From a young age, I've had an interest in finance. I was introduced to investing in stocks and mutual funds by my father, David Kraus. Since then, I've built an arsenal of financial knowledge that I love sharing with people. During my time serving in the Air Force, I discovered my passion around the idea of helping and educating others with their personal finance and investing challenges. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Business Administration and leaving the military, I transitioned into the financial services industry.
Today, I'm a tech-savvy, Certified Financial Planner® with 18 years of experience. With an in-depth knowledge of pension and 401(k) plans within the telecom industry, one of my areas of expertise is assisting AT&T employees in planning their retirements. Regardless of who I'm working with, my focus is on providing personalized service, comprehensive financial planning, wealth management and retirement coaching.
I began my career working with Merrill Lynch for 3.5 years. Then landed a job at Sacramento’s premier independent financial advisory firm, Hanson McClain. As a Financial Advisor with Hanson McClain, I was entrusted with the day to day oversight of one of their fastest growing local offices. After three years at the local level, I jumped at the opportunity to spearhead the opening of their first out of state office in San Antonio, Texas. Chosen to represent Hanson McClain in San Antonio was an honor considering their extensive work with telecom employees and San Antonio being the location of AT&T headquarters at the time.
After six years with the firm and an ownership stake, I was presented with the opportunity to acquire the San Antonio location. I formed Kraus Capital to continue my work with a more intimate number of clients and offer more personalized attention.
Passionate about education, I enjoy helping clients, as well as my community, learn more about investing and finance. I've presented hundreds of workshops and seminars covering a wide range of financial topics for people all over South Texas.
Outside the office, I spend all the time I can with my wife of 22 years and our kids. A man of many interests, I enjoy photography, music and movies, coffee, traveling, reading, watching tennis and soccer and am obsessed with staying active, whether I'm playing tennis or working out.
I dedicate time each week to answering questions from people all over South Texas on financial matters. If you have something you want to know more about, have a specific question that relates to our services or something on the site, or just need a little free guidance - feel welcome to reach out with the contact form to the right. Generally, I'm able to personally respond within 24 hours. If I'm backlogged or out of the office one of my staff will reply and set a time we can can catch up and get your questions answered.
*To obtain the CFP® certification, one must fulfill rigorous education and experience requirements set by the CFP Board. This financial planning education process is met by completing a comprehensive course of study that spans subject matter including investment planning, retirement planning, income tax planning, estate planning, insurance planning, and fiduciary responsibility.