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Patrick Mendenhall

Managing Partner & Board Member

Phone: 713-366-0511
Email: pmendenhall@uscallc.com


Patrick Mendenhall is a founder, board member, chief executive officer, managing partner, head of wealth management and co-head of asset management at U.S. Capital Advisors. He is a managing partner and board member of U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors. Before joining USCA, he was the Wealth Management Group managing director and complex manager at UBS for 19 years. He has over 33 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Patrick’s wealth management complex at UBS was ranked the top five wealth management complexes in the U.S. During his 15 years of running the complex, he more than tripled the revenue and assets of his complex through recruiting and development. He also seeded what became the UBS International Office in Houston and was instrumental in opening the UBS private banking office by contributing advisors to both operations.

A graduate from Oregon State University, Patrick is a former trustee of the Oregon State University Foundation and previously sat on the Foundation’s Investment Committee. He is also a former board member of the Houston SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the largest animal rescue in Texas. He formerly served as the vice chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Corporate Development Committee and remains a lifetime member and contributor.

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Jim Fortescue

Managing Partner & Board Member

James “Jim” Fortescue serves as a managing partner and board member of U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors. Jim joined U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors (formerly Legacy One Financial Advisors) as Managing Partner and co-CEO in 2018. He has twenty-two years of experience building, operating and managing companies, investment portfolios and relationships in the financial services space. Jim is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Piton Investment Management, a SEC Registered RIA providing customized fixed income asset management. Prior to founding Piton, Jim served as the Chief Operating Officer at Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY, “Annaly”). He began his career at Annaly in 1995 and served there until 2014 in various roles including Head of Liabilities, Chief of Staff, Managing Director, Executive Vice President and was a member of Annaly’s Executive, Operations, and Risk Committees. Jim was also a director of RCap Securities, a FINRA regulated broker-dealer, and Shannon Funding LLC, a warehouse lending company.

Jim has served on multiple industry panels including a Financial Stability Board panel in front of the G-20 at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a Markets Stability panel in front of the US Treasury Department and the Risk Management Association Securities Lending and Borrowing Legal & Regulatory Round Table. Jim serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees of Don Bosco Prep High School and serves on the board of Halo Investing, Inc. Jim received his B.S. in Finance from Siena College and attended the New York Institute of Finance for intense mortgage- backed securities studies.

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David King, CFA ®

Board Member

Phone: 713-366-0530
Email: dking@uscallc.com

David King is a founder, managing partner, head of capital markets, co-head of asset management at U.S. Capital Advisors and a board member of U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors. He oversees all business functions that provides service to the firm’s institutional and corporate clients. Previously, David was the managing director and head of energy infrastructure at UBS for 9 years. He has over 22 years of experience in the financial services industries.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from The American University in Washington, DC. Additionally, he has been a CFA® Charter Holder since 1999. A member of CFA® Institute and the Houston Association of Investment Analysts, David is active in the Houston community and has held advisory board positions for several nonprofit organizations including the Children’s Museum of Houston and Heroes for Children. He is also a lifetime ambassador of Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Willa Sheridan

Chief Operating Officer

Willa serves as the Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors. Willa joined U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors (formerly Legacy One Financial Advisors) in 2018, providing oversight of the daily operations at the Firm and continued enhancement of our people, processes and technology. Willa is focused on providing clients with best-in-class solutions and service. She has a decade of experience working in the financial services industry across SEC Registered Investment Advisors managing individual accounts and comingled vehicles, as well as serving at publicly traded companies. Willa has a focus on operations, corporate communication, business development and client service.

Willa also serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Piton Investment Management, a SEC Registered RIA providing customized fixed income asset management. Prior to joining Piton in 2015, Willa ran Investor Relations for three publicly traded mortgage REITs, Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY), Chimera Investment Corp. (NYSE:CIM) and Crexus Investment Corporation (Formerly NYSE:CXS) where she worked closely to provide support and information to individual investors as well as institutional investors and sell-side research analysts. Willa served as an associate on the Strategy and Capital Markets team at Annaly and was responsible for internal and external corporate communication. Willa received her B.A. in Communications and Marketing from Loyola University Maryland.

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Ford McTee, CFP®

Senior Managing Director & Market Manager

Phone: 512-813-1101
Email: fmctee@uscallc.com

Ford McTee is the Senior Managing Director and head of the Austin market at U. S. Capital Wealth Advisors. Responsible for building and overseeing all business functions and retail operations for the Austin and Dallas Markets, he has been successfully helping financial advisors build their businesses (as well as building and managing retail offices in and around Texas) for 32 years.

