Jason McGarraughage 38
Senior financial adviser, Neal Financial Group
- Spent a semester in Singapore providing education for CFP exams
- Hosted an annual pheasant hunt at family’s farm for 20 years
- Has pets named Otto, Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby and Buddy the Elf
Even as a financial planning student, Jason McGarraugh was contributing to the profession.
While attending Texas Tech University’s personal financial planning graduate program, he helped the faculty create a financial counseling program for the university community.
The program provides free financial education and basic planning services for university students, as well as faculty and staff. Today the Red to Black counseling center has more than 20 peer coaches and four permanent staff positions.
“I also was the program’s first counselor,” said Mr. McGarraugh, now a senior financial adviser with Neal Financial Group in Houston.
The Texas native said the program was a terrific opportunity to match the skills of the financial planning students “with a great need at the university.”
The direction and guidance he provided the school, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in corporate finance, won him a leadership award bearing his name in 2002. The faculty of the Texas Tech financial planning program have since presented the “McGarraugh Leadership Award” to seven other students.
Mr. McGarraugh has found even more ways to give back to the industry, including creating an annual scholarship for a TTU personal financial planning student and founding an alumni advisory board for the school’s financial planning program.
After being active in the student chapter of the Financial Planning Association, Mr. McGarraugh held leadership roles at different times in both the Dallas and Houston chapters. He currently sits on the FPA Houston’s NexGen committee, which is organizing its first career day.
– Liz Skinner