As a Managing Director with Retirement Benefits Group, Amir works with companies on plan design assistance, fiduciary oversight and investment due diligence. Utilizing his years of experience with retirement planning, Amir creates customized plans designed to meet his clients unique goals and needs.
In addition to the plan consulting, Amir has extensive knowledge on wealth and investment management from his training at firms such as Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Amir is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Amir resides in Ladera Ranch with his wife Deborah and his two young children. His interests including coaching his children and spending time with his family. Amir also enjoys snowboarding and attending UCLA sporting events.
Andrew (Andy) is the founder and CEO of Prosperity Financial Group. A finance industry veteran with more than 14 years of experience. Andy obtained his degree in Finance from Missouri State University in 2004 where he graduated with honors. Andy strives to provide his clients with the best service in areas such as retirement planning, asset protection, estate planning, and wealth management. Andy won the 2017 Springfield Business Journals Most Trusted Advisers Award. Currently, Andy holds a Series 66 securities registrations with Resources Investment Advisors in addition to a life insurance license. Andy has lived in the Springfield Metro area his entire life. Andy and his family are faithful attendants of James River Assembly. Outside of work Andy enjoys spending time with his wife Holly and their three children, Madelyn, Gwendolyn, and Breckon.
Asa’s reputation for excellence is built on his comprehensive approach to financial planning. His goal is to work closely with clients to identify opportunities that maximize investment income, develop retirement investment and withdrawal strategies, minimize tax obligations, and ensure company retirement plans are well managed and in compliance. In addition, Asa designs succession plans for personal estates and businesses.
Born and raised in Hawaii, he works comfortably with clients of all ages and knowledge levels. He takes the time to understand each unique situation, and creates strategies that are appropriate to his clients’ needs.
His dedication to providing the best strategy is also evident in his collaborative approach. Whenever possible, Asa works hand in hand with his clients’ accountants, CFOs, attorneys, and other advisors, to form truly integrated solutions.
While his holistic approach sets Asa apart, his commitment to perfection is the driving force behind his practice. Asa started in 2004 at Edward Jones, and was quickly identified as an outstanding financial professional. He has the AAMS, and the Series 66 and Series 7 registrations. Additionally, Asa holds a Hawaii state insurance license (310038). Asa is a graduate of Iolani School and the University of Hawaii West Oahu.
As if being a new father is not enough, Asa is the president of the Diamond Head Lions Club. He also serves as a board member for Hospice Hawaii, Kapahulu Center and the Iolani Alumni Association. With years of high school and college baseball experience, he also boasts a mean throwing arm. Look for him on the field at Iolani School where he coaches every spring.
Ben Hodge is a financial advisor at Retirement Benefits Group, one of the country’s leading retirement plan consulting firms. Ben specializes in corporate retirement plan consulting with a focus on corporations, 501(c)(3) organizations and sovereign tribal governments. His role is to organize, formalize and implement each client’s fiduciary process and monitor how it affects each 401(k), 403(b), Deferred Compensation or other retirement/pension plans.
Prior to joining Retirement Benefits Group, Ben was a financial advisor at Raymond James where he also specialized in 401(k) and retirement planning. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®), which represents a thorough knowledge of and ability to apply fiduciary practices. As a fiduciary, Ben acts in the best interest of his clients and is recognized for his ability to implement prudent policies and procedures. His series 66 is held through both RBG and Resources Investment Advisors. Ben holds both California Insurance licenses, as well as his California real estate broker’s license.
CA Insurance Lic# 0G43600
Ben earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University and went on to receive his Master’s in Business Management from Liberty University.
Ben is active in Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian School of Business community and is the founder of the school’s Cleveland Everett Roye Scholarship. Ben is also a trained member of the American Red Cross and helps to run evacuation shelters. He resides in San Diego, Calif. with his wife Susanna and five children.
Bob Bjorseth joined Bukaty Companies Retirement Plan Services with more than 20 years of experience in providing critical retirement planning and investment management advice to individuals and small business owners. He uses integrated financial planning to develop strategies to pursue the goal of growing and protecting client assets and their estates. In addition, he uses innovative income strategies for clients preparing to retire, including an in-depth review of their current financial status and potential challenges. Bob is a member of the Bukaty Investment Policy Committee.
Prior to joining Bukaty Companies Retirement Plan Services, Bob was the owner and President of The Wealth Management Group, a local investment planning firm. He also previously served as a Financial Planning Specialist and Senior Advisor with Smith Barney and A.G. Edwards. He is an active volunteer for the local Keith Worthington chapter of the ALS Association.
Brady has been fortunate to partner with his Father to build 401K Advisors Intermountain. With 10 years industry experience, Brady has helped create and maintain some of the most successful retirement plans in the country. He shares a passion along with our entire team to make a difference in the lives of Americans as they prepare for a comfortable retirement.
Graduating with a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Utah Brady has dedicated his career to the retirement plan field.
Brady has dedicated his career to retirement plan industry and has served it in many capacities over the years. He’s is a partner with 401k Advisors Intermountain who was honored as the 2017 Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year and has clients who’ve been named PLANSPONSOR of the Year. Other notable recognitions include being named as one of the Top 50 Advisers under 40 the last 4 years running. Brady manages a growing team in Salt Lake City that oversees $2.5 Billion in Retirement Assets. He got his start with National Retirement Partners where he learned for some of the brightest leaders in the industry who changed the landscape of retirement plan focused advisers forever.
Brett Henderson, President and founder of Henderson Wealth Management, Inc., has been in the industry since 2004, embracing employee financial empowerment with a focus on sustainable and responsible investing also known as Impact Investing. Brett has earned numerous designations in the retirement plan industry, including a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) through College for Financial Planning and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) through Investments & Wealth Institutes. Brett also carries the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation through the American College. Brett works with retirement plan sponsors of various sizes in a variety of industries with the focus on one common goal – getting every employee to a 90% replacement income in retirement. Henderson has received the 2017 NAPA Young Guns award, along with being named Financial Times Top 401 Advisors in 2016 and 2017.
In November 2016 Brett M. Dankowski , C(k)P®, joined the Vertical Financial Group. Brett will be handling client relations for qualified retirement plans and 401(k) plans. With over 10 years’ experience managing an operations team in the futures & options industry, Brett recognizes communication, innovation, and engagement are the foundation of business success. He is excited to be involved in client interaction, as well as continuing to build on the established network of Vertical Financial Group’s meaningful client relationships.
Dankowski graduated from Benedictine University and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He holds his Series 7 & 66 securities licenses, as well as his life and health insurance licenses.
Bryan L. Murphy has spent over thirty-five years assisting both corporate and individual clients with their Wealth Planning; Business Continuation Planning; Executive Benefits; Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans; Family Transition Planning; and Investment Asset Management.
Bryan is a native of Southern California attending public schools in Whittier, California and the University of Southern California. He is an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR), Licensed Securities and Insurance Broker as well as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®). CA Insurance License Number 0582354 CRD#716265; and Series 7.
Bryan has served on many community and non-profit boards. Bryan enjoys time with his wonderful wife of thirty-five years, Diana, and their four sons.
Corby Dall has specialized in retirement plan consulting for over 25 years. He leads a well-respected team of professionals that focus solely on the success of retirement plans for the benefit of the employee and peace of mind of the employer. Providing help for employers to navigate the ever changing regulatory environment, they have a deep knowledge and understanding of the overwhelming volume of legislation to mitigate liability.
Starting in the financial services world in the 80’s, Corby quickly realized the need for honest advice and wanted to help as many people as possible. This passion led to a clear path; partnering with employers to help as many people as possible retire with confidence and dignity. Corby has helped countless companies stop thinking of “401k” as a four letter word while creating thousands of successful retirement outcomes.
Corby is a founding member of NAPA the National Association of Plan Advisors, and is currently on the Government Affairs committee. He and his team were named 2017 Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year by PLANSPONSOR Magazine. Corby also serves on several advisory boards and works closely with lead policy makers, legislators and regulators to help shape retirement policy.
Dan Stewart specializes in helping companies and individuals pursue better financial outcomes. His focus is working with the retirement plan clients of Channel Financial and their participants. Dan’s primary role is leading Channel Financial’s client service team.
Dan has worked in the financial services industry since 2000 and with retirement plan clients since 2002.
Dan has lived in Minnesota his entire life having grown up in Faribault, attending college in Winona and now live in Chaska with his wife, two children and black lab. He enjoys many outdoor activities including camping during all four seasons, hunting, golf and traveling around the country, particularly to the western mountain states.
Daniel R. Casella is Executive Director of Consulting with Strategic Retirement Group, Inc. Dan has over 17 years of experience advising plan sponsors of all types of retirement plans; including 403(b), 401(k), 457, Non-Qualified and Defined Benefit plans, with specific expertise in healthcare, not-for-profit, and industrial clients. Prior to joining SRG in 2010, Dan was part of UBS Institutional Consulting, an elite group of advisors selected on the basis of their expertise and qualifications. Previously, he also served the needs of mid- to large-size retirement plans as Senior Benefits Consultant with Gallagher Retirement Services.
Dan received his B.A. from University at Buffalo, completed the Financial Planning Certificate Program at Pace University, passed the CFP® exam in 2007 and was a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional from 2008 to 2011. He also previously held Certified Pension Consultant and Qualified Pension Administrator designations by ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, member 1999-2007).
Dan holds FINRA 6, 7, 26 and 63 registrations through Triad Advisors, LLC and Series 66 through Resources Investment Advisors, LLC. He is an Investment Advisor Representative for Strategic Retirement Group, Inc.
Dan is a 25 year veteran of the financial industry and is a leading specialist in designing, customizing and implementing investment and retirement programs for members of professional and trade associations. In addition to his core duties as a retirement plan advisor, Dan spearheads RBGs affinity and association group marketing and service platform for retirement plans.
In 1985 Dan started his career as a financial consultant specializing in fixed income and tax-advantaged investments. His early success led to becoming the youngest broker ever appointed Managing Executive of a branch office for one of the nation’s largest broker/dealers.
Prior to affiliating with RBG, Dan served as President of a nationally registered FINRA broker-dealer which was focused on providing executive benefits and retirement plans to the large public and privately held corporations.
Dan has authored numerous articles on retirement planning strategies, was the host of Perspectives on Profit – a five-minute live market commentary that was aired daily on KWHY-TV in Los Angeles, he was featured in Business Week magazine as a college student for a successful entrepreneurial venture and is a regular guest speaker at industry conferences.
