COFE was established with a desire to serve and educate people in all areas of retirement and financial health. We are committed to maintaining a robust standard of ethics and professionalism. Each educator has agreed to comply with COFE’s Membership Bylaws, Compliance Guidelines, and to complete a mandatory Instructor Orientation.
Our instructors are licensed in their particular state and area of expertise, and have successfully completed a professional and criminal background check prior to their acceptance as members.
Tom Ables, Founder and President of Ables Financial Solutions has been helping clients create retirement income strategies they feel confident with for more than 24 years. With a strong belief in the power of education, Tom’s classes provide attendees with up-to-date, clear information that can be applied directly to their personal situations.
Tom is a Chartered Federal Employees Benefit Consultant (ChFEBC sm), as well as a National Social Security Advisor (NSSA sm).
As a third-degree black belt, Tom believes in the power of discipline and persistence, and has woven those qualities into his work over the course of his career. He empowers those he works with to realize their potential and make their goals reality.
Tom received his bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Tom enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, as well as yard work and traveling. In addition, Tom enjoys spending time at his karate dojang where he teaches Christian karate at his church.
Ralph S. Adorno, CLU is an independent financial specialist with more than 49 years of experience, insight and wisdom, dedicated to estate, retirement, and insurance tax planning strategies. His clients, coast to coast, have a net worth ranging from $2 billion and below.
Ralph helps clients using safe, proven, time tested tax saving ideas designed to create, preserve and maximize assets, income, prosperity, and legacy. His experience has enabled him to start an accounting firm, leasing, building and real estate development company managed by family members.
His wealth creation, preservation and maximization ideas has allowed him to donate $500 thousand to a cancer research institution in memory of his mother.
Ralph began finance as a life insurance agent with John Hancock in 1970. He started a boutique firm in 1979 that offers highly specialized life insurance tax strategies and services to wealthy clients.
In 1985, he taught estate and tax planning with life insurance at New York University (NYU). In 1986, he became a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA).
Ralph is currently a licensed insurance broker and consultant, member of The National Association Insurance and Financial Advisors and Planned Giving Center. He’s listed in Who’s Who in Finance, 2013. He has written articles for CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, Wall Street Select. Clients enjoy reading his Tax Saving Ideas newsletter and weekly planning tips.
In 2005 he purchased a 60-acre farm in Putnam Valley, N.Y. to share family moments and a family legacy. As an energetic life-long learner, Ralph’s passion is to help clients accomplish their dreams, live a better quality of life, and leave a legacy to people/causes they love.
Matthew Allgeyer is a St. Louis native and graduated with honors from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Recognizing the importance and need for Financial Education, he has been teaching classes for many years, helping those approaching retirement prepare for their ‘golden years’.
Working in an independent advisory firm, Matthew can objectively analyze one’s situation and provide the information needed to make sound recommendations. Matthew carries series 7, 6, 63, 65 and life and health licenses. “I want to know what’s most important to you and craft a personalized plan that will align your financial resources with your personal values and goals”. “I will focus on listening to your specific needs, dreams and fears, acting together to implement a plan, and reviewing the plan to make sure that it adapts to your changing situation”.
Matthew biggest joy in his life is his family. He spends his free time with his wife and four children, two in high school and two in middle school. “I value the ability to recognize and be thankful for life’s many blessings”.
Securities & Advisory Services offered through Calton & Associates Inc. 2701 N. Rocky Point Drive, Suite 1000 – Tampa, FL 33607 813-264-0440 FYRA Capital Management and Carlton & Associates are separate entities.
Andrew Arons is the founder and Managing Partner of Synergy Advisory Management Group, LLC, an independent financial services company. Andrew earned his BA from Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988, and has been in the financial services industry for nearly twenty years.
Having worked for many of Wall Street’s most prominent firms, he is familiar with the methods of operation of these firms and is keenly aware of what sets the independent investment professional apart, and how that independence benefits his clients.
Andrew is a well-known financial educator and his retirement seminars have been widely attended by retirees from various Fortune 500 companies, individuals, and human resource managers. He also frequently teaches Retirement Planning courses at local colleges and university sponsored programs. He has authored articles on personal finance and is a member of several professional financial organizations.
Throughout his career, Andrew has worked on hundreds of accounts for high net worth individuals and businesses, focusing on portfolio management of equities and fixed income securities. He has extensive knowledge of retirement planning for individuals as well as implementation of retirement plans for small businesses and corporations.
Andrew currently resides in River Vale, New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Evan Avgerinos is a Financial Planning and Portfolio Consultant with Ellis Investment Partners, LLC where he provides comprehensive investment advisory services and manages client portfolios. Evan is also founder and President of the Valley Forge Consulting Group, a financial planning and insurance brokerage firm specializing in employee benefits and retirement plans.
Evan has been in the financial services industry for over 28 years, providing these services to privately and publicly held companies, including ones listed in Fortune 500. He has been invited to speak on financial planning concepts at industry events and has been an instructor for Main Line Adult Financial Education in the Philadelphia area providing adult education at the West Chester University Graduate Center, Temple University and at various Penn State University campuses. Evan is an alumnus of Penn State University and holds the Chartered Benefits Consultant (CBC), and Certified Fund Specialist (CFS) designations. He is also a 2nd year winner of the Five Star Wealth Manager award in the Philadelphia area.
Ellis Investment Partners (EIP), LLC offers investment management and fee based financial planning services. EIP LLC, as a Registered Investment Adviser, does not offer Insurance products. Insurance products are solely offered through other broker arrangements outside of Ellis Investment Partners, LLC.
John Badalamenti has been in the financial services world for over 22 years. John graduated from Wayne State University and loves that his work gives him the opportunity to travel through his beloved home state of Michigan. John finds himself meeting with clients throughout Michigan and Ohio and finds these trips to be opportunities to explore the wonders in the areas. John loves Mystical Mackinaw Island and – ‘fun fact’ – was actually there in 1979 while “Somewhere in Time” was being filmed.
John says he “chose COFE’s platform since it allows the true facts about money and finance to be taught”. Knowing that education is the key to a secure retirement, he is excited to teach the truth about what is really occurring out there and feels confident that his workshops give you the knowledge needed to make rational decisions for your future.
John and his beautiful and supportive wife Jennifer enjoy spending time with their two boys as well as their eight nieces and nephews! As an avid animal lover, John works with several animal rescue shelters.
Darcy L Bergen is a fiduciary and the founder of Bergen Financial Group. Darcy is an experienced television and radio personality, having hosted radio shows including Smart Money and Safe Money & Income Radio Show with Darcy & Heather.
He has presented hundreds of seminars dealing with all aspects of money, and now focuses on matters associated with retirement. Darcy is Certified Retirement Financial Advisor (CRFA) and is a NAFA member (National Association for Fixed Annuities).
Investment advisory and financial planning services offered through Simplicity Wealth, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Sub-advisory services are provided by Advisory Alpha, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance, Consulting and Education services offered through Bergen Financial Group. Bergen Financial Group is a separate and unaffiliated entity from Simplicity Wealth and Advisory Alpha.
Mark Billes, RICP®, is an Investment Advisor Representative with Horter Investment Management LLC, and is the President and Founder of Safe and Secure Retirement and Insurance Services, with offices in Corona and Huntington Beach.
Through classes at colleges, libraries and businesses, Mark is educating and enlightening area residents on how to help protect, preserve and strive to pass on wealth to their families. He is a longtime financial professional bringing years of experience to the classroom.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through Safe & Secure Retirement & Insurance Services. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
Kerry Bouchard is an Investment Advisor Representative and brings close to 30 years of experience in Investment Planning to the classroom. Kerry has worked in the Senior Market offering all the planning “tools” including Retirement Income, Social Security, Long Term Care, and Medicare, as well as Investment Planning. His motto is “Better Planning is a Better Retirement.”
Through classes at local colleges, Kerry is educating and enlightening area residents on how to help protect, preserve and strive to pass on wealth to their families in a way that helps promote peace of mind.
A US Marine Corps veteran, Kerry resides in Fenton Michigan with his lovely wife, Patty, and has three grown, married children and three grandchildren. In his free time, Kerry enjoys his family and supporting his wife’s nonprofit organization “The Healing Tree.” Our family focus is helping families survive relationally. When Kerry gets a chance, trout fishing is his passion. Kerry attends Floodgate Renewal Fellowship with his wife and family, and helps lead the local men’s group.
Dan Brooks is a native of Iowa and after graduation entered the US Navy Nuclear Power Program. Upon discharge he followed in his family’s footsteps by purchasing the family restaurant from his father, a WWII decorated veteran. He opened a second restaurant two years later, selling both in 1991. After a few corporate years in the restaurant business, Dan began his new career in the financial world. He moved his family to Florida in 1998.
Dan’s licensing requires him to be a Fiduciary to his clients, legally compelled to “do what is in the client’s best interest”. In 2004 Dan completed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®️) curriculum and in 2005 opened a Registered Investment Advisor firm. He holds a Florida insurance license and a Series 65 Securities license. He has counseled literally hundreds of Central Florida clients and worked as a paid consultant to banks, agencies, and CPAs.
Dan has found that education is the key to helping people move toward a secure financial retirement. He considers his time in the classroom extremely rewarding, knowing that he is helping people to better understand the choices available to help ensure that retirement is what they hoped it could be.
