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Helping successful people navigate the complex world of finance since 2009.

Brockman & Associates works with responsible, successful families and business owners who have far more to accomplish than they have time. Our clients count on us to bring to light to what's important for their unique circumstances, helping them to focus on what matters and tune out the rest. We give them the clarity they need to act confidently on the good intentions they have for their families, their employees, and their heirs, and it's a blessing to us to serve them.

You can't live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

- John Wooden

Our Guiding Principles

We believe in strong, trusting relationships. We were not put on this planet to go at things alone. It is only through solid, trusting relationships and a high level of confidence that we are able to fully understand the needs of our clients.

We believe that protection and risk management should be at the core of a sound financial plan*. Wealth accumulation is typically a train ride that takes place over an extended period of time. We believe it’s important to first ensure there’s protection in place for the things in life that could derail that process.

We believe in being kind, real, genuine, and caring at all times.

We believe that client goals > strategies > products.

For years there have been two separate camps of financials advisers (insurance based advisors and investment based advisors) arguing over which solutions are best. We do not believe in One vs. The Other, but rather believe that the two types of solutions complement each other and when integrated together can produce the most optimal outcomes.

Meet Our Team

Education and Background

Ben is a proud dual-graduate of Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M University, where he fulfilled a dream of playing collegiate baseball as a Pitcher at both universities. As a starting pitcher at ACU, after walking on as a Freshman and red-shirting in 2002, Ben developed into one of the nation’s top pitchers and was honored as a 1st Team All-Region & Honorable Mention All-American in 2005. The summer after Ben’s Junior season at ACU, he realized there would never again be an opportunity to pursue big-time Division I Baseball, so he took a leap of faith and asked for a release to pursue that opportunity. Ben immediately wrote down a list of schools he was interested in and began making phone calls. Texas A&M was first on the list, but they were going through a coaching change and he did not have a connection to the incoming staff. En route to the airport to visit a school in Arkansas, he received a phone call out of the blue from the head coach at Texas A&M to come in for a visit. Needless to say, Ben’s head was in a different place during that visit to Arkansas! The visit to College Station and the immediate buy-in to the coaching philosophy made it an easy decision for Ben to become an Aggie for his Senior year. Though Ben suffered an injury soon before the season began requiring Tommy John surgery, he was honored by his team with the prestigious Marion Pugh Spirit Award for dedication to team and excellence as a teammate throughout the season. The following year in 2007, Ben was honored with the privilege of serving as the Student Assistant coach for Texas A&M while finishing his degree, then went on the following year to finish up his degree from ACU while also serving as the Student Assistant baseball coach for ACU and his former head coach. Ben highly values the academic education he received at both of these highly respected institutions, but will forever benefit from the personal growth and disciplines gained from his successes and failures as a dedicated collegiate athlete and coach.

Awards and Designations

Ben is a believer that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care...but then once they know how much you care, they care how much you know! In addition to relationships, Ben thrives on being competent and continues to pursue industry knowledge. He has attained the following designations:

Chartered Life Underwriter
(CLU®)

Since 1927, the CLU® has been the respected risk management credential for advisors. Designees have completed eight or more college-level courses representing an average study time of 400 hours. Topics for required courses include insurance and financial planning, life insurance law, estate planning, and planning for business owners and professionals. CLU® designees must meet experience and continuing education requirements and must adhere to a high ethical standard.

Certification in Long Term Care
(CLTC®)

This certification educates professionals in the fields of insurance, financial services, law and accounting about the severe consequences a need for care over an extended period of years would have, not on their client, but on the emotional, physical and financial wellbeing of those the client loves. The goal is to give these professionals the proper skill set to discuss those consequences, offer a plan to mitigate them, and when appropriate, recommend long-term care insurance as a funding source for that plan.

Life Underwriter Training
Council Fellow (LUTCF®)

This is a professional designation that marks an agent’s long-term commitment to professionalism on behalf of clients, establishes the agent’s competence and business experience, marks a commitment to the American College’s and NAIFA’s Code of Ethics and fosters additional professional development. A Fellow has successfully completed five courses of the curriculum, in addition to an Ethics Course and must be a member in good standing of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

- Ben also holds the following FINRA licenses: Series 7 / Series 66 / Series 6 / Series 63
- Through Ben’s affiliation with New York Life, he has been awarded the following:
- 2011 - NYL Houston General Office Rookie of the Year
- 2012 - NYL Houston General Office New Org Agent of the Year
- 2012 - NAIFA Rising Star Award
- 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 - MDRT Member (The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.)
- 2018 - NYL Houston General Office Associate Agent of the Year
- Ben is also an active member of a National Study Group and a member of the Houston Estate & Financial Forum.

Family

Second to Ben’s relationship with God, is his relationship with his beautiful wife, Allison, and their two kids, Ty & Tessa. Ben & Allison met while at Texas A&M in connection to the Aggie baseball team, where Ben was a pitcher and student coach and Allison was a Diamond Darling. Allison is skilled in the area of photography and style, so she is driving force in keeping the Brockmans fresh. Ben enjoys attempting to brainwash his family to like baseball and golf, while their son Ty enjoys trying to brainwash the family to like NASCAR. This is a tall order for all parties. There’s nothing they enjoy more than spending time together!

