Welcome to the Ambrose and Leyden Group at Morgan Stanley

As your Financial Advisors, we can help you define and strive to meet your goals by delivering a vast array of resources to you in the way that is most appropriate for how you invest and what you want to achieve. Working together we can help you to preserve and grow your wealth.
Services Include
  • Retirement Planning1
  • Planning for Education Funding2
  • Professional Portfolio Management3
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • Estate Planning Strategies4
  • Lending Products
  • Annuities5
  • Life Insurance6
  • Wealth Management7
  • 529 Plans8
  • Financial Planning9
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Matt Leyden, Five Star Wealth Manager 2013-2017

  • Rodney Ambrose, Five Star Wealth Manager 2014

Experience

Both Matt Leyden and Rodney Ambrose began their careers with Morgan Stanley* in 1987.

    Location

    15021 Katy Freeway
    Suite 650
    Houston, TX 77094
    US
    Direct:
    (281) 717-1505(281) 717-1505
    Toll-Free:
    (888) 597-4700(888) 597-4700

    Meet Ambrose and Leyden Group

    About Me

    Matthew T. Leyden is a First Vice President, Wealth Management and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, and recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with the firm.

    Matt grew up in Lombard, Illinois a suburb of Chicago. In 1982, he graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing.

    After graduating from Marquette, Matt moved to Houston and began work in the computer industry, representing IBM, Apple and Compaq brands.

    In 1987 Matt entered the financial services industry with Shearson Lehman Brothers. Matt’s goal was to help others with their retirement and investment planning as well as work with families who have special needs children. Matt’s brother Mark has Down syndrome and it was important for his family to make sure Mark was cared for.

    Matt has received the Five Star Wealth Manager Award for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

    As of August 2017, The Ambrose and Leyden Group at Morgan Stanley manage over $450 million in assets. The majority of these assets are with individual investors and their families.

    Personal Profile:

    Matt has volunteered for many charities, including Fort Bend Casa Home Tours, Special Olympics and Camp For All. This magnificent and unique camp is located in Burton, TX. It is a barrier-free camp where campers of all abilities discover life.

    Over the last 20 years, Matt has volunteered at Camp Periwinkle. Camp Periwinkle is a week-long summer camp for children with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings from Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers.

    The Special Olympics are of great interest for Matt since his brother Mark was born with Down syndrome in 1964. Mark still competes in the Special Olympics today.

    Over the last several years, Matt has helped the local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with their annual charity golf tournament, “The Par for The Cure”.

    Matt and his wife Deborah have been married for 31 years. Deborah is a teacher in the Fort Bend School District. They have two children who reside in Austin, TX. Lindsay, their daughter, is a graduate of UT, works for the Austin Rodeo. Their son, Matthew, is a student at UT, in the Cockrell School of Engineering.
    Securities Agent: TX, WY, WA, VA, UT, SD, SC, OR, OK, OH, NY, NM, NC, MS, MI, MD, MA, LA, KY, KS, IN, IL, ID, IA, GA, FL, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AR; Managed Futures; Transactional Futures/Commodities; General Securities Representative; BM/Supervisor; Investment Advisor Representative
    NMLS#: 1253244

    About Me

    Rodney O. Ambrose is a First Vice President, Wealth Management and a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. In April 2017, Rodney celebrated 30 years with Morgan Stanley.

    Rodney grew up in Corpus Christi, but moved to the Houston area when he was 14, with his family.  Rodney played baseball most of his undergraduate years and pursued other sport activities during his college years and beyond, including golf as his favorite.

    Rodney graduated from Texas State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business degree with a specialty in Management.  He completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Texas State University in 1980.He began his career working for the NCR Corporation in late 1980.  In 1983 he moved to the software industry for four years before deciding to work in the Financial Services Industry in 1987.  Rodney began working for a predecessor of Morgan Stanley known as E.F. Hutton.

    In 2014, Rodney received the Five Star Wealth Manager Award which will be listed in the August issue of Texas Monthly Magazine.
    Rodney and his team, The Ambrose and Leyden Group at Morgan Stanley manage over $450 million in assets as of August 2017, mostly with individual investors and their families.

    Rodney and his wife Cindy have been married for 24 years.  Cindy is currently retired from the Katy Independent School District.  They have two children, Chase and Zachary.  Chase is a junior at Texas State University on a golf scholarship and Zachary is a senior at Thompkins High School in Katy.

    Rodney has been volunteering in the Cinco Ranch community for over 16 years, mainly working with the High Schools and their associated activities.  Recently, he has been spending more time volunteering with the Texas State University Golf team and offering any help they may need.

    Over the last several years, Rodney has been a volunteer and a contributor at “Camp for All”.  The camp is designed to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families.
    Securities Agent: TX, WY, WI, WA, VA, UT, SC, OR, OK, NY, NM, NC, MI, MD, MA, LA, KY, KS, IN, IL, ID, IA, GA, FL, DC, CO, CA, AZ, AR; Managed Futures; Transactional Futures/Commodities; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
    NMLS#: 1262170

    Investment and Market Perspectives

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    Retirement

    Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a personalized wealth strategy. Today and for the years to come.
    • 401(k) Rollovers
    • IRA Plans
    • Retirement Income Strategies
    • Retirement Plan Participants
    • Annuities
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    Investing

    Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.
    • Asset Management
    • Wealth Planning
    • Traditional Investments
    • Alternative Investments
    • Impact Investing
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    Family

    Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.
    • Estate Planning Strategies
    • 529 Plans / Education Savings Planning
    • Long Term Care Insurance
    • Special Needs Planning
    • Trust Services
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    Business Planning

    Helping you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.
    • Succession Planning
    • Business Planning
    • Retirement Plan Sponsors
    • Qualified Retirement Plans
    • Corporate Pension Funds
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    Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same high quality service as the rest of your wealth.
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    • Foundations
    • Donor Advised Funds
    • Impact Investing
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