Investment Advisor

Jerry McIlhon has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. During his career, he has guided investors in both the private and public sectors. His tenure as the Director of the City of Austin’s deferred compensation plan is particularly noteworthy. Under his direction from 1991 to 1997, the plan grew from 3,000 to over 7,000 participants with total assets growing from $30 million to over $100 million during that time.

Jerry joined Frank Beck in 1997.  Since then, his focus as an Investment Advisor at BCM has shifted to the post-retirement financial needs of clients.  Jerry has worked with hundreds of retirees, helping them achieve dependable income, appropriate asset growth, and tax-efficient disposition of assets during their lifetimes and for legacy purposes.  Jerry also has an insurance business called Jerry McIlhon, LLC.

Jerry lives in Austin with his wife Janet.  The McIlhons always know and enjoy the top restaurants in Austin.


Beck Capital Management is an SEC-registered investment manager serving high net-worth individuals, family offices, endowments, trusts, corporations and pension plan sponsors. We design custom portfolios that seek each client’s target rate of return, commensurate with the tolerance for volatility. We have a fiduciary duty to our clients and are fee-based.  We are different from other investment management firms in many significant ways. Learn more.

Our predecessor firm was founded in 1997, specializing in investment management and tax planning for high net-worth individuals. Over time, we have grown our capabilities in original research and portfolio management. Our three investment committee professionals have over 75 years of combined finance and investment experience. Our macro-economist holds a PhD from Stanford University and has worked at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and the Federal Reserve. Learn more

We start with a macro-economic “30,000 foot view” that incorporates industry-sector developments, secular trends, money flows, monetary policies and news events.  We then follow with a rigorous, repeatable, data-based research process designed to uncover the best managed business within their respective industry groups.  Further, we believe that simply avoiding the weakest sectors of the market adds meaningfully to performance. Learn more