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UBS Institutional Consulting - South Central Group

Understanding what's important

When it comes to your family, employees, or organization, you have important goals and specific concerns that require the guidance of an experienced advisor or institutional consultant.

UBS is one of the largest global wealth managers, and our mission is to help wealth management clients and institutional plan sponsors achieve their goals. Our team is equipped to address a broad range of sophisticated financial needs while leveraging UBS's full capabilities to design strategies tailored to your unique situation.

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Pursuing your goals together

At our core, we believe that delivering quality strategies that are tailored to your unique needs is the key to our success. Our ultimate goal is to become your go-to source of financial advice. That's why we're committed to fostering long-term relationships by providing unparalleled client service. You can trust us to be your partner in making sound financial decisions.

  • Robert Vaughan

    Robert Vaughan, CRPS

    Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

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    • CA
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    • IL
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    • MD
    • NJ
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    • TX

    Robert is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience working with various institutions and private clients.

    Prior to moving to Houston, he was a product manager for the UBS Institutional Consulting Group in Weehawken, New Jersey working with 135 Institutional Consultants who managed over $45 billion in assets under management.  At UBS, Robert has had  the opportunity to serve a diverse range of private clients, including corporate executives, unions, non-profits, corporations, hospitals, and insurance companies. He holds a Masters in Finance from Baruch College in New York City, and has earned the Certified Investment Management Analysis (CIMA®) designation from Wharton.

    Before pursuing his investment career, Robert served in the US Army and enlisted during Operation Desert Storm. He is actively involved in local charities and presently serves on several boards, including Houston Compensation and Benefits, Global Equity Organization, Investment & Wealth Ethics Committee, and three large institutions defined contribution advisory boards. 

    • NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams, 2022, 2024The NAPA rating is awarded annually in March based on information from December of the prior year.
    • PLANADVISER Top Retirement Plan Advisers, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024The PLANADVISOR rating is awarded in Q1 based on information from Q1 of the award year.

    • Baruch College, Masters in Finance
    • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠
    • Retirement Plan Consultant
    1780 Hughes Landing Blvd
    3 Hughes Landing, Suite 200
    The Woodlands, TX 77380
    robert.vaughan@ubs.com,brenda.paulson@ubs.com,joshua.heard@ubs.com
    Robert Vaughan, CRPS
    1780 Hughes Landing Blvd,The Woodlands,TX,77380
  • Josh Heard

    Josh Heard

    Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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    Improving the world around him is a core value for Josh, and he takes pride in helping people strive for a brighter financial future in his role as a Senior Wealth Strategy Associate. Josh specializes in retirement planning and financial wellness, with a focus on creating investor education programs that inspire participants to save for retirement. Josh places a premium on his work in analysis and reporting, making sure that information is clear and easily accessible for committee members to make informed decisions that result in high-quality retirement plans for the employees they serve.

    Josh ended his baseball career at Panola College before transferring to The University of Texas at Austin and earning his bachelor’s degree in economics. He brings the team mindset from his years on the baseball diamond to his work at UBS, focusing on developing trust and strong collaborative relationships. He is also a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist™, in addition to holding his Series 7 and Series 66 licenses from FINRA and General Lines Agent license from the Texas Department of Insurance.

    • NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams, 2022, 2024The NAPA rating is awarded annually in March based on information from December of the prior year.

      • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠
      1780 Hughes Landing Blvd
      3 Hughes Landing, Suite 200
      The Woodlands, TX 77380
      joshua.heard@ubs.com
      Josh Heard
      1780 Hughes Landing Blvd,The Woodlands,TX,77380
    • Hannah

      Hannah Comer

      Client Associate

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              1780 Hughes Landing Blvd
              3 Hughes Landing, Suite 200
              The Woodlands, TX 77380
              hannah.comer@ubs.com
              Hannah Comer
              1780 Hughes Landing Blvd,The Woodlands,TX,77380
            • Sam

              Sam Wollenberg

              Client Associate

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                      1780 Hughes Landing Blvd
                      The Woodlands, TX 77380
                      sam.wollenberg@ubs.com
                      Sam Wollenberg
                      1780 Hughes Landing Blvd,The Woodlands,TX,77380
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                      Jessica McCain

                      Senior Client Associate

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                      • CA
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                      • LA
                      • MD
                      • NC
                      • NV
                      • TX
                      • VA

                            1780 Hughes Landing Blvd
                            3 Hughes Landing, Suite 200
                            The Woodlands, TX 77380
                            jessica.mccain@ubs.com
                            Jessica McCain
                            1780 Hughes Landing Blvd,The Woodlands,TX,77380
                          • Neil Patel

                            Retirement Plan Advisor

                            Neil joins us from Merrill Lynch, where he was the Performance Manager focused on reinvestment opportunities for the Northeast region.

                            With over 10 years of retirement and financial industry experience, Neil brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to our team. At Merrill Lynch, Neil held several positions of responsibility, including IRA Product Manager, Business Support Manager for Institutional Retirement Team rolling out the internal institutional designation program, and Program Manager for the Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions Group.

                            Neil is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds the C(k)P and CPFA designations. Neil and his wife Kirtana have a baby boy: Kiaan

                             

                          • Lisa Brown

                            Retirement Plan Sales

                            Lisa joined UBS in late 2021. In her current role, Lisa identifies and responds to new business opportunities by applying a consultative sales approach that is aligned to the key principles of strategic retirement plan management. From first meetings to plan implementation, Lisa proactively manages and anticipates the needs of new clients and prospects by providing support throughout the process. She also interfaces with internal partners to strengthen the overall client experience with UBS.

                            Prior to her current role, Lisa was a VP Retirement Plan Consultant for Stanley Benefit Services and Fund Direct Advisors.  In addition, she has worked for such firms as MassMutual, Transamerica and John Hancock as a Retirement Plan Specialist applying her skillset in helping businesses with their retirement plan needs.   

                            Lisa started her career working directly for a mutual fund company, Enterprise Group of Funds now owned by Goldman Sachs in the late 90’s.  Here she focused on investments in addition to helping business owners set up retirement plans for their employees.

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                          Defining your priorities. Pursuing what matters.

                          Our wealth of experience and structured planning process empower us to deliver a comprehensive financial plan and customized investment strategies that are tailored to your specific needs. Depending on where you are in your life and the priorities that matter most, our planning conversations may focus on liquidity management, cash flow needs, asset replacement solutions, estate planning strategies, or tax and legal structures such as trusts and philanthropic vehicles. By working with us, you can be confident that you are receiving expert guidance and a personalized plan that will help you achieve your financial goals and secure your future.  

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