Stephen Drake

Managing Director - Financial Advisor, Senior Consulting Group

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Steve’s career in the financial services industry began in 1981 and he joined RBC Wealth Management in 1999. He holds a BAA degree from Baylor University and holds the 7, 63 and 64 licenses as well as the Texas state insurance license. In 2010 he received the Angel Award by Be An Angel, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with multiple disabilities and profound deafness. This annual award recognizes outstanding individuals in the Houston community who have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children in need. 

He has provided financial commentary and hosted radio financial talk shows in Houston for over 20 years. His show, Money Matters on KSEV radio, covers topics including retirement and estate planning, children’s education, and the common characteristics of people who save and accumulate money. Frequent guests on Money Matters include professionals on estate planning, consumer fraud, tax issues and other issues that relate to personal finances. For over 18 years Steve also presented weekly stories regarding financial issues for Channel 2 News in Houston.

Steve has served over 18 years on the Board of Directors of Be an Angel including two separate terms as Chairman. Be an Angel is a Houston-based charity that provides assistance for multiply handicapped children. Steve and his wife, Becky, have three children. Their two married daughters both graduated from Baylor University and their son attends Texas Christian University.

Wes Pruitt, CFP®

First Vice President - Financial Advisor

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Wes holds the Series 7, 66, and Texas state insurance licenses. Wes has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, having passed the CFP® Exam and completed the coursework at Rice University. Originally from Arkansas, Wes graduated from Baylor University with his Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Finance. Before working at RBC Wealth Managment, Wes worked as a credit analyst for a regional bank in Houston. Wes’s day-to-day responsibilities include creating wealth management plans for clients, analytical work on investments, and maintaining current client relationships.

Wes resides in Houston where he spends his free time watching sports, playing golf and tennis, and rooting on his Baylor Bears.

Blake Rusk, CFP®

First Vice President - Financial Advisor

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Blake has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. He completed his CFP® coursework at Rice University. Blake also holds the Series 7, 66, and Texas state insurance licenses. He attended Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance. He previously worked as an equity trader for a Houston based money manager, as well as a stint at the corporate headquarters of RBC Wealth Management while in college. Blake is responsible for monitoring client accounts, performing analytical work surrounding client’s wealth management plans, investment products and account maintenance.

Blake enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and cycling

Linda Donovan

Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager - Portfolio Focus

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Linda joined RBC Wealth Management after working for Morgan Stanley as a Senior Vice President/Financial Advisor. She works with individuals and business owners to help them achieve their financial goals through a vast array of investment solutions. Linda provides timely market updates on local radio programs including NPR and KPRC, and also makes appearances on local television new channels. She has published articles in local news outlets including The Houston Chronicle. 

Linda has learned the true necessity of having a sound financial plan and a solid estate plan in place after losing her spouse unexpectedly. She has become a seasoned Financial Advisor from her personal experiences, as she can relate intimately to the financial challenges individuals and families face in life-changing events such as death. 

Active in her community, Linda has volunteered her time on the Auction Committee at Child Advocates and the Development Committee at The Children's Museum of Houston. She also serves on the Branch Advisory Committee and the Women’s Advisory Committee. 

Welcoming fresh ideas from young minds, Linda hires interns locally from the University of Houston, Rice University and Houston Baptist University.

Linda graduated from the University of Houston in 1993 and has enjoyed an extensive career, working 23 years in the industry. 

She resides in Memorial with her twin daughters.

Stephanie Brown

Vice President - Senior Financial Associate

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Stephanie began her career in the financial services industry in 1992 and joined RBC Wealth Management in 1999. She has been an integral part of Steve Drake’s team since 1998.

Stephanie holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses, as well as life insurance license. She is well versed in various aspects of the business and her focus is on client and account management responsibilities. She also works directly with our fixed income traders and portfolio managers to stay abreast on current issues that affect our clients. She also works on research and preparing wealth management plans. Stephanie is the 2010 and 2012 recipient of the RBC Award of Excellence. She believes the key to the group’s success is their product knowledge and dedication to high quality client service.

Stephanie is a graduate from University of Central Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance.

Stephanie resides in Katy, TX with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends and enjoys cooking, traveling and watching sports.

Brent Garrett

Financial Advisor

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Brent has passed the Series 7, 66 exams and holds a Texas state insurance license. He attended Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double major in Finance and Real Estate. Before joining the team, he was a Vice President of Commercial Lending at Independent Bank for over 5 years. Brent joined The Drake Group in 2018, and is responsible for monitoring client accounts, performing analytical work surrounding client’s wealth management plans, investment products and account maintenance.

Brent lives in Houston, and in his free time he enjoys watching live music, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle Vaughn

Senior Registered Client Associate

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Michelle has been with RBC Wealth Management since 2000 and part of the team since 2001. Her primary focus is on managing the operational requirements of client and account management and efficiently handling clients’ day-to-day requests. She also has attained the Series 7 & 63 securities licenses.

Currently residing in Katy with her husband and daughter, Michelle enjoys spending time sculpting, hunting and enjoying all things outdoors.

Kathy Hensarling

Senior Client Associate

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