Dan is FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 66 securities registered. He also holds life, health and variable insurance licenses. In 1985 Dan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. degree in Economics. He also earned an academic certificate in Personal Financial and Estate Planning from San Diego State University after successfully completing a comprehensive two-year advanced studies program through SDSU’s graduate school of business.
Dan lives in San Diego, CA with his wife Tina and their two children.
As a Managing Director with Retirement Benefits Group, Darin’s area of expertise is in plan design assistance and participant communication and education.
Darin has been in the financial services industry for 15 year and started his career with Franklin Templeton Investments in the Defined Contribution area. Darin’s entire career has exclusively been focused in the 401(k) marketplace.
Darin earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from California University Sacramento.
Darin enjoys fishing and snowboarding with his family in Mammoth Lakes, CA.
With over 25 years of professional pension consulting experience, Darrell Alford has consistently been recognized as one of this country’s top retirement plan consultants by major industry organizations. He has been recognized as one of the top retirement plan advisors by Plan Sponsor magazine in 2007-2011*. Beginning his career at a large financial service firm specializing in corporate retirement benefits, Darrell was later hired to establish the retirement division at a major benefits consulting firm where he excelled for 8 years before moving on and creating an independent pension consulting boutique (Alford Jungers Financial & Insurance Services) working with many of Southern California’s largest corporations. Darrell grew AJF successfully for more than 6 years before he decided to merge his high profile pension consulting boutique with two other prominent west coast pension firms to create Retirement Benefits Group. (Based on nominations from industry peers and quantitative factors, including numbers of plans and dollar value of plan assets under advisement.)
Over the past 3 decades, Darrell has established a reputation of excellence in pension services. His practice focuses on providing professional support to plan sponsors and educating them on how to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities with respect to their retirement plans and the investment options in those plans. His expertise lies in servicing corporate retirement plans, including Defined Contribution, Defined Benefits, and Non-Qualified Plans. As a recognized retirement plan expert, Darrell has been a featured guest speaker and panelist for many retirement plan conferences and seminars throughout the country.
Darrell received a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. Darrell’s designations include CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), CHFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), AIF (Accredited Investment Fiduciary), LUTCF (Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow). Financial Consultant holds s7.
CA Insurance Lic. #0651360
Darrell is on the Board of Directors of Scripps Foundation for Science and The Environment. He is married to Terri and has 3 children.
For more than 15 years, Mr. Burke and the RBG team have been helping plan sponsors navigate the complex world of fiduciary responsibilities while maintaining a laser focus on helping employees become more knowledgeable and confident about their financial future.
The pillars of Mr. Burke’s process involve fee transparency and seeking to avoid conflicts of interest while delivering strong client service. By keeping his clients informed and educated and resolving 90% of issues on the first call, it frees up his clients to focus on other parts of their business.
Mr. Burke and his team have the experience to help plan sponsors overcome the challenges and streamline many of the administrative burdens that they face on a regular basis.
Mr. Burke is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Economics. Since completing his formal education, he earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations. Darren has also received the Chartered Retirement Counselor (CRPC ®) through the College of Financial Planning.
CA Insurance Lic# 0F36482
David Anderson, a Partner with, SHA Retirement Group has more than 25 years’ experience in the retirement plan business. He advises 401(k), 403(b), and defined benefit plans for public and private corporations and higher education institutions.
David entered the industry in 1992 with Cigna Retirement and Investment Services and later moved to Fidelity where he gained valuable experience and insight into the “provider” side of the business. He became an advisor in 2002 and later joined Raymond James where he served on their Retirement Advisory Council before joining SHA in 2007. He is now registered with Triad Advisors.
Phone: (616) 522-5575
Dave began his financial services career in 1967 at Shearson Hammill in Newport Beach as a financial advisor. He also managed the Pasadena and Palm Springs offices as well as the Investment Management Department in New York for Shearson. Dave joined Wedbush, Noble, Cooke in 1974 serving as Senior Vice President with responsibilities for the Branch Division, Research Department, Special Products, Legal and Compliance Departments. In 1983 he joined Bateman Eichler Hill Richards as Executive Vice President in charge of the Branch Division and served on the Management Committee.
Prior to co-founding Retirement Benefits Group, Dave was Manager and a Financial Advisor in the San Diego Office of Prudential Securities where he built a large and successful Retirement Plan business.
Dave received a BA in Economics from the University of Redlands and an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California.
CA Insurance Lic. #0A80892
Dave is married with three children and six grandchildren. He enjoys tennis, swimming, biking, traveling and successfully completed Ironman Canada in 1989.
David Hinderstein leads Strategic Retirement Group’s consulting practice, which assists plan sponsors and participants in responding to the many challenges in managing their retirement programs. David has extensive background and significant knowledge in helping not-for-profit, corporate, healthcare, and higher education plan sponsors meet their fiduciary responsibilities and manage and optimize their investment provider relationships. As a retirement benefit veteran, David has been recognized by several industry organizations for his leading experience and expertise. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, and an instructor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Executive Education TRAU- The Retirement Advisor University, where he instructs on the not-for-profit retirement marketplace.
Prior to starting Strategic Retirement Group, David spent almost 12 years in various management and consulting positions with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Most recently, he was President of GBS Retirement Services, Inc. (the retirement division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.), with responsibility for consulting and servicing large defined contribution and defined benefit plans and overseeing all facets of Gallagher’s regional retirement services practice.
Previously, David held multiple positions with CitiStreet (formally the Copeland Companies), where his emphasis was consulting and servicing large defined contribution plans for healthcare and not-for-profit institutions.
David earned his BS degree in Finance from The American University in Washington, D.C., and has achieved the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation. He also is an Investment Advisor Representative of Resources Investment Advisor, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisors and a Registered Representative with Triad Advisors, LLC.
David has been in the financial services industry since 2007. His area of expertise involves fee-based consulting for both employee retirement plans and individual investors. David holds both his Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA registration held through RBG as well as the Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist and Accredited Investment Fiduciary designations. David was also nominated as one of the 300 Most Influential Retirement Plan Advisors in 2010 by PlanSponsor Magazine. (Based on nominations from industry peers and quantitative factors, including a number of plans and dollar value of plan assets under advisement.) These designations and accolades indicate the high level of proficiency David has when it comes to seeking to provide clients with the optimal solution for their retirement planning needs.
David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science from the University of California San Diego. His education there provided him with in-depth knowledge of statistical analysis, economic theory, and business management that he has translated into his practice where he uses these skills maintain a high level of client satisfaction.
CA Insurance Lic. #0F73156
David was born and raised in San Diego, attending Rancho Bernardo High School – he loves the spirit and culture of San Diego. David is very active in the San Diego baseball community. He played competitively at all levels of the game across the country for 21 years before beginning to coach youth baseball teams in the area. He is also active in the local CrossFit community where he is a Level 1 certified coach and participates in many local competitions. He currently lives in Escondido with his wife, Miranda, his daughter, Sage, and their three dogs, Gunnar, Riley and Scout.
Delphine Hunt, also known as “the 401k therapist”, is the newest advisor to join the SLW team.
It is Delphine’s mission to understand each client’s unique needs and goals for their retirement plans. She believes that the best advisors are those that have a true passion for helping their clients’ by providing superior education to the employees and business owner’s, innovative plan design , and unparalleled performance. Following the SLW model, and as a specialist in her field, she serves as a fee-only professional fiduciary advisor.
Delphine received a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University. She currently holds a FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registration. Delphine also has attained her Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS) designation.
Douglas is one of our valued investment advisors and at Retirement Partner Advisors, he works with plan sponsors and participants in setting up and managing their retirement plan process while focusing on successful outcomes for all. He has nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry and uses this experience to help his clients create, manage, and maintain retirement plans that are goal-specific. He has always lived by the lesson of doing what you enjoy until you can’t do it anymore and he echoes this mission every day at RPA.
Douglas has been married for twenty years to his wife Katie and together they have two fourteen-year old children Campbell and Palmer. Douglas is also on staff in the SportsLife Ministry of First Baptist Simpsonville. If Douglas were not an investment advisor he would be more involved in youth sports in the Simpsonville area. On the weekends, he can also be found playing golf or attending one of his children’s sporting events.
Elaine Featherstone is the Vice President of SHA Retirement Group. With more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, she is a veteran with significant knowledge and experience working with corporate defined contribution and defined benefit plans for small businesses. Managing the Emerging Markets division, she consults on retirement plans for small businesses and strives to build long-term relationships with clients.
Elaine first entered the industry in 1990 with Mutual Benefit Pension Corporation. After working with ReliaStar and Transamerica Retirement Solutions for 10 and 12 years, respectively, she joined SHA Retirement Group in early 2014.
Elaine received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from Western Michigan University. She holds FINRA 65 registrations through Resources Investment Advisors and has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designations.
Outside of the office, Elaine spends time with her husband of 19 years, John, and their poodle. She enjoys the outdoors and staying active, as well as cooking.
After moving to Arizona in 1998, Fred began his career in financial consulting with Valic working exclusively with corporate and non-profit retirement plans. Thirteen years later, after stops with McDonald Financial Group and Smith Barney, Fred and his business partners decided that the best way to serve their clients was by joining Retirement Benefits Groups. Their main focus is working with private businesses, building retirement plans that best benefit both owners and their employees. Currently, they manage over 35 plans all over the country. Fred has spent considerable time working with clients on employee education and estimates that he has conducted over 15 thousand one-on-one meetings.
Fred graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Business. After receiving his Master’s degree in Sports Marketing from Ohio University, he worked for several years at the Louisiana State University Athletic Department, serving as its Director of Promotions for over 22 men and women’s sports.
Fred moved to move back to Arizona in 1998 and lives there currently with his two daughters and Labrador Retriever. When Fred is not in the office or traveling to meet with clients, he spends as much time outdoors as he can snow skiing, kiteboarding or building sandcastles on the beach with his family. Fred is an avid tennis player and plays on a USTA mixed double team.
Gary Hensley, CPA, is Director of Personal Investments & Financial Planning. Gary brings broad and extensive experience to the 401k Advisors Intermountain team. He began his career in 1982 as a CPA focusing on tax and estate planning, then 15 years ago, he followed his passion to focus in the investment and retirement planning industry. He uses his comprehensive knowledge of tax, estate planning and retirement planning to help investors transition to retirement by developing, with them, a roadmap that can provide peace of mind. Gary graduated from the University of Utah.
As one of the Principals of Retirement Benefits Group, Gary has the opportunity to work with one of the most experienced teams of professionals dedicated to retirement programs for companies and individuals. Gary has established a national reputation for his excellence and expertise in the provider search and benchmarking, contract negotiations, investment due diligence, ERISA compliance, and comprehensive employee education and communication.
