Brannon Lloyd, President
Brannon Lloyd is the president of The College Money Guys, LP and a well-known college planner and educator who has literally “grown-up” in the financial planning business. Brannon created the company to use his many years of experience and expertise to help parents create a plan to pay for college without having to sacrifice their retirement. Under his management, The College Money Guys specializes in helping clients qualify for financial aid regardless of their income level.
The company regularly conducts free workshops around the Houston-metro area for families educating audiences on little known tips and techniques that can be used to defray college expenses. In addition, Brannon has conducted planning workshops for corporate employee benefit programs including United Airlines, ExxonMobil, Memorial-Hermann, NASA, and the City of Houston. Brannon is a sought-after media guest and has been featured in such media publications as USA Today, US News and World Report, ABC 13, and Fox News. Brannon attended the University of Houston and is an active member of the Lutheran church. He spends time volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, The Community of Hope, Feed the Homeless, and the Houston Food Bank. He was also a Man of the Year candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2011. He previously sat on the board of the Houston Boychoir and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Before entering the financial planning world and subsequently founding The College Money Guys, Brannon worked for the Department of the Navy and spent two years at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow assisting with procurement for the State Department.
In addition to his native English he speaks Spanish and Russian, and is trying, without much luck, to learn Mandarin Chinese.
Paul Monroe, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Paul Monroe’s work is mainly behind the scenes but is definitely the man you want to know. He is responsible for the long and short-term management of company assets and cash flow. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from Rice University and attended law school at the University of Texas University of Texas Law School before attaining his CPA license. He is active in the community as Treasurer for the Lutheran Synod, Houston Boychoir and affiliated parents’ group. He’s also a cycling aficionado having been a cycling referee, in the Tour DuPont and Atlanta Olympics. He organized and ran the Houston Metro Cup from 1986 to 1997. In his work in the financial world, Paul founded several successful small businesses and has worked in seven industries before focusing his energies to his tax practice.
Kurt Goedecke, Branch Manager, Houston Office
Because of his 27 years of experience in the financial planning industry, Kurt Goedecke is a genius when it comes to helping families figure out how to pay for college expenses. Because he used to be the Assistant Director of Admissions at Rice University, Kurt also has knowledge about the admissions and financial aid processes that proves invaluable to the families he works with. These unique experiences make Kurt one of the top planners in the country. Kurt is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and uses that experience to advise clients on creative ways to make college more affordable.
Kurt has been married to his wife, Connie, for 27 years. Together they love to travel – both here in the States and overseas. They have three children, two of which have already successfully graduated from college and one who is currently attending school on a full scholarship.
Kurt is a Scout Master with Troop 922 and spends a large majority of his free time helping develop character and leadership in our city’s youth. In 2014 Kurt was one of only two people to receive the Mustang District Award of Merit.
When he is not assisting clients with the college process or working with the Boy Scouts, Kurt uses his expertise to help several major charitable organizations here in the Houston area with their planned giving and fundraising strategies.
He’s also a bit of a foodie…
Joe Orsak, Branch Manager, Humble
Joe Orsak is the Branch Manager of the Humble location of The College Money Guys. Joe is a National Bestselling Author and the recipient of the National Academy of Bestselling Authors “Quilly” Award for his best-selling book Out Front which was on Amazon’s top 10 list in August of 2012. The National Association of Experts, Writers and Speakers recently awarded Joe their highest award, the “Expy”, for his role as a host on one of the most popular investing radio shows in the country for his knowledge on the subject of credit. Joe frequently says that student loans are “Career Kryptonite”™ and uses his financial expertise to help clients of The College Money Guys™ pay for college without going into massive amounts of debt.
Andrea Robayo, Director of Financial Aid
Andrea Robayo is the Director of Financial Aid at The College Money Guys. She guides parents through the stressful Financial Aid process, making sure no mistakes are made during this critical time. If you have any questions about what goes on in the financial aid office, she is the one to talk to. She graduated from the University at Albany and is a member of the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). She is an active member of the Houston Chamber, American Business Women’s Association, and Autism Society. Andrea loves to travel, explore new restaurants, and dreams of becoming a professional napper.