Ray Weiss

CLU®, FIC

Financial Advisor

I am a financial advisor with Thrivent. I have provided individuals, families and businesses with estate and retirement planning opportunities for the past 37 years. I am a member of The Million Dollar Round Table, Top of The Table. I also hold my Chartered Life Underwriter designation from American College.


I hold an Associate of Arts degree from Blinn College and attended Texas A&M University. My wife, Tiffany, and I are members of Salem Lutheran Church. I am a member of the Salem Fire Department, where I spent 24 years as a volunteer firefighter, 15 of those as either chief or assistant chief. I currently serve on the Washington County Fair Executive Board, was a past chairman of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and served on the Brenham Independent School Board as president and trustee, along with numerous other community boards.


Tiffany and I have two adult sons, Kevin, Shawn, and a daughter-in-law, Allison. We reside in Brenham, where I have lived all my life. My family and I enjoy hunting and the outdoors. I take special interest in tax efficiency planning, and helping individuals and families plan for retirement and protect their estates, which is an increasingly difficult challenge today. I am committed to giving back to this wonderful community, which has been very good to me.


Million Dollar Round Table is an industry honor based on sales excellence, outstanding client service, ethical conduct and professional knowledge.

States Licensed: AZ, CO, IL, ME, MT, ND, OK, TX, WA

ray.weiss@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

About Ray Weiss

I am a financial advisor with Thrivent. I have provided individuals, families and businesses with estate and retirement planning opportunities for the past 37 years. I am a member of The Million Dollar Round Table, Top of The Table. I also hold my Chartered Life Underwriter designation from American College.


I hold an Associate of Arts degree from Blinn College and attended Texas A&M University. My wife, Tiffany, and I are members of Salem Lutheran Church. I am a member of the Salem Fire Department, where I spent 24 years as a volunteer firefighter, 15 of those as either chief or assistant chief. I currently serve on the Washington County Fair Executive Board, was a past chairman of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and served on the Brenham Independent School Board as president and trustee, along with numerous other community boards.


Tiffany and I have two adult sons, Kevin, Shawn, and a daughter-in-law, Allison. We reside in Brenham, where I have lived all my life. My family and I enjoy hunting and the outdoors. I take special interest in tax efficiency planning, and helping individuals and families plan for retirement and protect their estates, which is an increasingly difficult challenge today. I am committed to giving back to this wonderful community, which has been very good to me.


Million Dollar Round Table is an industry honor based on sales excellence, outstanding client service, ethical conduct and professional knowledge.

States Licensed: AZ, CO, IL, ME, MT, ND, OK, TX, WA

ray.weiss@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

Barney Loesch

CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, FIC

Financial Advisor

I have been a financial advisor with Thrivent for about 20 years, but I’ve been around the company my entire life. I’m a second-generation Thrivent financial advisor; my dad, Robert, began working with Thrivent in the 1970s and helped make Thrivent a household name in Washington County. I always admired the company and, being so much like my dad, I decided to give Thrivent a try as my first career after graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas A&M University in 2002.


At first, I wasn’t so sure how I’d fare in the business; after a few months of watching my dad do what he did to be successful, I didn’t think I was up to the challenge. Luckily, we had a strong team of financial advisors in the Brenham office, and I gravitated more toward working with Ray Weiss. Ray and I had very similar views on how we wanted to run and operate our business, putting God, our family, and our clients first in everything we do. Our practice has grown by leaps and bounds, and even after 20 years I’m having more fun and helping more people than I ever imagined.


My family life has been a blessing, too. I met my wife, Ashley, in 2005 and we married in 2007. While we had trouble starting a family, by the grace of God we welcomed our first daughter, Sophia Grace, into our lives in 2012. A second daughter, Sabrina Faith, came into our lives in 2018 and I couldn’t imagine a day without any of them.

States Licensed: CA Insurance Lic. #0M98672, CO, ME, MT, ND, TX

barney.loesch@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

About Barney Loesch

I have been a financial advisor with Thrivent for about 20 years, but I’ve been around the company my entire life. I’m a second-generation Thrivent financial advisor; my dad, Robert, began working with Thrivent in the 1970s and helped make Thrivent a household name in Washington County. I always admired the company and, being so much like my dad, I decided to give Thrivent a try as my first career after graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas A&M University in 2002.