Gary has over 24 years of experience providing retirement plan services to institutions and their employees. Gary has been asked to participate on 401(k) advisory councils for Prudential, Wells Fargo, formerly Wachovia Securities, Blackrock, and Ascensus. Gary has been a featured speaker for many retirement plan conferences and seminars and has been recognized by the defined contribution industry for each and every year since 2005 for the PlanSponsor Advisor of the Year nomination. Based on nominations from industry peers and quantitative factors, including a number of plans and dollar value assets under advisement.
Gary’s designations include the PlanSponsor Institute and Professional Plan Consultant (PPC) from the Financial Service Standards, LLC. Gary earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and also holds a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
CA Insurance Lic. #0A23383
Gary is married with 5 children and resides in Laguna Niguel, CA where he is very active in the Southern California Club Soccer Community and Rancho Niguel Little League.
Geoff brings over 20 years of experience to Retirement Benefits Group in the trading and sales of U.S. money market, Treasury, municipal, derivative and domestic equity markets. He was previously a managing partner at the WealthHarbor Capital Group, specializing in the design and construction of open architecture 401(k) plans and portfolio management, and the chief investment advisor for the Capital Retirement Group. In addition, Geoff has traded municipal bonds at JJ Kenny, ran the FRA-Interest rate swap/arbitrage desk at Tradition North America in Los Angeles, and traded fixed income securities for Lehman Brothers in New York.
Geoff earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Roanoke College in Salem, VA and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He holds FINRA Series 7, 52, 55, 63 registrations and 66 registrations. He also holds his California Life, Health and accident insurance license and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation
CA Insurance Lic# 0G96273
Geoff resides in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife and three children. His main interests are family, most sports (lacrosse, snowboarding, swimming, tennis, football, golf and on and on), news and information and pretty much any beach.
As one of the country’s most seasoned retirement benefits specialists and a Managing Director of Retirement Benefits Group, George and his team are committed to helping employers and employees pursue the lifestyle they envision for themselves upon retirement. After 24 years in the retirement marketplace, George has developed an educational model that offers both group and individual meetings to all of his client’s employees. His “Pennies on the Dollar™” model, considered by many to be second to none, was showcased by the Arizona Republic as a model for change. George and his team currently manage over $300 million in over 35 plans.
Prior to joining RBG, George hung his hat at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and McDonald Investments. Previous to his financial career, George enjoyed success in advertising sales at Inc. Magazine in Boston and New York and as President of his own company that matched US and Canadian companies to form joint ventures.
George is originally from Nova Scotia where he attended Dalhousie University’s School of Business. George’s designations include Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist, (CRPS) through the College for Financial Planning. In 2017, George was honored with the first-ever Overall Top Advisor by Participant Outcomes Award by 401(k) Specialist Magazine. Award nominations are made by industry peers based on the creative and effective contributions to an advisor’s participants’ outcomes. The inaugural recognition of an overall TAPO further emphasized the significance of an evolving 401(k) landscape and the need for advisors like Fraser to implement achievable strategies tailored to the specific needs of plan participants. Fraser was also one of three finalists in ASPPAs first 401(k) Leadership Award, based on nominations from industry peers and colleagues for excellence and innovation in the retirement industry. George has been a regular speaker at industry conferences including ASPA, CFDD, and Plan Sponsor and has been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Arizona Republic, Mutual Fund Magazine and BlackRock Advisor.
George grew up on the waters of Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Strait. He sails, windsurfs, stand up paddleboards and is currently learning how to kite surf. He enjoys boating, skiing, and traveling.
He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, two children, and Basset Hound.
Glenn Cassidy is a Financial Consultant at Retirement Benefits Group, one of the country’s leading retirement plan consulting firms. He specializes in employee retirement plans; specifically assisting companies with fiduciary management, investment due diligence, plan design, and participant education.
Glenn has over 27 years of financial services industry experience, most recently with Empower Retirement serving as the Regional Sales Director managing the Orange County, California Retirement Plan Sales territory. Prior to joining Empower Retirement Glenn spent 18 years with Nationwide Insurance, where he began his career in 1990. At Nationwide, he served as the Regional Vice President for Retirement Plan Sales in Orange County, California. Lastly, Glenn spent 5 years with E.A. Edberg Associates, Inc (Phoenix, Arizona) where he was the Sales Director selling & designing defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans to companies throughout the United States. Glenn holds his Series 6 and Series 63 registrations. He is also California Insurance Licensed (#0G55775)
Glenn attended Franklin University (Columbus Ohio).
Glenn is an active ocean fisherman and loves spending time with family and friends. In his free time at home, he enjoys home remodeling projects.
Gonzalo Villamil is a Vice President, Financial Consultant with Retirement Benefits Group, one of the country’s top-rated retirement consulting firms. With over 15 years’ experience, Gonzalo specializes in preparing investment, retirement and insurance strategies utilizing 401(k), IRA’s, Annuities and Life Insurance. He primarily works with high net-worth individuals, dental offices, business owners and “C level” executives. His strategies include wealth preservation, asset allocation, and health/risk management.
Gonzalo implements a consultative approach while working with a client’s individual investment, retirement and life insurance needs. His approach is to gain a thorough understanding of a client’s future goals and objectives, followed by a comprehensive analysis of their life insurance, current investment, and retirement accounts. His philosophy is to then educate clients on their old versus their new strategy so that they are 100% comfortable with their decision and their new financial plan moving forward. This approach and philosophy are the foundation by which Gonzalo manages all his clients’ individual needs.
Gonzalo is a Finance Major. He holds a Series 6, Series 63 securities licenses and a CA Life and Health Insurance license.
CA Insurance Licence #0K39208.
Gonzalo has a passion for military aviation. He is a volunteer instructor with Gunfighter Squadron, a youth group with the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) based in MCAS Miramar. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Gonzalo enjoys playing soccer, camping, snowboarding and spending time with his family.
With more than 23 years in the financial services industry, Heidi has managed businesses providing domestic plan design education, administration and actuarial services as well as global equity plan consulting. Prior to joining StoneStreet Equity, Heidi managed a plan design and administration firm in Westchester, NY. She also worked in France for Shearman & Sterling, where she helped to build a successful global equity plan practice. Her prior experience includes industry players such as Towers Perrin, KPMG and the Retirement Services Division of the Bank of New York. Heidi studied actuarial science in the graduate program at Georgia State University and applied mathematics and statistics at SUNY Stony Brook.
Jack Hull is a Financial Consultant at Bukaty Companies Financial Services. In his role, Jack helps both individuals achieve retirement readiness by providing advice and financial wellness coaching. Jack’s knowledge and experience enables him to help clients understand how savings rates, investment selection, and other issues impact their ability to achieve their financial goals. Jack was recently published in The Financial Services Review.
Prior to joining Bukaty Companies Financial Services, Jack he held positions at top industry leading companies, including American Century Investments.
Jack resides in Prairie Village, Kansas with his wife Katie and their daughter Caroline. Jack is involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Jason is the Managing Partner of Chepenik Financial. With over seventeen years of experience in the investment and retirement industries, Jason oversees the executive compensation and retirement plan consulting for organizations spanning a wide range of industries, including several Fortune 1000 companies. Over just the past few years, Jason has consulted on more than one billion dollars of plan assets. Jason was named one of 401kWire’s 60 Most Influential DC Advisors, one of Financial Times Top 401k Retirement Advisers (twice) and a finalist for PLANADVISER Magazine’s Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year.
Even with his extensive list of accolades and accomplishments, it’s Jason’s unbridled energy and passion that his clients and team love most. Whether he’s advocating for stronger fiduciary responsibility, lending his financial expertise to a local non-profit, or championing financial literacy for the next generation, Jason keeps a strong sense of “the why” within his work. Oh, and he serves up a mean plate of crawfish at the annual Chepenik crawfish boil too!
Javier began his financial industries career in 1999 joining Washington Square Securities. While at Washington Square Securities Javier provided the Successful Money Management Seminars educational seminar on the island. Shortly thereafter he transferred his practice to John Hancock Financial Services, where he remained until April 2009. During Javier’s years at John Hancock he began a specialized practice servicing qualified plans in Puerto Rico.
Javier joined Pension Advisor in April 2009, creating the first Pension Advisors branch office. Incorporating into his practice a strong service philosophy and model, Javier’s branch grew to over 50 corporate clients and assets of over $250 million.
In 2017 Javier partnered with three other advisors and created Retirement Partner Advisors. Geographically distributed across the south east and Puerto Rico. Retirement Partner Advisors in its first months of existence has already amassed over 500 million in assets under management.
Javier has participated as a speaker in various Puerto Rico SHRM activities and conferences, he has also been invited as a speaker by the Finance and Economy Student Association of the University of Puerto Rico.
Javier is an avid runner & golfer, in his free time he enjoys ocean sports and spending time with his wife and daughters.
Phone: (787) 957-1333
Jim is a financial advisor who has been in financial services since 1980. He began focusing on 401k plans in 1990 and currently services plans in 6 southeastern states. To complement his retirement plan practice, Jim began expanding his managed account practice in 2000, with the intention of helping individual clients achieve their income goals at retirement.
As a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor, Jim assists plan trustees and their committees with understanding their responsibilities and implementing appropriate plan policies under the current fiduciary regulatory environment. He especially enjoys educating individual participants through one-on-one meetings regarding the importance of saving for their retirements.
Jim is a life member of The Million Dollar Round Table and past president of Life Leaders of Georgia. He is a member of American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). He is past National Chair of AXA’s National Agent Forum.
Jim is married to his partner in business, Sue, and they have two adult children, Mary and John. He maintains offices in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.
Jim has worked in the financial services industry since 1985, working with retirement plans since 1990 and, is a Partner at Channel Financial. His role is to bring a pension plan service experience to a defined contribution world. He has helped build retirement programs (401k, profit sharing, pension, 403b, executive, 457, etc.) as a plan consultant to employers. Jim’s path has been to help guide employers through the fiduciary responsibilities they must navigate in offering retirement strategies to their people. Essentially, he take on role similar to a Chief Retirement Officer to help our clients create a comprehensive retirement program for their organization, while they can focus on their business operations.
Jim will also develop group and/or 1on1 retirement plan education programs for their employees which includes behavioral finance applications. This in effect helps develop personalized retirement savings goals, a direct measure for the Retirement Readiness Index at the employer level. Many employees find themselves to be ‘accidental investors’ and need assistance to pursue their financial goals.
