Michael S. McDonough
Managing Director Investments, Partner

Mike’s career and expertise in the financial services industry spans more than three decades. He is well-versed in all areas of wealth management and specializes in fixed income, financial planning, 401(k) plans, and portfolio management. Mike is a graduate of UC Berkeley where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

James P. Hennessy
Accredited Wealth Manager, Managing Director, Investments, Partner

Jim entered the securities business as a financial advisor 31 years ago and has since become a trusted advisor and valued resource for his clients. He brings his specialty of financial planning, retirement planning and crafting equity portfolios to every situation. Jim is a graduate of UC Davis and received his Accredited Wealth Manager designation from Michigan State University.

Paul Delzio
Managing Director, Partner

Paul became a registered financial advisor in 2013. He collaborates with other professionals including CPAs, estate planning attorneys, insurance specialists, and philanthropists to ensure that each client’s wealth strategy is customized to their lifestyle, goals, and values. Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University, and received his MBA in International Finance from George Washington University.

April Young
VP, Branch Manager, Partner
CA Insurance Lic. #4038506

April has over 20 years of industry experience and first began her career at AG Edwards, which eventually transitioned to Wells Fargo Advisors, before joining Wedbush in 2011. Working with clients to develop strategic investment plans to realize their financial goals is paramount to her approach. April’s two decades of experience with every aspect of front and back office, management and sales support make her an added asset to the team. As a lifelong resident of the Greater Sacramento area, April attended California State University of Sacramento and obtained a degree in Business.

Pamela J. Sowers
Senior Registered Client Associate

Pamela has over 21 years of experience in the securities industry and has played an integral role in McDonough Hennessy Group’s ongoing growth. In addition to Pamela’s full-service client associate and advisor support expertise, she specializes in researching and assisting clients with California unclaimed property claims. She also has her California Insurance License (#0K65827) and is a California Notary Public (#2359410). She holds her series 7, 63, and 66 securities licenses.

Patricia Arendt
Registered Client Associate

Patricia has been working in Financial Services since 1989 and became a Registered Client Services Associate in 1998. She prides herself as being a reliable problem solver for the team’s clients. Patricia is Northern California through and through; originally from San Francisco, has been living in Sacramento since 1992, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from U.C. Davis. She holds her series 6 and 63 securities licenses.

JUDGMENT, KNOWLEDGE, ACCESS, FULL-TIME FOCUS

We are a team of financial professionals dedicated to the growth, preservation, and financial success of our clients. With a straightforward approach of simplicity and consistency, we provide unmatched care for our client’s financial interests with close coordination of independent tax and legal advisors, comprehensive research and portfolio monitoring, effective client communication and tailored advice for overall financial achievements.

  • Determine needs and risk parameters
  • Develop an Investment Policy Statement
  • Research appropriate investment alternatives
  • Portfolio structuring and implementation
  • Monitor and adjust according to market opportunities
  • Constant communication and regular meetings
  • Emphasizing wealth preservation and intergenerational transfer strategies

OUR LOCATIONS

Roseville Office
2999 Douglas Blvd
Suite 260
Roseville, CA 95661

San Francisco Office
600 Montgomery Street
29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Redwood City Office
303 Twin Dolphin Drive
Suite 600
Redwood City, CA 94065

Tom Nikic, CFA® is a Senior Vice President covering the footwear and apparel sectors. He has been covering the consumer discretionary sector of footwear for the past dozen years and has recently expanded his scope of coverage to include the apparel space. His prior sell-side experience at Wells Fargo, Sterne Agee and Cowen & Company covered both domestic and international companies across various market capitalizations and product categories.

Tom received his Bachelor’s degree in Economic Analysis from the State University of New York, at Binghamton. He also holds the CFA® distinction.

Paul Delzio
Managing Director Investments, Partner
CA Insurance Lic. #0I68600

Paul became a registered financial advisor in 2013. He collaborates with other professionals including CPAs, estate planning attorneys, insurance specialists, and philanthropists to ensure that each client’s wealth strategy is customized to their lifestyle, goals, and values. Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University, and received his MBA in International Finance from George Washington University.

April Young
VP, Branch Manager, Partner
CA Insurance Lic. #4038506

April has over 20 years of industry experience and first began her career at AG Edwards, which eventually transitioned to Wells Fargo Advisors, before joining Wedbush in 2011. Working with clients to develop strategic investment plans to realize their financial goals is paramount to her approach. April’s two decades of experience with every aspect of front and back office, management and sales support make her an added asset to the team. As a lifelong resident of the Greater Sacramento area, April attended California State University of Sacramento and obtained a degree in Business.

Patricia Arendt
Registered Client Associate

Patricia has been working in Financial Services since 1989 and became a Registered Client Services Associate in 1998. She prides herself as being a reliable problem solver for the team’s clients. Patricia is Northern California through and through; originally from San Francisco, has been living in Sacramento since 1992, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from U.C. Davis. She holds her series 6 and 63 securities licenses.

