Why Oak Harvest
Our Investment Team
Fully in-house and dedicated to our clients, the investment team focuses on helping families and individuals have a better investment experience and achieve their investment objectives. The team is led by our three person Investment Committee, whose expertise includes portfolio management, investment research, multi-asset portfolio construction, investment technology, financial planning, and best-execution trading.
Chris Perras, CFA®, CLU®, ChFC®
Chief Investment Officer & Financial Advisor
As CIO, Chris is the leader of Oak Harvest's investment team and head of our three person Investment Committee. Chris guides the overall direction of the firm's investment strategy, putting his decades of experience and expertise to work for our clients. He hosts Oak Harvest's podcast, "Stock Talk," available on the website, with new episodes each week.
Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech, and went on to obtain an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Driven by a desire to maximize his knowledge and skill set, Chris acquired a plethora of financial planning and investment management qualifications, becoming a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®).
Chris has over 25 years of experience working with some of the most successful money management firms in the world, including Citadel and Invesco, and has been recognized nationally for his efforts. Chris has made it a point in his career to focus on adapting as the market landscape changes, seeking to utilize the appropriate investment strategy for any given market environment. His transition from managing billions of dollars at the institutional level to helping individuals and families retire is guided by a desire to see first-hand the impact he is making in the lives of clients at Oak Harvest.
Chris is a devoted husband and father. He is passionate about his faith and enjoys cooking for friends, fly fishing and spending time with his two golden retrievers.
- Electrical Engineering, BS, Georgia Tech, Summa Cum Laude
- MBA, Harvard Business School
Notable Career Highlights
- Managed Invesco Large-Cap Opportunities Fund to a National #1 Lipper ranking
- Managed Quaker Strategic Growth Fund to a National #2 Lipper ranking for both three and five year performance
- During the financial crisis of 2008, managed a Citadel Investments hedged equity fund to a -3% return versus a -36% return in the S&P 500 during the same period
- Managed Invesco Constellation fund and implemented a performance turn-around that helped grow assets from $14 billion to a peak of $33 billion over a three year period
Senior Portfolio Manager & Head of Trading
James is a veteran trader across multiple asset classes, with years of institutional capital markets experience. As Senior Portfolio Manager, he is a member of the Investment Committee that guides overall firm investment direction, develops investment models and asset allocations, and manages all of our client accounts on a day-to-day basis. As Head of Trading, he oversees the execution of all of our clients’ investment strategies in the markets, with a focus on best execution, efficiency, and price improvement.
Born in Scotland and raised in Houston, James graduated at the top of his class from Houston Baptist University, and then promptly moved to Japan, where he lived for 12 years. While in Japan, he completed a Master’s in International Business at Tokyo’s prestigious Sophia University, graduating summa cum laude, and discovered his passion for the markets and financial services.
After completing an internship with Goldman Sachs, he joined the Institutional Desk at Nissan Securities, one of the oldest financial trading houses in Japan. As a trader and portfolio manager with Nissan, he specialized in equity, commodity, and currency markets. He later gained experience as a PricewaterhouseCoopers management consultant, specializing in capital markets work for several of the world's largest investment banks. Additionally, he was a Director with Morgan Stanley, where he helped managed firm exposure and relationships with clients with more than $600 billion in AUM.
James is married, speaks fluent Japanese, loves karaoke and is an accomplished classical guitarist.
Troy Sharpe, CFP®, Founder and CEO
Troy Sharpe is the Founder and CEO of Oak Harvest and a member of the firm's Investment Committee. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, Troy is the firm's senior financial planning expert. He utilizes his deep understanding of the complexities of financial planning and the needs of clients to generate ideas and bring real-world context to the firm's investment strategies.
Troy holds a Series 65 license as well as a Texas life insurance license. He earned a finance degree from Florida State University and completed his Certified Financial Planning certification at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. Additionally, Troy is a Registered Financial Consultant with the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.
You can hear Troy at 6 p.m. Saturdays on KTRH 740AM when he hosts “The Retirement Income Show.”
Chris Myrick, Financial Analyst
Chris Myrick, MBA, serves as a planning specialist and research analyst for the firm. Chris conducts deep research and analysis to construct financial plans for clients, and aids the investment team in analyzing securities and client portfolios. As an analyst, Chris' role is essential in ensuring the firm develops the most appropriate plan for each of our clients and their unique situation.
Chris is a Houston native, and completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Houston, where he achieved an MBA in Finance, and studied the value investing philosophy espoused by Benjamin Graham. In addition, Chris has obtained a Series 65 license, and has over 10 years of financial services experience, including 5+ years with Chase Bank.
Chris is an avid weight lifter, a voracious reader, and enjoys Houston city life.
Jared Kenney, NSSA® ,Financial Advisor
With a background in both planning and financial advising, Jared brings his unique perspective to investment strategy discussions and adds keen insights to aid in integrating the firm's investment management and planning services into a unified whole.
Jared has obtained the National Social Security Advisors certificate through the National Social Security Association LLC in Cincinnati, OH. The NSSA® certification is a professional certification programs providing Social Security certification and training across the nation. Jared is one of the few individuals in the financial planning industry to have obtained this credential, and we believe this certification makes him uniquely qualified to help the growing number of baby boomers optimize their Social Security strategies and lifetime income.
Jared and his wife, Christina, have been married since 2011 and reside in Sugar Land, Texas. With their daughters, Kylie and Reagan, they enjoy spending time with their extensive family, almost all of whom reside in the Houston area. Jared also enjoys playing golf, fishing, boating, skiing and traveling.
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