Meet Our Team

Our team at DeNovo Advisory Group is comprised of genuinely gifted individuals.

Managing Partner & Founder

David A. Means, JRr.

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David graduated with honors early from Austin College with a dual major in Economics and Finance while captaining both the football and baseball teams. David holds his FINRA Series 7, FINRA Series 66, FINRA Series 24, and State Insurance Licenses along with a designation as a Retirement Planning Specialist he obtained from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. David is also certified as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF).

With the success that the DeNovo Advisory Group has experienced, David speaks across the country to industry professionals regarding sophisticated risk management strategies. Much of his time is spent understanding the financial landscape and helping businesses or individuals understand how to best position themselves. He is committed to deepening his understanding of the industry through his memberships in the Top of the Table, Forum 400 and EARC.

David and his wife, Mallory, were married in September 2017. In their free time, they love to travel, eat at new restaurants, spend time with family & friends, and be outdoors with their dog, Lambeau. They enjoy playing golf, watching binge-worthy TV shows and cheering for all Dallas sports teams. David and Mallory attend Watermark Church in Plano.


Austin Webb

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Austin graduated with a degree in finance from Texas A&M University. He holds his FINRA series 7, 63, and 65, state insurance licenses, and carries the AIF® designation.

Austin is our Corporate Retirement Plan specialist. His passion to serve others is shown in each of DeNovo’s thousands of plan participants. His goal is to deliver talented and dedicated employees with retirement certainty within the qualified and non-qualified plan design.

Austin married his high school sweet heart Britton and they have three children together. Austin and family are members of Faith Bible Church in the Woodlands where Austin serves as a deacon. In his free time, Austin loves exploring God’s creation, golf, hunting, and fishing.


Richard D. Barton

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Ricky graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Texas and has a Master’s degree of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in strategic leadership from Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Cox School of Business.

Ricky holds his FINRA series 7, FINRA Series 66, and State insurance licenses. Ricky is also a certified Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF).

Ricky is absorbed with helping clients remain focused on the “whys” of what they plan to do. Through a comprehensive planning process Ricky provides wealth management and insurance planning strategies that guide clients to reaching their goals and dreams they have for their family or small business.

Ricky married his high school sweetheart Erica, with whom he has a son and daughter, Lane and Brooklyn. In their free time Ricky and Erica love being outdoors and staying active. They enjoy wake surfing, CrossFit, and coaching their children’s sporting teams. Ricky and Erica are longstanding members of Fellowship Church in Grapevine Texas.


Steven Pirtle

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Steven graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agri-business from Texas A&M University in College Station and has a Master’s degree of Supply Chain Management from the University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Business. Steven holds his FINRA series 7, FINRA Series 66, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations as well as State Insurance licenses. Steven is also a Certified Cheese Professional with the American Cheese Society.

Steven is committed to building long-term relationships with his clients and using his tools and resources to implement personalized financial strategies. He also has a passion in coaching others to reach their potential both personally and professionally. He offers expertise in retirement, capital preservation, and business continuation strategies, which enable him to assist clients in making investment decisions that best achieve their financial objective.

Steven currently resides in Dallas with his wife Heather and three sons. He enjoys traveling, reading, fly fishing and spending time with his family. Steven and Heather are founding members of Eastside Community Church in East Dallas where Steven serves as Treasurer of the Board.


Kyle B. Lynch

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Kyle graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Sam Houston State University. Kyle holds his FINRA series 7, FINRA Series 63, FINRA Series 65, and State insurance licenses.

He began his career working with AXA Advisors for three years learning various parts of the insurance business. In 2016, he made partner with the DeNovo Advisory Group to help continue serving clients for the next 30+ years. Kyle’s approach is being committed to building long-term relationships with his personal clients and community by providing financial strategies that are designed to help individuals to businesses prepare for their future. Kyle has the tools and resources needed to help you develop and implement a personalized financial strategy.

Outside of assisting his clients, Kyle spends the majority of his time with his wife to be, Sarah, and their two children Holden & Blake. Outside of running a household, Kyle spends his time skydiving, working on his golf game, and keeping up with the Dallas Stars & Dallas Cowboys.


Jabulani Lovelace

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Jabu graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business from Rutgers University. While attending Rutgers, Jabu was also a Division 1, 4 time Bowl Champion and a “wildcat” quarterback for the Scarlet Knights. Jabu holds his FINRA series 7, Series 65 and Series 63 along with multi-state insurance licenses.

Since Joining AXA in 2010, Jabu brings energy and excitement when working with his clients and a sincere passion to help establish financial security with each client. Jabu is deeply interested in the story of his clients and creating wealth strategies that enable their story to be told for generations. For companies, he enjoys designing comprehensive benefits that evolve with company.

Jabu married his college sweetheart, Annette. In their free time, they enjoy spending time with family, youth mentorship, playing wacky games that Annette always wins, and watching a good Netflix series.


Bobby Spradlin, PhD

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Bobby graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University (OSU). He also received a Masters and PhD in Operations Research and Statistics from OSU . He was a tenured professor in the Industrial Engineering and Systems School at The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he advised Masters and PhD students and taught graduate courses in control systems and statistics . He was a tenured professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU) In The Cox School of Business where he taught corporate finance for MBA Students and in the Executive MBA program.

He was co-organizer of a company that grew to 200 employees consulting with national law firms and Fortune 1000 companies in complex litigation and regulatory matters. His current interest is helping high net worth individuals add value in the transfer of wealth to family and charities.

For more than 60 years Bobby was a workout enthusiast better known as a gym rat. He and his wife of 57 years Stona have a daughter Sydney and a son Matthew. He and Stona have for many years been members of Dallas Bible Church.

Office Manager

Chris Kline

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Chris attended Western Kentucky University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology. She has been in the insurance industry for 30 years in various roles from Director of Field Underwriting to Relationship Manager.

Chris has many roles within the DeNovo Advisory Group. She manages the day to day operations, runs the team’s calendars, prepares and tracks new account paperwork, and provides client support. Chris enjoys building lasting relationships with clients while delivering an excellent client experience.

Chris and her husband, Richard, have 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Chris & Richard enjoy working out and spending time with family and friends. Chris & Richard are long time members of First Baptist Dallas where Chris has served in several ministries including Peacemakers and Celebrate Recovery.

After going through our process, our clients can be confident that there is no better solution in the industry for their needs.

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