Early in his career, Dan represented several of the country’s largest financial companies. After just a few years of this hand-tying by big business, Dan became independent; never again forced to represent only one company. This independence enables Dan to uncover the best solutions for his clients, without pressure from a company compelling him to offer their limited choices. Dan is committed to this independent style of business, as it allows him to provide his clients access to the finest products, ideas, and strategies. It allows Dan to honor his Fiduciary mandate to:
“Do what is in the client’s best interest”
On a personal level, Dan has been a single dad to his daughter since 2008, who attends Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Dan enjoys spiritual reading, golfing, hiking, cooking, great wines, canoeing, exploring new restaurants, and traveling. His rescue dog Snitzel is usually at his side.
David Cadarette is a financial advisor with CLC Investment Advisors and brings over 14 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry to the classroom. David specializes in retirement planning and focuses on people’s overall well-being.
Through classes at local colleges, David is educating and enlightening area residents on how to help protect and preserve their retirements and equipping them with the correct thinking that is essential for their success.
David attended Buffalo State College in Buffalo NY (SUNY) to play hockey and led one team to a National Championship. His minor league career was with the Huntsville Channel Cats (SEHL) where he captured his second championship and had stints with the Toledo Storm ECHL (Detroit Red Wings NHL) and the Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL (Tampa Bay Lightning NHL). David spends his time biking, kayaking, hiking and camping with his family. He currently lives in Northern Michigan with his beautiful wife and their 4 wonderful children.
Annetta Carter has over 28 years in the financial industry. With a passion in education, Annetta presents bi-monthly classes on income and tax training. She spends a great deal of time working with the pre-retired and retired market. Her focus is in assisting in areas of utmost importance such as maximizing social security benefits, safe accumulation retirement savings options, income planning and Medicare solutions. Annetta’s goal is to ensure that her students have all the information they need to make solid decisions. In addition, Annetta trains and develops other agents in the field who are ready to move to the next level in their career, specializing in safe money options, long term care solutions, legacy and estate planning.
Don Chamberlin – Founder and CEO of The Chamberlin Group, has devoted over 35 years to helping people to both build and maintain a confident financial future. Don has been involved with financial education for many years, recognizing that it is a key part of growing your assets and keeping them organized. As an educator he enjoys the opportunities of helping others in the classroom environment.
Don is a member of The National Association of Tax Consultants, as well as The National Association of Tax Professionals. In St. Louis, Don has conducted nearly 500 educational workshops over the past ten years. His topics are as varied as tax reform, estate preservation, asset protection, and as simple as organizing your important papers, and reducing expenses, establishing himself as a leader in educating his community on tax and retirement issues.
In the National media Don has been published in articles from Money Magazine, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Planning Magazine, Retirement Advisor Magazine, Financial Times, Life Health Pro, and several others. Locally he has been quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Illinois Business Journal as well as being a contributor on KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis in the Morning.
In 2019, The Chamberlin Group, was awarded The Torch Award by the Better Business Bureau in the St. Louis Region for exceptional standards for ethical business practices and service to their customers, employees, suppliers, and communities. Also, in 2020 his team was recognized as a “Best Financial Advisors in St. Louis” by Expertise.com.
Don has been married to Susie (Shipman) Chamberlin since 1984. Susie is always supportive of Don helping people in their community with retirement issues. They both love their dog, Gypsy, and are huge fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and love going to the home and road games.
Financial planning and investment advisory services offered through Prosperity Capital Advisors (PCA) an SEC registered investment advisor.
Mark Charnet, a self-made millionaire and success story, has used his own roadmap to success to help others pursue their own financial goals. Charnet is the Founder and CEO of American Prosperity Group, a Pompton Plains, NJ-based retirement and financial estate planning firm that takes a unique approach to retirement and legacy planning, giving his clients the ability to retire with confidence.
Creating his own financial system, Mark launched American Prosperity Group (APG) in 2006 utilizing his investing model, later copyrighted as the “Trinity Method of Investing©.” His goal is to help his students – Maximize their income today while protecting, preserving and perpetuating their wealth for tomorrow! ®
Early in his career, Mark began offering educational workshops at the local library, inviting community members to come and learn about different investment options. His passion for educating others has allowed his students to better understand the ever-changing financial landscape. Charnet brings 38+ years of experience in the retirement and financial estate planning field to the table, holding numerous certifications and credentials. Charnet resides with his wife and business partner, Terry Charnet, in Wayne, NJ. Mark and Terry have been happily married for 33 years, and have 4 children.
Presented by: Mark Charnet, President and Founder of American Prosperity Group, Wealth Management & Legacy Planner. An Investment Advisor Representative, Financial columnist, author and creator of the Trinity Method of Investing©, for more than 38 years Mark has been giving his clients a different approach to increasing their current income while protecting, preserving and perpetuating their wealth to their children, grandchildren and charities of their choice. Served as a continuing education instructor to CPA and financial professions. Appeared on News 12 NJ and featured in financial articles in USA Today, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, The Penny Hoarder, US News and World Report, AARP, Reader’s Digest, Smart Asset, NBC News, Cheapism, Fit Small Business, Hometown News, Patch and Opploan.
Securities sold through CoreCap Investments, LLC. Advisory services offered through CoreCap Advisors, LLC. American Prosperity Group, CoreCap Investments and CoreCap Advisors are separate and unaffiliated entities. This APG office is independently owned & operated.
David L. Conner
David L. Conner has over 30 years of experience in financial and estate planning and specializes in helping clients live and enjoy the lives they envision for themselves and their families. David’s classes focus on helping to remove the confusion from the retirement planning process.
A 1988 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Economics and Political Science, David works with families and businesses throughout North Carolina and the Southeast developing strategies to enhance their financial position, achieve financial growth, and maximize retirement income and security. David is the recipient of numerous awards including The National Quality Award, The National Sales Achievement Award and The Million Dollar Round Table where he is Top of the Table member. He also is a past President of the Gaston County Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. David is a nationally recognized instructor on Social Security Maximization Strategies.
He and his wife, Josie, are parents to four boys and a girl. Coaching youth sports through his church, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, and having served on several boards in Gaston County, David remains actively involved in the community where he has lived for 50+ years.
Paul Daly, President of OMH Partner Group Inc., has been in the financial industry for over 24 years. Paul believes that the only way to survive in today’s financial world is to have a clear and concise plan. He knows that financial education is crucial to preparing and enjoy retirement. Paul’s classes provide the attendees with information that enables them to examine what needs to be done, what can be done and how to do it! In addition, Paul dedicates time to local high schools teaching classes on how to best navigate the many options available for college financial aid.
Paul earned a Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University with a major in Economics and a minor in Marketing. Paul is a lifelong resident of DuPage County and currently resides in Winfield, IL. He has been married to his wife, Patty, for over 20 years and has three beautiful children. He enjoys sports, music and is an active in his Church.
Investment Advisory Services offered through Brookstone Capital Management, LLC (BCM) a Registered Investment Advisor. BCM and OMH Partner Group are independent of each other. Insurance and Annuity products are sold separately through OMH Partner Group, Inc.
Brian DeBruin is a graduate of North Carolina State University. Brian began his financial services career in 1996 with LTC Global, a national insurance agency specializing in long-term care solutions. Seeking to expand his practice, he acquired his securities license and began a role as a regional manager within a Guardian insurance agency in 2003. He spent the next decade at Guardian, furthering his knowledge and developing the skills necessary to assist individuals with the pursuit of their financial goals.
In 2014, Brian started a position with Asset Protectors and Advisors as a retirement planning specialist and became a top performer before accepting an offer from BrightPath Retirement Solutions in 2019. An adjunct professor at Wake Tech Community College, his commitment to financial education remains a key component of his career as he strives to help others design a secure retirement.
Brian and his wife Ashley have two daughters, Tyler and Emerson, and currently reside in Holly Springs. He enjoys golf, tennis, fishing, reading, spending time with his family, and is active in his church.
BrightPath Retirement Solutions 5540 Centerview Drive, Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27606 (919) 434-4751
Chuck Dinise has been in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry for the past 30 years. He has spent his career working for some of the most highly rated Insurance Companies in the Industry. He began his career in 1989 working with the Knights of Columbus. It was at this time that Chuck began his speaking and seminar career. He began writing a monthly Newsletter column and was published in the Fraternal Monitor Magazine. After nearly 15 years of dedicated service to the Knights of Columbus Chuck decided to move his business from Orange County closer to his home.
He spent a few years with numerous of big-name mutual insurance companies where he received additional training and added his Series 6, 63 and 65 Licenses. He continues to utilize his Series 65 license as an Investment Advisor Representative of Advisory Alpha, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor.
In 2009, Chuck decided to form Dinise Financial & Insurance Solutions to better serve his clients by having more than one company’s solution to his clients’ problems. He now has affiliations with several Insurance Companies enabling him to present a variety of options to best suit the needs of his clients.
Chuck has been married to Diane for 42 years and has three children and 4 grandchildren. He is a past Board of Director for the Fontana Chamber of Commerce. He is an active volunteer at his Church and donates many volunteer service hours to charitable organizations.
