Secure Your Financial Future
Life is a series of transitions. From marriage to divorce, the loss of a loved one or retirement planning, every phase of life requires you to adjust your goals. At French Financial, we are here to see you through each transition. We take a comprehensive approach to financial planning, and always place our client’s best interest first.
We help you identify your goals and provide clear guidance on how to achieve them. For most of our clients this involves buying a house, paying for your child’s education, or saving for a well-deserved retirement. No matter the goal, we are here to support you. We’ll help you build a solid financial foundation so you can live the life you want with confidence.
Working With Us
With a focus on innovation and an eye for how technology can best meet your needs, we use an integrated wealth management tool. It’s designed to transform how we deliver our services, while still ensuring that we build a collaborative client-advisor relationship.
The comprehensive tool helps supports your financial goals, keeping planning at the foundation of the experience. And with security as a priority, it employs advanced features to keep your data safe, private, and secure at every hour of every day.
We consistently hear from clients that it’s easy to use, helping you to track your spending, budgets and investments. If you’re interested in learning more about how this platform can help you achieve your goals, let’s schedule a time to talk.
Who We Serve
We can help your family prioritize financial goals, build a strong financial foundation and prepare for major events such as college or retirement.
We understand that business owners face unique challenges and will create a plan that includes your business goals.
People In Transition
With specialized training in divorce financial planning, many of our clients begin working with us during or immediately following their divorce.
Meet the Team
Denise founded French Financial Group in 2012. Prior to French Financial Group, Denise worked as a regional sales executive for large investment and insurance firms. She has over 22 years of experience in financial planning, investment positioning, and income strategies. She currently provides full-service financial planning, investment placement and insurance as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) under French Financial Group. Denise is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor ® (CRPC).
In addition, Denise founded Divorce Strategies Group in 2014. Divorce Strategies Group was incepted because of her own ugly divorce in 2007. Denise desired to create a firm where others could have a better divorce experience, and to help other children not face the trauma her own child experienced. She helps other walk through the divorce process in a dignified, confident manner.
Denise is a Certified Valuation Analyst ® (CVA), a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), an experienced Family and Child Custody Mediator and trained as a Collaborative Law Financial Expert. Denise focuses on the areas of divorce finance, divorce tax, separate property tracing, executive compensation in divorce, pension plans, expert witness testimony as well as the emotional aspects of divorce and mediation.
Brent McMinn joined French Financial Group in 2018. His expertise lies in the complex nature of business valuation, equity research and trading. Formerly, he was drafted as a pitcher for the New York Mets and played in the minor leagues from 2013-2016 until he was injured. At that point, Brent found himself re-creating the life he once imagined for himself. He sought to use his natural talents of research and analysis, combined with his life-long love of learning about the markets, economics and what makes businesses work to start a new career.
Brent is currently a Level 3 CFA candidate. He began his study with the CFA Institute in January of 2017. He has spent over 2000 hours studying computer programming, quantitative analysis, economics, financial reporting and analysis, ethics, equity valuation, corporate finance, fixed income, alternative investments, derivatives, and portfolio management. He passed Level 1 and Level 2 of the CFA exam in 2017 and 2018. He is a candidate to sit for Level 3, the final level, of the CFA exams in June of 2019. Brent graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Nevada in 2015.
Melissa Adkins joined French Financial and Divorce Strategies Group in 2018 as our Operations Manager. Working through her own divorce, with the help and counsel of Denise French, she became passionate about helping others during this difficult period of their lives.
Melissa’s own experience with early intervention mediation helped bring hope, reason, and cooperation during a time where she feared for her family’s financial wellbeing. After her divorce, Melissa attended and graduated as a certified paralegal from University of Houston Law Center in early 2018. Melissa also previously worked as an administrative assistant at Merrill Lynch.
Melissa fully understands the value in engaging highly-trained financial planners to navigate the ups and downs of life. Melissa is a single mother of 2 school age children and lives in The Woodlands, TX.
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