James E. Bashaw

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

James E. “JEB” Bashaw is a fourth generation Texan who has been in the financial services business since 1983. Mr. Bashaw started his career with Merrill Lynch as a trainee, has been a partner in two NYSE firms and opened his own firm eponymously named in 2001. Mr. Bashaw is active in his community where he currently serves on the Board of Directors of John XXIII Catholic High School in Katy, Texas, Past Chairman of the Board and board member of Catholic Charities, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Board member for the Catholic Endowment Foundation of Galveston-Houston, the investment committee and Board Member of the Christus Foundation and several others. He is a committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and active fundraiser for the Huntington Disease Society of America. Mr. Bashaw has received numerous industry awards including Barron’s top advisor in Texas in 2011*, Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2012**, TOP 100 University of Houston alumnus owned businesses in 2014 and was named Alumnus of the Year and presented the Ignatian Award for his alma mater, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in January of 2015.

Additionally, Mr. Bashaw was named by Pope John Paul II as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, by Pope Benedict as a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Order of Malta, and was named a Knight of the International Order of St. Hubertus.

Mr. Bashaw is married and he and his wife, Laurel,have a combined four children, two wonderful bonus children, two horses, two dogs, and one cat.He enjoys hunting, fishing and travel.

*Barron’s Award Criteria

Here are America's best financial advisors, organized by state. The rankings are based on data provided by around 6,000 of the nation's most productive advisors. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice, and philanthropic work. Investment performance isn't an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment-picking abilities. The rankings are meant as a starting point for clients looking for an advisor—a first-pass vetting that can help investors narrow a search. Every advisor will have his or her own approach to investing, financial planning, and other services. Clients are encouraged to approach a search for an advisor the way they would a search for a doctor—interviewing multiple professionals and getting opinions from multiple third parties. If you're reading this in a Barron's app, please head to barrons.com in your browser for a better experience.

**Ernst & Young Award Criteria

The entrepreneur must be the CEO or president of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company.The entrepreneur must be in the role for at least two years by the application deadline.Previous finalists and applicants are encouraged to reapply. Former award winners may reapply if they have founded or transitioned to a new company.

Judging criteria-The independent panel of judges evaluates nominees on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to: Entrepreneurial spirit, Purpose, Growth, Impact, Financial performance


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