OUR LOCATIONS

Roseville Office
2999 Douglas Blvd
Suite 260
Roseville, CA 95661

San Francisco Office
600 Montgomery Street
29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Redwood City Office
303 Twin Dolphin Drive
Suite 600
Redwood City, CA 94065

Sacramento Office
445 Capitol Mall
Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95814

Achieving peak financial well-being for his clients is at the center of Matthew’s business philosophy. He employs a rigorous financial planning process with an immense amount of integrity, transparency, and always sets his clients up for maximum success. As one of a select few in the Southern California region, Matthew is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (“CDFA®”) who works with couples and their representatives to navigate the often-difficult financial aspects of divorce.

Matthew has been a financial advisor for more than 12 years. Prior to joining Wedbush in 2021, Matthew served as a Vice President at Hilltop Securities and spent the previous five years at Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor. He started his career in finance at M.L. Stern. Matthew customizes financial and retirement plans for individuals and corporations and tailors each plan to the needs of his clients. Through the planning process, Matthew gains an in-depth understanding of the client’s financial and personal goals which ultimately allows each client to make informed decisions about their finances and future. What really sets Matthew apart is his specialty in divorce finance. As a CDFA, Matthew is one of a very few who has the ability to take on and direct clients through the financial aspects of a divorce.

Mathew calls Santa Monica home, where he lives with his wife Jennifer. Outside of work, Matthew is an avid volunteer and enjoys giving back to his community at the Los Angeles Foodbank and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their daughter, traveling abroad, taking cooking classes and hiking.

Skyward Financial helps its clients understand their individual risk profiles and how to effectively plan for their short, medium, and long-term goals. This team is rooted in Houston and pays homage to the city’s legacy in space exploration and the history of explorers using astrology to navigate the high seas when naming their group Skyward Financial. They are trusted and respected in their practice; consistently providing relevant investment opportunities and navigating risk to create a holistic approach for their clients’ financial well-being.

Ross became a household name after his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016. It was during the Major League Baseball offseason where he began his career in financial services at B. Riley alongside father and son team of Lynn Houston and Matthew Houston. Within a matter of months, Ross passed his series 7 exam and shortly thereafter his series 66. As his off-the-field business picked up, he also became a trusted source and voice of reason on matters of finance within the clubhouse as well as on business television like CNBC and Fox Business Network. He holds a unique distinction as being named a 2018 National League All Star while also being a Vice President and Financial Advisor at the time. Suffice it to say, Ross has become much more than an athlete.

In 2021, the trio along with Registered Client Services Associate, Zaida Gil, formed a partnership with the launch of Skyward Financial and joined the Wedbush Securities Independent Franchise Owners Network (“IFON”). The team is based in Houston, where Ross spends his off season.

Ross earned his Bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M, where he was recognized as an Academic All-American while establishing himself as one of the country’s best pitchers. He lives in the Houston area with his wife Shelby and their young son. In his free time, he hosts two very well received podcasts Goats on the Bump and The Big Swing where he talks baseball with some of the greats.

Skyward Financial helps its clients understand their individual risk profiles and how to effectively plan for their short, medium, and long-term goals. This team is rooted in Houston and pays homage to the city’s legacy in space exploration and the history of explorers using astrology to navigate the high seas when naming their group Skyward Financial. They are trusted and respected in their practice; consistently providing relevant investment opportunities and navigating risk to create a holistic approach for their clients’ financial well-being.

Lynn Houston has led an esteemed 54-plus year career in finance and has become one of the most respected and experienced industry leaders in his field. Houston began his career in the financial service industry in 1965, working in the back office of a local firm, diligently working around the clock to service mutual funds and train, while also attending the University of Houston.

Houston’s career has never been one to be confined to one role in finance. Once equipped with a degree in accounting, he worked as an auditor for just a year before being enticed to lead the mutual fund and training departments of Dempsey Tegeler. Houston went on to receive his securities license in 1969, and from then, began to provide client services to his own clients.

Ever one to be in-demand in the industry, Houston then became an energy analyst with investment bankers Cowen & Co., then an investment banking analyst with the prestigious Lehman Bros., followed by becoming a branch manager with Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette, and then taking his expertise to Rauscher Pierce.

At J.C. Bradford & Co. is where Houston established one of his biggest career achievements. Starting there in 1997, as the first ever Texas employee for the long-running Nashville-based investment banking and brokerage and the regional manager, he built their Texas Region from the ground up, to an expansive five highly successful offices, employing an impressive 123 financial advisors. Upon the sale of J.C. Bradford & Co., Houston became the Texas and Louisiana regional manager for the investment management company Legg Mason.

When Legg Mason was sold, Houston started a new chapter by launching his own practice. For this next move, he kept closer to home, going into business with his son, Matthew Houston, and launching Skyward Financial.

In addition to his unrivalled expertise in financial investments, Houston is also very active in his community; including his work with the Houston Athletic Foundation, serving as Chairman of the Houston Cougar Cookers, a member of the advisory board of the Galveston Bay Foundation, and an active supporter of The Innocence Project, campaigning to put an end to wrongful convictions and to prevent future injustices in the criminal justice system.