Investment advisory and planning services offered through Advisory Alpha, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance, Consulting and Education Services are offered through Dinise Financial Insurance Solutions. Dinise Financial and Insurance Solutions is a separate and unaffiliated entity from Advisory Alpha.
Stephen Dissette is an Investment Advisor Representative with Horter Investment Management, LLC and is the President and Founder of Stephen D. Dissette and Associates, with offices in NW Indiana and suburban Chicago. He proudly serves as a fiduciary, meaning that his clients’ best interests always come first.
A Certified Financial Educator (CFEd®), and published author of a book on retirement planning, Stephen has educated and enlightened area residents on how to protect, preserve, and pass on their wealth to their families through classes at colleges, libraries and businesses. He enhances the course material with his own experiences as a longtime financial professional and includes illustrations of real-life scenarios that make the content easy to understand.
Stephen is a Northwestern University alumnus and served as an officer in the United States Navy.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through Stephen Dissette & Associates. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
David Donhoff has been helping people with their money for over 3 decades. He founded No Bull Financial, which evolved to become Leverage Planners Wealth Management, LLC, in 1997. Throughout his career David has seen the benefits of financial education. He firmly believes that the more a person understands about their options, the better they can prepare for those golden years.
In 1989, Anthony Robbins hired David to expand his seminar business nationwide, and through 1994, David traveled the U.S. and Canada teaching business and financial principles to corporate and private groups at great demand, finally adopting Kirkland, Washington, as his home for the past two decades. In 1996, David ran Northwest Hedge Partners as a private trading operation, and in 1997 launched No Bull Financial, LLC, as a general financial services company. David is proud to be a registered member of the National Ethics Association.
David graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in business administration and psychology in 1987. David grew up as a Southern California athlete and surfer, and played center for the SDSU football team, and tight head prop the 1987 national collegiate champion SDSU rugby team.
David and his wife, Joanne, are proud parents of two sons, Chenyang and Trinny. As an accountant, Joanne enjoys counting the beans while David helps his clients CULTIVATE, GROW and MAINTAIN their OWN beans.
Joe Dowling graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a degree in Finance and is an Investment Advisor Representative with Brookstone Capital Management. He believes that managing risk and preserving capital are key factors in developing a sound financial plan.
Joe helps each client tailor a portfolio that is best suited to their individual needs. Joe currently lives in Lockport, IL with his wife, Cherisse. They enjoy traveling together and spending time with their family, friends, and dogs.
Gregory S. DuPont
Gregory DuPont, founder of DuPont Wealth Solutions, LLC and partner in the law firm of DuPont and Blumenstiel brings a vast amount of knowledge, education, and experience to his adult financial education classes as an estate and tax planning attorney and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
Greg graduated with an accounting and finance degree from The Ohio State University and obtained his law degree from Capital University Law School. He has been serving clients as an estate and tax attorney since graduating in 1992. He is that rare financial professional who can provide cross-disciplinary solutions from the legal, tax and investment perspectives.
Greg lives in Hilliard with his wife Julia and daughter Sophie. Greg is a long-time fan of The Columbus Blue Jackets, and all things Buckeyes. He is a member of First Community Church where he serves as a Trustee on the First Community Foundation and as the chair of its Investment Committee.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through DuPont Wealth Solutions, LLC. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
Paul Dyer owns and operates US Tax Centers of Bangor as well as several other successful businesses in Bangor, Maine. However his true passion is Tax Planning and Education. Paul and his wife Lisa founded a DAF, Legacycharities.org, and are active in fundraising for multiple causes. They are currently working to help fund their local Chapter of the Red Cross in order to assist with COVID-19 related programs.
Paul has lived in the Bangor area for 50+ years and currently resides in Hampden with his wife Lisa. His son Ben is attending the Maine Maritime Academy and is an accomplished scuba diver. His daughter Claire is at Hampden Academy and is a Flyer on the Cheerleading teams – Go Broncos!
David Eissman is both an educator and public speaker and presents at over 20 public events each year. He believes wholeheartedly that knowledge of financial topics related to pre-retirement and retirement empowers people to make smart decisions. He recognizes that only through financial education can people truly make the most informed choices for their retirement.
As founder of Eissman Wealth Management, LLC, David educates his students on retirement plans that allow for financial security throughout this important chapter in the lives of retirees and future retirees. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Consultant. The ChFC requires over 400 hours of study over several years, and it is considered the most extensive educational program of any financial services credential. David’s students enjoy all the benefits of a trusting relationship with a knowledgeable and caring Financial Educator.
In addition, David’s credentials allow his students the extra benefit of learning from an educator who has a broad educational background himself. Students benefit from his registration with the SEC as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR). This allows him the ability to provide a much broader array of strategies and solutions for retirees and future retirees than many others in his field. David is also an Investment Advisor Representative with Sound Income Strategies, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA).
West Cobb has been David’s home for nearly 20 years. He’s very active in both the civic and business community.
Investment Advisory services offered through Sound Income Strategies, LLC an SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm. Eissman Wealth Management, LLC and Sound Income Strategies are not associated entities.
Daniel Evetsz is a strong advocate of financial education. He states that “there is one common pattern in Americans: Most people don’t have their affairs in order when it comes to saving unnecessary taxes for retirement and are not even aware of it”. And when it comes to paying for college for their children or grandchildren, some tap into their retirement savings – which is a big no go! Using retirement savings can postpone their dreams of retirement for another 5 to 10 years into the future. But – all of this could be avoided had they gone through a systematic tax and retirement review.
Dan has helped individuals to retire with ease – and sleep well at night knowing they have a solid plan in place. His classes answer questions that you might not even know you have! Dan believes that everyone should ensure that they are on track to retire with a comfortable tax-advantaged nest egg in place, and financial education is the key to ensuring that goal.
Charles (Chuck) Falco
Charles E. Falco Jr. (Chuck), President at Limerick Financial Group, LLC., is a well-known Financial Advisor and Educator in Montgomery County. Chuck has been in the Financial Services Industry for 35 years. In addition to the many educational workshops he conducts, he was the executive producer for the 30 min TV show “Falco’s Financial Strategies” airing on PCTV.
Chuck recognizes that not all financial advice is created equal, and that retirees and pre-retirees deserve to receive impartial advice about their future. Education is the key to ensuring peace of mind during the retirement phase of life.
In 1984 Chuck received his Undergraduate degree from Temple University. He received his Graduate Degree and three Board Certifications from the Institute of Business and Finance and has been named to its National Registry. Chuck has also had specialized training from Ed Slott and HS Dent.
He is member of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants, National Association of Active Investment Managers, National Social Security Association, Spring Ford Chamber of Commerce, Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce, and Tri-County Chamber of Commerce. He is the founder, Chief Investment Manager, and President of Limerick Financial Group, LLC a “Registered Financial Planning and Investment Advisory Firm”.
Tim Fallon is a dedicated Financial Educator and Owner of Fallon & Associates, LLC in Madison, WI. With a life-long focus on civic service, Tim prides himself on educating his students on the basic concepts of financial management. His goal is to ensure that individuals understand the opportunities and potential rewards that are available when taking a proactive approach to personal finances.
Before forming Fallon & Associates, LLC, Tim Fallon was a proud member of the law enforcement community. Tim graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1990. During school, he joined the Army and served as a Military Policeman for five years. After graduating, Tim worked as a civilian Police Officer for ten years.
Upon retiring from law enforcement, Tim received his Life, Accident, and Health license and became a financial planner. In 2002, Tim formed Fallon and Associates, LLC. The company now offers a full-service financial planning firm to include: retirement planning, asset protection, estate planning, and health insurance.
Paul E. Ferraresi, Chairman of Founders Group in Houston, Texas is proud to be a Financial Planner who has captured the human side of financial planning. For over 35 years, he has assisted individuals and corporations in all aspects of their finances. He continues to believe in the principles of hard work, honesty, loyalty, and dedication. He understands that while his clients know how to earn money his responsibility is to help them make their money work. Paul maintains a conviction and company philosophy of “striving to be the best to make you better”.
A true believer in the importance of education, Paul provides adult education within his own community. His love of education is evidenced by his past positions of Adjunct faculty member for the College of Financial Planning, Instructor for the University of Houston, Instructor for the American Management Association as well as an Instructor for multiple Fortune 500 companies.
Besides his exciting business life, he is a participant in his local church on various councils. He is an active sports enthusiast involved in baseball, softball, tennis and biking. Paul loves spending time reading, gardening and cooking. His favorite pastime is enjoying the serenity of the seashore. His passion, enthusiasm, humor and knowledge place him in high demand as a consultant to individuals, families, corporations, and, as a speaker and trainer.
Jeffrey Florence was raised in Warren County, attended Miami University, and has lived in Loveland for the past 29 years. Jeff specializes in insured, protected, and safe investing, creating lifetime income streams that cannot be outlived, and protecting assets from long term care costs. He earned an MBA from Miami in 1987, CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) in 1990, and a ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) in 1994.
Jeff finds that the key to connecting with his class attendees is to provide them with the education that they need in order to achieve their most successful retirement.
Reno Frazzitta CFP© is a Certified Financial Planner®, a fiduciary Investment Advisor Representative, and a Licensed Insurance Counselor. Although he spends most of his time running his financial advisory practice, Reno enjoys teaching on a variety of financial related topics through adult education classes.
