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Our Firm

Creative strategies for wealth transfer, asset management and retirement planning

Meet the Team

Granite Harbor Advisors is an independent registered investment advisory firm. The partners have over 40 years of experience in providing comprehensive financial solutions to their clients. Each of the three partners contributes a unique and complementary skill set to the organization.

Timothy B. Smith, CFP®


Tim is a co-founder of Granite Harbor Advisors. Tim has over 20 years of experience providing a broad range of comprehensive financial planning, estate planning, and wealth management services to affluent families, professionals, and business owners. Tim earned the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner® in 2001.

Active in his community, Tim is currently serving on the executive board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston. Tim was a founding board member of the Houston Christian Youth Association’s soccer program, an outreach for homeschool sports.

Tim is married to Denise and they have three sons. An avid fan of all sports and exercise, Tim can usually be found outdoors during his free time.

Nicholas M. Brown, CFA®, CFP®


Nick’s area of expertise is in asset management, portfolio construction, implementation, monitoring, and compliance. He joined Granite Harbor Advisors in January 2012 following 10 years in the aviation industry, many spent as a commercial airline pilot.

Nick’s previous work experience brings valuable problem-solving and analytical skills to time-critical situations. Nick’s attention to detail and result-driven personality have been a significant benefit to his role inside the firm.

Nick has a strong commitment to ongoing education, reflected in the fact that he is both a CFA™ Charterholder and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation. This makes him uniquely positioned to bring together both programs' rigorous curriculum in order to better serve the firm's clients. He also received his bachelor’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Most of Nick’s free time is spent with his beautiful wife Liz and their three children. He likes to use his creative genius in the kitchen, is an avid history reader, and enjoys running, golf, and hockey.

Brian W. Sak, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®


Brian is a Texas A&M graduate and has multiple professional designations in the areas of financial planning, life insurance, and asset management. He serves on the executive board for the Forum 400, one of the industry’s top organizations. He has also been an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for many years. Brian’s extensive knowledge and experience have made him a sought-out speaker in the industry.

Brian enjoys getting to know his clients and their families and is committed to building lasting relationships. He brings clients through an educational process while creating and implementing comprehensive retirement and wealth transfer strategies. He has the unique ability to make the complicated seem simple, so clients feel more confident in making financial decisions.

Brian loves to hunt, fish, golf, ski, and slow-cook meat. He has been involved in his local community in Magnolia for many years and enjoys supporting local charities and schools. His beautiful wife, Crystal, and their three children actively serve and give back to their church community in Magnolia, as well.