Phone: (877) 333-7535
From non-profits to parking garages, Joe DeBello works with plan fiduciaries from all industries with one goal in mind: empower participants to retire more comfortably. An avid problem solver, he loves finding unique ways to get and keep retirement plans on track—no matter what challenges arise. His previous experience working on the plan provider side gives him an extra edge in negotiations—he knows which tricks are hiding up what sleeves, and he’s always ready to stand up for clients. Joe was drawn to Chepenik Financial because the firm operates by the same creed he does—clients first. Always focusing on the goal, this former hockey player admires how the Chepenik team isn’t afraid to do things differently.
Joe Groebl began his career in the financial services industry as an intern with PaineWebber in the summer of 1991. Two years later he moved to SmithBarney where he served for 17 years. In 2010 Joe broke away from Wall Street to become an Independent Advisor.
In the summer of 2012 Joe earned the Professional Plan Consultant (PPC™) designation from the Financial Services Standards, which is a division of fi360. You can learn more about Joe and GroeblBrothers services at GroeblBrothers.com
Joe and his wife Kelly have 3 young boys. “We are a baseball family” describes Kelly as all 3 boys play ball year round. In the past Joe and his wife have been active in Church and neighborhood associations. Currently Joe is serving as a member to the Research Foundation.
Joe Thaman is a financial and retirement plan advisor, working with individuals and businesses to meet and exceed their financial goals and objectives. He assists clients in every stage of life, providing exceptional service and creative solutions for their personal and business needs.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Joe began his career in 2005 as an employee benefits consultant, helping hundreds of companies across the country from all industries. Those experiences and relationships have helped shape what is most important to Joe and his practice – hard work, transparency, personal engagement and compassion. Joe holds his Series 7 and 66 securities licenses along with his life and health license.
Joe resides in University City in Saint Louis County. He is an avid Cardinals’ fan, a Notre Dame fan, and enjoys golf, music and traveling.
Joel is the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional for Retirement Benefits Group, Irvine. He has been a trusted advisor to both company-sponsored retirement plans and high net-worth individuals in the Orange County area since 1998. Along with the CFP® designation, Joel holds the designation of Professional Plan Consultant (PPC™), both of which signify a commitment to on-going education and service excellence in both Comprehensive Financial Planning and Qualified Retirement Plan Services. He is often invited to speak or participate in financial education seminars and events in Orange County.
As an advisor to Qualified Retirement Plans, Joel seeks to limit exposure to fiduciary liability for his plan sponsors and educate their employees about opportunities for a successful retirement. These goals are achieved through defendable and repeatable processes in regards to plan design assistance, investment monitoring and reporting, participant education and investment concepts discussion, and plan benchmarking and fee transparency.
Joel has developed a high level of expertise in comprehensive financial planning strategies over the last 14 years. His specific areas of expertise include Retirement Income Strategies, Wealth Preservation, Asset Allocation including Alternative Assets, Complex Estate Planning issues, Insurance & Risk Planning, Life Change Financial Guidance, Budgeting, and Cash-flow analysis. His career success can be directly attributed to his honesty and integrity as well as his ability to understand and educate his clients, help them clarify and prioritize their financial goals, and implement a plan of action that most effectively helps them achieve those goals.
Joel earned his bachelors degree in Finance from Cal State University of Fullerton where he graduated on scholarship for his published work in the Academic Journal of Finance on the Structural Inefficiencies and Correlations of International Emerging Markets to the US Stock Market. Joel has earned various designations over the years and currently holds the designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional (CFP®) and Professional Plan Consultant (PPC™).
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Joel resides in Rancho Santa Margarita with his daughter Maya. Joel believes in a high level of physical and mental fitness that culminates in numerous activities such as mountain biking, weight training, scuba diving, hiking, shooting, archery, chess, and reading books on business and personal enrichment. Community involvement entails a close relationship with the Council on Aging and various outreach programs. Much of his free time is spent attending or assisting with his daughter’s karate and guitar lessons or helping coach her soccer team.
John Kapek is the owner of Pension Investment Services, LLC (PINS). He provides fee-based financial and fiduciary investment advisory services to individuals and qualified plans.
John is a graduate of the University Of Washington School Of Business. During his career he earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and the degree of Chartered Financial Consultant, (ChFC). He also holds the Professional Plan Consultant (PPC) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. He is licensed as a Series 6 & 63. He is a past president of his local NAIFA Chapter, Spokane Association of Insurance & Financial Advisers, and the Society of Financial Service Professional and is a member of the Spokane Estate Planning Council.
Jorge Pereira manages participant education for company-sponsored retirement plans. In fact, the firm’s innovative approach to education is what drew Jorge to Chepenik Financial in the first place. After more than a decade in retirement services, banking, and finance, Jorge understood that a successful retirement depends more on the right behaviors than the right investments. Transitioning into an education role gave him an opportunity to help people in a whole new way. Since joining the team, Jorge has elevated education initiatives, developing custom programs that drive record levels of participation and put more people on track to a successful retirement.
Jorge brings nearly 12 years of experience helping individuals plan and implements a more secure retirement for any phase of life. As Director of Education – Retirement Plans, Jorge will be responsible for providing enrollment and on-going education meetings for clients’ company-sponsored retirement plans. In this capacity, he helps participants plan for a more secure retirement by encouraging them to enroll in their retirement plan, motivating them to increase their contributions and helping them improve their asset allocation.
Josh joined Oakeson Steiner Wealth & Retirement, an advisory based, financial services firm serving individual and institutional clients in Hastings, Nebraska, in 2008 as an investment consultant working with corporate retirement plans and individuals. He leads the team which manages over 50 corporate retirement plans.
He has completed training a retirement plan consultants program & fi360’s Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation to offer co-fiduciary service to plan sponsors. In 2014, Josh earned his CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANS SPECIALIST™ (CRPS©) certification from the College of Financial Planning.
Keith Guertin is a financial advisor bringing more than 10 years of industry experience to Bukaty Companies Financial Services. In his role, Guertin provides financial planning as an investment advisor representative developing financial plans for retirees, professionals and affluent individuals utilizing skills in tax management, strategic portfolio wealth management, estate planning and risk management.
Prior to joining Bukaty Companies Financial Services, Guertin gained substantial experience successfully developing customized financial strategies to manage the needs of clients while working for recognized financial services companies including J.P. Turner & Co., OneAmerica, MassMutual and New England Financial.
Guertin received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Economics from the University of Kansas School of Business.
Kelley is the founding partner of SHA Retirement Group based in Auburn Hills, MI. Kelley and the SHA team provide a full array of retirement plan consulting services including fiduciary education, investment selection and monitoring, plan design, fee benchmarking, employee education, plan compliance, and overall strategy. Their clients are 401(k), 403(b) and Defined Benefit plans for public and private corporations, non-profits, and municipalities.
In 1993, Kelley began his financial services career as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch helping individuals invest. By the middle of 1994, Kelley had transitioned to working with small businesses to help them manage their 401k plans. Since then, he has focused on the retirement plan business broadening his experience to large companies and institutions including 403(b) and defined benefit plans while managing the retirement plan department for Seger Financial. When the founder, Dr. Martha Seger decided to retire, Kelley started his own firm. Since 2001, Kelley has managed his retirement plan consulting business, now known as SHA Retirement Group, which now includes a team of specialists in the retirement plan business.
Kelley is very involved in his community, several non-profit organizations, and coaching youth sports. He is married with three children, and enjoys skiing, golfing, fishing, and just about anything that involves the outdoors.
Keri Spanier, President of Oakridge Retirement Plan Advisors, has merged her long standing retirement plan business with SLW. Keri began her business in 2003 with a work-life balance goal and $5 million in plan assets. Oakridge has since grown to approximately $110 million in plan assets and has a group of long standing clients representing over 2000 employees. Keri began her career in the Retirement Plan field in 1996 with Great-West Life and finished her “corporate” career with Great West (Empower) specializing in 401(k) plans.
Larry is a Registered Principal with over 25 years of experience providing retirement plan consulting services to institutions and their employees. As an initial founder and Principal of Retirement Benefits Group, one of the country’s premier retirement plan consulting firms, Larry has established a national reputation for his excellence and expertise in provider searches, contract negotiations, investment due diligence, ERISA compliance support, and comprehensive employee education and communication programs. He has consistently been asked to participate on 401(k) advisory councils for many of the top providers in the industry. His firm has been an industry leader and early adopter of fully transparent relationships with their clients.
Larry was recognized in 2011 as a 401(k) advisor top 300 most influential advisor in Defined Contribution in the mid-market by the 401(k) wire* He was also featured in the cover article of Research magazine as well as a requested guest speaker for leading national industry group conferences such as American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, Center for Due Diligence and PLANADVISER.
Larry has been recognized for many defined contribution industry recognition, including the 2005 (Finalist), 2006-2010 PLANSPONSOR “Advisor of the Year” nominations.** He was also featured as a top 20 Retirement Plan Advisor rising star in 2007 by Institutional Investor News.***
Larry is married with two children and resides in La Jolla, Calif. He is an avid fisherman and boater and enjoys golf, diving and the great outdoors. Larry plays a permanent role in his kids’ little league and their outside school interests. He and his wife support many local charities and foundations.
*Based on nominations from industry professionals, including advisors, plan sponsors and service providers, and an analysis of objective criteria, including statistics about advisors’ practices gathered directly from the nominees.**Based on nominations from industry peers and quantitative factors, including numbers of plans and dollar value of plan assets under advisement.***Based on nominations from industry peers and selected on the following attributes: 40 years of age or younger and have credentials and experience and a career consistency that indicates they will be the ones to watch as leaders and trend setters in the industry going forward.
Larry E. Jones is a Financial Consultant at Retirement Benefits Group and works out of the firm’s Ramona, Calif. office. Larry is a leader in developing wealth building strategies for Native American Tribes that include governmental retirement plans, minor trusts*, per capita deferred benefit plans and tribal council separation plans. As a member of the Retirement Benefits Group team, he brings an extensive background in open architecture plan design support and investment management of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b), 457, profit sharing and defined benefit plans. Larry works closely with plan participants and beneficiaries in guiding participants to a successful and dignified retirement experience.
Larry holds the Series 7 General Securities Registration and Series 24 General Securities Principal Registrations, and Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law.
Larry is married with three children and lives in the San Diego Country Estates. He enjoys spending time with his family, photography and playing basketball. A firm believer in supporting youth services, he served as founding President of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Ramona, now known as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego.
Laura Scobee joined Vertical Financial Group in the spring of 2018, adding over 35 years of experience working with retirement plan sponsors and individual investors. Laura has provided services to retirement plans throughout her career, including a period when she was the CEO of a large, third-party retirement plan administration firm in St. Louis that provided services to hundreds of plans and thousands of participants. However, her passion has always been working directly with plan sponsors and their participants as their investment adviser. Her practice continues to grow as many of those business owners and participants have become personal wealth management clients she has helped achieve a financially secure retirement through personalized financial plans based upon their unique situation and goals for retirement.
Scobee earned her BS from The University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, she is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP ®), Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA). She holds her Series 7 & 63 securities licenses as well as life and health insurance licenses. She is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
Scobee resides in St. Louis with her husband, David. She is active with several charities and enjoys travel, tennis, Cardinals baseball and all things Fighting Irish.
Leneen serves as a Retirement Plan Consultant for Bukaty Companies Financial Services. Leneen primarily works with qualified retirement plans and their participants. However, she also assists companies with non-qualified deferred compensation plans.
Leneen previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Elrick & Associates and as a registered representative of Carey, Thomas, Hoover & Breault.
Leneen attended the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Liz Martinis is a Retirement Plan Consultant for iMPACT Benefits and Retirement, where her jobs is to figure out what her clients want and need to make their retirement plans successful. She strives to help employees understand their benefits in a way that makes them want to participate in making their retirement what it should be.
Liz has a Master’s Degree in International Policy and Development with a focus in Human Security from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in International Studies with a focus in Latin America and a minor in Business. Her work at Impact Benefits & Retirement encompasses her skills in financial inclusion and works to help mend the retirement crisis we have in the United States.
She has a dedicated history of working in community development both abroad and in the United States. Her passion for serving others led her to Costa Rica as a Peace Corps volunteer working in community economic development. In the time she was there she worked with local entrepreneurs, schools, community groups, and three microfinance institutions. It was here that her belief was solidified that change must come from individuals and communities to support full human potential which must be integrated into a system of organizations and governments that act collectively to ensure human dignity and equitable inclusion in development.
This development philosophy led Liz to pursue a Master’s Degree at MIIS, where she was part of a team which conducted primary research on connectivity, in its various dimensions, and poverty in the Andes region of Peru called the Sacred Valley. Returning to the Sacred Valley, she participated in the prestigious program, International Professional Service Semester, conducting a more focused study on financial culture and financial inclusion. Liz hopes that her research leads to a program that will provide wider access to governmental social benefits, savings, micro-loans, and knowledge about responsible financial practices in the highlands of Peru.
Lloyd Engleman has worked in the Financial Services sector for 18 years. Lloyd is currently a Retirement Plan Specialist at Retirement Benefits Group, a retirement solutions firm serving clients ranging from individuals to non-profit and for-profit companies nationwide. As a Retirement Plan Specialist, Lloyd serves clients throughout the western United States and was awarded, along with his colleagues at Retirement Benefits Group, as a Top Qualified Plan Advisor by Plan Sponsor Magazine. Based on nominations from industry peers and quantitative factors, including a number of plans and dollar value of plan assets under advisement.
Prior to joining Retirement Benefits Group in 2008, Lloyd worked as a Registered Representative/401K plan consultant for Total Retirement Solutions. Additionally, he worked at Investor Solutions, Inc., also serving the western region. Lloyd holds his Series 6, 65 and Series 63 registrations.
Attend Iowa Central Junior college and Indiana State University.
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Lloyd is a board member of Moreno Valley Optimist Foundation and volunteers on their fund raisers. Lloyd is well-known for his love of golf. He also considers himself an RV enthusiast. Lloyd currently resides in Riverside with his family.
During the last 30 years, Mark Miller has helped thousands of employees define their retirement goals and objectives. Mark’s primary focus is to help ensure trustees have managed their personal fiduciary liability and that employees are “retirement ready.” He seeks to accomplish this by assisting with the design and implementation of retirement plans whose provisions and investment alternatives are in the best interest of employees and their beneficiaries. Likewise, employees are better prepared for their future by participating in Mark’s clearly communicated educational programs.
As an Accredited Investment Fiduciary designee, Mark has been a retirement advisor for Advantage Benefit Service, a health and welfare consulting firm, since 2004. He was in a similar position with MassMutual—Strategic Financial Group LLP from 1988 to 2004. Prior to entering the retirement arena, Mark was a Senior Vice President of commercial lending with both Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Chase Bank-Houston for the eight years ending in 1988.
Mark is a member of The American Society of Financial Professionals, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Houston Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Louisiana State University. In addition, Mark holds the following designations: Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU); Certified Financial Planner (CFP); and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF). He also maintains various FINRA securities registrations with LPL Financial in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
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An adrenaline junkie, Mark is a passionate snowboarder, scuba diver, boot camp instructor, triathlete, Tough Mudder survivor, and outdoor enthusiast (backpacking/rock climbing). He has been the pianist for his church since its inception in 1996; and he was recently the Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 266. Mark and his wife, Mary Ann, are proud parents of their two sons…both of whom are Eagle Scouts.
Through 14 years of working with companies and their employees, Mary is aware of the uniqueness of each person and organization. She is here to guide you through the complexities, whether it’s corporate structure of retirement plans and benefits or individual retirement and wealth planning. While she knows her stuff, it’s her way of making the work a little more fun, creative, and exciting that people mention most.
In 2016, along with her business partner, Candy Dietz, she purchased Heestand Company & Gahlsdorf Insurance to create iMPACT Benefits & Retirement. Both companies have been in Portland, OR for well over 30 years. As Managing Partner, Mary is committed and focused on leading and evolving iMPACT from its roots and history to meet the new demands for innovation in financial services and insurance.
Mary has been acknowledged by her peers in the field of retirement benefits, most recently as part of the team who received the 2014 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisors in the country by PlanAdvisor Magazine and the 2014 Top 50 Plan Advisors under 40 by the National Association of Plan Advisors, as well as the Top Women Advisors in the Country 2015 – 2017.
Mary is among the dwindling population of Portland natives. She received her BA in Economics from Portland State University. She is married to a merchant marine, together they juggle the social calendar of a teenage girl and the ever curious life of a toddler boy. Outside of work, her life revolves around them and their big Italian and Central American family. You can find them in a loud kitchen where the only thing you can hear over the chatter is the sound of the cocktail shaker.
Matt has been serving retirement plan clients since 1998 and is a Partner at Channel Financial. His primary role is to help organizations working towards improving employee outcomes in their retirement plans with less effort and less cost while managing risk. Matt helps companies apply powerful behavioral finance strategies and has been recognized as a behavioral finance innovator by the Center for Behavioral Finance*. Matt is frequently asked to speak at national industry conferences and has served on a number of advisory boards in the industry.
Matt grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota and is very familiar with techniques to stay warm in cold windy weather. He prefers to transport himself on motorcycles as much as possible. Yes, Matt has been to Sturgis and 30 other states in the US on a moto.
*2014 ALLIANZ BEHAVIORAL FINANCE INNOVATOR AWARD PRESENTED TO ADVISORS AND/OR PLAN SPONSORS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP IN APPLYING BEHAVIORAL FINANCIAL STRATEGIES TO WORK TOWARD IMPROVING RETIREMENT OUTCOMES FOR CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES.
Phone: (877) 333-7535
As one of the Principals of Retirement Benefits Group, Mike leads one of the country’s premier retirement plan consulting firms in providing a comprehensive array of advisory services to both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. Mike has earned a reputation for his knowledge and experience in plan provider search and benchmarking, fiduciary oversight and investment due diligence.
Mike has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years focuses primarily on the corporate retirement plan market. His investment career began in 1987 at Dean Witter, and five years later, he joined Kidder Peabody where he was a founder of The Castner Josephs Retirement Group. Mike was an initial member and founder of National Retirement Partners (NRP). Prior to NRP, Mike was a First Vice President of Investments with Prudential Securities where he achieved the Directors Council for exemplary performance along with inclusion in the Prudential Retirement Services Roundtable of senior consultants.
As a recognized retirement plan specialist, Mike has been a featured speaker and panelist for many retirement plan conferences and seminars throughout the country. He was recognized by PLANADVISER as one of the top 100 retirement plan advisers in 2012*, and was invited to be a member of Prudential Retirement’s Financial Advisory Council in 2013.
*Based on nominations from industry peers and quantitative factors, including number of plans and dollar value of plan assets under advisement.
Mike’s designations include Professional Plan Consultant, through Financial Services Standards, LLC. Mike earned his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in Finance.
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Mike’s passion is playing golf. He serves on the Coto de Caza Men’s Golf Association and Junior Golf committees.
Michael Rosenthal is a Wealth advisor at Retirement Benefits Group, one of the country’s leading retirement plan consulting firms. He specializes in employee retirement plans and executive benefits and primarily works with individuals, business owners and “C suite” executives.
Michael’s experiences include financial planning solutions, including wealth preservation, asset allocation, complex estate preparation and insurance and risk planning. He is a skilled advisor in the areas of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, employee stock options, restricted stock awards and “Section 16 officer” rules and regulations.
Michael has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has an extensive background as a wealth manager to the high net-worth community, small businesses and large corporations. Michael began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he focused on retirement planning and corporate financial services.
Michael majored in Business Management and Finance at Pepperdine University. He holds Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses and a CA Life Insurance license, #0D92755.
Michael is a second generation Southern Californian and currently resides in Foothill Ranch. He is passionate about mentoring the next generation in the areas of faith, family and finances and enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Michael Goddard, CFP® joins Retirement Benefits Group after spending nine years building his wealth management and corporate retirement plan practice at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2003 Michael spent 20 years providing finance and accounting services to individuals and corporations. Michael approaches his diverse clients’ needs by listening, educating, and delivering high-touch client service. The result is investment portfolios that pursue individual investors’ specific financial objectives and corporate retirement plans that are designed to prepare participants for retirement.
As a result of extensive contacts developed during his corporate finance career, Michael has built a CFO networking group in Los Angeles County, the South Bay FENG (Financial Executive Networking Group). As a volunteer organizer of the Torrance-based professional networking group, he is instrumental in delivering monthly networking events that provide a friendly atmosphere for career-minded executives to develop new professional relationships and gain valuable information from a variety of speakers/topics.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Dowling College on Long Island, New York in 1981 and his Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in 1994. In addition, Michael holds Series 7, 66, and 31 securities licenses and a CA insurance license. He earned his Certified Financial Planner® credentials in 2007.
Michael balances work with an active lifestyle: hiking the beautiful cliffs of Palos Verdes Peninsula near his home with his wife Olga, playing golf and working out at the local gym. In addition, Michael spends considerable time sharing his extensive network of corporate executives with others. Michael is a staunch believer in paying-it-forward when building professional relationships and regularly helps others make qualified connections to advance their careers.
Nate serves as lead consultant and advisor, developing the firm’s strategic plans for plan health/retirement readiness, plan benchmarking, investment analysis, and fiduciary governance. With over 17 years of experience in retirement plan consulting, organizations have counted on his knowledge & innovation in creating the most effective ways to drive employees towards retirement readiness while managing the employer’s fiduciary responsibilities in doing so.
Nate was recently named to the Top Retirement Plan Advisors list by The Financial Times for the third year in a row and was also selected by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) as one of its advisor delegates on Capitol Hill. He holds his Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFATM) through the NAPA, the Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®) Designation through The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. He also is an active member of the American Retirement Association (ARA) and a Member Firm Partner of NAPA.
Outside of work, Nate is married and is trying to convince his 8-year old daughter to love soccer, skiing and golf as much as they do. They currently reside in Alamo, California.
Phone: (925) 282-2266
Parker Christiansen is the founder of Presidio Wealth Management with nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry. With a passion for providing impeccable service and proactive wealth management, he leads the Presidio Wealth Management team and works closely with medical professionals, business owners, and families.
Parker started his career as an Assistant Broker with Merrill Lynch, before becoming a financial advisor with Fidelity Brokerage Services. As he built up his experience, he desired to work more closely with clients and provide a higher level of service without quotas or restrictions. With the vision of a service-oriented firm that served the unique needs of affluent professionals and business owners, he formed Presidio Wealth Management.
Parker holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations through Triad Advisors. He is a Professional Plan Consultant™ and is currently pursuing the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.
For more than four decades, Parker has resided in Utah. He and his wife, Connie, have two beautiful daughters, Alexa and Abby. Outside of the office, he enjoys staying active in the beautiful Utah outdoors, including cycling, skiing, snowmobiling, and participating in triathlons. He is an Eagle Scout and is actively involved in his church and community.
Pat McCandless joined Bukaty Companies Financial Services with more than 20 years experience and is well-known for her consultative and advisory services. Her breadth of knowledge comes from years spent working in a privately held, financial services firm in the Midwest, a retirement plan third-party administration firm, then collaborating with a well- respected full-service financial and wealth management firm on the East coast. Her personal and professional philosophy is to naturally align herself with the clients’ needs first and foremost. These qualities are exemplified in her sense of stewardship, exceptional service and highly ethical business conduct.
Over the past decade, Pat has provided a roadmap to business owners sponsoring retirement plan benefits. Her objective approach helps them to determine if their plan addresses stringent ERISA fiduciary mandates and DOL requirements. She recognizes that many business owners are simply too busy running their own companies and have neither time nor the inclination to develop the necessary knowledge or experience to properly assess or manage their retirement plan benefit.
Pat offers unbiased and conflict-free advice, all of which is based on solid research, leading edge analytics and decision making tools. She provides consulting and advisory services in the capacity of investment co-fiduciary. She provides tools and resources to assist the plan sponsor with plan oversight responsibilities.
Pat earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Certificate in Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Pat is a registered representative and holds her FIRNA Series 6, 63, and 65 securities registrations. She also was awarded the prestigious designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies™ in 2009. The AIF® or Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care.
Phil Matheson is a Managing Director based in RBG’s Irvine, California, office. He focuses on managing fiduciary responsibility, education and concise customer service when working with every one of his clients. He focuses on being an extension of his clients’ HR departments and sets himself apart by not only planning in a proactive manner, but by holding one-on-one educational meetings with his plan participants to better understand their goals.
Phil has a decade of experience in financial services, including seven years as the Vice President of Retirement Services at Centennial Group Benefits. He was previously with Wells Fargo Advisor and Wachovia Securities.
Phil graduated from the University of Arizona and holds AIF, CRPS and C(k)P certifications.
Phil is an active member of the University of Arizona Alumni Association and the Sigma Chi Orange County Chapter. When not in the office, you can find Phil golfing, playing basketball or hiking mountains ranging from Mt. Rainer in Washington to Mt. Orizaba in Mexico. You could also attempt to catch him competing in a number of major national marathons such as the New York Marathon, the Washington D.C. Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon. Phil is also a Dodgers and Lakers fan, and enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams.
Rich is a friendly, optimistic, and caring financial consultant in Peculiar, Missouri. Rich is deeply rooted in family and community values. He strives to see people smile and feel energized for tomorrow and the opportunity to live their dreams. It brings Rich great joy to witness his clients live their dreams by doing good things for the future of their families and the communities that resonate with their values.
Rich and his wife, Kara, have four boys. Kara is a former teacher at Raymore Elementary. They enjoy spending time with family, especially coaching the boys in sports. In his free time, Rich enjoys attending Broadway shows as well as Sporting KC and Mizzou basketball games.
Richard Webdell currently serves as a financial advisor for Bukaty Companies Financial Services. In this role his responsibilities include providing wealth management, financial planning and investment advice to clients. Specifically, he focuses on providing retirement income planning and wealth transfer strategies to individuals, families and small business owners. Richard has 13 years of experience in the field and prides himself on providing well-rounded and comprehensive financial plans, as well as unbiased and objective investment advice.
Prior to joining Bukaty Companies, Richard served as the owner and President of his own individual financial services office, Webdell Financial. Prior to that, he served as Director of local Retirement Benefits Group at AXA Advisors.
Richard received his B.S. in Finance with a minor in Economics from Kansas State University.
Richard holds his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation.
Bob has owned and managed businesses providing investment and retirement planning services for more than 30 years. He formed his own firm, Avenir Equity, and subsequently merged with Barbara Delaney’s FFOA in 2008 to form StoneStreet Equity. Previously, Bob was principal owner of Stanwich Benefits Group, an investment management and retirement plan services firm serving plans with over 250,000 participants. After Stanwich was sold to Bank of New York, Bob served as president of the Employee Investment Plan Division.
Ruth manages the Austin, Texas Division for Bukaty Companies Financial Services.
Ruth has worked in the financial services industry for over a decade with a focus on serving the needs of retirement plan sponsors and their participants. Throughout her career, Ruth’s primary objective has always been to deliver quality retirement plan services that help companies manage fiduciary obligations.
As a wealth manager in the Irvine office of the Retirement Benefits Group, Sal works with high net worth individuals as an investment manager. Additionally, Sal works with clients to provide comprehensive financial and tax planning.
Sal has worked in the financial services industry for 13 years and has been a financial planner for the past 10 years. Sal started his career with the Ayco Company, L.P., which is a Goldman Sachs company.
Sal has passed the New York, New Jersey and California bar examinations. He also has passed Series 7 and Series 65 securities examinations. Sal earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. He also holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Seton Hall University of Law.
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Sal is an avid runner and enjoys watching the financial markets. He also enjoys living in Yorba Linda with his wife and three sons.
Scott Dooley currently serves as Vice President of Wealth Management for Bukaty Companies Financial Services. In his role, Scott works with families in the areas of investment, retirement and estate planning. He spends time consulting directly with plan participants, helping them create plans that aim to fund their retirement dreams. Scott also serves as a member of Bukaty Companies Financial Services’ Investment Policy Committee.
Scott brings more than 20 years of experience working with both individual and institutional investors. Prior to joining Bukaty Companies, he served as Vice President for Manning & Napier Advisors, where he consulted to plan sponsors and institutional clients around life cycle and target date investment strategies. Scott also brings a deep bench of experience working with structured products as First Vice President of Advisors Asset Management. In addition, he has worked with several institutional asset management firms as Vice President of the Managed Account Consulting groups.
Scott received his B.A. in History from California State University, Bakersfield.
Scott earned his CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANS SPECIALIST designation from the College for Financial Planning. The CRPS designation indicates expertise in designing, implementing and servicing qualified and non-qualified plans.
As one of the Principals of Retirement Benefits Group, Sean works with a phenomenal team of professionals dedicated to retirement programs for companies and individuals. Sean’s expertise is working on education and communication programs, individual retirement management and has an interest in behavioral finance.
Sean has been in the financial services industry for 16 years and started his financial services career with Prudential Securities, which subsequently changed to Wachovia Securities. Previously, Sean enjoyed a career at the Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks in San Diego and Orlando managing promotional marketing programs.
Sean also is on the faculty at Boston University where he teaches a course on Retirement Management.
Sean earned his Bachelors of Science degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Communications. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from National University.
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Sean is a high school football official and has his private pilot’s license (flying small airplanes). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl. Sean attends Penasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego where he plays drums in the ensemble.
Sean is a Partner at Retirement Partner Advisors and as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, he assists plan trustees with the design, implementation and communication of retirement programs, including defined contribution, defined benefit and non-qualified plans. Over the last 20 years, he has developed and refined a procedural due diligence process that assists 401(k), 403(b) and defined benefit plan sponsor’s in managing their fiduciary responsibilities under ERISA. At the firm today, he consults with clients in all business sectors and of every size.
Sean’s past experience has led him to where he is today and throughout the years, he has learned how to offer his clients’ the superior service found at the firm. Prior to RPA, he was the Florida Branch President for Pension Advisors, a specialty firm focusing primarily on retirement plan consulting. For over 9 years, he was the Senior VP of Retirement Plan Service for Asset Advisors of America, a Registered Investment Advisory Firm focused on retirement plan consulting. And finally, he started his career in 1994 with Saunders Advisory Group, which formed the foundation for the services provided today as an investment steward to his clients. Other than dreaming of being a Charter Fishing Captain, Sean wouldn’t want to do anything else than what he does at RPA! He greatly enjoys helping employers develop a successful retirement plan that effectively engages participants so they can reach retirement readiness.
As much as Sean loves retirement planning, he does have a life outside of work, most of which includes time on the water whenever possible. He enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, Dewars and Wesley, traveling, fishing, camping, or doing anything outdoors or on the ocean. He is a die-hard Tampa Bay Rays and Rowdies soccer fan and volunteers at local dog rescues and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Shawn has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He is a financial advisor and has held several Sr. Leadership positions with some of the largest financial companies in America. In February 2014, Shawn founded Summit Wealth Strategies of Colorado, a financial firm with offices located in The Forum at Cherry Creek. ..
Summit Wealth Strategies of Colorado, has access to best of class investment offerings, advisory services, insurance products and annuities from over 60 industry leading financial companies. Summit is a boutique financial firm that has no ties to any proprietary life Insurance or investment company product offerings. Being independent, allows us to provide complete objectivity and transparency for our individual and business clients.
Shawn G. O’Keefe is a CO licensed Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) and SEC-registered investment Advisor. CRD# 2494631.
Shawna is a retirement consultant for Retirement Benefits Group. Shawna began her career in financial services in 2005 at HLW Advisors in Orange County, CA. Shawna joined Retirement Benefits Group this year. As a retirement consultant, Shawna provides retirement solutions for corporations and small businesses. Her goal is to create exceptional retirement plan experiences for employers and their employees while helping to ensure the highest quality programs, saving time and reducing exposure to fiduciary liability.
Shawna holds a General Securities License 7, Uniform securities State Law License 63, Uniform Investment Advisor License 65 and Life & Health License. CA Insurance Lic# 0E76459.
Shawna enjoys snowboarding, running and often participates in local sporting events such as the Camp Pendleton Mud Run. She spends the rest of her free time enjoying the beautiful beaches of San Diego.
Spencer has over 6 years in the financial services industry. Prior to joining StoneStreet Equity, he was an analyst, trader, and portfolio manager, specializing in energy equities and commodities. He has also worked as an independent consultant providing due diligence and investment commentary/attribution for mutual fund managers. He holds FINRA Series 65 registrations with Independent Financial Partners and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).
Spencer earned his Master of Finance and BS in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, LA.
Stuart is currently associated with Retirement Benefits Group as a non-registered consultant. As a trusted professional resource, Stuart continues to provide business insight and perspective to the firm and its advisors.
Stuart began his financial services career after graduating college in 1974. Spending 30 years with Prudential Financial and an addition 8 years as an independent financial planner, he has a wide range of insurance knowledge and expertise. Through the use of life insurance, employee benefit programs, qualified and non-qualified retirement planning, Stuart has established his reputation building financial independence for individuals, families and business owners.
Over the past 15 years, Stuart has been involved in several mentoring programs sharing his knowledge and passion for the business. He has successfully launched several financial planning careers.
Stu’s passion for helping people has made his career a work of love.
Stuart received a B.A. in Philosophy from California State University, Northridge in 1974. CA Insurance License # 0474504
Stuart resides in Westlake Village with his wife, April. They enjoy four children and five grandchildren. Stu’s interests include traveling, baseball, running marathons, golf and spending time with family and friends.
Taylor Dance is the Director of Retirement Plan Services with a leading Retirement Plan Advisory Practice. With nearly a decade of experience in the financial services industry, he specializes in retirement plan management. Working closely with plan sponsors and individuals, he strives to help his clients pursue their goals and bring their financial plans full circle.
Taylor decided to get into the Financial Advisory world after the passing of his father, who was a Financial Advisor. His fathers’ clients and friends came up to Taylor and his siblings at the funeral and said that without the help of their father, and grandfather previously they wouldn’t have the financial freedom that they enjoy today. They made a difference for each and every one of the thousands of clients that they helped over the years and Taylor wanted to make a large impact of his own.
As a third generation wealth advisor, Taylor grew up in the world of investments and has a lifelong passion for finance. He is a Professional Plan Consultant™ and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Utah State University. He is a board member of the Western Pension & Benefits Council and in 2016, and 2017 was nominated as one of the Top Plan Advisors Under 40 in the country. In 2018 he was named as one of the Top Plan Advisors Under 40 in the country.
Taylor began his career in financial services in 2006. Over the next several years, he assisted 401(k) plan sponsors in implementing retirement programs for their employees, focusing primarily on Native American Governmental Plans.
Joining Retirement Benefits Group in November 2013 as a Financial Consultant, Taylor works with a team of highly qualified professionals dedicated to the needs of companies, sovereign tribal governments and individuals using employee benefit programs, life insurance, and qualified/non-qualified retirement planning.
Taylor received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz. He completed his final studies, focusing on language, culture, and antiquity. Taylor holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 65 securities registrations. He also holds life, health, and variable insurance licenses.
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Taylor enjoys a variety of activities including basketball, mountain biking and hiking. He is passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures. He also stays active in the community by contributing to local charities.
Thomas H. Parker, C(k)P®, has been a qualified retirement plan specialist for nearly forty years. He is known for his high degree of knowledge and experience for helping businesses implement and optimize group retirement plans, as well as helping improve plan outcomes for participants.
Graduating from Western Illinois University with a double major in finance and psychology, Parker has always enjoyed exploring people’s financial goals and helping create solutions to improve their long-term outcomes for financial success. First entering the financial services industry in the insurance division, he quickly felt limited in his ability to serve clients by a restricted group of products. His passion led him to creating his own firm dedicated to group benefits in 1980. Over the next twenty years, he grew his firm to serve more then 300 corporate accounts, finding the amount of activity and impact he could help create through group planning efforts to be greatly rewarding. In 2000, he further refined his specialty within the group benefits arena, selling the health and voluntary benefits divisions and dedicating exclusively to 401(k)s and group retirement plans. In addition to his Certified 401(k) Professional designation, C(k)P®, Parker holds his Series 6, 63, and 65 securities licenses, as well as life, health and variable annuity insurance licenses in multiple states.
Parker is a member of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), a professional society and advocacy group with the mission to enhance retirement security in America. He also belongs to the Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG), one of the largest professional consulting networks dedicated to improving investment opportunities through investment analysis, plan design, fee benchmarking and employee communications.
Parker resides in the Chicago area, and when not in the office, enjoys art, music and cooking.
Tony graduated Delta Sigma Pi with a BS degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University, and has been providing Qualified and Non-Qualified retirement plan services to institutions and their employees since 1989. He has done post graduate studies to achieve the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation. He has established a reputation for excellence and expertise in the area of investment fiduciary responsibilities, providing search and benchmarking, contract negotiations, investment due diligence, and comprehensive employee education and communication programs. He has been featured and quoted in several magazine articles including Plan Sponsor, Plan Advisor, Registered Representative, Forbes and many others as well as being the cover story for Research Magazine.
As a recognized retirement plan expert, he has been a featured speaker and panelist for many retirement plan conferences, seminars and broadcasts throughout the country discussing plan design education, communication/education and investment trends. Tony is also a member of many retirement Advisory Council’s for many of the major retirement plan vendors and providers. Tony was a 2005 finalist for Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year*, and has been nominated every year 2005 – 2017. In 2009 he was selected as a founding lecturer at the recently established “Retirement University” at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. In 2011 he was asked to help develop the National Association of Plan Advisors, and subsequently has become a member of its leadership committee, as well as a member of one of its primary subcommittee the Government Affairs Committee. *Plansponsor’s Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year is based upon nominations by industry professionals and selected based on quantitative evaluation of service levels and feedback from plan sponsor clients. Advisors who have attained PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional Designation receive an automatic nomination.
Tony’s designations include Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF); Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P), and Professional Plan Consultant (PPC). Tony earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University, graduating Delta Sigma Pi.
Tony lives in Carlsbad with his wife and four children. He enjoys traveling, sports, concerts, and golf. He is also an avid swimmer, cyclist, and runner; most notably, he is a two-time finisher of the Boston Marathon, and completed the 2007 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona Hawaii. Tony also takes pride in supporting local non-profits including the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and Junior Achievement of San Diego County.
Tristan Talley is Vice President, of Wealth Management at Bukaty Companies Financial Services, bringing more than 17 years of experience to the firm. In this role, Tristan’s primary responsibilities involve helping clients connect their money to the lives they want. As a wealth management advisor, Tristan specializes in retirement income planning, estate planning and tax planning, working with all aspects of a client’s financial life to assist them in accomplishing their goals and dreams. He also provides financial education to retirement plan participants.
Tristan received his B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Economics from the University of Kansas.
Vince Morris is a founder of Bukaty Companies Financial Services, bringing more than 22 years of industry experience and a lifetime passion for investments and helping people with financial literacy to the firm. In his role, Vince is tasked with the overall growth strategy and vision of the company. Vince oversees multiple divisions under the financial services umbrella including the firm’s Resources Investment Advisors, Inc., its third party administration firm, Retirement Plan Administration, Inc. and its affiliate services program. As a nationally recognized leader in the field of retirement plans for companies and their executives, Vince has been a valuable resource for other successful entrepreneurs. He has extensive experience in asset management and fiduciary duties pertaining to offering retirement plans. Additionally, he serves on the NAPA Government Affairs Committee and supports the industry PAC.
William Caldwell is a Senior Wealth Manager, MBA, CLU® with over 43 years’ experience in the financial services industry to include working with high net worth individuals and their extended families. His commitment is to work very closely with each individual client to address their investment objectives based on their specific investor profile, their time horizon, and risk tolerance. Bill ’s passion is to assist his clients in the accumulation and conservation of their investment wealth through all types of investment cycles. Bill is also an investment advisor to several small 401(k) plans. Bill served as Managing Partner/LPL Branch Manager for the eight years prior to joining Retirement Benefits Group-Irvine in March 2016. For the prior 25 years, Bill owned and ran a small broker-dealer, TriEqua Capital Corporation which was closed in February 2008.
Bill earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree (History) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965. While attending Cal, Bill played basketball for one year and competed in track, as a sprinter, for four years. Between Cal & UCLA, Bill was an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corp (Captain) and served in Vietnam from March 1967 through February 1968. Bill is a member of the Quantico Marine Athletes Veterans’ Organization.
Bill currently resides in Rancho Mission Viejo with Judith, his wife of forty-five years. Bill and Judith have four children (two biological and two adopted) and three grandsons. From 1988 through 2012, Bill and Judith were Foster Parents for the County of Orange and parented over 150 infants and toddlers! Two of their foster children became permanent members of the Caldwell family as adopted children. As a member of the 1960’s Quantico Marine Athletes Veterans’ Organization, Bill enjoys attending reunions with wife and family.
Winston has been a part of Retirement Benefits Group since 2011, serving as the Director of Client Services. In this role, he is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships by helping individuals reach their investment objectives and financial goals. As the primary liaison, Winston assists the advisory team with individual investment education, group seminars and the delivery and implementation of financial plans.
Prior to joining Retirement Benefits Group, Winston worked as an Account Manager at Cisco Systems.
Winston received his BS from University of California, San Diego. He currently holds his Series 7 and Series 66 licenses, and has a CA Insurance License.
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When Winston isn’t in the office, he enjoys spending time with family and saltwater fishing. He also enjoys snowboarding and experimenting in the kitchen.
Vince Morris is a founder of Bukaty Companies Financial Services, bringing more than 22 years of industry experience and a lifetime passion for investments and helping people with financial literacy to the firm. In his role, Vince is tasked with the overall growth strategy and vision of the company. Vince oversees multiple divisions under the financial services umbrella including the firm’s Resources Investment Advisors, Inc., its third party administration firm, Retirement Plan Administration, Inc. and its affiliate services program. As a nationally recognized leader in the field of retirement plans for companies and their executives, Vince has been a valuable resource for other successful entrepreneurs. He has extensive experience in asset management and fiduciary duties pertaining to offering retirement plans. Additionally, he serves on the NAPA Government Affairs Committee and supports the industry PAC.
Phil Troyer serves as Resources’ Chief Compliance Officer and is responsible for the firm’s overall compliance with federal and state investment laws. Phil has been a licensed attorney for over 20 years. His prior experience includes serving as General Counsel for NRP Financial and NRP Advisors, a broker-dealer and investment adviser owned by National Retirement Partners, as well as managing his own national ERISA practice, which have made him a recognized thought leader in the retirement plan industry.
In addition, Phil is able to draw upon his past experience in insurance, litigation, contract interpretation, and corporate law to assist the firm and its practice leaders with managing the risks associated with their businesses.
Carrie Ohm is the VP of Advisor Development and is responsible for recruiting new advisors and advisory firms. Carrie focuses on increasing the revenue stream, recruitment activity, and growth of Resources on a national basis.
Prior to joining Resources, Carrie spent the first part of her career in financial services as an adviser recruiter for an independent broker-dealer. Twelve years later, Carrie moved to the RIA channel, seeking a platform with more flexibility, higher earning power and less red tape for advisors who act in the best interests of their clients. There, she discovered her passion for retirement plan consulting, where advisors have the opportunity to impact the health of businesses, plan sponsors and especially participants. “Our work with participants allows the average American worker, who might not otherwise have access to personalized resources, to increase their financial literacy and reduce financial stress.”
Carrie graduated from the Personal Financial Planning program at Kansas State University.
Carrie serves on the board of the Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City as well as the K-State PFP Alumni Board. She enjoys speaking to groups about careers in financial services and volunteering in the community through Junior Achievement. When she’s not traveling to conferences or to meet with advisors, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
Ashley Barb serves as Resources’ Vice President of Client Experience bringing more than 12 years of industry experience to the firm. In her role, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, playing an important role in navigating through the complexity of serving advisors needs, advisory retirement plan clients, wealth management clients, and building out infrastructure and tool suites.
Ashley is able to draw upon her past experience in project management and relationship management to oversee organizational enhancements, implementation, reporting and provide oversight of the firm’s day-to-day back-office support, customer service, training, tools, processes, and systems.
Chelsey Ryerson serves as Controller for Resources Investment Advisors. In this role, Chelsey is responsible for the overall accounting and financial reporting functions for the Company. This includes working closely with other members of leadership to budget and forecast for the Company’s growth.
Chelsey has been a licensed CPA since 2011 and spent several years as an audit manager at a large public accounting firm, prior to joining Bukaty Companies Financial Services in 2017.
James Battmer currently serves as Chief Investment Officer for Resources Investment Advisors. In his role, James is responsible for providing executive oversight of the firm’s investment strategy and execution, in addition to overseeing all institutional and high-net-worth client accounts. James has 17 years of experience in the industry, his expertise lies in macroeconomic policy, fixed income management and equity selection.
Prior to joining Resources Investment Advisors, James served as Vice President at UMB Bank.
Jessica Schubel serves as Resources’ Compliance Director and is responsible for the firm’s compliance program. Jessica has more than 14 years of compliance and regulatory experience in the investment industry with a focus on registered investment advisors. Prior to Resources, she served as the Compliance Manager-VP, Anti-Money Laundering Officer and Mutual Fund Secretary for Scout Investments, Inc. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Political Science Concentration from the University of Kansas.
Brian Kershner joined Resources as a Client Experience Manager. Brian has over 20 years of financial services experience, ranging from retail branch banking to global custodian. His previous roles have included client service, business continuity, project management and consulting.
Megan Adamson is the Transition Manager for Resources Investment Advisors. Megan has been in the financial industry for 18 years Megan was the Operations and Office Manager for a wealth advisor company in 2017 and a Kansas City credit union. Her previous experience has been in the institutional and retail space of investments, insurance, and management of staff.
Megan spent 16 years as an Operations and Compliance Manager for CU Investment Solutions, LLC. She truly loves engaging with the advisers and helping them with their book of business, training staff and helping with overall compliance regulations.
Brandon Kempin received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2018 and currently serves as the Portfolio Manager for the Portfolio Management team at Resources Investment Advisors. Brandon has been part of the Portfolio Management team for the past 7 years. In his role, Brandon is responsible for account rebalancing and monitoring, trading execution, model analysis and creation, investment research, attribution analysis, and technology utilization on the wealth management side. On the retirement side, his duties include, line up construction, investment monitoring, maintaining the preferred list of investments, fund reviews, investment manager meetings, and value added resource creation.
Brandon attended the University of Kansas and received his Bachelor of Science (BS), Finance, General. Brandon is also involved with Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City and United Way of Greater Kansas City. Brandon is a member of the the CFA Society of Kansas City.
Carey Morrison is a member of the Portfolio Management team and works with Wealth Management clients and Resources Investment Advisors partner firms. He has 29 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Resources Investment Advisors, Mr. Morrison was a Vice President at Tower Wealth Managers. He also previously worked for Lazard Asset Management and Blackrock iShares.
Mr. Morrison graduated from William Jewell College with a B.A. in Business Administration and received his MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Matt Windemuller is a CFA Level III Candidate and currently serves as the Asst. Portfolio Manager & Analyst for the Portfolio Management team and Allocation Committee at Resources Investment Advisors. Matt has been in the financial industry for 6 years. In his role, Matt provides necessary investment research and analysis. He also engages in the day to day management of investment portfolios and processes, trading, analysis, and communication. Matt actively monitors and reviews the firm’s approved core equity, fixed income, and alternative investment options for both the wealth management and the retirement plan side of the business.
Matt graduated from the University of Denver in 2013, with a B.S.B.A in Finance and Marketing. Matt also successfully passed the NASAA Series 65 – Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination.
Rebecca manages Resources’ instance of Salesforce.com, along with several connected tools. She trains new users and provides continuing education, along with making updates to the system and assisting users as needed. Rebecca previously worked in the construction equipment rental industry, spending a majority of her time working with the region’s branch managers to compile market data and reporting on sales rep performance. She became a Sr. CRM Administrator (Salesforce.com)after her company was acquired and has guidedcompanies in their use of the software ever since. Rebecca is originally from the Phoenix, Arizona area and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Prior to joining Resources, Danielle worked as Client Services Associate at Bukaty Companies Financial Services where she assisted advisers in servicing clients, including new account paperwork, withdrawals, meeting preparation, and account maintenance. She provided back office support for Resources’ member firms, including quarterly reporting and billing and daily data management.
Danielle enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two kids. She is the Treasurer of the Women’s Ministry, sings in the choir, and serves on the Worship Committee for her church.
Hannah serves as the Client Experience Associate for Resources. Hannah is responsible for assisting advisers in servicing their clients, including new account set-up and account maintenance. She also provides back office support for Resources’ firms including quarterly reporting, billing and daily data management.
Prior to Resources Hannah held the position of Financial Operations Analyst at DST where she was responsible for the process management and verification of distribution events and projects. Hannah was also responsible for the oversight of execution and risk management controls and validation.
Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising from Northwest Missouri State University.
David Wiedeman joined our team in May of 2016. In the years prior, he attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD as a student athlete in baseball.He was honorably released from the Academy and finished his academic and athletic career at Creighton University in Omaha, NE where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. David is also a 2017 IRONMAN Wisconsin Finisher, where he completed a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run all in a day’s work.
Kaleena is an energetic, self-motivated marketer with a passion for branding and organizational development. In 2018, she joined Resources as a Marketing & Creative Consultant to assist with corporate branding and building out a marketing services program for affiliate offices. She earned a degree in economics and advertising from Hastings College while working at Oakeson Steiner Wealth & Retirement in Hastings, Nebraska part-time. After graduation and eight years in the marketing industry, she joined the team at Oakeson Steiner again to lead the implementation of new technology platforms, marketing and client communications.
Cara Duke is a very active, personable, and detail-oriented individual who has a fire burning passion for providing a top-notch experience for all those who are working with her. Cara joined our team in November of 2015. In the years prior, she attended the Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri as a student-athlete in soccer. After graduating from undergrad, Cara continued her education and received her Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing. Currently, Cara is responsible for online marketing, multimedia communications, project management, social media strategy, and event planning and management. She is the definition of creative multi-tasking force.
Brandon Cutler is a mentor for Financial Elements, Resources’ employee wellness solution powered by people and amplified by technology. Brandon helps participants by breaking down financial concepts to increase financial literacy that will impact everyday financial decisions to reach the desired outcome.
Prior to joining Resources and Financial Elements, Brandon spent three years with Fidelity Investments working on asset acquisition, guidance and planning, and customer service.
Brandon received his bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management from the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma. He holds his Series 66, 63, and 7 with Resources Investment Advisors. Brandon is currently enrolled in Life & Health, CFP.
Brandon and his wife Brittany recently got married in June. They both played basketball in college and enjoy watching basketball whenever they can. Brandon and Brittany enjoy being around good company and creating lifelong experiences.
Adriana Becerra is a bilingual financial consultant for Financial Elements, Resources’ employee wellness solution powered by people and amplified by technology. Adriana helps participants by breaking down financial concepts to increase financial literacy that will impact everyday financial decisions to reach the desired outcome.
Prior to joining Financial Elements, Adriana Becerra was the Economic Empowerment Educator at El Centro, Inc., whose role was to provide financial literacy education and coaching to the Latino community in the Greater Kansas city area. As a former tax return preparer at H&R Block, she also participated in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Adriana has also worked and served as the Regional Director of Government Agencies and business enterprises at The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC).
Originally from Mexico, Adriana has been living in Olathe, Kansas since 2008. In her free time, she enjoys spinning, reading, writing, and spending time with her son, who studies engineering at The Kansas University.
Tracy Ross serves as a Staff Accountant for Resources Investment Advisors. In this role, Tracy is responsible for accounting, processing commissions, maintaining and developing RAPP, invoicing, billing, and other accounting duties. This includes working closely with other members of the accounting team to maintain the general ledger for Resources. Tracy has over 20 years of accounting experience.
Emily Richardson serves as a Staff Accountant for Resources Investment Advisors. In this role, Emily is responsible for processing commissions, maintaining and developing RAPP, invoicing, billing, and other accounting duties. This includes working closely with other members of the accounting team to maintain the general ledger for Resources.
Emily is a volunteer and involved with the KVC Warehouse which provides clothing, toiletries, and supplies for kids in foster care and foster care families in Kansas.