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Derek Finley earns Certified Financial Planner designation

J. Derek Finley completed the requirements and is now a Certified Financial Planner, as designated by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. The CFP® designation is one of the most difficult certifications financial planners can earn, and denotes such planners as having achieved the highest levels of education and fiduciary responsibility. WJ Interests president Bill Jameson was certified in 1999; chief investment officer Jared Jameson earned his certification in 2000.

“Derek has worked hard during the past three years to meet the stringent requirements of this designation,” said Jared Jameson.

Finley joined WJ Interests in December 2007 and is the first associate to be added since the company was founded in 1996. He is a 2007 graduate of the financial planning program at Texas Tech University, one of the few financial planning college programs in the country.

CFP® professionals must develop their theoretical and practical financial planning knowledge by completing a comprehensive course of study at a college or university offering a financial planning curriculum approved by CFP Board. They then must pass a comprehensive two-day, 10-hour CFP® certification examination that tests their ability to apply financial planning knowledge in an integrated format. Based on regular research of what planners do, the exam covers the financial planning process, tax planning, employee benefits and retirement planning, estate planning, investment management and insurance.

WJ Interests provides financial planning and investment services to an array of clients, including individuals, families, businesses and foundations. Headquartered in Sugar Land, the firm works with clients from across Texas and the US.

“We work to assist clients in realizing their financial goals,” said Bill Jameson, “by providing fee-only, objective financial planning and investment management with a focus on personalized service and open communication. We want to understand each client’s unique financial goals and keep those goals at the forefront of each financial recommendation.”

To congratulate Finley or for more information, contact WJ Interests at 281-634-9400 or wj@wjinterests.com.

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Hydro Resources coming to Sugar Land Town Square

A new business is moving to the newest Class A office building in Sugar Land Town Square: Hydro Resources Holdings, Inc.

“We welcome Hydro Resources into Town Square,” said Don Janssen, senior vice president of PCD. “We are very proud of this most-recently completed office building and hope new tenants will feel at home in our development, where we strive to provide a well-rounded officing experience complete with Class A amenities and top-notch dining and shopping within walking distance.”

Hydro Resources Holdings, Inc. is a special application drilling contractor. The Town Square location will serve as corporate headquarters for Hydro Resources, which serves the groundwater, geothermal and environmental industries throughout the western United States.

“The atmosphere, location and office amenities of the Sugar Land Town Square development made it an ideal choice for our new office,” said Hydro Resources President Alton Cherry.

Located at 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 250, Hydro Resources will occupy 6,933 square feet of office space and is scheduled to open in May 2011.

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Villarreal appointed to Texas Economic Development Corporation

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Macedonio ‘Massey’ Villarreal of Sugar Land to the Texas Economic Development Corporation for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The corporation supports programs and activities of the Governor’s Division of Economic Development and Tourism, including TexasOne, which markets Texas competitively and dynamically to businesses outside the state’s borders.

Villarreal is president and CEO of Precision Task Group. He is chair emeritus of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Community College Foundation. Villarreal received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.

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Congressman Al Green chosen for leadership
position in the Democratic caucus

The Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer has selected Congressman Al Green (TX-09) to be an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus during the 112th Congress. With this appointment, Congressman Green becomes a member of the House Democratic leadership.

“I am pleased to appoint Rep. Al Green as an Assistant Whip for the 112th Congress. He has already proven himself to be a leader among our Caucus, and I look forward to working with him to promote Democratic priorities of job creation and strengthening the middle class,” noted Democratic Whip Hoyer in a statement.

“It is an honor for me to have been chosen to serve as an Assistant Whip. I will work hard to ensure unity within the Democratic Caucus and continue to support legislation that focuses on effectively helping all Americans during this time of economic recovery,” said Congressman Al Green.

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