James McGinness

Wealth Advisor
James McGinness


James McGinness joins Avidian as a Wealth Advisor. He is focused on developing and managing client relationships for high-net-worth individuals, endowments, and foundations.

In 2011, James joined Salient and in 2018, Hightower acquired Salient’s private wealth management business to become Hightower Texas. Previously, he served as an Investment Associate on Salient’s MLP team, where he focused on investor relations, trading, and operations. He has also served as a Portfolio Analyst at RDG Capital, LLC, and an investments intern at Telemus Capital Partners. He knew he wanted to become an advisor after working as an intern at an RIA – a far cry from his original dream of becoming a firefighter.

James is a native Houstonian and an active member of Houston’s First Baptist Church. He enjoys volunteering in the community and abroad with his church and various international mission organizations. He counts a mission trip to South Africa as one of his favorite travel experiences and spends much of his free time golfing and trying new things.

James earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston –Downtown and completed the Texas Trust School at Southern Methodist University. James holds Series 63, and 65 licenses.

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