His career began on Wall Street as he was earning his degree in economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. There, he spent time working in brokerage and investment banking firms. However, he quickly realized that being an independent advisor would benefit his clientele and allow him to develop and focus his areas of specialization.
Reno’s passion and focus is on educating and assisting people in the areas of planning for retirement, protecting and growing retirement assets, reducing income and estate taxes, dealing with healthcare related issues and creating lasting legacies for future generations.
He is often called upon by the media and industry experts to weigh in on new products, best practices in business and other money related topics. He has been quoted and published in well-known financial publications, and he participates in financial education through his social media outreach and blog.
Reno prides himself on maintaining a stellar reputation in his industry and the community. He participates in mentoring newer financial professionals, and continually gives back to local and national charities. Having been born and raised in Metro Detroit, Reno currently resides in Rochester, Michigan along with his wife and two children.
Financial Planning & Advisor Services offered through Prosperity Capital Advisors, and SEC Registered Investment Advisors.
Alison Free is a respected financial professional with an intuitive ability to identify and anticipate client needs. Alison strives to offer solutions that help to meet the needs of those who are approaching or are already in the retirement phase of their life. Alison’s knowledge and expertise as a retirement specialist and Medicare expert has put her in the top 1% of her company nationwide. Her 400+ clients have come to expect her quick response and over and above service that they can count on year after year.
Alison recognizes that the retirement planning process is key to ensuring a safe and secure financial future. Her adult education classes are designed to alleviate some of the stress that arises when facing retirement and to answer real world financial questions. Alison enjoys building personal relationships at her classes by listening to better understand the retirement goals of her students.
Alison has over 25 years’ experience as a trust advisor helping people with the largest and most important decisions in their lives. In addition to her insurance license, she also holds a Series 7 securities license, a Florida Real Estate broker license, certification in Long Term Care and is one of the top life insurance strategists in her area. Alison is a proud mother of four daughters and grandmother to ten adorable grandchildren.
Alison Free is an agent licensed to sell insurance through Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Bankers Life is the marketing brand of Bankers Life and Casualty Company, select policies sold by Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company. Alison Free is a Financial Advisor through Bankers Life Securities, Inc., and provides investment options including variable annuities, mutual funds, and equity and fixed income securities.
Howard Frenia, Jr.
Howard Frenia, Founder of Adirondack Wealth Management, is a highly trained Financial Professional with a mission of helping individuals, couples, and families to grow their assets for the long term. Howard has been a part of the financial industry since 1991 and has seen the many changes that have occurred over the years. As part of his mission of helping others, he believes that knowing the options available and how to apply them are an important part of a secure financial future.
Howard offers educational courses on a variety of topics, affording those who are seeking information to gain a deeper understanding on how to achieve their personal and unique goals.
Howard holds an MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute, as well as a Master’s in Financial Planning from the University of Georgia. Howard and his wife Laura have 5 children and 5 grandchildren and enjoy the opportunity of spending time with all of them!
Tom Gandolfi is the President and Founder of Three Bridges Financial Group and entered the financial industry after years of experience from the other side of the desk, as a business owner and client. He is a creative thinker and has worked on financial planning strategies with individuals and corporations for more than 20 years. Drawn to find a better way to help people accomplish their goals, and as a committed educator, Tom provides information, guidance, and clarity to his students over a wide range of topics to help them achieve their retirement goals.
Tom is a Series 65 Investment Advisor Representative with a fiduciary responsibility, which underscores his commitment to work in the best interest of his clients. He holds a life license in numerous states and is a member of the National Ethics Board as well as National Social Security Advisors. Most importantly, Tom listens to his clients. He takes great pride in his ability to effectively communicate and simplify complex matters. Tom works with every client on a personal level to help ensure that they will have every opportunity to enjoy the best years of their lives.
Tom and his wife, Sherri, have been married for over 25 years and have two daughters, Tori and Kasey. In his free time, Tom likes golf, baseball, football and politics.
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Derek Ghia, CFP® , CIMA® of Greensview Wealth Management has a goal of taking the mystery out of preserving wealth and preparing for retirement. He has seen too many folks miss out on potentially rewarding opportunities for themselves, their business and their family by taking on unnecessary financial risks and failing to adequately protect their hard-earned assets. That’s why he entered the industry: To take the complex and confusing and turn it into simple and clear strategies for success.
He holds the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®).
Today, Derek is passionate about providing financial planning services for professionals and retirees. He believes the financial plan is the blueprint for a complete financial home, and in that home, investments, risk management, tax optimization and estate planning occupy different rooms. Each room has its own style, layout and structure. When pieced together, the complete financial home offers a strong foundation for years to come.
In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, the outdoors, hockey, and cooking.
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John Goodhue of APO Financial is a nationally recognized financial educator with a passion for helping people think about their wealth from a new perspective. John has a core belief that you must live life now, while you have your health, since once it has gone it is gone! As a well-respected Speaker and Author, John’s classes focus on helping people face the many decisions in the retirement process in order to develop a clear path and avoid the pitfalls of running out of money and to be able to live life to its fullest.
John is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. John and his wife, Mary, live in Denver with their eight children and grandchildren. As a true family man, John loves sharing how people can leave a legacy with not just their money, but also of their values and significant influence in the community.
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William Gruntler, LUTCF
Bill Gruntler, is a former combat-trained United States Marine, and exercises a genuine client-focused approach instilled by a strong religious upbringing, discipline and integrity forged by years in the Marines.
Bill is the CEO and founder of Asset Protection Group, a company dedicated to educating and serving professionals, business owners, and retirees. He accomplishes this as an instructor in numerous educational courses offered at local community colleges and other public venues. He has earned the designation of Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF), which is jointly conferred by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and The American College. Bill is also certified to instruct CPA continuing education courses.
Bill began his career in the financial services industry in 1989, and he prides himself in giving personalized solutions based upon the unique needs of his clients. His faith-based approach and strong family values carry over into his work, allowing him to demonstrate many of the values that clients commonly look for in a financial professional: honesty, sincerity, compassion, safety and trust.
As his way of giving back to the community, he often speaks publicly on subjects such as Social Security, Veterans Benefits, Identity Theft Prevention and many other important issues in today’s ever changing financial environment.
Bill’s family resides in the South Florida area and his greatest sense of pride is in his marriage to his wife Donna and their children Brooke and Wyatt. Their family is involved with many charities which include Compassion International, Sheridan House, Marine Toys-For-Tots as well as being active in their church.
David Hardin is the founding partner of City Center Financial. David fully believes in the need for education and presents his students with a broad-based knowledge of how to ensure a stable financial future. David has always believed that helping students focus on their goals and dreams is the first action in any process. He knows that no two students are exactly alike.
David began his insurance career at Monarch Insurance Company as a life and disability agent in 1977. He quickly earned the honor of “New Agent of the Year”. From there, he became a General Agent with INA Investors Life. David has extensive experience on the consulting level and teaches agents proven means of reaching success with a focus dedicated to serving their clients. David spent several years as Vice President of an insurance brokerage firm, training and coaching a group of national marketing consultants on how to assist independent financial professionals meet their clients’ needs and objectives.
David married his wife Beth in 1976. They have three wonderful adult children and four grandchildren with whom they try to spend as much time with as possible. When not spending time with his family, you can find this film buff watching movies (at one point doing reviews on local radio), traveling or volunteering at one of several local charity organizations.
Phil Henry has been a licensed financial advisor in Arizona for almost 20 years. As one of the top Safe Money Specialists with Bergen Financial Group, he focuses on retirement planning and educating residents to help protect, preserve, and pass on their wealth. He enhances the course material with his own experiences as a longtime financial professional and includes illustrations of real-life scenarios that make the content easy to understand.
Phil is a New England native and graduate of Southern New Hampshire University.
Chip Hunt – President and Founder of PrimeTRUST Advisors, brings nearly 40 years of experience in the retirement plan industry to his Adult Financial Education classes. Most of his experience includes working with chief executives, finance officers and investment committees of corporations in formulating planning and investment strategies for their institutional 401(k) and pension plans. From this experience, Chip teaches a pragmatic and disciplined “goal-based” approach to retirement income planning for the everyday investor. Chip helps individuals to answer the question – “Are we on track for a secure retirement?”. Individuals often have multiple financial sources, each with its own set of complexities. Chip’s course instructs individuals on concepts for best integrating these resources into your overall “goal-based” retirement income strategy, while recognizing and navigating the obstacles to a secure retirement.
“75 percent of Americans are ‘winging it’ when it comes to their financial future.” – CNBC Survey, August 2019. Financial Education can ensure that you are in that prepared 25% by providing better information, better decisions, achieving better results.
Kevin Kensinger is a member of The Council of Financial Educators (COFE) and an Investment Advisor Representative with Horter Investment Management, LLC. Kevin proudly serves as a fiduciary, meaning that his clients’ best interests always come first.
As a Certified Financial Educator (CFEd®), Kevin has educated and enlightened area residents on how to help protect, preserve, and pass on wealth to their families through classes at colleges, libraries and businesses. He enhances the course material with his own experiences as longtime financial professional and includes illustrations of real-life scenarios that help make the content easier to understand.
