Uncommon Thinking

Meet the team

Chief Executive Officer

George is a CPA with more than two decades of high-level management and financial experience. He joined SMART Group Houston as President in 2009.  He specializes in helping individuals and families, as well as executives and business owners, develop comprehensive solutions to achieve their long-term dreams of financial independence.

Learn more about George

Contact George  at 713-984-8044 or gabboud@exponentx.net


Chris’ passion lies in meeting new people, learning about them and building strong long-term relationships built on a foundation of education, trust and a desire to help people achieve their financial goals.

Learn more about Chris

Contact Chris  at 713-984-8044 or chris@exponentx.net

Founder/Executive Chairman

Ron Schutz founded SMART Group Houston in 1990. This was his third start-up but definitely not his last.  His desire has always been to assist business owners realize their full potential for their business. Enjoying chess in his early years, he has a natural tendency to develop strategies and see workable solutions in preparing companies for transition. To Ron, transition means moving forward from today to where you want to go in the future.

Learn more about Ron 

Contact Ron at 713-984-8044, ext. 7 or ron@ronschutz.com


Vice President

As a proven executive with over twenty years of management experience, Sami offers a unique combination of skills and expertise including executive leadership, communications, strategic thinking, FP&A, M&A, treasury, working with private equity, and financial management. 

Learn more about Sami

Contact Sami at 713-984-8044 or sabboud@smartgrouphouston.com


Vice President

Doug has 13 years’ experience as a financial advisor and has been helping individuals and business owners implement strategies to preserve and protect their wealth, and to live financially rewarding lives. Doug has been able to help clients successfully manage the factors within their control, to create customized solutions that address the complex needs of his clients.  

Learn more about Doug

Contact Doug at 713-984-8044 ext. 10 or dgibson@smartgrouphouston.com

Vice President

After spending 16 years as a leader in the wellness and fitness industry, Jason Lee has taken his passion for serving others and moved from health management to wealth management. He joined SMART Group Houston in September 2017 and became a Vice President in 2018. He has a commitment to serving others in the community and for helping his clients to achieve their financial goals.

Learn more about Jason

Contact Jason at 713-984-8044 or jlee@exponentx.net


Wealth Strategy Analyst

Aileen has been with SMART Group Houston for the last 5 years.  Her education and experience as an analyst allow her to be successful in assisting advisors to implement financial planning and strategies.  Along with supporting in the client service functions, Aileen is also involved in Profit Picture®, a visual representation of data.  She is the liaison between existing clients and our IT team.

Learn more about Aileen

Contact Aileen at 713-984-8044, ext. 8 or acastillo@smartgrouphouston.com


Director of Insurance Services

Tracy’s passion of helping people find solutions to their challenges is a result of being a self-described “out of the box person.”  Countless times, over the past 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, this has served her well. Her extensive background includes underwriting, case design, premium finance, contracting and policy service. 

Learn more about Tracy

Contact Tracy at 713-984-8044, ext. 4 or tmulvey@smartgrouphouston.com


Director of Financial Planning

Nick entered the industry in 2006 working for one of the world’s largest mutual fund companies.  In 2010 he earned the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation and began his career as a financial planner.

Learn more about Nick

Contact Nick at 713-984-8044 ext. 12 or nprangner@smartgrouphouston.com


Chief Operating Officer

Gail joined SMART Group Houston in 2002, following more than 20 years in advertising and public relations. She served as a spokesperson for the Shell and Texaco brands as a consultant to Shell Oil Products and spent nine years with Duke Energy before joining SMART Group Houston.

Learn more about Gail

Contact Gail at 713-984-8044, ext.  1 or gbs@smartgrouphouston.com


Director of Operations

Adela Tischina is a teacher at heart.  She previously worked in the Houston Independent School District as an educator for many years where she served as a leader in her school.  Being diverse as she is, with an interest in finance, she joined SMART Group Houston in 2015. 

Learn more about Adela

Contact Adela at 713-984-8044, ext. 2 or adela@smartgrouphouston.com



Thomas worked in a variety of fields — including travel, service industry, nonprofit public relations, freelance writing, and community management – before joining the SMART Group Houston team in 2018.

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