With more than 25 years’ experience, Jeffry Schneider is a leader in the alternative investment community. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of an emerging boutique investment firm. Located in Austin, Texas, the firm takes a unique approach to private equity, working exclusively with mature companies that boast low debt and generate high income.

Under Jeffry’s expert guidance, the firm has experienced great growth and now supports more than 55 employees. Servicing a large number of investment advisors, broker-dealers and family offices, the firm has established itself as a force within the industry. Jeffry believes this success stems from the dedication and camaraderie of the employees and is especially proud of the culture he and his team have created.

accountability

At my office, accountability is not just a core value; it is a business model. Total accountability demands that we take personal responsibility for all our relationships, experiences, actions, and reactions, no matter whether or not those responsibilities fall under our job description. When things go wrong, excuses like “it wasn’t my fault” and “that’s not my job” are the words of someone who has failed to …

learn to be acountable

self-discovery on the slope

For the past several years, my daughter and I have taken an annual ski trip to Deer Valley, Utah. We love to be the first ones on the mountain, carving our initials on the slope before anyone else makes it to the lift. I love watching her find her stride, moving gracefully from greens to blues, and more recently, to a black diamond. I couldn’t be prouder. …

Self-Discovery on the Slope

the art of listening

How do you master the art of listening? If you’re in the financial services industry, you know the clichés like the back of your hand: make eye contact, smile and nod, remember what someone says and repeat it back to them, and use their name as frequently as you can. While tactics like these provide evidence of listening, they do not help you hear. As interpersonal communication …

The Art of Listening

puppy love

Even more than my signature love of espresso and lemon Bundt cakes, my love of dogs might be my defining characteristic (not to mention my saving grace). There is something about a dog that reminds you, on a deep level, that goodness will always prevail: that loyalty, playfulness and unconditional love are available in plenty, if you only take the time. And while time is not usually …

puppy love

giving back to the givers

After spending 2017 slowly minimizing, donating and letting go of the inessentials, I am finally beginning to understand that the only things worth keeping are those that bring you joy. This holiday season, instead of circulating more junk from Amazon, I decided to spend my money and my time on the people who bring joy to others. More than simply writing a check to charity, I wanted …

Nurse and Patients

not your typical wellness blog

From Paleo to Pilates, a new fitness fad pops up every year, and I have probably tried them all—for a day or two. (I even attempted the miso soup diet once. I think I’m good on sodium for the rest of my life.) The problem with most fitness fads is that they are not built to last. For a trend to become a habit and for a …

Not Your Typical Wellness

super tuscans to rescue

The history of Super Tuscan wine fascinates me as much as its taste. This varietal is notoriously bold in flavor, but the winemakers who defied convention to create it may be even bolder, and certainly more notorious. In the 1970s, Super Tuscan producers broke with Italian tradition to create a wine that would be valued on its own merit rather than its affiliation with the revered Chianti …

stronger than ever, together

Lately, it is hard to watch the news. From hurricanes to wildfires, the tragedies in Houston, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and California have rocked the nation to its core. So many have lost homes, careers, lifestyles and even loved ones. Despite the national trauma of these natural disasters, more people than ever are coming to each other’s aid, literally banding together hand-in-hand to save neighbors caught in …

how good leaders get it done

It is well past lunch time, and yet the meeting drags on. Tom from accounting has been listening to himself talk for almost an hour, and even he is starting to lose the thread. You have graduated from secretly checking the time on your cell phone to staring shamelessly at the clock on the wall. We’ve all been there: the meeting that veers off track, leaving everyone …

A Good Leader Share His Knowledge

giving back to the community

Every week, Meditation Bob comes to the office to lead our team in a group meditation. This moment of stillness in the usual chaos of the workplace is priceless, but Bob won’t accept payment. Instead, he suggested that we donate to the Cherokee Home for Children—a home for abused, neglected or abandoned kids. This struck a chord with me. Charitable giving has always been a personal priority, …