Kevin is a graduate of Purdue University and served as an officer in the United States Army.
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Ward N. Kinne
Ward Kinne has 30 years’ experience as a financial advisor and agency manager. Over the last three decades he has accumulated great insight and finds teaching Adult Financial Education very rewarding. Ward has the gift of breaking down complex financial subjects into understandable and relatable classes.
Recognizing that people are seeking an unbiased platform where financial advocacy is the core value, in 2004 Ward founded Heritage Advisors, LLC, with the mission to help individuals to make wise financial decisions. The firm has been very successful, has two locations, and serves clients all over the country. Ward is a licensed life, health and long term care agent, and holds Series 63 and 65 licenses with his Registered Investment Advisor.
Ward and his wife Christy have lived in Kansas City for 20 years, where they have raised their family, and actively served their community. They have stayed involved in their church and volunteered with non-profit groups, such as: If Not For Grace, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Freedom Hoops, Bible Study Fellowship, Blue Valley Recreation, and Blue Valley West Lacrosse Club. Community service is important to Ward, and being an instructor with COFE is an exciting opportunity to continue giving back.
Belen Krabbe is the President and owner of Franklin Financial Services. She is an accomplished insurance and investment advisor with more than 34 years of experience. She is also the owner of Compro Casas, LLC, … a company that “buys ugly houses and restores them so people have a safe & healthy place to live.”
Belen joined the financial services industry in 1984 as a secretary for Equitable Life of Iowa. Within one year, she was offered an opportunity to enter the sales force and became the rookie of the year. Throughout her career, Belen purposed to provide quality services to her clients by increasing her education. She has earned six designations through the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA including a *CAP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, RHU, REBC and an LUTCF from the National Association of Life Underwriters.
Belen has consistently been a top insurance advisor throughout her career providing services to thousands of clients. She makes it her business to help people live secure financial lives that have a happy ending. She believes in challenging the traditional status quo insurance and investment office by thinking differently. “I believe the net worth of a person is much more than a dollar sign at the bottom of a balance sheet”. Belen utilizes simple and state of the art tools to create an easy to understand plan that brings clarity and vision for a life well lived. “I also believe that when all is said and done, people want to know they have lived a life of significance and have made a difference. The plans made today can affect hundreds of descendants and the world.”
Securities are offered through Prosperity Capital Advisors (PCA), an investment advisor registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Broker Dealer Securities offered through MerCap Securities, LLC, Member FINRA.SIPC. Franklin Financial Services is independent of Prosperity Capital Advisors and MerCap Securities. *Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Advisor for Senior Living, Registered Health Underwriter, Registered Employee Benefits Consultant
Peter M. Lampert
Peter M. Lampert is a Certified Public Accountant, tax attorney, and registered investment advisor. Peter has specialized in College Planning for the last seventeen years. He blends decades of financial planning experience with his desire to make college accessible for client families while safeguarding their retirement plans.
Tracie Lampson, President of Lampson Retirement Solutions, is a native Texan and has been providing industry expertise and customer satisfaction since 2005 when she became a licensed agent. While planning for her husband’s early retirement, she immediately realized there was a real need to educate others who have recently retired or that are contemplating retirement. Her main area of focus is now centered on financial education and helping others preserve their hard-earned nest egg against possible catastrophic life events that are likely to occur after retirement.
Tracie loves the opportunity to meet new people and understands that by providing Adult Financial Education, she can help people truly understand the various options available to them.
As John C. Maxwell quoted, “People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.” Tracie cares and you will be delighted in her approach once you meet her.
Mary R. Lanni
Mary R. Lanni is a library professional and education guru based in Denver, Colorado. She has been teaching students from birth through adult in Irish step dancing, Storytime, academic coaching, SAT/ACT prep, and more for nearly twenty years. She co-authored a book about designing library programming for children from birth through age 5, Early Learning Through Play: Library Programming for Diverse Communities, that was published in March 2019.
Mary is a successful public speaker and program designer and enjoys using her skills to help others learn and grow.
Fields Leake, Futurity First Wealth Management, has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Fields and his team engage clients in a unique planning process founded on practical experience gained from working in a collaborative approach dedicated to discovering the core values held by clients regarding their money. “Creating a ‘legacy’ is not just a matter of good stewardship of assets,” says Fields, “it is also the clarity that comes with understanding the client’s values and the life history that created them.”
This planning approach is what Fields shares in his Financial Education classes, knowing that the future is of paramount importance for attendees and their families.
Fields believes that Incorporating the client’s attorney, CPA, and any other key advisors into a proactive advisory team – focused on serving the client’s best interests – maximizes value-added results. Courage and passionate conviction are the “bricks and mortar” that builds his credibility – clients and our humility are what sustain it.
Jerry Linebaugh is a registered investment advisor representative and the founder of The Linebaugh Group Inc., dba JLineFinancial as well as the founder of Game Changer Tax Pros. He is a member of several organizations including The Better Business Bureau, National Ethics Association, and The Alliance Group which is a nationwide organization of independent Insurance, Investment, and Estate Planning educators and advisors. For over 20 years, Jerry has served business owners, retirees and younger folks looking to build a secure income producing estate. Jerry works closely with CPA’s and Tax and Estate Attorneys and works to help provide state required continue education credits for CPA’s in the State of Louisiana and other states. Jerry is often sought out for financial commentary from various trade and media publications and speaks regularly at public and private seminars.
Jerry teaches through general education methods how to not have all your assets directly correlated with the stock market. A big part of Jerry’s practice is helping people legally and ethically avoid taxes on social security and certain other assets held by retirees. Also, a person planning for retirement will need growth, liquidity, and one day– tax efficient income–so having too much in any asset class is an unnecessary risk. Jerry helps his students understand where to find unbiased information even on emerging concepts. He explains how these new concepts can work together with more traditional retirement strategies for a unique combination of decent returns, downside market protection and increasing income to combat retirement worries. Jerry offers his students information, education, advice, and planning strategies to ensure his clients have the tools they need to achieve a secure and lasting retirement.
In his spare time, Jerry, along with his wife and 2 children enjoy ATV adventure riding, camping, gourmet cooking, as well as any kind of outdoor and indoor cooking. When he can, he combines all of these things into something he calls “Glamping…you should ask him about that (he loves talking about it!) He also enjoys domestic and international travel with his family.
Bryan Little has been an Insurance Licensed professional since 1994 and is a member of Bergen Financial Group. He is also Investment Advisor Representative with Horter Investment Management, LLC and a fiduciary who is focused on helping educate retirees and pre-retirees on how to preserve their retirement savings while still utilizing investments to help their money grow. Bryan brings investment, estate and tax planning needs together to build a path towards a prosperous retirement for his clients.
Investment advisory and financial planning services offered through Simplicity Wealth, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Sub-advisory services are provided by Advisory Alpha, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance, Consulting and Education services offered through Bergen Financial Group. Bergen Financial Group is a separate and unaffiliated entity from Simplicity Wealth and Advisory Alpha.
Fred Lowry of Brightpath Retirement Solutions is a true financial professional who believes in the power of education. Having witnessed friends and family struggle to find the help they needed to map out their financial future, Fred felt called to provide adult financial education in his community. Fred and his team are confident that with their understanding of personal finance, coupled with their training as financial professionals, they can help people better prepare for the future. After years in the business, they have developed a reputation for educating individuals in an easy-to-understand manner so they can grasp personal finance and use those concepts to pursue their financial objectives.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fred began is financial services career in 2011 and quickly began running, and training, a team of financial educators across the country. A natural educator, Fred’s knowledge and experience ensures that those attending his classes will walk away with sound financial information.
Fred and his wife Jessica have two children, Wilson and Adeline, and currently reside in Raleigh. He enjoys working out, playing board games with friends, and spending time with family.
Bill Malak, CLTC, FSCP, FSS, LUTCF brings leadership and experience to Futurity First Insurance Group. In his management role, he empowers his team of advisers to educate and enrich the lives of their clients. He is passionate about working with his advisors, ensuring they all work toward the same goal of helping the people and businesses in the community.
As an adviser, Bill puts his focus on building relationships and takes a holistic approach to planning. It is important to have a solid understanding of what a person wants and, more importantly, needs. He believes that managing risk and preserving capital are the most important components to a strong financial plan. His process begins by identifying what his clients want and then building a strategy to accomplish their goals. Bill has the unique ability to take complex financial topics and explain them in a simple and relatable manner. Whether you want to protect what’s most valuable to you, accumulate wealth, or control the distribution of your assets, he can help to craft a solution.
With these principles in mind, Bill’s educational workshops focus on helping his students better understand what they have now, potential issues to avoid, their options going forward, and how to take actionable steps to achieve their retirement goals.
Bill was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. He has lived in Tinley Park with his wife Brande and their four children for the last 18 years.
Thomas P. Marshall, a well-known financial educator, is President of Virginia Estate and Retirement Planning Advisors, Inc., an independent, fee-based financial planning and investment advisory firm. His expertise is helping retirees and those soon to retire avoid common, costly financial mistakes. Recognizing the importance of financial education, Tom has lectured widely on financial topics and is a former lecturer at Vanderbilt University and the University of Richmond. He is also the author of “Retirement Smarts: Plan Well, Retire Well”, an easy to read retirement planning guide available on Amazon.com.
Tom has advised over 800 retirees and pre-retirees, including past employees of the U.S. Government, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, DuPont, CSX Corporation, Dominion Resources, Capital One Financial Corporation, and many others. He has been assisting investors for over 20 years.Tom is the former Chief Investment Officer of Gradient Investments, where he pioneered the use of tactical asset allocation based on economic cycles. Tom has also served as investment manager at Hickory Venture Capital, a $200 million venture capital and private equity fund.
Tom earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated with Distinction from the Virginia Military Institute where he was commissioned in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers. Tom is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.
Tom is also an ordained minister and currently serves in an advisory capacity to several overseas charities including Channel of Blessing, a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to Christian education, pastoral training, alleviation of poverty, and women’s rights in India. Tom holds a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University.
Tom and his wife Cassie have two sons and live in Richmond.
Jeff Martin, CRPC® is both an active financial advisor, and the founder of J. Martin Wealth Management. As a foundation for his knowledge, Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, which he earned from the University of Central Florida. In addition, he holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation, this gives Jeff expert knowledge around retirement planning.
Jeff possesses a passion for educating people on personal finance and helping others succeed, which is reflected in his service to his students. Jeff enjoys public speaking and regularly delivers educational seminars on financial topics. While upholding his firm’s approach to working with clients on an individual and personalized basis, Jeff knows each person’s situation is unique and there is no cookie cutter approach. His financial seminars are known to be eye opening to his students and their planning process.
Residing in beautiful Arizona, Jeff is originally from Florida, born in sunny St. Petersburg. In his personal time, he enjoys staying active with racquetball, hiking, scuba diving, playing golf and spending free time on the mountain trails and in the National & State Parks.
Investment advisory services are offered through Wealth Watch Advisors, an SEC-registered investment advisor. Neither Wealth Watch Advisors or J. Martin Wealth Management, LLC are endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other governmental organization. Note, registration with the SEC does not denote a certain skill level or guarantee the success of an investment strategy. Wealth Watch Advisors and J. Martin Wealth Management, LLC are independent of one another.
Jim Mayer, RFC®, RICP®, started his professional career while a senior in college, working at the former Wall Street firm, Bankers Trust Company, as part of a cooperative education program. He learned the retirement industry from the ground floor up and knew he had found not just a job, but a career.
Jim has a true desire to help those entering, nearing or already in retirement, to find the best way to ensure that they have the financial security needed to ensure peace of mind. He knows that financial education is the first step in that process.
Jim has extensive experience overseeing and designing complex retirement plans for both corporate and individual clients. In his career Jim has managed large teams administering hundreds of large retirement plans, servicing millions of participants and hundreds of billions in plan assets. Many of the clients he serviced were household names such as Boeing, Aetna, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, and Nestle. He now enjoys the benefits of working for just his clients, providing Financial Education in his community, and appearing weekly on a nationally syndicated radio show, discussing many financial/retirement related topics!
Jim is married and has one adult child and one teenager. His daughter is attending college in Virginia and his son attends high school in Massachusetts. Jim has played competitive softball extensively, coached baseball and football teams in the past, and supports a variety of charities and is active in his church. When not involved with clients he enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys fishing and is an avid follower of New England sports teams.
Kyle McCauley is a co-founder and Managing Partner of City Center Financial. Kyle began his career in the financial services industry working with retirees and retirement planning. Recognizing the importance of financial education, Kyle has not only trained hundreds of financial advisors in the retirement planning market, he commits a great deal of time offering education to the public through the popular Einstein Retirement Workshops. Kyle is a member and registered speaker of COFE ® (Council of Financial Educators). Kyle is the host of the syndicated Know Your Retirement® Show, heard weekly across the country, educating retirees on the news, resources and information that can affect a retirement plan.
Kyle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) and an Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor (APMA®) through the College for Financial Planning. Additionally, Kyle holds a certificate as a National Social Security Advisor (NSSA®). Kyle is also series 66 licensed, held at CoreCap Advisors, Inc., which holds him to a standard of fiduciary responsibility.
Kyle has a strong commitment to family, both immediate and extended. Kyle and his wife Pamela were married in 2008 and have two daughters. Together, they’re actively involved in their church, and enjoy traveling to see family across the country in New Mexico, Oregon, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.
John W. McConnell
John W. McConnell, President of McConnell Financial, is passionate about sharing the truth around retirement planning. After years in the financial industry, he has seen the good, the bad and the ugly. John states that “Plans that look great on paper and tied up with a pretty bow can come absolutely unraveled with little more than a tug on a string”. He loves nothing more than providing financial education through classes or at the many trade events where he is invited to speak.
As a fiduciary, John’s diverse background in investments, insurance, and planning has given him a unique perspective on what retirement can look like today. While he has worked in multiple areas within the financial world, he finds that his true calling is in helping retirees navigate this unusual time that we now live in. In addition, John’s work has made him an expert at working with federal and state employees as they navigate the complex network of their benefits. He holds regular training workshops and one-on-one consultation sessions to help federal and state employees navigate their complex choices when it comes to retirement planning. John is proud to have trained advisors across the country on how to build successful retirement plans.
In his free time John is happiest raising his three children Jack, Axel and Jane with his wife Tara in their adopted hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Robert J. McDowell advises people who are preparing to retire or are already in retirement. As a financial educator, Rob has taught over 100 classes on topics such as Social Security, Medicare, and Retirement Income Planning. His advisory experience in retirement income planning and asset preservation has been appreciated by thousands of his students.
Rob and his team of professionals have tremendous backgrounds in a wide spectrum of financial services. Their core belief and practice is to put the best interests of their clients first.
Rob has a Master of Science graduate degree from Missouri State University. As a proud member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Rob was awarded NAIFA’s LACP certification as a Life and Annuity Certified Professional. He also received the National Social Security certification promoting advanced Social Security education.
Rob and Debra are blessed with three outstanding adult children and five grandchildren. In addition to their active professional lives, they enjoy traveling and cruises as well as time with family and friends.
Richard A. McGrath is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Financial Solutions. It has been his passion for over 25 years to serve his clients and help to ensure that their goals and objectives are achieved. While most advisors choose to compete with other advisors based on products, plans and performance, Richard and his staff of licensed professionals choose to provide education, strong relationships, and world class service.
As a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, Richard’s community ties run deep and are seeded in local businesses, government and our military. The product of a military/civil service family, Richard attended Norview High School, followed by Old Dominion University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Richard entered the financial services industry with a desire to help others and holds insurance licenses in multiple states across the country, and his FINRA Series 65 registration. Richard serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Old Dominion University Athletic Foundation. He is the First Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Chartway Federal Credit Union and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the We Promise Foundation. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Over the years, Richard and his staff have built a successful firm that focuses on retirement income and distribution, estate planning concepts, wealth preservation, business succession, and employee benefit services. Richard’s commitment to strong long-term relationships and his passion for financial literacy and education with his clients sets him apart from other advisors.
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Dave Mersky, of Talk Retirement, brings over 20 years of financial education experience to the classroom. In addition to his work as a financial planning fiduciary, Dave has the unique distinction of holding a Doctorate of Adult Learning. With his expertise in Adult Educational theory, Dave teaches classes in a way that is easy to understand and implement into your financial plan. His focus of making your money last in order to meet your priorities, results in classes that are extremely beneficial to attendees.
Dave is a true believer of education and as such he received his BSA, Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Arkansas. In addition, he has earned his Financial Planning Certificate from the University of Georgia; his CASL® Chartered Advisor for Senior Living – The American College; and his AIF® Professional, Accredited Investment Fiduciary™
Dave has been happily married for 40 years to his wife, Harriet. They moved to the great state of Arkansas from the Houston area in December of 1982, and they enjoy travelling to visit his children and grandchildren in Oregon, Texas, and Arizona.
John Miller moved to St Petersburg, Florida from Rochester, NY in 1992. He worked in corporate America for the first half of his career. John and his clients saw the value and flexibility of being an independent advisor so in 2014, John decided to launch his own business as president of JD Miller & Associates. John has now dedicated his career to provide unbiased, big picture retirement planning including social security education, income and expense planning, Medicare understanding and advanced estate planning.
John has been married to his wife Shelly since 2000 and they have three children in the Seminole school system.
Rick Miller is an independent Fiduciary Advisor with Miller Investment Management who has been helping retirees for 16 years. Rick has a Certificate in Financial Planning, is an investment Advisor Representative with Horter Investment Management and is licensed by Virginia for Life, Health & Long Term Care Insurance and annuities.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through Miller Investment Management. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
Rod Moore of Moore Tax and Financial Services has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. As an educator, Rod brings a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to those attending his classes. Knowing that planning is the key to achieving retirement goals, Rod has made it his goal is to ensure that people know how to protect their assets and ensure that they have the income they need in order to meet their retirement goals.
Rod has 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Rod enjoys playing golf, and fancies himself an amateur cowboy artist, and enjoys oil painting when he has spare time.
Mike Morgan, President of Total Benefit Services, has been helping clients in the greater Fort Worth area work toward their retirement dreams through well-thought-out strategies for retirement income since 1983.
