Our Team

  • J. Brian Morrison

    Chairman & CEO

    Brian is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Thornhill Securities Inc. Prior to joining our team, Brian successfully led both public and private companies through combined management experience in finance, investment, and insurance. Specifically, he has focused on the successful reconstruction of a multi-state insurance company during the most challenging economic period of this century.

    As a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with National Financial Partners, Brian was instrumental in creating an institutional sales group for clients nationwide. He spent 13 years representing the largest investment bank in the world off Wall Street where he was consistently among the top investment and sales advisors for Stephens Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    With over 30 years of experience in the investment banking and advisory industries, Brian has multiple licenses, which include life, health and disability, annuity, and FINRA series 24, 7, 53, 3, 65, and 63 licenses.

    Brian is an active board member of the Committee of 100 in Northwest Louisiana where he serves as the Chairman of the Community Relations Committee. Morrison previously served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Insurers Conference.

    Brian attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he met his wife, Donna of 37 years. Together they have three daughters, four granddaughters, two dogs, and three grand puppies!

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  • Kathy McGuire, CFP®

    Chief Compliance Officer

    Kathy is the Chief Compliance Officer of Thornhill Securities, Inc. She has served in the financial services industry since 1989. Prior to joining our team, Kathy worked as Assistant Vice President of NFP Securities, Inc. where she also maintained a role as Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction. While at NFP, she also assisted Representatives with business development, operations training and branch office audits. Kathy began her career with H.D. Vest Investment Securities, Inc. in Irving, TX where she had oversight of the Compliance, Advisory, Packaged Products Trading and Licensing Divisions. In her career, she has also worked as an independent securities and insurance producer and formerly served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company. Kathy has obtained her Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65 securities licenses as well as the Series 99 Operations Professional.

    Kathy graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and obtained her Certified Financial Planner designation in 1993. She also maintains her Life, Health and Accident Insurance license and has completed the ACA and Medicare certifications.

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  • Ken Kirkeby

    Investment Advisor

    Ken has been in the securities industry for 30 years. Most of his career was spent with large and regional brokerage firms in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He and his assistant, Joanne, have been with Thornhill since 2009. Ken’s hobbies include riding and raising horses.

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  • Ben Sebree

    Investment Advisor Representative

    Ben Sebree is an Investment Advisor Representative, attorney, and well-known governmental relations practitioner.  Having served for 22 years as Vice-President and General Counsel for the Texas Oil and Gas Association [“TxOGA”], having been elected to the Governing Council of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and possessing a long and effective career in Austin, Sebree's legal knowledge and expertise is recognized and sought after at the state, national, and international levels.

    In 2012, Ben expanded his practice to financial services when he became a licensed Investment Advisor Representative.  He possesses a wealth of knowledge, experience, leadership, connections, and strategic planning abilities. 

    Ben attained a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. Governor Perry appointed Ben to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission where he continues to serve. Ben holds a FINRA series 65 license



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  • Jim Smarr

    Investment Advisor Representative

    Jim has been active in the Securities Industry for over twenty eight years and has consistently ranked in the top 1% of producing representatives; although his focus at Thornhill is on Institutional clients he’s also helped many Texas families and individuals over the years.

    As an avid angler, Jim serves as Texas State Chairman of The Recreational Fishing Alliance and has been at the forefront of supporting saltwater fisheries and recreational fishing rights for more than twenty years. Jim and his wife enjoy the quiet pace of life down in Fredericksburg, Texas. Jim holds FINRA series 6, 26, 63, 65, and 82 licenses

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  • Scott A. Spencer, AIF

    Managing Director

    Scott is the Managing Director at Thornhill Securities, Inc.  He has served in the financial services industry since 1994.   Prior to joining our team, Scott was formerly Principal, Vice President and Managing Director for investment firms providing various financial services needs including institutional and retail portfolio management, estate planning, wealth transfer, asset accumulation, operations and strategic planning.

    Scott has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF).  He holds a Series 7 – General Securities Representative; Series 24 – General Securities Principal; Series 6 Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts; Series 22 – Direct participation Programs; Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State and Series 65 – Uniform Investment Advisor registrations.



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  • Greg Dunston

    Operations Manager

    Greg joined Thornhill Securities in September of 2015 as Operations Manager. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration in 2012. Prior to joining Thornhill, Greg was a Financial Services Representative with Charles Schwab in Austin, as well as an independent equities trader. Greg holds FINRA series 7, 63 66, 4 and 24 licenses. He has a passion for capital markets, SEC football and live music.

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  • Jerry Chapman, CFP®, AAMS®

    Investment Advisor

    The primary focus of Jerry’s practice is helping baby boomers, small business owners, and retirees receive more income, accumulate more growth, pay less tax, and leave more money for loved ones. His designations include CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Jerry is an active member of the Austin Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

    Before transitioning to financial services, Jerry enjoyed a long and successful career at IBM where he held a number of management positions in engineering and finance. He has resided in Austin since 1975 where he lives with his wife, Jonelle Miller-Chapman, a retired Leander ISD teacher. He has two children and two grandchildren. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Cedar Park and serves as a bi-vocational priest at St. Matthew’s parish in Austin. In his time off, he enjoys cycling.

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  • James LeBas

    Investment Advisor Representative

    James LeBas is an Institutional Advisor and a consultant on Texas fiscal matters; he is also a registered lobbyist with the Texas Ethics Commission and serves on the board of directors of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association as well as on Comptroller Taxpayer Advisory Group. Mr. LeBas was previously director of financial analysis for the Perry-Sharp Tax Reform Commission, during which time he was also chief financial officer for the Texas Water Development Board. LeBas served six years as the state’s chief revenue estimator for state Comptroller Carole Rylander, and preceding that, performed budget and revenue analysis for Governors Richards and Bush, and for Comptroller Bob Bullock. James received his Bachelor’s degree and MBA in 1983 and 1985, respectively, from the University of Texas. He and wife Susan have two daughters, ages 25 and 26. James holds a FINRA series 65 license

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Philosophy

At Thornhill Securities, we believe asset allocation is the key driver of portfolio returns that result in long-term growth. This conviction is based not only on our own experience, but also on findings demonstrated in researchpapers by leading financial authors, including Ibbotson and Brinson.

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Vision and Mission

Our vision is to provide a superior broker-dealer and investment advisory platform for financial advisors serving the wealth management and capital advisory needs of institutional and entrepreneurial-minded clients.
 
Thornhill Securities, Inc., is an independent broker-dealer, investment advisor and investment bank. We are guided by the following principles in our two primary market areas
 

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Austin, TX 78704