During his successful 26-year career in the major wirehouse model, Ford started his Financial Services career as a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch and eventually transferred to what is now known as Wells Fargo Advisors where he held positions of  financial advisor, branch manager, complex manager and eventually the 6 state Southwest Region Regional President.  After moving back to Austin in 2002, Ford ran a 14-office complex of 130 retail financial advisors in Central and West Texas for Wells Fargo Advisors. During this time, he was recognized as one of the top 100 branch managers in the United States by On Wall Street.  In 2012, Ford joined US Capital Advisors.

Ford holds a B.B.A. in management from The University of Texas at Austin and has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) since August of 1994. In addition to being active in his church and community, he is a certified arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Ford is passionate about helping individuals lead a prosperous life and has lead 10 Financial Peace University classes.  He is an avid pilot and outdoorsman and lives in Austin with his wife and three children

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Jon Meyer

Chief Compliance Officer

Jon Meyer serves as Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) of U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors. Jon joined U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors (formerly Legacy One Financial Advisors) as Chief Compliance Officer in 2018 after spending 21 years as the Chief Compliance Officer of Halbert Wealth Management, another SEC registered Investment Advisor located in Austin, TX. As CCO of U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors, Jon is responsible for ensuring the firm stays in compliance with all the applicable regulatory requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as other relevant regulatory agencies. This includes the ongoing filing requirements, as well as developing, reviewing and supervising the processes and procedures necessary to comply with regulations.

Jon’s other experience includes serving as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sterling Trust Company.

Jon has been in Austin over 20 years and enjoys boating on Lake Travis, working out and practicing yoga in his spare time.

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Deborah Palmer

Head of Operations

Ms. Palmer is an industry veteran with more than 44 years of experience in wealth management industry operations. Prior to joining U.S. Capital Advisors, she managed all operations of UBS Financial Services and its predecessor firm, PaineWebber, over the course of her 35+ year career with them. She has been with U.S. Capital Advisors since its inception.

Ms. Palmer is licensed in FINRA Series 7, 8, 9, 10, 63 and 66 the NFA Securities Principle and Certification. She loves to travel with her family and currently lives in Houston.

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Julieta Sandoval

Senior Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. Sandoval brings over 20 years of industry experience to U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors. A former director at UBS Financial Services Inc., her background includes experience in various elements of the business, including operations, administration and compliance. 

Her experience includes working in Chicago as an associate director and operations manager at one of the largest branches of UBS Financial Services. While at UBS in Houston, she was responsible for administration for businesses ranging from wealth management and corporate stock benefits to institutional fixed income and equities.

Ms. Sandoval has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston with a double major in business administration and management. She enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures and spending time with her family, juggling toddler and teenager activities!

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Patti Trieglaff

Senior Managing Director

Phone: 713-366-0514
Email: ptrieglaff@uscallc.com

Mrs. Trieglaff has been in the financial services industry for over 36 years.  She spent 22 years at UBS, with earlier positions at Drexel Burnham Lambert and Smith Barney. Mrs. Trieglaff has spent the last 17 years as a branch manager, creating branch office environments where advisors and their teams provide customized service and investment solutions to their clients. She holds FINRA Series 7, 8, 63 and 65 securities licenses, in addition to an insurance license. 

Mrs. Trieglaff earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University at College Station. She’s held athletic club board positions, contributes to a variety of nonprofit organizations and charities and is an avid sports fan. She and her husband live in Houston and have two sons.  

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Suzanne Kitchel, MBA, SHRM-CP

Accounting / HR Manager

Suzanne serves as Accounting & HR Manager of U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors. Suzanne joined U.S. Capital Wealth Advisors (formerly Legacy One Financial Advisors) in 2017. As our Accounting and HR Manager Suzanne handles a myriad of back office tasks that allow our high-caliber advisors and staff to focus on serving our clients. Suzanne has a knack for administration and sees her role as one of improving internal efficiencies. Suzanne hails from the Chicago area where she has held similar roles in the financial services industry.

Suzanne graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a B.A. in Marketing. She also earned a Masters of Management (MBA) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Additionally, Suzanne has her SHRM-CP certification.

As a transplant to Austin, Suzanne, along with her husband and four children, are enjoying getting involved in their new church and community. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys running, cooking and watching college and pro football and basketball with her family.

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