Mike firmly believes that education is the first step in the process of achieving a secure retirement. He assists people from all walks of life and all income and wealth levels to achieve what we all want — a more financially successful retirement and the accurate information, planning and tools we all need to build a strategy to achieve that goal.
Mike holds a Series 65 securities registration as well as insurance licenses in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. In addition, he has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant designation. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University.
A proud member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Mike lives in North Richland Hills, Texas, and enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time.
Ralph Musto of Musto Tax and Insurance Services has a vision to provide premier financial services by helping people to grow their assets, save money on taxes, and give them, and their families, peace of mind for the future. Ralph recognizes that providing Adult Educational classes is an opportunity to assist those preparing for retirement, or already in retirement, with the information needed to assist them in achieving the retirement lifestyle they seek. Ralph’s goal is to teach his course attendees how to protect their money during these turbulent times.
Ralph believes that building relationships is the tenet of success. He is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism with his students and clients.
Ralph’s daily workday includes his wife, daughter and son – all committed to educating the community.
Allen Neuenschwander was brought to the world of financial planning and investment management after a devastating family tragedy. After picking up the pieces, Allen began a crusade to help others avoid the financial calamity his family endured. Recognizing that financial education is the first step, he has been dedicated to that work ever since.
Allen is on a mission to empower and educate investors and small business owners to build a better future and to make more informed financial decisions. Allen founded Outlook Wealth Advisors and has over 25 years’ experience serving clients in the Greater Houston area. Allen’s specialty is discovering the unique needs and goals of each client, and then helping them construct their own customized retirement income plan. He is an experienced educator, radio talk show host, and author who has written for Forbes and Kiplinger’s magazine, and he is co-author of the book “Retire Abundantly.”
After completing his education, Allen began a career as an auditor with a “Big 5” multinational accounting firm. This career was interrupted by his military service as a U.S. Army Finance Officer. In addition to the rigorous requirements to become a CPA, he also completed the extensive training program to become a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®). This unique background and training give him a perspective few advisors possess.
Married to his college sweetheart, Stephanie, for over 40 years, they have three grown sons and five grandchildren. They are very proud that all three sons are small business owners and making an impact in their respective careers and communities. In addition to traveling the world, Allen and Stephanie enjoy Broadway plays, water sports on Lake Conroe, skiing in Colorado and fishing in Alaska.
Michael Neuenschwander is a native Houstonian and co-founder of Outlook Wealth Advisors, LLC. Michael graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in finance. Grounded in the principles of his training as a CPA and CFP® and with nearly 20 years’ experience, Michael believes that offering adult financial education enables those approaching, or already in retirement, an opportunity to prepare for the next phase. An educator at heart, he has written for Forbes and Kiplinger’s magazine, is co-author of “Retire Abundantly,” was a featured radio talk-show host and is often featured on Houston’s Fox 26 News.
Michael designs forward-thinking, tax-efficient investment strategies for retirees and specializes in complex situations unique to high-net worth families. And while predicting the unpredictable is impossible, Michael’s holistic, in-depth planning approach covers as many bases as possible to help create retirement strategies that address a variety of potential risks, task situations to help provide sustainable income streams for the length of your retirement.
Michael married his high school sweetheart, Rachel, and they are raising their two beautiful children, Ella and Hudson. He is a car enthusiast and enjoys home improvement projects and getaways to the beach or lake, as well as an occasional winter vacation to the mountains for skiing. Of course, no fall would be complete without at least several trips back to College Station to attend an Aggie football game with friends.
Charles Nguyen is an Investment Advisor Representative and has been in the financial industry since 2013. Prior to starting his own firm, Charles managed retirement plans in the public sector where he leveraged his background in education to provide clarity to clients as they made decisions. Charles has administered and serviced several State 457(b) plans in excess of 2,300 employees. In recent years, Charles has shifted his focus to financial education and planning for individuals and families.
With teachers as his top client demographic, Charles understands the value of education before advice. By educating the public first, he can empower those he helps to be part of the decision-making process. As a fiduciary, Charles understands the value of creating financial plans with comprehensive wealth transfer strategies that will impact a family for generations.
Charles is an avid traveler and believes a country’s culture can be best discovered in their food.
Ed Ogden, founder of Ogden Advisory Group, has been proudly helping people with their financial needs, in multiple states, since 1988. Ed believes that the key to his success is that he develops close and trusting relationships built on honesty and integrity.
Ed offers multiple Financial Education classes within the community to help those who are preparing, or already in retirement, the opportunity to understand the best possible strategies for achieving safe money strategies and meet their unique goals.
Social Security is an important piece to the overall retirement plan and Ed is a NSSA trained advisor who is affectionately referred to as “the puzzle master” by his associates due to his strong ability to help assemble the retirement puzzle for clients using all of the pieces, not just a select few.
Ed also like to have a lot of fun, both in and out of the office! When the snows cover the mountains, Ed is an avid skier visiting the multitude of world renown high-altitude Colorado ski resorts and the champagne powder the region is known for. When warmer weather engulfs the region, Ed enjoys all things outdoors, especially golf on our numerous scenic courses.
Jeff knows one of the most valuable roles he plays is to help clients strike a balance between financial obligations and true happiness. Jeff founded On Point Tax Group, LLC with a simple goal in mind: to create tailored plans for intentional living. Jeff recognizes that for people to reach their goals, financial education is key. He finds that his time in the classroom is key to helping individuals define those goals.
After graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA—the first in his family to attend college—Jeff enlisted in the US Army in a program that paid off his student loans. Jeff admits his lack of financial literacy prior to entering the Army was a catalyst for his current career path. While his professional degree was focused on finance and psychology, his time in Korea at the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom and later at Fort Bragg, NC, provided fertile ground for experience in understanding and pursuing what truly matters.
Though Jeff grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, he has lived in the Atlanta area for 20 years. Jeff and his wife Rebecca, currently live in Brookhaven with their family. When he isn’t working with clients, Jeff enjoys spending time with family, travel, reading, and all types of athletics.
Canaan Penland educates investors and retirees on how to maximize the value and security of their retirement assets and long-term income plans. He states that “Being a financial advisor is not a matter of telling people how to invest but listening to their concerns and circumstances and educating them on the best available options.” Canaan strongly agrees with the sentiment of one of the most successful pioneers of global investing in that the four most dangerous words of investing are “this time it’s different.” No truer statement has ever been made about Wall Street. The only thing that you can consistently rely on in the financial markets is inconsistency. As a financial educator and advisor, Canaan has witnessed individuals repeatedly make the exact same mistakes as they near retirement, frequently leading to a negative impact on their retirement outlook.
Now residing in Southern California, Canaan is originally from Virginia, where he graduated summa cum laude with honors from Roanoke College with a concentration in finance. His interests in the financial markets and portfolio design began well before becoming an advisor, with years of experience in complex market research and the development of securities analysis software.
Canaan is very passionate about educating others on the modern financial system and the influence significant market volatility has had on investment decisions and retirement income planning. “There must be a great deal of understanding and confidence between the advisor and the client. It is a partnership…” says Mr. Penland. “The long-standing theory of ‘buy and hold’ has become ‘buy and hope’ with little understanding of the risks involved. Hope should never be part of an investment strategy and certainly not a retirement plan.” As a member of COFE he greatly enjoys educating individuals, couples, and business owners on the best options available, adding superior value and security to their financial future.
Investment advisory services offered through Brookstone Capital Management, LLC (BCM), a registered investment advisor. BCM and Greenline Associates are independent of each other. Insurance products and services are not offered through BCM but are offered and sold through individually licensed and appointed agents.
Thomas Penland says, “Financial peace of mind comes from good decisions and good decisions come from financial education”. With 35+ years in the financial industry, he understands the importance of a solid financial foundation beginning with an optimized Social Security strategy.
After years of working for both large and small financial firms, everything came together for Thomas to start a full-service retirement planning firm designed around “safe” planning, one that provides peace of mind. January 2007 Greenline Associates was founded, as the antidote for traditional financial advising. The goal being to provide everything needed to maximize life in the retirement years. After laying the groundwork, building strategic partnerships and looking at the process and experience from the retiree’s point of view he has become one of Southern California’s most sought out advisors and educators.
As an RICP®, Retirement Income Certified Professional, Tom’s goal is to assist retirees and pre-retirees with unique strategies that will allow them to make the most of the assets they have so they don’t run out of money. He says, “retirement is not the time to get rich, it is the time to not lose.” His workshops offer an opportunity to ask new questions and to see a new and brighter path, one that leads to success.
Lonny C. Powell
Lonny Powell is the Founder and President of Alliance Retirement Solutions and www.RetireWithLonny.com. Lonny has quickly risen to be considered one of the top financial minds in the investment and retirement industries. Lonny enjoys teaching Adult Financial Education classes, recognizing that these classes offer key information for those who are preparing for retirement. He also instructs a continuing professional education class for CPAs.
Lonny is certified as a national social security advisor which is the only independent accredited Non-Profit advising on Social Security Matters, as well as being a strategic member of the prestigious National Ethics Association. Lonny holds a series 65 license, which requires him to provide a financial fiduciary responsibility to his clients. He is the co-host of a popular national podcast on investment and retirement matters. Due to his expertise, he is featured on many local and national media outlets.
