Meet the Group

Danny Howell, CLU®

Financial Professional

Too many people guess about their personal and professional financial decisions. Danny makes insurance and investments simple to understand and use as a tool to accomplish specific goals.

Howell Financial Group was founded by Danny in order to provide the best opportunity to tailor a financial approach for families and small/medium size businesses.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics, he began working as an agent with New York Life and became a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®). Danny is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table* (MDRT), and achieved Top of the Table Honors from 2010 to 2020. He is a member of the National Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors (NAIFA), as well as the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).

When Danny is not meeting with clients, he spends his free time with his wife, Gina, and their three children, Arden, Jake, and Grant. Danny’s favorite hobbies are hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Jake Howell

Financial Professional

Jake helps families and individuals develop a sound financial strategy while bringing a positive attitude. After graduating from the University of Missouri with degrees in marketing and economics, he spent three years as an account manager with our benefits division. This experience fostered a passion for helping individuals and families understand the benefits offered through employers, as well as personalized strategies to meet their own family’s financial goals.

Outside of the office, Jake enjoys marathon training and rooting for the Texas Rangers. He and his wife, Claire, enjoy spending time with families in their church and relaxing at White Rock Lake.

Sam Benefield

Senior Benefits Specialist

Upon starting his career with Howell Financial Group, Sam wanted to work with clients on a personal basis and be face-to-face with people. He knew he wanted to be helping clients, and the personal aspect of working at Howell Financial Group is one of the things he enjoys most. Sam specializes in working with individuals and small to medium size businesses to create solutions to financial strategies and employee benefit packages. 

Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, and has been working for Howell Financial Group since the completion of his degree. Sam is a member of the National Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors (NAIFA). He has extensive knowledge with both group and individual insurance coverage, and has the capability to build solutions for a wide variety of clients.

On any given Saturday, you can typically find Sam with his family rooting for the Baylor Bears in whatever sport may be in season.

Logan Zabasky

Client Services

Most people have to listen to an automated voice when calling about their insurance. At Howell Financial Group, the first point of contact for our clients is Logan Zabasky. Logan is focused on servicing the policies and portfolios of our individual / family clients, and makes sure application processes run smoothly. In the time since Logan began working with HFG, she has obtained her Texas Life and Health Insurance License.

A North Texas native, Logan is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Communication Studies. She and her husband, Collin, live in Plano and spend their free time with their dog, Riggins, at local parks.

Ryan Bottger

Benefits Specialist

Ryan helps business owners and their employees understand their benefits. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Exercise Science, and was a part of the baseball team. Before joining HFG, he was a New York Life agent. Through this experience, Ryan developed a passion for assisting people in reaching their financial goals.

Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Avery, and daughter, Chandler Gray. Ryan also likes to travel, serve at church, and compete at just about any sport.

Adam Goldsmith

Benefits Specialist

Adam helps service and coordinate employee benefits for employers and employees. Along with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, Adam has gained experience in both customer service and accounting. He has a strong commitment to his clients and a desire to streamline resolution of any service requests or concerns.

Outside of Howell Financial Group, Adam is a proud husband and dad. He loves pickup basketball, going on runs and is always in the mood for a good cup of coffee. As a former member of the Corps of Cadets and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, you can usually find Adam yelling for the Aggies!

Lizeth Rodriguez

Client Services

Lizeth helps with Customer service and office management. Liz has over 10 Years of Customer Service experience. Servicing our clients with changes in contact, updates to beneficiaries, payments and much more. Servicing and making sure that all clients’ expectations are met in a timely manner is her expertise.

Outside of the office, Liz enjoys walks at the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake. She and her husband, Joaquin, value their family time with her two-year-old son, and two dogs, Rich and Grace.

*The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.