At first, I wasn’t so sure how I’d fare in the business; after a few months of watching my dad do what he did to be successful, I didn’t think I was up to the challenge. Luckily, we had a strong team of financial advisors in the Brenham office, and I gravitated more toward working with Ray Weiss. Ray and I had very similar views on how we wanted to run and operate our business, putting God, our family, and our clients first in everything we do. Our practice has grown by leaps and bounds, and even after 20 years I’m having more fun and helping more people than I ever imagined.


My family life has been a blessing, too. I met my wife, Ashley, in 2005 and we married in 2007. While we had trouble starting a family, by the grace of God we welcomed our first daughter, Sophia Grace, into our lives in 2012. A second daughter, Sabrina Faith, came into our lives in 2018 and I couldn’t imagine a day without any of them.

States Licensed: CA Insurance Lic. #0M98672, CO, ME, MT, ND, TX

barney.loesch@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

Sarah Hamlen

ChFC®, FIC

Financial Advisor

I am a financial advisor based in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, and have been with Thrivent for eight years. I love helping people develop financial strategies, and my passion is for helping small businesses and agricultural enterprises develop succession plans or transition strategies. I also love that both our Brenham, Texas office and the office in White Sulphur Springs serve rural communities.


After high school in Townsend, Montana, I graduated manga cum laude with my bachelor’s degree in business marketing and administration from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. I was also fortunate to study at a National Collegiate Honors program in New York City and at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. I carry a master’s degree in agricultural education from Montana State University and am working toward completing my Chartered Financial Consulting designation from American College.


I have been married to my husband, Marc, for 20 years. We are proud to be raising two girls who love their horses and take their 4-H projects seriously. We love the outdoors and are proud to call Montana home. I love that I can serve God and others through my work.

States Licensed: CO, ID, ME, MT, ND, SD, TX, WA, WY

About Sarah Hamlen

I am a financial advisor based in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, and have been with Thrivent for eight years. I love helping people develop financial strategies, and my passion is for helping small businesses and agricultural enterprises develop succession plans or transition strategies. I also love that both our Brenham, Texas office and the office in White Sulphur Springs serve rural communities.


After high school in Townsend, Montana, I graduated manga cum laude with my bachelor’s degree in business marketing and administration from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. I was also fortunate to study at a National Collegiate Honors program in New York City and at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. I carry a master’s degree in agricultural education from Montana State University and am working toward completing my Chartered Financial Consulting designation from American College.


I have been married to my husband, Marc, for 20 years. We are proud to be raising two girls who love their horses and take their 4-H projects seriously. We love the outdoors and are proud to call Montana home. I love that I can serve God and others through my work.

States Licensed: CO, ID, ME, MT, ND, SD, TX, WA, WY

Shawn Weiss

CFP®

Financial Associate

I have been a financial advisor for about four years. I was born and raised right here in Brenham, Texas. In 2017, I began my career at Thrivent as a part-time financial associate. In 2018, I graduated from Texas A&M University and became a financial advisor full time. Most recently, I earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification in fall 2021. I enjoy helping individuals and businesses plan for the future by providing holistic financial advice and look forward to being a part of your story.


Outside of work, I enjoy hunting and being outdoors. In May 2021, I married the love of my life, Allison Kaye, and we are always on a new adventure with our two dogs, Ellie and Piper.

States Licensed: MT, TX

shawn.weiss@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

About Shawn Weiss

I have been a financial advisor for about four years. I was born and raised right here in Brenham, Texas. In 2017, I began my career at Thrivent as a part-time financial associate. In 2018, I graduated from Texas A&M University and became a financial advisor full time. Most recently, I earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification in fall 2021. I enjoy helping individuals and businesses plan for the future by providing holistic financial advice and look forward to being a part of your story.


Outside of work, I enjoy hunting and being outdoors. In May 2021, I married the love of my life, Allison Kaye, and we are always on a new adventure with our two dogs, Ellie and Piper.

States Licensed: MT, TX

shawn.weiss@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

Casey Henly

Financial Advisor

Helping has always been a passion of mine. Growing up in the world of Agriculture it has become second nature. I spent 8 years after graduating from Texas A&M in the animal health and nutrition space, working with cattle and horse operators. I have since found a new calling in the financial services space, continuing to provide assistance to clients in a different capacity.


I have a wonderful wife Haley, and two lovely, yet tiring kids in Brooke, and Quinn. We have lived in Brenham since 2015.

