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About Us

Michael Byers

Michael Jon Byers

President

Michael Jon Byers is President & Founder of LoneStar Wealth Management & Texas Alliance Financial Services PLLC. Michael is co-author of the book, “Planning a Secure Retirement”, & hosted a radio talk-show for seven years called “The Money Talk”, providing financial planning tips and instructions. He has additionally aired on Fox News on numerous occasions as a financial analyst. Coupled with over 22 years of experience, Michael excels at translating complex financial matters into understood dialect for readers & audiences around the country. It is Michael’s mission to educate & equip everyone for the financial life of their dreams, while avoiding the volatility of the greater economy. As the proud son of an Army Veteran, Michael grew up in Korea, Okinawa Japan, Germany & the United States. While growing his financial practice, he is also an involved parent alongside his wife Sarah, raising seven wonderful children; Kimberlee, Ethan, Caden, Bri, Sky, Seth, & baby Jon.

Mark Groom

Mark Groom

Co-owner

Mark Groom is an Investment Advisor Representative, assisting clients with retirement planning, wealth management services, & estate planning. He has been featured as a financial expert on local radio & television talk shows, offering his insight, opinions, & financial analysis. He is also Co-Author of the book, “Planning a Secure Retirement”. Mark understands the complexity of federal employee benefits & having studied under the Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant (ChFEBC) program for several years. While he is attentive to his client’s needs, that does not keep Mark from being a loving husband, father & his favorite role, a grandfather!


Office Staff



Maria Richburg

Maria Richburg

Operations Manager

Maria Richburg is our Operations Manager. Having joined the firm in 2011, Maria quickly became the strong foundation needed to allow this company to flourish. She developed an organized workflow that allowed for additional personnel as the business grew. Today, she oversees account processing and maintenance for both new and existing clients. Maria’s background includes a B.S. in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies, along with a vast experience in office management.

Lee Fortenberry

Lee Fortenberry

Marketing Director

Lee Fortenberry is our Marketing Director. Since 2019, Lee has helped bring our office into the modern age! Lee brings with him a B.A. in Advertising from Texas Tech University, prior work experience in both advertising/marketing and business retail management, plus five years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. While he loves what he does here at LoneStar Wealth Management, his true passion will always be (as it should) a supportive and loving husband and father! He understands the importance of family, which is one of LoneStar’s core values.

Gabriela Contreras

Gabriela Alvarado

Accounts Analyst

Gabriela Alvarado is our Accounts Analyst. In 2013, Gabriela moved to Lubbock to attend college as a first-generation college student. Gabby graduated from Texas Tech in 2017 with a B.A. in Marketing and Management, and in 2019 obtained an M.S. in Personal Financial Planning. As a student, she was a Research Analyst for the North West Texas Small Business Development Center. There she assisted with the research to illustrate the risk and advantages of starting-up businesses. Gabby brings to the table an eager approach to retirement planning.

Kimberlee Byers

Kimberlee Byers

Accounts Manager

Kimberlee Byers is our New Accounts Manager. Kimberlee graduated Utah Valley University in 2019 with a B.S. in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Family Studies, and a minor in Psychology. Kimberlee moved back to Lubbock shortly after graduation and joined the firm. LoneStar is thankful to experience her enthusiasm, passion, and terrific problem-solving skills!


Affiliated Specialists through LoneStar Financial Services



Reed Hitch

Reed Hitch

Medicare Specialist

Reed graduated from Texas Tech with a B.S. in Engineering Technology in 1985. A few years later he found his true calling in helping seniors. For the past 17 years, Reed has been helping people with their insurance needs, providing insight, trainings, and has guest appeared on radio talk shows. Even though Reed makes an effort to be there for his clients, he still ensures his family is his top priority! Happily married for over 34 years, he and his wife have five wonderful children and one “spoiled” grandchild.

Lee Fortenberry

Justin Phillips

Life Specialist

Having mentored under the late Jerry Hernandez, Justin stepped up to take on the task of helping educate and enroll clients into suitable life insurance plans. Justin graduated from Delta State University with a M.S. in Finance. Married in 2011, he and his wife have since had four beautiful children. Justin brings to the team an eager mentality of serving his community and demonstrates this not only at work, but also as a high school sports coach!