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Senior Financial Advisor,
President & Founder

The foundation of Patrick's career started in 1972 with an education by Investors Diversified Services, the only firm to offer complete financial planning to the general public in the U.S. at that time. (Note: IDS was acquired by American Express in 1984, now known as Ameriprise Financial. When Ameriprise boasts in their ads of a history dating back to 1894, they are referring to the history of IDS.)

Patrick's experience continued through the 1980s with one of the most innovative financial companies of our time, E. F. Hutton, where he served as the financial planner for the 6,000 clients of their Fort Worth office. Growing from that foundation, he has continued his service as an independent financial advisor to clients all across Texas and the surrounding states as president of Bering Financial. 


Patrick shares Wealth Awareness concepts every week on the radio as a regularly featured guest on "Believers In Business" with host Ron Taylor at 100.7fm, KWRD.

On a personal note, Patrick loves and enjoys his family, the outdoors and golf. He is an active member of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. He has seven children, four grandchildren and has been married to his wife Carol for 42 years.

Presently, Thomas Patrick Smith (Patrick) holds FINRA Series 7 registration & 66 licenses in AZ, FL, GA, KS, MT, TX, and WY, as well as licenses for Life & Health Insurance and Annuity instruments in TX, KS, and MT. For residents of other states in which registration is not held, proper licenses and registrations must be obtained by Thomas Patrick Smith before proceeding further.

Life & Annuity Specialist

Daniel began his career in 1999 as a Life Insurance agent working alongside his father (Patrick) providing income protection for families all across Dallas/Fort Worth. He served as Bering’s office manager from 2009 to 2012. Daniel now manages marketing for the company and serves clients' insurance and annuity planning needs.


He is licensed for Life and Health Insurance and Annuity instruments in Texas. Daniel Smith holds the FINRA Series 7 registration and the 63 & 65 licenses in the state of Texas.


As a North Texas native, Daniel enjoys living in Grapevine, TX with his wife Ashley. In his spare time he enjoys watching good films, learning new things, walking/hiking outdoors, social activities with friends and family, and taking Daytrips around Texas. Daniel and Ashley are also active members of Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.

Operations Manager

Ashley joined Bering Financial in 2012 and serves as Operations Manager, where she oversees all operational and administrative aspects of business. Ashley also uses her gift of hospitality to serve in the invaluable role of creating a warm, welcoming environment for every guest and client that Bering hosts. This includes each and every office visit, as well as the delightful and engaging client events of which she is designer and coordinator. Ashley is a licensed life insurance and annuity agent in TX. Ashley Smith holds FINRA Series 7 registration and 63 license in the state of Texas.

Ashley is a native Texan born and raised in the Panhandle. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. A self professed foodie, she loves cooking healthy, flavorful meals and trying out new restaurants. She also shares her love of fitness by leading group exercise classes. Ashley is an active member of Gateway Church in Southlake, TX with her husband Daniel.