In his free time John enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and being everyone’s favorite backyard pitmaster.
In addition to being a Financial Advisor, Mr. Merritt volunteered full-time as a Field Service Agent for the Texas Rural Education Association (TREA). In that position, he traveled the state to help school districts with the unique issues they face and provides advice and resources to help address those needs. This has given Mr. Merritt great insight into the struggles of school districts; this role has also helps him connect with Superintendents, School Boards and voters.
Mr. Merritt earned a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Christian is qualified as a Municipal Advisor Representative having passed the MSRB Series 50 examination and qualified as a Municipal Advisor Principal having passed the MSRB Series 54 examination.
In his free time Christian enjoys hunting, fishing, playing Australian Rules Football and spending time with his wife, family and friends.
Prior to joining Live Oak in 2022, Mr. Lastrapes worked as an advisor at the largest financial advisory firm in the nation, and as an analyst with the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas. Thomas graduated from Auburn University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Finance. Mr. Lastrapes is qualified as a Municipal Advisor Representative, having passed the MSRB Series 50 examination.
In his free time, Mr. Lastrapes enjoys golfing, biking, skiing and anything outdoors, as well as spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Dawson earned a Bachelor of Science in Management in Accounting and Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, while also playing football for the Green Wave. Joey is qualified as a Municipal Advisor Representative having passed the MSRB Series 50 examination.
In his free time, Joey enjoys spending time with his wife, two kids and dog. He can usually be at a field supporting or coaching his kids.
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