidates) were named 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers.