Adam is a financial advisor for Retirement Benefits Group. Adam started his finance career in 2016 with SagePoint Financial. He built his early practice around private wealth management. Since then he has evolved into institutional consulting, servicing corporate retirement plans, including Defined Contribution, Defined Benefits, and Non-Qualified Plans. Adam focuses on investment fiduciary responsibilities, providing benchmarking, investment due diligence, comprehensive employee education, and contract negotiations. As an integral part of RetirementDNA, Adam spearheads the division of Retirement Benefits Group that focuses on the biotech and life science industries. RetirementDNA has served as the Premier Supplier of corporate retirement plans, executive benefits, and employee financial education services for BIOCOM members for over ten years now. Adam specializes in designing, customizing, and implementing investment and retirement plans. He holds his life, health, and variable insurance license. In 2009, Adam graduated from Niagara University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business Management.
Alex Esposito is a Wealth Advisor at our San Diego branch of Retirement Benefits Group, Inc. as well as a Registered Representative with Triad Advisors. He currently holds his California Life and Health, and Variable Insurance License.
With a Professional Masters in E-commerce and Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco, Alex’s former career was centered around various wholesale and distribution companies in the action sports and E-commerce realm.
Alex now specializes in all aspects of financial planning and wealth advising including retirement, college savings, mortgages, estate planning, life insurance, asset accumulation and preservation.
Allie C. Rivera is Senior Consultant and Director of Investment Consulting for Strategic Retirement Group. Allie’s responsibilities include researching, analyzing and monitoring retirement plan investments, benchmarking plan design features, fees and services and providing essential support to SRG’s senior consultants. In addition, Allie facilitates provider and asset manager due diligence projects.
Prior to joining SRG in 2014, Allie gained experience in the retirement plan sector at Katz, Zlotnick & Associates where her responsibilities included investment due diligence and analysis. Allie also worked on a number of internal and client facing research projects.
In 2012, Allie graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Mathematics and in 2013, she passed the CFP examination. Allie is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.
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.
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 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 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. Ben holds both California Insurance licenses, as well as his California real estate broker’s license.
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.
Having more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry, Ben’s professional background includes extensive work on 401(k) retirement plans and investment management for pension plans and endowment & foundation portfolios. Ben also founded and managed a private investment fund for several years. His clients include institutions located in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast. Ben received a BS in Business Administration with a specialty in Finance from the University of Tennessee. Ben holds the AIF® Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, certifying specialized knowledge of fiduciary standards of care and their application to the investment management process.
William C. Doran, Jr., is the senior vice president of Future Benefits, Inc. and has spent seven years as an account executive with ITT/Hartford prior to joining Future Benefits in 1989. The holder of a BS in Business Management from Southern Vermont College, Bill is a specialist in 457 deferred compensation and salary reduction plans.
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.
Bob sold his first retirement plan in 1998 and has been an industry leader ever since. He started Veritas Retirement Consultants, an advisory firm that helped middle-market companies navigate and optimize their retirement plans (both Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit plans). Veritas forged true partnerships with clients, always putting their interests first and providing them with superior service and complete transparency regarding compensation. With these principles at its core, Veritas grew rapidly and was nationally recognized and respected and had over $2.2 billion in assets under management.
In 2019, Bob and Veritas joined forces with OneDigital, a national health and benefits company. Through their Registered Investment Advisor, Resources, they now have a true national footprint with almost $43 billion under management (RPS ADV 12/31/2019). The breadth of knowledge and services that Resources brings to the national market is phenomenal we are excited for the future.
Bob serves on several boards and is active in his favorite charities. He has his Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation. He studied Economics at the University of Illinois and lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his four children.
Brad is a VP, Retirement Plan Consuling with 401k Advisors Intermountain. In this role, Brad works directly with retirement plan committees and administrators on delivering retirement plan fiduciary, investment, advisory and other consultant services. He has a sincere and genuine interest in helping plan sponsors and participants enact change that that will help them retire successfully.
Prior to his current role, Brad spent 6 years working with a large corporate benefits firm where he specialized in retirement plan consulting. Over his career Brad has worked in the banking and automotive industries with experience in sales, e-commerce and finance. Brad earned his B.S. (Economics) from the University of Utah. Brad maintains his Life and Health Licenses. He is currently seeking to obtain the CFP designation.
In his free time Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children and golden retriever puppy. He enjoys the outdoors and is an avid mountain biker and triathlete. He resides with his family in South Jordan, Utah.
Brad Harris is a native of Southwest Missouri (Springfield). He holds two degrees from Missouri State University–the Master of Business Administration (MBA), emphasizing business administration and business law, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing. He moved to Kansas City in 1979 to begin law studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and earned his Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 1981. In addition to his JD designation, he also holds two professional designations in the financial services industry, Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®). Those certifications were awarded through the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Designees must meet specified experience requirements, maintain ethical standards, and agree to comply with both The American College’s Code of Ethics and Procedures and applicable continuing education requirements.
Harris started his career in the financial services profession upon completion of his legal studies and admission to the Missouri Bar in 1981. He brings a unique legal and business background to his financial perspective. His methodical and disciplined approach to the profession has benefited his clientele of individuals, families, and businesses for more than three decades. He truly enjoys his specialty and works in the wealth management and retirement planning arena.
Continuing education in the profession and networking with other aligned professionals (Lawyers, CPA’s, Wealth Managers and Financial Planners) has been a key practice and priority for Harris. Brad is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA®). He attends regular training events throughout the year to network with leading independent advisors and to sharpen his knowledge base with the continually evolving tax laws that impact IRAs and retirement assets. He maintains life, long-term care and variable annuity insurance licenses in multiple states.
Harris’s mission is to help his clients navigate the streams to financial freedom; to be there for them always through professional, proactive and caring service.
Harris resides in the Kansas City Area and enjoys keeping active with many outdoor activities–fitness programs, running, boating, SCUBA diving, traveling, fishing and pheasant hunting.
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.
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 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®).
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.
Chris has been consulting with corporate and non-profit retirement plans since 2007, joining IBG Financial Partners in 2015 as a Retirement Plan Consultant. He has worked with clients in small, mid, and large markets with an unwavering focus on participant outcomes, fiduciary risk management, and investment governance. Chris has extensive experience in 401(k) and 403(b) plan consulting, vendor management, investment review and analysis, and plan design analysis.
Prior to joining IBG Financial Parters, Chris was part of the Retirement Practice at Marsh & McLennan Agency, and Cammack Retirement Group. Chris is a Certified Retirement Plan Specialist.
Chris earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Brandeis University, and was the co-captain of the men’s tennis team. Chris and his family are actively involved in their community as well as multiple charity fundraising events in the greater Boston area.
Conor Weir is a Managing Director at Retirement Benefits Group where he consults on retirement plans with the goal to maximize the benefit to business owners and their employees. In his role, Conor is responsible for retirement plan design, fiduciary risk management, non-qualified plan design, and business succession planning.
In addition to managing retirement plans, Conor serves as the Chief Financial Officer to a select number of families and business owners, helping them invest for growth, protect what they have built and strengthen their company and family legacies. The team does extensive financial planning with these private clients and specializes in managing the overlap between business and personal wealth.
Conor loves the logical process of simplifying complex problems and creating solutions for clients. He is a glutton for knowledge, constantly attending conferences and reading independently to stay up‐to‐date, and he enjoys sharing this knowledge with clients or team members to optimize challenging or unique business and personal financial issues.
Prior to joining Retirement Benefits Group, Conor built his practice at Merrill Lynch. Early in his career, Conor’s honed his consultative approach to financial management as a consultant at “big four” consulting firms: Deloitte Consulting and Accenture.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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.
Dave is married with three children and six grandchildren. He enjoys tennis, swimming, biking, traveling and successfully completed Ironman Canada in 1989.
As Vice President of One Strategic Capital, Inc., David has been in the financial services industry for over 10 years as a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch, and now One Strategic Capital, Inc. Prior to this time, David spent 25 years in the medical industry working in high-level positions with well-known medical companies.
As David will tell you, “One thing I have found in my role as an adviser is that everyone has problems to solve and most of these issues are not directly related to finances. I find it’s not so much about the next hot stock or whether the market is up or down. What is most important for clients is the concept of ‘financial wellness.’ For them it is about reaching financial goals. It’s about protecting against life’s unknowns and guarding their mental and physical health. At the end of the day, clients want less financial stress, more peace of mind and a partner that will help them get there. Every day I get a chance to make a positive impact in people’s lives, an opportunity I cherish deeply.”
To meet these needs, David leverages the valuable resources of One Strategic Capital, Inc. and their vast industry partners and relationships to provide comprehensive planning, solid investment direction and uncompromising service. David strives for clarity, simplicity, confidence and performance as the foundation for value creation.
David holds his Life, Disability & Long-Term Care licenses. David is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).
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.
For nearly three decades, David M. Kover, CFP®, has been assisting business owners, executives, and retirees with comprehensive financial planning services and helping them to reach their financial planning goals and objectives. He takes pride in serving as a “family CFO,” to provide fiscal clarity and direction, coordinating all of the elements of financial planning, including insurance, taxes, estate planning, and investments, particularly as they relate to retirement planning.
As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, Kover has completed a two-year intensive study, passing five exams covering investments, taxes, insurance, retirement plans and estate planning.
Kover is an active member of several elite professional organizations that provide ongoing education as well as national networking opportunities with leading financial professionals. He participates in continuing education for the ongoing study mastery of IRA tax laws. Through his attendance at regular training events, Kover is able to help clients navigate the complex tax regulations and develop tax-reduction strategies for qualified retirement accounts. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA®), formerly serving as the president for the Chicago Loop Council, and has served on the speaker’s bureau, media committee and the pro bono committee. He is a current board member for the Institute of Management Accounts for Financial Professionals in Business as well as an affiliate member of the trust and estate section of the Collier County Bar Association. In addition to his professional associations and designations, Kover holds his life and long-term care insurance licenses in multiple states.
With active involvement in his community, Kover has served as president and secretary of Kiwanis of Pelican Bay as well as a board member. He was also treasurer and chairman of the finance committee for the River North Business Association in Chicago.
Kover and his wife, Denise, live in Naples, Florida. He is a certified scuba diver and enjoys playing the drums. He and his wife love to travel and play golf whenever they have the chance.
David Montgomery provides plan consulting and investment services to our clients. He is also President & Co-Founder of our sister company, Fidelis Fiduciary Management, which provides ERISA 3(38) investment fiduciary support to plan sponsors in partnership with non-fiduciary plan consultants and recordkeepers.
David entered the retirement planning field in 2005. He joined MRPA after six years of developing tailored investment solutions for high net worth clients for a major financial services firm. In 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 David was named a “Top Plan Advisor Under 40” by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). In 2019 and 2018 he was named to the Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors list.
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 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.
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. 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 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.
Eric has worked in financial services for over thirty years, with a vast array of experience. He began his career in audit and compliance of consumer loans, mortgages, and retail banking functions in the Savings and Loan industry in the early 1980s. He then worked for the Resolution Trust, a bureau of the FDIC, resolving several Savings and Loan companies. He then managed several various branch offices in the commercial loan industry and eventually became a regional manager with over 1,000 employees.
Since 2003, he has specialized in the Wealth Management and has worked with clients to grow, manage, protect and transition their wealth. This entails planning and consideration for clients and their families in four areas: investments, banking, risk management, and trust and fiduciary matters.
He graduated with a BA in Government from Humboldt State University, holds an advanced graduation level degree in Banking Finance from Pacific Coast Banking School, and holds a Certified Trust and Financial Advisory designation.
Eric also has a small farm on the island of Kauai. He enjoys running, biking, and swimming.
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, then15 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.
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 also holds his California Life, Health and accident insurance license and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation.
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 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 CA Life and Health Insurance license.
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.
Greg Mortenson has over thirty-five years of experience in working with closely held companies and business owners. Prior to entering the financial services industry in 1992, Greg worked in the public accounting firm industry attaining his C.P.A. in 1991. Since 1992 Greg has built a successful wealth management practice of industry-leading business owners and executives.
Through Greg’s leadership, Capstone Advisory Group LLC specializes in managing retirement plans with a primary focus on creating optimal retirement benefits for each and every participant in the plan. Capstone’s retirement readiness process successfully provides tangible retirement value to our clients. “We have a commitment to uncover each client’s financial needs and dreams, thus creating a process, a roadmap to make those dreams a reality”
Capstone Advisory Group helps clients navigate fiduciary responsibility through our proprietary industry-leading qualitative and quantitative investment analysis. We maintain full plan accountability through detailed systems and procedures governed by our robust technology.
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.
A recognized expert in the retirement plan industry, Jamie has been with Cafaro Greenleaf since 1993 and a principal since 1997. She has been a recognized vice president and retirement plan advisor with UBS Financial and with Prudential Securities, consistently ranking among the top retirement advisors nationally at both firms.
Jamie is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences and is a soughtafter presenter for many other advisor and plan sponsor continuing education sources such as Pensions and Investments, HR.com, and SHRM University Conference Services. Jamie serves on the Advisory Boards of Prudential, and John Hancock, as well as the Leadership Council for the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), where she regularly provides her retirement plan expertise and experience to our nation’s regulators and policymakers in Washington DC. Jamie has spent her entire professional career helping retirement programs and public funds. She has provided consulting services in all areas of plan management and oversight, including plan design, fees and services benchmarking, investment management selection and monitoring, fiduciary and regulatory compliance, investment policy design, and financial education to many Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies, nonprofit entities and public agencies. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Plan Sponsor University certification program for UCLA’s Anderson School of Business-Executive Education. Greenleaf holds a BA in Business Administration from Delaware Valley College, is a Registered Financial Advisor and is Life insurance licensed.
Jamie is known for her extensive and unparalleled knowledge, expertise and passion for the industry. She has a keen ability to guide, support and educate plan trustees, plan sponsors and plan participants alike. Leading from our headquarter office in Red Bank, New Jersey, Jamie advises throughout the New York Metropolitan and Tri State areas, traveling to other regions of the country when the opportunity to serve arises. She is an IMPACT 100 Jersey Coast member, an organization that funds transformational grants to Monmouth County, NJ nonprofits yearly. Jamie currently resides in Rumson, NJ with her husband and two sons.
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!
Jason Hoffman serves as Vice President of Bukaty Companies Financial Services, bringing more than 14 years of experience in the consulting field of retirement plan design, investment monitoring and administration to the firm. His duties include business development, marketing and overseeing day-to-day servicing operations of the Retirement Plan Services division.
As a consultant, he manages vendor searches, implementation timelines and conversion teams, plan design assistance, industry and market analysis and develops written communication plans. Hoffman also educates on fiduciary services in an effort to help clients stay compliant with various fiduciary standards and best practices including development of investment policy statements, on-going investment analysis and demographics analysis. He has a vast knowledge of retirement plans from the start-up phase to ongoing day-to-day operations. His strengths include employee communication, plan design education and assisting participants with the education process.
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
Jennifer B. Jones joined Flynn Benefits Group as Manager of Financial Planning and Investment Consulting, in December 2015. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM professional (CFP®) and an Accredited Asset Management Specialist(SM) (AAMS®) with over 16 years of experience. Prior to joining Flynn Benefits Group, Jennifer served as a Financial Consultant at Wells Fargo Advisors and UBS. She coordinates and manages personalized financial plans, individual investment monitors, asset allocation analysis, and scheduled portfolio reviews.
Jennifer grew up in Metro Detroit and was the valedictorian of her class at Mercy High School. While earning degrees in Finance and Logistics at Ohio State University, she competed on the Women’s Golf Team and served as Co-Captain. Jennifer was also a member of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and received the Pace Setter Award from the Max M. Fisher College of Business for outstanding academic achievement. Jennifer and her husband Andy love to travel, golf and spend time with family, especially their two young children.
Jennifer works independently and also part of the Channel Financial team in her primary role as a Retirement Plan consultant and in individual wealth management and plays the role of a benefits consultant including medical and health benefits. What brings Jennifer joy in this position is her relationships with clients, whom are like family. She has been in this industry for 21 years and has been at Channel Financial for the past 5 years.
Jennifer grew up in Minnesota and eventually attended the University of North Dakota and later spent some time living in other areas such as Texas and currently lives in Minnesota. Outside of work Jennifer is a competitive tennis player and also volunteers at InnerCity Tennis. She likes to enjoy summers in Minnesota by being outdoors as much as possible and also likes to participate in water activities such as boating.
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.
Joel has developed a high level of expertise in comprehensive financial planning strategies over the last 22 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.
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 earned his bachelor’s 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 Accredited Investment Fiduciary(AIF®)
Joel resides in Ladera Ranch, CA. with his daughter Maya. Joel believes in a high level of physical and mental fitness that culminates in numerous activities such as mountain biking, boating, 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 with his daughter Maya, paddle boarding or on their boat in Newport Harbor.
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 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.
Jon Bebe is a retirement consultant for Retirement Benefits Group, one of the country’s leading retirement plan consulting firms.
Jon’s goal is to collaboratively craft unique retirement plan solutions for small businesses and corporations. This includes reviewing existing retirement strategies including 401(k), 403(b), Deferred Compensation or other retirement/pension plans as well as working with plan sponsors and business owners to implement new plans.
He can trace back his passion for planning for the success of small businesses to over 11 years ago as he has been an integral part of the planning and launching companies in the retail consumer, technology, and advertising industries. He is deeply involved in the business community in the Northwest and is a frequent speaker at events educating attendees about the importance of retirement planning. Jon is also listed as one of the preferred retirement consultants for multiple associations in Portland and SW Washington.
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 15 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’s primary role here at Channel Financial is a Financial Planner and Investment Manager. He started as an advisor in 2007, the year the last Harry Potter book was published, and the first iPhone was launched. Josh supports the retirement plan team by helping employees of the companies we serve make the most of their employer-provided benefits. He is also an adjunct instructor at Minnesota State University in Edina, MN where he helps other Financial Advisors pursue the CFP® Designation.
Josh is from Wall, South Dakota, him and his wife moved to the Twin Cities in 1999 and live in Eden Prairie with their three children. He enjoys being active and loves traveling, hiking, running, and he is a veracious listener of non-fiction audiobooks. Josh dives deep into multiple complex subjects to seek wisdom about living a meaningful and happy life and shares this wisdom with others to help them pursue the same.
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.
Kari A. Baker is a Principal of 401K RESOURCES, an advisory practice focused on the specialized needs of retirement plan sponsors and participants. The mission of 401K RESOURCES is to provide clients with strategies to empower their employees to build financial independence while managing the fiduciary liability of organizations and executives.
Ms. Baker has been in the financial services industry for over 26 years, but her affinity for working with retirement plans started when she began advising her first 401(k) plan in 1996. Since then, most of her career has been focused on providing plan sponsor clients with fiduciary support and guidance, and arming participants with the tools to retire successfully. In 2009, Ms. Baker joined forces with Renee Scherzer to form what has now become 401K RESOURCES.
Ms. Baker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University. She is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, and a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor. Ms. Baker holds various insurance licenses.
Ms. Baker is a former Board member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Rotary Foundation. She is an active leader with her church and within the autism/ADHD community. She is also a member of the National Association of Plan Advisors and is affiliated with the Western Benefit & Pension Council’s Phoenix Chapter.
Kari lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband John, and her son Brady.
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.
Kevin is the president and chief operating officer of Future Benefits, Inc. He has his MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford and a BS in Finance from Bentley College. Before he and Tom established Future Benefits, Inc. in 1987, Kevin held positions with Skandia America Reinsurance Group and Grenham Underwriters, Inc.
Krystle Kaufman is a Retirement Plan Consultant at Bukaty Companies Financial Services. She is a second generation financial planner who brings more than 9 years of industry expertise to the firm. In her role, Krystle focuses solely on helping institutional clients with 401(k)s, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, ERISA and Non-ERISA 403(b) plans. Her responsibilities include providing in-depth retirement plan consulting to plan fiduciaries by offering a comprehensive array of services, all designed to help clients address fiduciary requirements entailed by offering a qualified retirement plan.
As an investment fiduciary to her corporate plans, Krystle helps plan sponsors identify unseen or unknown risks. After having held thousands of group meetings and one‐on‐one sessions, she is skilled in helping plans in their efforts to increase both deferral and participation rates for employees. Krystle has a passion for helping individual employees become more educated about savings, investments and subsequently guiding them to pursue their retirement goals. Krystle is also a regular speaker at conferences and forums where she shares her knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of retirement plan fiduciaries.
Prior to joining Bukaty Companies, Krystle worked as a wealth advisor for United Capital Financial Advisors, where she serviced the firm’s existing book of clients with excellent customer services, implemented new ideas, originated new business and provided comprehensive financial planning for individual high-net-worth individuals.
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 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 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.
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.
Attend Iowa Central Junior college and Indiana State University.
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.
A seasoned investment advisor with more than 16 years of industry experience under her belt, Marivic Hammond brings keen investment strategy and wealth management insight to the Teros team. However, her greatest asset is her ability to connect with clients and get to the heart of their relationship with money. Marivic understands that retirement planning often requires hard conversations. So when meeting with clients, she goes beyond financial buzzwords, breaking down the barriers to build a real understanding of financial pain points and goals. She loves being on a team that works just as hard to serve and empower clients.
Marivic’s knack for relationship building is just as effective outside the office. As mother of two very energetic (and very adorable) boys, an active board member for her local public schools, a previous mentor for scholars of a community college foundation, and leader of a professional women’s learning cooperative, she loves empowering others to create the best version of themselves and their futures.
Mark Beaton is Vice President, Retirement Plan Consultant with Bukaty Companies Financial Services. A native of England, Mark immigrated to the United States in 1996. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics, with a minor in Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. During his career as a commercial pilot, he was introduced to the Ziegler Companies where he began his financial services career as a Municipal Bond Broker.
In 2011, Mark co-founded Strategic Insurance Consultants (SIC) which specializes in benefit consulting for Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and Administrative Services Outsourcing (ASO). Mark became the Director of the Retirement Plan Consulting Division. The Benefits and Retirement Division of SIC merged with GCG Financial in 2013, where Mark designed, implemented and maintained one of the largest PEO/ASO in the Front Range. Mark joined Bukaty in 2015 when Bukaty became the investment advisor to the PEO/ASO. He earned the designation of CPFA (Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor) in the spring of 2016. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 Mark has been recognized for the prestigious “Young Guns Top 40 Advisors Under 40” award through the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA).
When Mark is not working as a Retirement Plan Consultant he likes riding dirt bikes. He is the Board Vice President of a 501(c)(3) which stewards land management for the Rampart Range area of the Pike National Forest. As a passion, Mark flies regularly with the Aspen Flying Club and likewise, he enjoys camping, snowboarding and spending time with family. Mark and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of two boys.0
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).
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.
Marta is a Retirement Plan Consultant with OneDigital Retirement Services. In this role she is responsible for the design, marketing and on-going monitoring of employer sponsored retirement savings programs. She works closely with plan committees helping them navigate the complexities of fiduciary issues and compliance, proactively coaching clients on potential risks, providing strategies to mitigate them and helping implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. With more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of qualified and non-qualified strategies she objectively evaluates a company’s retirement plan needs, develops targeted, flexible solutions, and successfully manages their implementation process and coordinates communication to employees. As a member of the due diligence team Marta works with employers engaging in M&A transactions, providing plan analysis including financial impact and administrative concerns, coordinating plan consolidation and asset transfers as well as participant communication during the transition period.
Marta received the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) from the American College. She was awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation from the Center For Fiduciary Studies, and the Certified Health Savings Advisor (CHSA®) designation from Access Point HSA
She holds a Life & Health Insurance License in NY State.
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
Michael D. Flynn began his career in the insurance industry in 1989. Within 10 years he built a clientele of thousands by focusing on disability insurance in the physician market. In 2000 Mike, along with his brother Patrick, formed and incorporated Flynn & Company, Inc. In 2006, they purchased an employee benefits division to meet the retirement and investment needs of clients. Now Flynn Benefits Group (dba), welcomed Michael F. Shearon as Director, Retirement and Investment Consulting.
Mike Flynn is a graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Business Administration. He enjoys playing golf. Mike and his wife Debby, enjoy traveling and spending time with their 4 adult children.
He has served his community as a board member of Angel’s Place and as a member of the Planned Giving Committee and Development Committee as a member of the Board of Loyola High School, Detroit and has been active in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills CYO as an athletic coach.
Mike and Debby are supporters of local charities in southeast Michigan; specifically, local food banks and The Ted Lindsay Foundation – raising money and funds to support research and educational programs, forcing on the cause and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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.
Mike’s passion is playing golf. He serves on the Coto de Caza Men’s Golf Association and Junior Golf committees.
Michael J. Shearon AIF®, C(k)P® joined Flynn Benefits Group as an Associate in July 2016 after gaining valuable experience working in the customer service call center for Fidelity Investments. He prepares and coordinates our quarterly plan reviews. Michael also works on plan and participant level technology, education and meetings.
Michael’s designations include Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®). Michael graduated from Bachelor of Science, Aquinas College 2015 where he was a two time NAIA Academic All-American in Track & Field. Michael enjoys spending time with family and friends, travel, hiking and reading.
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.
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. 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.
Michael Neaton is the Director of Participant Services at SHA Retirement Group and specializes in comprehensive financial planning. He is responsible for our Financial Elements Financial Wellness program as well as helping participants reach their retirement goals.
Michael previously worked as a Financial Representative at Thrivent for six years and two years prior with National Planning Corporation, and joined SHA in 2019. He graduated from Rochester College in Pre-Law/Behavior Science.
Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, Andrea, and two children. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, golf, wood working and travel.
Mike F. Shearon, AIF®, C(k)P® began his career in the retirement plan industry in 1989. He joined Flynn Benefits Group as Director of Retirement and Investment Consulting Services in May 2006. Mike and his team embrace their role as consultants, educators and service associates helping plan sponsors and participants achieve their goals.
In 2018 Mike was named to the Top Retirement Plan Advisors list by the Financial Times and his team was named to the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) top DC Advisor Teams list for the second year in a row. Mike’s designations include Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®). Mike earned a B.A. in Communications from Marquette University with a minor in Business Administration in 1987.
Mike and his wife of 30 years, Ann, enjoy traveling and spending time with their family. Both are active in their church and community. Mike has served as chairman of Parish Council, coached 7th grade and high school boys basketball and has assisted as a youth faith formation teacher.
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 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 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.
Patrice has been implementing creative planning strategies for individuals and retirement plan employees for over twenty-five years. Patrice has assisted clients in all aspects of financial planning, risk management, and goal achievement. She is a graduate of St. Catherine University and lives in Eden Prairie with her husband Bruce and their three children.
Paul Orlino is a Senior Wealth Advisor at Summit Wealth Strategies where he implements client goals, using holistic financial planning. His focus is helping business owners, real estate developers/owners and High Net Worth individuals reduce their tax burden while growing and sustaining their wealth.
Paul has worked with and for Big Banks, Hedge Funds, and Insurance companies to find his clients the best in class strategies for reaching their goals. Paul is CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) and has been in the industry, helping his clients reach their life goals, for over 13 years.
Paul and his wife Sara have 2 small children Bennett, and Adeline and has lived in Colorado for just under 10 years. Please email email@example.com or go to https://www.summitws-co.com/
Pete has 31 years of Financial Services experience and founded IBG Financial in 1996. For the past 24 years, his advisory business has focused on Corporate Retirement Planning, advising corporate clients on the plan investments, providing plan design assistance and administrative support. Currently, Pete and his colleagues advise Corporate Clients throughout New England, helping them help their employees pursue a confident retirement.
Peter has achieved the Chartered Financial Consultants (ChFC) designation from the American College by completing twelve advanced classes in Retirement Plans, Investments, and Financial Planning. He started his career with The Equitable (now AXA-Advisors) in 1986. In 1996, while at AXA Peter founded IBG Financial and in 2008 he and his clients joined National Retirement Partners (NRP), a boutique firm of top retirement plan consultants around the country. NRP was subsequently purchased in 2010 by LPL Financial, LLC. In 2008, Plan Sponsor Magazine named Pete one of the nations “Most Successful Retirement Plan Advisors”.1 In 2018, The Financial Times named IBG as one of the nation’s top retirement plan consulting firms. 2 Pete graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is active with his favorite charity, Old Colony Hospice, having served on their board from 2004-2011 as well as chairing their annual golf tournament.
1. Based on nominations from industry professionals, quantitative evaluation of service levels and feedback from Plan Sponsor clients. 2.. To qualify for the list, advisers had to have 20% or more of their total client assets in DC plans. Qualified advisers were then graded based on seven broad factors: DC assets under management, growth in DC plans and assets, degree of specialization in the DC business, experience, participation rate in DC plans advised, industry certifications, and compliance record.
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.
Renee K. Scherzer is a Principal of 401K Resources, a firm focused on employer sponsored plans and participant outcomes. The mission of 401K Resources is to provide clients with strategies to empower their employees to build financial independence while managing the fiduciary liability of organizations and their executives.
Ms. Scherzer began her career at Dean Witter Reynolds in 1989, where she worked closely with mentors that valued the future of the retirement industry. Through these relationships Ms. Scherzer gained experience working with different aspects of the financial services industry including stock trading, investments and managing assets. In 1999, Ms. Scherzer chose 401(k) plans to be her focus and left the wire house environment to start her own firm. Ten years later, she partnered with Kari Baker, and in 2020 they formed 401K Resources, which continues to make an impact in plan participant futures while managing the growing responsibilities of plan sponsors.
Renee has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University. She is an Investment Advisor Representative, Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor and holds the designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®).
Charity is an important part of Renee and her family’s lives. They are active in various organizations impacting the homeless, children in crisis, animal rescue and other important causes. Renee prides herself on gaining awareness and engagement in her philanthropic activities with family, friends, clients and partners.
Renee lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris, three children (Ethan, Natalie and Addison) and 2 rescue dogs.
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.
With two decades of experience in institutional management, Rick brings extensive insight to the Teros team and clients, as well as a wholly unique perspective.
Rick started his career at an engineering firm after earning a degree in industrial technology. Then, when the “.com” boom began, he decided to take his shot in this exciting new field and discovered a natural aptitude for the financial side of business. He excelled quickly, rising up the ladder at various financial firms and strengthening his knowledge and investment expertise along the way. Rick’s greatest skill, however, is developing great interpersonal relationships. He does it every day at Teros, educating and connecting with the clients we serve–and hope to serve one day. He especially loves seeing the light come on in people’s eyes during the “a-ha” moment when they realize that the future they have always dreamed about is well within their reach.
“Teros is at the forefront of defining retirement for the next generation.”
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.
Ron Letaw provides investment and plan consulting services to our clients. He is also responsible for business strategy & development as well as RFP & benchmarking management.
Ron entered the industry in 2000. He joined MRPA after ten years with a major retirement plan recordkeeper, where he managed a team of retirement plan relationship managers in the southeast. In that role, he also personally oversaw the delivery of service to the region’s largest mid-market clients including RFP management, negotiation of fees, platform service management, plan design consulting and coordination of employee communication. Ron was named a Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisor by Financial Times in 2019 and named a “Top Plan Advisor Under 40” by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) in 2017. He is a part of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) and the Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG).
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.
Rylen Yamamoto is a Retirement Consultant with Retirement Benefits Group, where he manages employer sponsored retirement plans as well as customized financial plans for individuals. For his business clients, he assists owners and human resource departments in designing and delivering management and employee education programs; benchmarking investment performance; and ensuring compliance with ERISA laws. His work with
individuals includes identifying, creating and monitoring financial plans; as well as recommending strategies to achieve their financial goals.
Prior to the Retirement Benefits Group, he was in the financial services industry for oveleven years, with the John Hancock Pacific Financial Partners; and was also an insurance agent with New York Life.
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. 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.
Sal is an avid runner and enjoys watching the financial markets. He also enjoys living in Yorba Linda with his wife and three sons.
Sam Schuette has more than fifteen years of experience helping clients plan to reach their financial goals. Sam’s passion for relationship building stems from his drive to be your partner in discovering financial success every day and through life’s milestones. He combines experience, research techniques, and well-thought-out advice to meet the challenges of today and find solutions for tomorrow. Sam values clients like family and believes that success is defined by what we can accomplish together.
Sam has a degree in finance from the University of Minnesota. He resides in White Bear Lake with his wife and two b·oys where they enjoy fishing, boating and being on or near the water whenever possible.
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.
Scott has over thirty years of experience in the financial planning and wealth management arena. He has assisted hundreds of families with defining their estate planning goals and designing tailored approaches to accomplish their objectives. In addition, Capstone Advisory Group has extensive experience with philanthropic techniques.
Scott utilizes a client-centric approach to wealth management and multi-generational planning. He understands each client’s goals are unique.
Prior to entering financial planning, he worked in public accounting. He received a degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.