States Licensed: TX

casey.henly@thrivent.com

(936) 275-6752

About Casey Henly

Helping has always been a passion of mine. Growing up in the world of Agriculture it has become second nature. I spent 8 years after graduating from Texas A&M in the animal health and nutrition space, working with cattle and horse operators. I have since found a new calling in the financial services space, continuing to provide assistance to clients in a different capacity.


I have a wonderful wife Haley, and two lovely, yet tiring kids in Brooke, and Quinn. We have lived in Brenham since 2015.

States Licensed: TX

casey.henly@thrivent.com

(936) 275-6752

Jo Pflughaupt

Associate

I provide annuity and brokerage support for the Five Star Financial Group. I have been working for Thrivent for 20 years. I started as a non-licensed OP and have since grown into a licensed staff member. I handle all applications and service work pertaining to annuities and brokerage for our team.


I have been happily married to my husband, James, for 29 years and counting. Our son and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Mikayla, welcomed their first child, Kylee, in January 2022.


Prior to working at Thrivent, I ran a childcare business out of my home for five years. In my spare time, you can find me watching my nieces and nephews at their sporting events or spending quality time with my family.

States Licensed: MT, TX

jo.pflughaupt@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

About Jo Pflughaupt

I provide annuity and brokerage support for the Five Star Financial Group. I have been working for Thrivent for 20 years. I started as a non-licensed OP and have since grown into a licensed staff member. I handle all applications and service work pertaining to annuities and brokerage for our team.


I have been happily married to my husband, James, for 29 years and counting. Our son and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Mikayla, welcomed their first child, Kylee, in January 2022.


Prior to working at Thrivent, I ran a childcare business out of my home for five years. In my spare time, you can find me watching my nieces and nephews at their sporting events or spending quality time with my family.

States Licensed: MT, TX

jo.pflughaupt@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

Joliee Robinson

Associate

I provide mutual fund support for Five Star Financial Group. I have been an associate with Thrivent for eight years under Barney Loesch and transitioned to the team in summer 2020. I believe having the knowledge and skill set to navigate investment goals is critical to people’s wellbeing and a positive life journey. It brings me joy when I know that clients are comfortable with the process and understand their financial portfolio and the guidance our team has provided. In the world we live in today, it is a privilege to serve our clients and I am proud of the confidence they have in us.


I am married to my husband, Casey Robinson, and have two daughters, Kenzie and Kirbie, a son, Cody, and two beautiful Australian puppies, Ellie and Daisy. I have lived in the Brenham area for 19 years. I enjoy spending time outdoors, shopping, and girls’ trips to the hill country and beyond. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agribusiness in 1995 and just became an Aggie mom with a new member of the class of 2025.

States Licensed: MT, TX

joliee.robinson@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

About Joliee Robinson

I provide mutual fund support for Five Star Financial Group. I have been an associate with Thrivent for eight years under Barney Loesch and transitioned to the team in summer 2020. I believe having the knowledge and skill set to navigate investment goals is critical to people’s wellbeing and a positive life journey. It brings me joy when I know that clients are comfortable with the process and understand their financial portfolio and the guidance our team has provided. In the world we live in today, it is a privilege to serve our clients and I am proud of the confidence they have in us.


I am married to my husband, Casey Robinson, and have two daughters, Kenzie and Kirbie, a son, Cody, and two beautiful Australian puppies, Ellie and Daisy. I have lived in the Brenham area for 19 years. I enjoy spending time outdoors, shopping, and girls’ trips to the hill country and beyond. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agribusiness in 1995 and just became an Aggie mom with a new member of the class of 2025.

States Licensed: MT, TX

joliee.robinson@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

Sydney Schmidt

Practice Support Associate

I am a practice support associate for the Five Star Financial Group, with a focus in paraplanning and tax efficiency analysis for our clients. I work with our financial advisors to create a personalized financial plan that can provide clarity for our clients and leaves them with confidence about their future. I joined the Five Star team in March 2021 and look forward to making a positive impact on my teammates and our clients in the years to come.


I spent my first two years of school at Blinn College and graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. I was a softball student athlete all four years. My athletic career was highlighted by a trip to the DII Women’s College World Series in 2015 and an All-American senior season in 2016.


