about us

Leadership

  • James Starnes
    CFP®
    Managing Partner of MassMutual Texas Gulf Coast

    I’m proud to lead MassMutual Texas Gulf Coast, a holistic planning practice known for excellence in sales leadership, diverse resources, innovation, and advisor support. A lifelong background as an athletic coach has instilled in me the principles and drive to bring out the best in others. I believe in investing in the success of our advisors, and providing them the means to thrive.

    Our firm offers a process-driven approach and a host of resources to help our advisors realize their full potential. A dedicated Case Design team, teaming opportunities, extensive training platform and individualized support – including a personal “concierge” upon joining the firm —uniquely position our advisors as well-equipped, lifelong partners for clients. We “push the envelope” every day to improve ourselves and our service to clients. 

    Nothing is more gratifying to me than bringing out the best in our people, and nothing is more satisfying than knowing that our advisors feel valued. Though I work hard to achieve that goal, I play hard too, coaching baseball and youth football, as well as enjoying quality time with my four wonderful children.


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    Fax: (832) 251-5454
  • Scott Brasington
    JD
    Advanced Markets Director

    I offer agency support to producers and independent producers (brokers) that represent Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.


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  • Abraham Chua
    LUTCF®
    Managing Sales Director

    Preparing for that next step in life isn’t always easy. My combination of experience, professionalism and access to a wide variety of products and services can help you meet your financial goals, estate strategies and insurance needs. Whether your goals include preparing for milestone life events like retirement or college, or whether you’re simply looking for life, disability income or long-term care insurance protection, I promise you a new level of attention, insight and capability. Contact me to discuss your financial future.

    I offer a broad portfolio of individual insurance protection, asset accumulation strategies, and financial products and services for high net worth families, businesses, and institutions.


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    Fax: (832) 251-5454
  • David Ashley
    ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®, LUTCF®
    Managing Sales Director

    David graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX with a Bachelor of Business Administration.  After beginning his career with MetLife in 1998 he focused primarily on the risk management aspect of his client’s needs assuring that they had adequate protection products in place in their risk management portfolio.  After the market crash of 2000, he saw the need for both individual clients and business owners to have experienced advice in the area of investments and began focusing on the holistic approach to risk management, investment selection, and management of the retirement process for his clients.  He found one of the greatest joys of his life in helping others achieve and maintain financial security into retirement and beyond. Today’s market requires active management of resources and strong relationships between the client and the advisor. 

    Throughout his career, David has been a strong proponent of greater education in the field of financial services and has achieved multiple industry designations including, Chartered Financial Consultant – ChFC®, Chartered Life Underwriter – CLU®, Chartered Advisor for Senior Living – CASL®, and the Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow – LUTCF designation from The College for Financial Planning from The American College.  These are some of the most sought after and highly regarded professional credentials in his field. He also holds the Texas Department of Insurance Group 1 Life, Health and Accident License; and holds Securities Licenses Series 24 (Registered Principal), Series 53 (Registered Municipal Principal), Series 7 (General Securities), and Series 66 (Investment Advisor Representative).

    David currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston and chairs the Donor Relations Committee.  David also serves as the 2015 Potentate/President/CEO of the Houston area Shriners International organization, Arabia Shrine.  Shriners International started in 1872 and is a worldwide fraternity that operates 22 hospitals that treat children with orthopaedic issues, cleft-lip and palate, and burns.  It is known as “The World’s Greatest Philanthropy”.  David is married and enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa in the great outdoors and traveling.  He is an avid Sportsmen and a Skeet & Sporting Clays enthusiast. 


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    Fax: (281) 488-4240
  • Peter Rothe
    CLU®, CLF®
    Managing Sales Director

    Preparing for that next step in life isn’t always easy. My combination of experience, professionalism and access to a wide variety of products and services can help you meet your financial goals, estate strategies and insurance needs. Whether your goals include preparing for milestone life events like retirement or college, or whether you’re simply looking for life, disability income or long-term care insurance protection, I promise you a new level of attention, insight and capability. Contact me to discuss your financial future.

    I offer a broad portfolio of individual insurance protection, asset accumulation strategies, and financial products and services for high net worth families, businesses, and institutions.


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    Fax: (832) 251-5454
  • Scott J. Francis
    CLF®
    Financial Services Representative, Managing Sales Director

    Scott Francis has over thirty-four years of experience in the financial services industry. While studying Philosophy & Anthropology at Cal State University in Hayward, California, he began his career as a gymnastics coach and business owner. Seeing the need of business owners, Scott transitioned to the financial services industry and has worked at MetLife, now MassMutual Texas Gulf Coast, for over 33 years. He has held various upper management positions and has been a Houston resident for over 20 years. Scott is a Managing Sales Director, Financial Services Representative, and currently holds the Series 6, 7, 63, 24, and 26 licenses.

    Scott’s philosophy is to live life to the fullest. Helping clients find the right plan that allows them to live in the present and properly plan for the future is a key element for him. He believes having the right type of life insurance provides for a person and for the people they love.  

    Scott specializes in finding and combining plans and riders to allow the greatest flexibility to protect his clients and their beneficiaries throughout their youth and prime. He includes a focus on planning as they approach the later years when outside help may or may not be required. Scott’s success comes from working hard to help people define and find the coverage they need, whether it is the flexibility to build wealth, improve tax treatment, allow for long term care options, or provide for family. 

    Scott’s knowledge and experience in assisting individuals, business owners, and families make important financial decisions through a collaborative approach, enables him to address questions such as: 

    • What would happen to your family if something happened to you, and how would they be affected financially?
    • Do you know how much life insurance you need right now, and how the need will change 10 or 20 years from now?
    • How do you plan on addressing long-term care needs you may have in the future?
    • Are you saving enough for retirement and are you saving it in the best places for your family tax implications?
    • Do your parents have long term care coverage-what is the family plan as they age?
    • If your children plan to care for you later in life, how will they pay for their out of pocket expenses to provide the care? 

    In his spare time Scott enjoys gardening, cooking, wine-making and spending time with his daughter.


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    Fax: (832) 251-5454
  • Sandra Gracia
    Operations Manager

    I offer agency support to producers and independent producers (brokers) that represent Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.


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    Fax: (832) 251-5454
  • Crystal Nguyen
    Talent Acquisition Manager

    I am looking to introduce people to a career as a financial services representative where you can take the skills, drive and desire you possess and use them to help individuals and businesses solve their most important financial challenges.

    Discover a career that can’t be off-shored or outsourced. At our agency you’ll be part of an entrepreneurial system with the freedom to provide solutions for your clients from a broad portfolio of innovative products, access to powerful sales tools, and a large resource network so you can focus on activities that get results. 

    Some of the attributes I seek in candidates are: competitiveness, problem solver, networker, coachable, organized, and results and ethics driven.

    Results-driven compensation and access to a competitive benefits package is available for qualified Financial Services Representatives including medical and dental, life and disability insurance, and thrift and pension plans.*

    Let’s start a conversation. Your new career is waiting!  

    *Eligibility applies only to those Financial Services Representatives who hold a full-time career contract (X4X) with MassMutual. Eligibility for subsidized benefits and before-tax coverage is based on meeting certain contract requirements. Benefit plan provisions are subject to modification or termination. Financial Services Professionals are independent contractors and are not employees of MassMutual, its subsidiaries, or of the General Agents with whom they contract.

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    Fax: (832) 251-5454
  • Amy Ott

    I offer agency support to producers and independent producers (brokers) that represent Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.


    CRN201803-200328
    Fax: (832) 251-5454

Agency officers are not officers of MassMutual.