Biographies

Jack Avigael - Managing Financial Advisor | Partner

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After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Jack began his career in finance at the Permanent University Fund of the University of Texas System. During his three years there he assumed a number of duties from bond swap analysis to equity research in paper, forest products and retail sectors of the equity market. Jack’s next career advancement landed him at Laredo National Bank in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Holding two positions over the course of his 17-year tenure – Trust Investment Officer, then Executive Vice President of Bank Investments – Jack managed assets exceeding $1 billion. He then went on to become the Branch Manager at Merrill Lynch for 19 years and was instrumental with the growth of $30 million to approximately $400 million in assets. In 2011 Jack co-founded AlphaPoint Investments, an independent investment management firm. Following AlphaPoint, he founded FARO Investment Management with Rafael Gutierrez Nieto.

Career highlights include the Houston Society of Financial Analysts Award and induction into the Society of International Business Fellows. In addition, Jack consulted with the Federal Reserve Chairman on the Impact of the Mexican Peso Devaluation, and the United States immigration policy on the economies of Mexico and the United States during the 1980s.

Rafael Gutierrez Nieto - Senior Financial Advisor | Partner

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Rafael is a partner and co-founder of FARO Investment Management. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at Georgetown University. Rafael began his career at Falcon International Bank and LPL Financial. While there, he obtained his Series 7 and Series 66 licenses and assumed duties that ranged from portfolio management to equity and bond portfolio analysis.

Rafael’s career advanced when he was hired to join Jack Avigael’s team at Merrill Lynch. During his six-year tenure there, he managed Ultra High Net Worth accounts for both domestic and international clients, and was instrumental in growing the Laredo office assets under management and production.

Immediately following his time at Merrill, Rafael ventured into the independent realm of investment management. Co-founding AlphaPoint Investment Management, Rafael gained extensive knowledge of the financial services infrastructure and the flexibility available to independent advisors. After refining his business approach and aligning with partners who shared a common vision, Rafael co-founded FARO Investment Management in 2013.

Born and raised in Laredo, Rafael takes advantage of the local terrain and cycles 100 miles a week. When he isn’t competitively cycling or spending time with his wife and newborn son, you’ll find him on the golf course.

Shelby E. Vazquez, Esq. - Financial Advisor

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Shelby E. Vazquez holds Juris Doctor and Finance degrees from St. Mary’s University. As a finance student, he managed a team that conducted equity research and financial analysis of St. Marys’ portfolio.

Helping people, whether by planning for financial growth or navigating complex legal policies, is truly Mr. Vazquez’s passion. That is why, as a law student, he spent one and a half years at St. Marys’ immigration clinic advocating on behalf of people without a voice.

Mr. Vazquez holds Series 7 and 66 securities registrations with FARO Investment Management and is a member of the Texas Bar. In 2015, Shelby joined FARO Investment Management to apply his experience in Finance and Law, and to assist clients in their financial endeavors.

As a Southern Texan, Shelby enjoys hunting and fishing with family and friends. He also relishes exploring the world.
A few of his favorite places include: New York, Alaska, and Africa. When he’s not traveling or hunting, Shelby spends his time on the golf course perfecting his swing.

Hector Tafoya Gonzalez - Financial Advisor

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Hector Tafoya Gonzalez holds a Finance and International Business degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He brings to bear more than 9 years of experience in the financial sector which includes: Financial Sales Assistant at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Senior Credit Manager at Wells Fargo Financial, Quality Assurance Analyst at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Investment Advisor at Merrill Lynch.
 
Mr. Tafoya holds his Series 7 and Series 66 securities registration. In 2016, he brought his passion for helping others achieve financial success to FARO Investment Management. At FARO Investment Management, Mr. Tafoya works and consults with a team of highly experienced advisors and associates to better serve the needs of the clients. Consulting with clients daily and finding long-term solutions to fit their financial objectives is what Hector enjoys the most.
 
Currently living in San Antonio, Mr. Tafoya enjoys attending as many San Antonio Spurs games as possible with family and friends. He enjoys watching many sporting events and is always looking for the next opportunity to travel with his wife.

Alejandra Cadena - Client Associate

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A recent magna cum laude graduate from Texas A&M International University, Alejandra earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. As a TAMIU student, Alejandra was a recipient of the D.D. Hachar Honors program scholarship. Simultaneously, she accepted an internship at a photography studio where she was promoted to studio manager.
 
In 2016, Alejandra joined FARO Investment Management, where she assists advisors, runs day-to-day operations, and services clients with their financial needs.  In her spare time, she enjoys photography and design, music, and spending time with her two daughters and husband.

Courtney Schroeder - Client Associate

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Courtney Schroeder holds a Political Science degree from Texas A&M University. As an A&M student, Courtney worked with an on-campus political organization to give her fellow students a voice.
 
In 2017, Courtney joined FARO Investment Management’s San Antonio team, where she assists advisors, runs day-to-day operations, and services clients with their financial needs.
 
Courtney spends a lot of her free time serving in her church as a member of her praise band. What time isn’t taken up by church is spent with her husband watching either Fightin’ Texas Aggie football or Spurs basketball.

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