Shane Dir is the President and CEO of One Strategic Capital, Inc. He has been fortunate to carry on the legacy started by his father over 50 years ago. Today, Shane and his team are highly focused on helping their clients, which include corporations, individuals and families, and their employees, find the most efficient pathway towards retirement and wealth protection. Shane’s primary focus includes creating tax-efficient strategies for business owners, advising corporate retirement and pension plans, and life insurance architecture for high net-worth and ultra-high net-worth families and business owners.
Shane is led by his desire to help people save effectively for their futures. As such, he is involved in both local and national organizations to advocate for retirement best practices. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and received his BA in Finance from Seattle University.
Shane and his wife live on Bainbridge Island, WA with their two children. They enjoy the outdoors and taking time to camp and hike in the splendor of the Pacific Northwest Mountains. You will frequently find them “roughing it” in the outdoors. Shane has visited over 20 countries worldwide and is always looking for friends and colleagues to practice his Spanish language skills. He is an active member of his community including his local church.
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, LLC, 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 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.
Steve is a Retirement Plan Advisor at Channel Financial and specializes in working with smaller-size, emerging growth companies. He acts as their trusted advisor in helping them to select and design the most appropriate retirement plan for their company. Steve loves working with his clients and building long-term relationships with them.
Steve started working in the retirement plan industry way back in 1993 (when the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 3654 and the average cost of a new house was $113,000). He joined Channel Financial in 2011 after working for 17 years at Foster Klima & Co.
Steve is a life-long Minnesotan and values spending quality time with his wife and two sons. Steve and his wife enjoy activities such as cooking, biking, and other outdoor sports. They are all big sports fans (especially college football) and enjoy watching Minnesota Gopher football games. As a family, they also love visiting the North Shore area every summer.
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 17 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.
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. He also holds life, health, and variable insurance licenses.
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 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.
Thomas R. Hiten, the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, was a tax manager with PepsiCo, Xerox and Deloitte Haskins and Sells before co-founding Future Benefits in 1987. The holder of an MBA from New York University’s Graduate School of Business, Tom is a licensed CPA in Connecticut and New York. He is also an Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP).
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.
Michael Montgomery serves our clients as a senior consultant and MRPA principal. He has specialized in the retirement plan field since 1977 and is nationally recognized for his thought leadership on retirement plan issues. He founded Montgomery Retirement Plan Advisors in 2004 after achieving success as a pension specialist or regional manager with several leading retirement plan providers. In 2013 he also established a second firm, Fidelis Fiduciary Management, to provide ERISA 3(38) investment fiduciary support to plan sponsors in partnership with non-fiduciary plan consultants and recordkeepers.
Mr. Montgomery is a frequent writer on industry issues and speaker at conferences regarding fiduciary best practices
William Caldwell is a Senior Wealth Manager, MBA, CLU® with over 45 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 CA Insurance License.
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.
Alec serves as a Transition Associate for Resources. Alec is responsible for assisting the Director of Transitions and new advisors with moving their book of business to Resources.
Alec received his bachelor’s in Finance at Missouri State University. In his free time, he enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and golfing.
Ashley Barb serves as Resources’ the Chief Operating Officer bringing more than 13 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.
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. 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.
Brandon Sutcliffe is a financial consultant 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.
Brandon received his bachelor’s in Personal Financial Planning and a minor in Business Administration from Kansas State University. In his free time, he enjoys reading, swing/line dancing, and spending time with friends.
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.
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 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 a creative multi-tasking force.
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.
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.
Casey brings over 12 years of industry experience to the firm. Prior to working at Resources, Casey was the Investment Administrator for a local Advisor for 3 years. Casey also worked at Charles Schwab where he served as a back-office specialist, assisting in quarterly reporting, billing, and daily data management for 250+ Advisors.
In his free time, Casey enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also competes in BBQ competitions and loves the Kansas Jayhawks, Chiefs, and the Royals.
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.
David Wiedeman joined the team in May of 2016, as a Business Consultant, he works with advisors to find the right solutions to help them grow their business. He understands Resources capabilities and offerings and makes sure offices are leveraging the tools available to run an efficient and growing practice.
Prior to joining Resources, David 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.
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.
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 19 years of experience in the industry, his experience lies in macroeconomic policy, fixed income management and equity selection.
Prior to joining Resources Investment Advisors, James worked for UMB bank and Morgan Stanley.
Jamie serves as a Transition Specialist for Resources. Jamie is responsible for assisting the Director of Transitions and new advisors with moving their book of business to Resources.
Jamie has been in the financial industry for 15 years. Prior to Resources, Jamie held the position of Operations Supervisor at DST Systems, Inc. where she was responsible for managing the daily workflow activities and projects, creating and implementing controls to ensure quality and client satisfaction. Jamie was also responsible for the development of staff, coaching staff on career development and motivating staff for employee morale.
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.
When he’s not at work, he is an avid sports fan for the local Kansas City teams and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two kids.