My husband, Tanner, and I were married in 2019 and welcomed our baby girl, Sadie, to our family in March 2022. We are excited to be back in our hometown to raise our family and hope to make a positive impact in the community in the coming years. Outside of the office, I spend most of my time coaching softball, staying active and spending time with our friends and family.

sydney.schmidt@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

About Sydney Schmidt

I am a practice support associate for the Five Star Financial Group, with a focus in paraplanning and tax efficiency analysis for our clients. I work with our financial advisors to create a personalized financial plan that can provide clarity for our clients and leaves them with confidence about their future. I joined the Five Star team in March 2021 and look forward to making a positive impact on my teammates and our clients in the years to come.


I spent my first two years of school at Blinn College and graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. I was a softball student athlete all four years. My athletic career was highlighted by a trip to the DII Women’s College World Series in 2015 and an All-American senior season in 2016.


My husband, Tanner, and I were married in 2019 and welcomed our baby girl, Sadie, to our family in March 2022. We are excited to be back in our hometown to raise our family and hope to make a positive impact in the community in the coming years. Outside of the office, I spend most of my time coaching softball, staying active and spending time with our friends and family.

sydney.schmidt@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

Erin O’Malley

Office Professional

I am an office professional for the Five Star Financial Group. As one of the newest members of the team, my role covers a lot of ground, including customer service, marketing, events and scheduling all appointments for the financial advisors in the Brenham Office. If you need to schedule an appointment to meet with a financial advisor on our team, I am the one to call.


I was born and raised in Brenham, Texas, and returned home after spending a few years in Huntsville at Sam Houston State University. While in school, I interned for a wedding planner in Houston and for the City of Brenham in the Parks and Recreation department. After my internship with the City of Brenham, I spent the next three years working for HEB in the pharmacy as a pharmacy care representative.


In my free time, you can find me with my family and friends. I enjoy a night out on the town or staying in getting competitive over a board game. I love spending time with my six nieces and nephews, and I am a self-proclaimed, “cool aunt.” I enjoy being involved in the community, especially through volunteering on one of the many Maifest Board committees.

erin.omalley@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

About Erin O’Malley

I am an office professional for the Five Star Financial Group. As one of the newest members of the team, my role covers a lot of ground, including customer service, marketing, events and scheduling all appointments for the financial advisors in the Brenham Office. If you need to schedule an appointment to meet with a financial advisor on our team, I am the one to call.


I was born and raised in Brenham, Texas, and returned home after spending a few years in Huntsville at Sam Houston State University. While in school, I interned for a wedding planner in Houston and for the City of Brenham in the Parks and Recreation department. After my internship with the City of Brenham, I spent the next three years working for HEB in the pharmacy as a pharmacy care representative.


In my free time, you can find me with my family and friends. I enjoy a night out on the town or staying in getting competitive over a board game. I love spending time with my six nieces and nephews, and I am a self-proclaimed, “cool aunt.” I enjoy being involved in the community, especially through volunteering on one of the many Maifest Board committees.

erin.omalley@thrivent.com

(979) 836-0693

Cassie Coburn

Insurance Support Associate

I recently joined the Five Star Financial Group in the White Sulphur Springs, Montana office as an insurance support associate. I am grateful to have the support of my fellow team members in helping our clients plan for a prosperous future. I look forward to assisting our clients in their financial planning journey through my involvement with life and health insurance.


I was born and raised in Montana and come from a line of women entrepreneurs. I graduated magna cum laude from Carroll College in Helena. I completed a semester abroad in Western Australia focusing on international business, and a three-week leadership program in Cambodia during high school through the state department. I own a fine-dining restaurant with my twin sister and have always had a passion for business. In my free time, I love traveling and seeing new places. I am active in my church, community and the chamber of commerce, which I love having the opportunity to participate in. As a business owner, I understand the importance of being prepared for the worst and having a plan in place for the future.

About Cassie Coburn

I recently joined the Five Star Financial Group in the White Sulphur Springs, Montana office as an insurance support associate. I am grateful to have the support of my fellow team members in helping our clients plan for a prosperous future. I look forward to assisting our clients in their financial planning journey through my involvement with life and health insurance.


I was born and raised in Montana and come from a line of women entrepreneurs. I graduated magna cum laude from Carroll College in Helena. I completed a semester abroad in Western Australia focusing on international business, and a three-week leadership program in Cambodia during high school through the state department. I own a fine-dining restaurant with my twin sister and have always had a passion for business. In my free time, I love traveling and seeing new places. I am active in my church, community and the chamber of commerce, which I love having the opportunity to participate in. As a business owner, I understand the importance of being prepared for the worst and having a plan in place for the future.

Designations

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