We are proud of our service-oriented culture dedicated to putting clients first and we are committed to ensuring all advisors and clients enjoy a smooth transition to RBC Wealth Management. Scroll through our team members below to learn more about who we are and how we can be of service to you.

Thomas Smith, CAP®, CFP®, CLU®, CPA

Managing Director - Branch Director, Senior Consulting Group

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Thomas is responsible for the integration and delivery of all client investment and wealth planning for a select group of affluent clients and their families. He also has the responsibility of managing the Tyler RBC Wealth Management branch. He has extensive experience in the retirement planning arena and built his practice through networking with CPA firms. Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, Thomas founded Bridge Wealth Management in Tyler and managed the firm from 2000 – 2012. Before Bridge Wealth, he was a public accountant at Arthur Andersen’s Dallas office and one of the first jointly credentialed CPA/CFP® practitioners in the industry. 

Thomas graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification, and holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designations. Thomas is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, The Texas Society of CPAs and the East Texas Estate Planning Council.

Thomas serves on the board of directors of the East Texas Communities Foundation and the Hospice of East Texas Foundation. He is also active in his church, in youth ministry, spending time with his wife and sons at athletic events and traveling. He is passionate about outdoor pursuits, including hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, golf, and fly fishing. Thomas, his wife, Pam, and their four sons, Logan, Dylan, Caden and Ethan, reside in Tyler, Texas

Christie Blaine

Branch Service Mgr/Sr Registered Client Assoc


Christie has been a member of the financial services industry since 1999. Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, she worked with UBS Financial Services for 5 years and Morgan Stanley for 3 years. Christie joined RBC Wealth Management with Kenneth Dunn in September 2007. Christie serves as the Branch Service Manager (BSM) for the Tyler, TX office as well as a Senior Registered Client Associate. She has worked directly with Financial Advisors, Kenneth Dunn for 18 years and, Frank Barnett, for 10 years. She is both Series 7 and 66 registered, and is a Notary Public in the state of Texas. 

As the Branch Service Manager Christie is responsible for day-to-day supervision of operational processes within the branch, ensuring adherence to RBC policies and compliance. Christie serves as the primary liaison between complex management and branch staff on operational matters and provides managerial support for Branch Director, Thomas Smith.

In addition to her role as BSM, Christie is an integral part of the businesses for FA’s, Ken Dunn and Frank Barnett. As a Senior Registered Client Associate, she is responsible for administrative and operational support to each of their client base as well as conducting transactional business. Her attention to detail and commitment to excellence & efficiency speak to her ability to provide the highest quality management to client’s needs as well as the needs of the financial advisors she supports. 

Christie attended Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Tyler where she majored in Business Management. She and her husband, Don, who is a college professor, have been married for 14 years. They have three children between them – Donny, Victoria and Erin. Don and Christie enjoy spending time with their children, relaxing at the beach, and planning new travels.