Our People

Brian Sears
CEO & Founder
Service Academy Capital Management, LLC

Brian Sears is the CEO & Founder of Service Academy Capital Management, LLC (SACMGT). SACMGT is a majority veteran owned and operated investment firm focused on advising Ultra High Net Worth Clients on their investments. In addition, the firm has a philanthropic component in helping veterans and/or their families regain their financial footing as they go through times of transition or duress.

Prior to forming Service Academy Capital Management, Mr. Sears was a Managing Director at Barclays Wealth America and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Barclays’ offices in Century City, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. He has overall responsibility for the growth of the Barclays’ Wealth and Investment Management business in the Western Region of the United States.

From 2007 – 2010 Brian was the Global Co-Head of Distribution and Product Development for Alternative Investments at Lehman/Neuberger Berman in New York. Brian also spent over 12 years as an Investment Advisor in Los Angeles at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Sears also worked in Equity Capital markets for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong.

Before joining the financial services industry, Brian served with distinction in the United States Navy. He participated in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and various other operations overseas.

Mr. Sears holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and BS in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Don "Skip" Browne
Director of Client Experience
Service Academy Capital Management, LLC

Skip Browne is the Director of Client Experience at Service Academy Capital Management, LLC (SACMGT). Mr. Browne joined SACMGT in February, 2016. Prior to joining SACMGT, he was a director at Barclays Wealth America where he was responsible for supporting the investment representatives in establishing and maintaining their relationships with their clients. This included structuring customized multi asset class offerings based on discussions with relationship managers, clients and client advisors to determine the client's investment objectives and risk tolerance and then creating an investment policy statement reflecting the client's goals for their financial success.

From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Browne was employed by Morgan Stanley's Private Wealth Managment group where he created and implemented their customized comprehensive investment advisory offering for the firm's Ultra High Net Worth clients. He began his career with Citibank where he worked for over 29 years in Europe, Asia and North America in multiple capacities including as a corporate banker, Human Resources head, and as a private banker for Northern California and New York. Mr. Browne has over 35 years of experience in advising for wealthy families and individuals.

Prior to going abroad with Citibank, Mr. Browne served in the United States Army. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his work performed for his finance unit in Germany.