Leafhouse was founded to fix the retirement
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Our Senior Management Team

  • Neal Weaver
    Neal Weaver
    Managing Director
  • Todd Kading
    Todd Kading
    Managing Director
  • Brandon Bienek
    Brandon Bienek
    Senior Analyst
  • Monica Gonzales
    Monica Gonzales
    Head of Operations and Transitions
  • Jennifer Armston
    Jennifer Armston
    Transitions Coordinator
  • Mike Hawkins
    Mike Hawkins
    Vice President, Institutional Service
Neal Weaver
Managing Director

Neal was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He’s very proud to say one of his first jobs was “ditch riding”. Anyone who has spent time on farms or watering large chunks of land can appreciate pick axes, ditches, sleepless nights and MUD!

Neal moved to Austin, Texas via Dallas in the mid 90’s. He’ll always be a UTEP Miner but has adopted the Texas Longhorns as his surrogate home team. He’s a big sports fan and one question people always ask is “how did you become a Lakers fan growing up in West Texas?”. One word: Cable

When Neal isn’t cheering for his teams he’s spending time coaching little league baseball or basketball with his son or watching soccer games with his two daughters. The greatest thing according to Neal, other than his wife’s beautiful eyes, is being a dad.

Neal has a bunch of designations and other “business” accolades but when asked to list them he said “nah, just google me”.

Todd Kading
Managing Director

Being born in Iowa and growing up in Texas can foster an interesting personality for anyone. Due to his divergent upbringing and various other factors, Todd loves the Steelers in football and the Spurs in basketball. He dislikes both hot weather and snow. Both tent camping and 5 star hotels suit him just fine. He loves the mountains because neither Iowa nor central Texas has any. And he is comfortable talking to anyone from anywhere; he will even use the words “Ya’ll” and “You Guys” in the same sentence.

At the age of 22, Todd decided to start his own wealth management practice. His thoughts were, “who else is better to help guide families to secure financial futures than a 22-year-old that actually went to school specifically to get a degree in finance and to become a Certified Financial Planner™?” OK, he admits that the age factor made it difficult for him to convince 50 year olds to let him manage their life savings.

The career choice proved to be a fantastic one. By the age of 27, Todd was one of the highest producing advisors out of the over 10,000 advisors that were in the parent firm. By the time Todd turned 31, he and his business partner, Neal Weaver were listed in Texas Monthly among the top 10 Most Dependable Wealth Managers in Texas.

Not long after, Todd and Neal sold their successful wealth management business in order to start LeafHouse Financial Advisors, a dedicated Retirement Plan firm. In breaking away and forming LeafHouse, they fulfilled their passion to create a business and an environment free of conflicts of interest and dedicated to the idea that no one and nothing comes before the client.

A few years later, Todd became one of the first Registered Fiduciary™ credentialed advisors based in the state of Texas. He utilizes his fiduciary commitments in his role as Managing Director of LeafHouse Financial Advisors, where he estimates he has been able to demonstrate to hundreds of companies how to save tens-of-millions of dollars in retirement plan costs.

He has become a sought after national speaker and authority in the retirement plan arena. Todd has been interviewed by Fox Business News and spoken for numerous groups such the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Texas Association of Business, and over a dozen SHRM chapters. Todd was recently named to The National Association of Plan Advisors’ (NAPA) “Top 50 Plan Advisors Under 40.” Unfortunately, a few months later he turned 40.

In 2016, Todd and Neal, achieved two of the biggest honors to-date: LeafHouse was one of 3 Finalists for the National Association of Plan Advisors’ 401(k) Leadership Award, and LeafHouse was listed by PlanAdviser Magazine as one of the Top 100 Plan Advisers in the country.

Todd is married to a terrific red-head named Lori. Together, they have an energetic and inquisitive little boy named Max and a beautiful daughter named Madeleine. The Kadings recently adopted a jet-black, standard poodle that Maddie named “Hanna Banana”. As a family they enjoy camping, hiking, off-road driving, fishing and many other outdoor and wilderness activities.

In 2011, Todd completed what he refers to as, “the hardest thing I ever did” – an Olympic Distance Triathlon called the TriWaco Triathlon, where he received a medal for coming in 3rd to last.

Brandon Bienek
Senior Analyst

Brandon is an Austin, Texas native. He moved to Denver to attend Regis University. While there he served the community as an educator with Banking On Our Future, a non-profit program that provides education to underprivileged children. Shortly after graduating he attempted his own great American motorcycle journey on his way back home to Austin. Unfortunately his old café racer broke down halfway. While not working Brandon is an avid fan of motorcycles and MotoGP racing, craft beer, sushi, and shooting sports.

Monica Gonzales
Head of Operations and Transitions

Monica was born and raised in a small town in the middle of the Sam Houston National Forest near Lake Conroe, Texas. Eating organic didn’t mean a trip to Central Market for Monica’s family! She loves meeting new people and laughing as much as possible. Her parents influenced her attitude to never be afraid to offer a helping hand or face a new challenge. She grew up with two older brothers and learned some of the important things in life; how to negotiate, throw a perfect spiral, and how to roll with the punches. Monica played several sports growing up including basketball, softball, track, and cross country. She took advantage of a higher education opportunity and graduated from Texas Woman’s University. Monica’s kryptonite is live music and exotic food… big reasons why Austin, Texas won her heart! Monica can be found either kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, river splashing at Reimers Ranch or hiking in the Hill Country.

Jennifer Armston
Transitions Coordinator

Growing up in Clearwater, FL, Jennifer learned how to bait a hook, free dive, and fuel a boat before getting her driver’s license.  Starting at a young age by working at her family’s marina and managing the bait shop, her parents instilled in her a strong work ethic and a passion to live her life to the fullest.  While being active in her community, Jennifer was an avid participant in high school, pursing and winning appointments in her school government, swimming her way to Districts, and being the first JV Captain on the Women’s Flag Football team.  This lead Jennifer to her attendance at Florida State University, where she motivated students to be more involved in the Student Life Cinema and she was an integral part of the creation of the now established and loved Grindhouse Café.  She made the move to Austin in 2008, diving into uncharted waters and excited to embrace the wilds of the city.  Jennifer can be found all around Austin, whether viewing a film at the Alamo Drafthouse, hiking the many trails with her friends, or discovering new places to eat in the ever-expanding food culture of Austin.

Mike Hawkins
Vice President, Institutional Service

Mike has over 12 years’ experience keeping plan sponsors and advisors happy in a number of roles in the retirement plan industry. Whether it is a participant, a company, or a financial advisor his role at LeafHouse is to help others make informed decisions about navigating today’s retirement plan environment. When not in the office he can be found howling at the moon in the great outdoors, breaking and fixing electronic devices, watching or playing sports, or spending time with his niece and nephews. He also has some fancy paper hanging on his wall from Texas Tech University and is constantly struggling to find inner peace in Austin when football season rolls around.