Community

Service to others outside of the office is also very important to Ben. He centers this service around his passion for his faith and baseball. Currently Ben serves as a deacon at the local congregation he attends and volunteers to manage and coach Little League baseball.

Ben also serves as a local Political Involvement Leader for New York Life and meets with members of Congress both locally and in Washington D.C. to advocate for policies that have a positive impact on our clients financial and retirement objectives.

How We Work Together

We work with families in many different seasons of life, and no matter where you are on your journey, we'll meet you there. Our work together will start with a confidential conversation to determine your current financial situation and what your goals are for the future. Then we'll help you evaluate the different paths available to you, and assist you in taking meaningful action steps toward your objectives.

Comprehensive Planning

  • Cash Flow Planning
  • Retirement Forecasting
  • Income Tax Strategies
  • Risk Management
  • Wealth Distribution & Transfer
  • Estate & Business Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Special Needs Planning

Investment Management

  • Custom Portfolio Construction
  • Unified Managed Accounts
  • Tax Minimization Strategies
  • Personal Convictions Investing
  • Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans
  • Ongoing Investment Advisory Services

Insurance Services

  • Life
  • Disability
  • Income Annuities
  • Long-Term Care

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

- John Wooden

Strategic Partnerships

Effective financial planning can sometimes require a team of experts working together to serve your best interests. In such situations, we are the quarterback who makes sure everyone is working together to achieve the best possible results. If you have existing team members you trust, such as your CPA or attorney, we are happy to work with them, and we can also bring in our subject-matter experts as needed. Some of our strategic alliances are detailed below.

Brockman & Associates

Eagle Strategies LLC

Through Eagle Strategies, Ben Brockman provides fee-based financial planning, investment advisory services, and access to investment management programs. Eagle Strategies LLC is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an "Investment Adviser" and is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company.

The Nautilus Group®

As a Member Agent of The Nautilus Group®, a service of New York Life Insurance Company, Ben Brockman works hand-in-hand with Nautilus specialists experienced in taxes, estate law, life insurance, accounting, and charitable giving. This relationship helps ensure you benefit from some of the most sound thinking when it comes to your estate.

New York Life
 

Ben Brockman and his fellow financial professionals are proud to be affiliated with New York Life Insurance Company. New York Life and its wholly owned subsidiaries provide life insurance, fixed annuities, and long-term care insurance. A mutual insurance company, New York Life is one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States, and holds the highest financial strength ratings currently awarded to any U.S. life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody's Investor Service (Aaa), and Standard & Poor's (AA+). (Source: Third-Party Ratings Reports as of 9/12/19.)

Ash Brokerage

Ash Brokerage is an unaffiliated privately owned, family-operated insurance brokerage general agency. Ash provides us with a multitude of products and support for life insurance, long-term care, disability income, and annuities, not available through New York Life or its subsidiaries. Our partnership with Ash complements our mission to provide our clients with objective solutions to suit their individual needs.

If you don't have time to get it right, when will you have time to do it over?

- John Wooden

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The Nautilus Group®

The Nautilus Group® is an exclusive resource accessible to Member Agents working with affluent, high net worth and business owner clients. Nautilus provides a range of consultative services and technical case design to support its Member Agents in presenting estate, business, charitable, insurance and retirement strategies to their clients and their clients' advisors in these key areas: Family Protection, Estate and Legacy Planning, Business Succession and Exit Planning, Executive Benefits, and Philanthropy.

Since every client has unique requirements, The Nautilus Group® staff and its Member Agents employ an individualized case development strategy, working on a team basis with the clients' professional advisors.

Member Agents of The Nautilus Group®, through their expertise and commitment to this team approach, can provide resources, services and solutions that help their clients work with their own professional advisors to attain clarity on their financial situation and also help achieve their business and estate planning objectives.

This consultative process fosters an understanding between the client, the Nautilus Member Agent, and the client's circle of advisors. Working hand in hand with the Nautilus staff, Member Agents present their clients with state-of-the-art planning strategies and customized case analyses designed to meet the clients' complex objectives. The one-on-one case design process used by Nautilus is tailored to the unique requirements of each client, achieving a better understanding of the complex needs and goals of each individual.

The Nautilus Group® is located in Dallas, TX and is staffed by an elite team of professionals experienced in law, taxation, accounting, business, insurance, finance and philanthropic planning. This team provides dedicated support for Nautilus Member Agents, an elite group of experienced insurance and financial industry leaders, firmly committed to a team planning concept.

The Nautilus Group® is a service of New York Life Insurance Company. Neither The Nautilus Group®, its member agents, nor its staff provide tax, legal or accounting advice. Clients are urged to seek the advice of their own professional advisors before implementing any planning strategies.

 

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