Our Team BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: David is a LPL Registered Principal and Financial Advisor who offers Investment Advice and all Brokerage Services using the financial platform provided by LPL Financial. He was first registered with Lexington Mutual Funds in 1969 while he was still on active duty with the USAF. When he had completed his military service obligations, he joined Merrill Lynch (now Bank of America) full time in 1972. Merrill was the largest “Big Six” brokerage firm in the industry. Fortune Magazine had just ran an article on their training program and said, “Merrill Lynch has the most extensive training program on Wall Street. They interview over 450 candidates for each opening. Even then, over 50% of those chosen wash out of the program before graduation.” He consistently stayed in the top quartile for production vs his peers as a young stockbroker while at Merrill Lynch. He then left Merrill Lynch to establish a Commercial Real Estate firm in 1974. He sold his partnership at a profit and reentered the Brokerage Profession with the “Big Six” Brokerage Firm Rotan Mosely/PaineWebber (now UBS) and remained there as a Vice President Investment Counselor until 1992. He then accepted another promotion and had a distinguished 11 year career as a Vice President Investment Consultant with the “Big Six” Brokerage Firm Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo) until 2003. He then founded KOINONIA FINANCIAL, LLC. Added together that equates to going on 50 years as an active Securities Investor and Licensed Investment Advisor (34+ years continuous after reentry and relicensing in 1982). He is well known and respected in the area of 401k Development and Fiduciary Services in the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin Texas Region. He also serves and develops plans in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. He has 401k experience with well in excess of 100 different large employers. He has taught continuing education to CPAs and enrolled IRS agents concerning Corporate Retirement Plans. He has earned letters of recommendation from companies such as Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, TX. He has been written up and quoted in numerous publications concerning his Corporate Consulting work. He has served on the National Advisory Council of First Mercantile Trust, Memphis, TN (15th largest provider of 401Ks in the USA) and Fidelity Advisors Mutual Funds, Boston MA (1st in USA). He has been quoted in the Houston Chronicle several times and was once interviewed for the local NBC evening news. EDUCATION/MILITARY SERVICE: He is a 1966 Distinguished Military Graduate (top 10% Cadet Corps) from Texas A&M with a BA in Economics. He received a swimming scholarship and was a three year letterman. He received a ROTC Scholarship for grades and leadership. He was appointed by his Military Professors as the Squadron Commander of the USAF Athletic Squadron (over 55 cadets representing every University Scholarship Sport). He was one of two seniors chosen by his professors and fellow students to represent Texas A&M for The SW Conference on National Affairs (SCONA). He maintained a 4.0 GPA in his MBA studies at Texas A&M before entering the USAF as an Officer. He received extra hazardous duty pay due to the nature of the assignments he volunteered for while serving in Viet Nam during the 1968 “Tet Offensive.” He ended his Military Service as the Deputy Commander of Transportation, Third AF, London, England where his security clearance was upgraded from Secret to Top Secret. PERSONAL: David earned the Eagle Scout award at the age of 13. He is a 1993/1994 Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. He is married to Brenda Trifon who is a retired professor of Human Development at U of H. They have 3 daughters, 1 shelter daughter and 12 grandchildren. He is a Certified Volunteer Chaplain in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he has lead seminars and taught bible studies. He chaired a Capital Campaign to fund the building of a Chapel in a maximum security prison. He formed a personal Christian Accountability group that he has led since 1990 and it presently has over 25 active members. He has also started a Christian Businessmen’s Accountability Group for local CEOs who wanted to grow their businesses God’s Way. He is active in the Tamina feeding ministry for the homeless in South Montgomery County; he is an active member of The Woodland’s Rotary with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award for community service and he has certified perfect attendance for the past 6 years. He has helped lead several short-term adult and youth mission trips to East Texas, Baja Mexico, Guatemala Central America, Colombia South America, Arkhangelsk Russia, Botswana Africa, Beijing China and Havana Cuba. He and Brenda taught college courses to MBAs and women considering business ownership in Xi’an China, Hanoi and Saigon Vietnam. He enjoys lap swimming, weight training, golf, leading youth white-water canoe trips, speaking Spanish and German, all grandchildren events, foreign travel with Brenda and leading participatory bible studies.