The Cates Team at RBC Wealth Management combines the talents and abilities of individuals with over 65 years of financial services experience. We draw on that experience to help our clients realize their financial goals through the design, implementation, and monitoring of a sound financial plan. A primary focus of our practice is a disciplined investment process that employs a holistic approach to long-term wealth management. We believe it is essential to understand our client’s needs and desires and to build working relationships based on trust and integrity. Our ultimate goal is the creation of financial security for our clients.
Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor, Consulting Group
Bill is a Senior Vice President-Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. His experience in financial services and investment analysis spans 33 years. He is a New Mexico native and graduate of Tucumcari High School. Bill graduated on the Dean’s List from the US Military Academy at West Point and attained his M.A. in History from the University of North Carolina. After completing the Army’s Ranger and Airborne Schools, he served as a field artillery officer and battery commander in Germany, Vietnam, and at Fort Carson, Colorado. He taught history to cadets at West Point from 1974 to 1978 while on the faculty of the Military Academy. After eleven years of active service, Bill returned to Albuquerque and began his career as a financial advisor in 1978. Bill and Karla are involved in numerous community endeavors including the United Way, Joy Junction, and the Lobo Club. They also enjoy traveling around the country with their ten grandchildren.
First Vice President - Financial Advisor, Consulting Group
Brad Cates joined the Cates Team in 1994. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and a minor in History. Brad focuses on the design, allocation, and implementation of customized investment portfolios. As the team's Research Coordinator, Brad also researches and evaluates the money managers in our portfolios.
Brad's family includes wife, Shelley, daughter, Cameron, and son, Chase. Their newest addition, daughter Savannah, was born July 16, 2009. Outside the office Brad enjoys golf, Lobo athletics, and serving on the board of directors of the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
|Chris Cates, CFP®|
Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor, Consulting Group
Chris began his career in financial services in Phoenix, AZ with the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1998, Chris moved back to his hometown of Albuquerque to join the Cates Team. Chris is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he earned a B.S. in Finance. In 2007, Chris completed the CFP program through the College of Financial Planning. In 2008 he passed the CFP Board Exam designating him a Certified Financial Planner. Chris focuses on all areas of wealth management and financial planning including retirement, education, insurance, and estate planning. Chris also specializes in working with business owners in establishing and managing employer-sponsored retirement plans.
Away from work Chris enjoys the outdoors and is an avid sports fan. Chris currently sits on the board of directors for the UNM Lobo Club and JFS of New Mexico. Chris' family includes his wife, Lauren, and daughters, Reily and Addison.
Branch Director - Private Client Group
Joseph graduated from New Mexico State University in 1995, with a BA in Finance. After graduating, he took a year for himself and moved to South Korea where he taught English as a second language. Upon returning to the States, he began an accomplished career as a Jr. Trader with PaineWebber, where he obtained his series 9 & 10 licenses and was eventually promoted to Operations Manager for the firm's Santa Fe branch. Joseph continued his success in management when he joined Smith Barney in 2003, as the Operations Manager of the Albuquerque branch. Thereafter, he joined the Cates Team at RBC Wealth Management in 2009, where he currently serves as a Financial Advisor as well as Branch Director of the Albuquerque office.
Joseph is a proud and active member of his community and enjoys dedicating his time to the Kiwanis Club of Corrales, where he currently serves as a member of the board and is chair to the annual Corrida de Corrales 5K & 10K run. He is also an active board member of Tierra Adentro New Mexico, a charter school of Academics, Art and Artesanía.
Outside of the office, Joseph enjoys hiking, travel adventures, and spending time at the family cabin in northern NM. Most of all, he loves spending time with his son Archer.
Vickie’s career as an assistant to Bill Cates at RBC Wealth Management began in 1987, but her career in the financial services industry began years before that. Directly out of high school she was a receptionist for a small regional firm in Omaha, Nebraska. When her Air Force father was re-assigned to Colorado Springs, Vickie, along with her 12 brothers and sisters, all moved to Colorado, where she continued to build her experience with other firms. Over the next 30 years, in various locales, Vickie continued to build her resume as a fully licensed Registered Representative. The wealth of knowledge and experience she has acquired over the years has been invaluable to the Cates Team and its clients.
Vickie has three children and four grandchildren. She enjoys golf, travel, dancing and spending as much time as she can with her family.
Registered Client Associate
Christina graduated with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona in 1997. She began her career in financial services as a Registered Representative at Charles Schwab in 1999 She obtainted the series 7 & 63 licenses. She works with a dedicated trading team who assists clients with their equity and options portfolios. In 2005, Chrissy transitioned into the role as a Client Associate at Merrill Lynch in Scottsdale. She moved to Albuquerque in 2007 and has been with the Cates Team ever since.
Chrissy and her husband, Lee spend all their free time with their toddler twins, Tyler and Devon.