Skyward Financial helps its clients understand their individual risk profiles and how to effectively plan for their short, medium, and long-term goals. This team is rooted in Houston and pays homage to the city’s legacy in space exploration and the history of explorers using astrology to navigate the high seas when naming their group Skyward Financial. They are trusted and respected in their practice; consistently providing relevant investment opportunities and navigating risk to create a holistic approach for their clients’ financial well-being.

Matthew had an early start to his education in finance – at the dinner table with his father, highly-respected, long-time financial advisor and now partner, Lynn Houston. He learned early on that building clients a secure financial plan was the key to realizing their short and long-term visions, and the best was for him to build solid relationships with his clients.

After graduating from the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, Matthew commenced his career in finance as a trainee with Legg Mason, which was subsequently acquired by Smith Barney. Shortly after, Matthew moved to Southwest Securities because he wanted to grow his practice in a more regional firm. He went from Southwest to Wunderlich, which was acquired by B. Riley in 2018. He joined Wedbush Securities along with his partner and father, Lynn Houston, in 2021.

One of Matthew’s biggest career accomplishments is keeping his clients 100% invested during market volatility. He likens himself to being the calm during a storm, which is a quality his clients have come to depend on. Being product agnostic is what led Matthew and his Skyward Financial to Wedbush Securities. Being able to provide his clients with the best possible advice and guidance without having to strictly use proprietary products and services, has become his gold standard in serving clients.

Matthew takes pride in being a life-long Houstonian and has enjoyed making a life for his wife, Kristina and himself in the Houston area. The two recently welcomed their first child and look forward to raising their family. Matthew is an avid college sports fan, especially his alma mater, Houston Cougars. He also serves as President of the Houston Cougar Foundation, where he’s had been a board member for over 15 years. When not spending time with his family, Matthew enjoys researching growth stocks in search of the next big growth story.

The job of an advisor is one of immense trust and responsibility. It involves understanding client concerns and objectives, while evaluating their tolerance for risk. With a straightforward approach, Norm Caris provides his clients with tailored advice and care for their financial wellbeing.

Norm started trading stocks at 12 years old, because it was something that was extremely interesting to him. It wasn’t until he got his financial services career started at Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis that it took off, and by the time he was in his mid-20s he was already the firm’s biggest producer. Throughout his 49-year career in finance, he worked with a number of highly regarded institutions, that also included Wedbush Morgan Securities where he ran institutional sales, when it acquired Morgan, Olmstead, Kennedy & Gardner in 1988.

A big part of Norm’s career has been working with money managers and major institutional business, leveraging his contacts and their portfolios to best benefit his clients and their financial goals. His journey in financial services also includes work in Investment Banking; whether it’s helping companies from the brink of insolvency or introducing other investment opportunities for those looking to be on the ground floor of what will become world-renowned name brands in the sports, leisure, and technology industries. Suffice it to say, Norm’s isn’t your typical financial advisor, which is an extra value for his clients. His knowledge and expertise are so expansive it was acknowledged in renowned money manager/philanthropist Peter Lynch’s book “One Up On Wall Street.” Norm is incredibly excited to be back with Wedbush Securities, where he can refresh his relationships and serve as a facilitator for others to generate new opportunities.

Norm joined the Navy Reserves at the age of 17 before starting his financial services career at 20. He was enamored with the now world-renowned Seal Team Six, and has been honored for his ongoing support. Norm has six children and nine grandchildren. He, and his wife Evelin live in Kauai since 2002. On the island, he is also an active member of his community; supporting a number of organizations including local hospitals and law enforcement. In his spare time, he can be found on the tennis court and playing bridge with his neighbors.

RECOGNITION/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Top producer for five years in his mid-20’s
  • Supports local institutions such as hospitals and law enforcement

Going above and beyond as a fiduciary, Deborah Orlando strives to provide her clients with the highest level of personal service combined with the scale and resources of a top investment firm. She is dedicated to every aspect of her clients’ financial success and takes pride in building a financial legacy for all whom entrust her with their planning needs.

Deborah has over 30 years of experience as a Financial Advisor in the Santa Rosa area and continues to serve many of the same clients since her beginning. She was trained in stock selection at PaineWebber in 1987 and received her CFP® designation shortly thereafter. Always looking for the right firm for her clients, Deborah later moved to CitiGroup Global, Wells Fargo Advisors, LPL Financial, prior to joining Wedbush Securities. Deborah distinguishes her client services and portfolio management through tax-efficient asset management strategies, with blue chip stocks. She has focused her entire career on quality stocks with strong dividend growth and a stock selection process that involves consistent three, five and 10-year returns.

Deborah’s passion for finance started at a young age thanks to the help and mentorship of her father who eventually encouraged her to become an advisor. Born and raised in Saint Paul Minnesota, Deborah moved to California to attend UC Berkeley and never looked back. She enjoys keeping an active lifestyle through a membership to The Fountaingrove Club and has raised dogs for K-9 Companions. You may also find Deborah passionately working in her garden, on a hiking trail or traveling.

RECOGNITION/MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Fountaingrove Club member
  • Volunteer for K-9 Companions