Jean Priest of J Priest Solutions Retirement & Insurance is an independent associate of Tarkenton Financial, with a focus on the financial concerns of the senior market. Built upon Jean’s personal experience and passion for helping and serving seniors, she strives to empathize and understand the needs of both students and clients, providing Financial Education that focuses on the realities and necessity of planning and preparing for the future.
Jean has hundreds of hours of study and certifications in Medicare, long-term care, and retirement planning. Her primary goal is to help people to understand what they have, and how it might work harder for them. Jean finds that by offering Adult Financial Education classes, she can assist those planning for retirement with important and timely information essential to making those BIG decisions. Since retirement planning is the primary objective of those attending her classes, attendees can better define their goals and create an action plan.
On a personal note, Jean is product of the sandwich generation, having two boys 18 and 24 years old and a Dad who is age 96. Jean lost her Mother at age 87 to Alzheimer’s. She was diagnosed in 2001 of this long, slow progressive debilitation disease. Jean knows firsthand how an unexpected illness can emotionally and financially impact one’s family.
“I can’t change my family’s situation…but I can help others who are in the same situation,” Jean says. “I know my Mother would be proud of me.”
Lori Reaves, of Money Guard Group, “Your Retirement Lifeguards” specializes in planning and guidance for those who are seeking a better lifestyle and a guaranteed income in retirement. Lori has helped numerous individuals who are near or early into retirement enjoy a worry-free lifestyle, knowing that their money is safeguarded. Lori has presented Adult Financial Education classes for many years, recognizing the absolute need for this education as retirees and pre-retirees approach this new stage in life.
Throughout her career, clients and colleagues have recognized Lori’s ability to identify and then create a plan that meets that need. “I have worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years,” says Lori. “You want to make sure your potential advisor has your best interests at heart; someone who will help you with retirement income planning in an honest and straightforward way.” Lori is a proud Certified member of the National Ethics Association and recipient of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table award. Born in New York, Lori has two children, Lee and Kelly. She considers herself a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area, Florida.
Tony Rizzo, CFP® is a gifted communicator and educator, who considers financial education to be the key to achieving retirement goals. His ability to take complex retirement challenges and break them down into easy to overcome obstacles make Tony’s classes a must for those who are nearing retirement, or who have already retired.
As a Certified Financial Planner™ and fiduciary, Tony recognizes that every individual is different. His in-depth understanding of how to achieve long-term financial goals helps his students develop strategies to meet their
unique needs, and plan for retirement income for years to come.
Fort Worth, Texas is his home, where he lives with his wife and two children. Tony’s hobbies include photography, sports, and spending time in the great outdoors with his family.
Ron Roberts was born in Burbank California and grew up in the Mojave Desert. Being the first of six children born to deaf parents, he learned responsibility at an early age. His commitment to family and faith is unwavering. It’s the essence of who he is and the foundation of his business success. Living for a higher purpose and caring for others has always been Ron’s focus.
Ron has been in the Financial Industry since 1991. Founded in 2002, Roberts Retirement Group has grown over the years to serve families in northern California and around the country. Ron has served as president of the California Estate Planning Counsel and continues to mentor financial advisors across the United States. Ron is constantly educating himself on the most up-to-date investment strategies and changes in the financial industry, so that he can provide the most current information in his Adult Financial Education classes. Ron’s chosen vocation as a financial advisor, allows him to use his experience, his gifts and his love for family to help people in a very special and caring way.
Ron is a recognized leader in the industry, is a sought-after speaker, and has been featured in Senior Market Advisor Magazine.
Ron attended college in Stockton, California where he met his wife Julie. Ron and Julie have enjoyed raising their four daughters in a close-knit community. His hobbies include reading, boating, sports, and traveling with his family. Ron has been a volunteer at a private school where he taught history and American Sign Language. Family, faith, and community are the most important things that define Ron.
Steven E. Roeth, ChFC, NSSA – Director of Wealth Management at Sun City Financial, LLC
Steven Roeth is a Chartered Financial Consultant, which is the highest and most comprehensive financial planning designation in the financial services industry. ChFC designees complete college-level course work in all of the fundamental financial planning areas such as: Investments & Portfolio Management, Income Taxation, Insurance & Risk Management, Retirement Planning & Cash Flow Plan Design, Estate Planning, Business & Business Continuation Planning, Advanced Financial Planning Applications and more. Steven is also one of three National Social Security Advisors (“NSSA”) in the City of Las Vegas, and was chosen nationally as Advisor of the Year in 2017. As an NSSA, Steven is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Social Security planning and teaches as a guest lecturer on the topic of “Maximizing Social Security.” He currently serves as Director of Wealth Management at Sun City Financial, LLC, a leading financial services firm headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and an Investment Advisor Representative (“IAR”) of Redhawk Wealth Advisors, Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Through his broad-based work with individuals in insurance and investments, by partnering with local experts in tax and law, and by serving as a consultant to his business clients he has become a well-known expert in Las Vegas, Nevada in the areas of investments, insurance, income planning, pensions, 401(k), IRA, government entitlements, asset protection and estate planning.
Steven has donated a significant portion of his time towards ending financial illiteracy in his community through educational events held onsite at various companies, municipalities, churches, and clubs. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys camping, hiking, and golfing. Steven is also happily married to his eternal companion, Emily, and they enjoy serving in their church and visiting Disneyland with their three sons: Landon, Cason, and Braden.
Investment Advisory Services provided by Redhawk Wealth Advisors, Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor. Redhawk Wealth Advisors, Inc. and Sun City Financial, LLC are not affiliated.
Donald L. Ross
Don Ross, RFC®, founder and president of Ross Wealth Advisors, has over 30 years’ experience in the financial planning industry. Don is a Registered Financial Consultant who has been advising individuals and families within Central Ohio since 1987. Don’s experience with securities, income planning, tax strategies and retirement investment planning, allows him to deliver truly valuable advice and service to his clients.
As an educator, Don’s financial education classes provide clarity to those preparing for retirement. His goal is to ensure that his students feel confident in their financial future and with their retirement plan. Don believes a solid retirement plan involves an all-encompassing financial retirement plan that factors in Investment Strategies, Income Planning, Legacy and Tax (reduction) Planning along with Long-Term Healthcare considerations.
Don was raised in Upper Arlington, OH and has a long history of service to his community and country, including twenty plus years as a pilot in the Ohio National Guard. Don earned his BS in Finance from Franklin University. In Don’s free time he and his wife Joni enjoy playing pickleball in the summer, platform tennis in the winter, traveling and visiting with their three children Judith, Ryan, and Lance.
Investment Advisory Services offered through Ross Wealth Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor in the State of Ohio. Insurance products and services are offered through Ross Wealth Advisors, LLC.
Prashant Sabapathi is a recognized Retirement Planner, Financial Educator and Speaker on the topic of wealth management and retirement planning. He is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated Financial Safari Radio Show.
Prashant began his career at MetLife and transitioned to becoming an independent advisor in 2014. Prashant now co-owns and operates Elite Income Advisors, Inc. a Registered Investment Advisory Firm where he and his team are dedicated to helping business owners and individuals accumulate, protect and pass on their wealth over the course of their lifetime while minimizing their tax liabilities. Using a client-centric approach, Prashant customizes each client’s investment plan based on their specific financial objectives while implementing his philosophy that losses hurt more than gains help.
A lifelong Marylander, Prashant grew up in Ellicott City, attended McDonogh, and graduated with a degree in Economics from University of Maryland, College Park.
Mark Schnizer has been in the insurance and financial services profession since 1988. In early 2011 Mark joined Professional Planning Associates as partner. Mark serves the firm’s clients with his expertise in insurance products and solutions with a specific emphasis on retirement planning and asset protection. Prior to that, Mark spent twenty-two years with John Hancock Financial Network. During his tenure, Mark focused on assisting clients with their long-term care planning needs.
In addition to helping individuals, Mark also works with a number of educational institutions and small businesses in the arena of long-term care planning. Mark knows that without proper financial education, retirement can be overwhelming. His classes enable the attendees to feel confident in their choices.
Mark graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1987 with a degree in business. Mark lives in Mt. Washington with his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Joseph and Ryan. Mark enjoys golf, antique cars, and tennis. He attends Bellarmine Chapel on the campus of Xavier University.
Kenneth Schrauben is the president and founder of Retirement Capital Services and an Investment Advisor Representative with Horter Investment Management, LLC.
Ken brings years of experience in the financial services industry to the classroom. He specializes in retirement and asset allocation planning and focuses on putting the client’s best interests first.
Through classes at local colleges, Ken is educating and enlightening area residents on how to help protect, preserve, and strive to pass on wealth to their families in a way that helps promote peace of mind.
Ken and Angela, his wife of 20 years, are very involved in their three children’s activities as well as local organizations.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through Retirement Capital Services. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
Eric L. Scott
Eric L. Scott lives by the principle that “Retirement is not a destination. Retirement is a journey. You don’t arrive at the perfect retirement. You create it.” This has been Eric’s belief since beginning his career as a retirement guide in 1983. It was that belief that helped him accumulate a wealth of knowledge through the experiences of his career.
Eric is the author of “The Five Crossroads” and brings over 30 years of experience to the classroom. His classroom courses are delivered in an easy to understand manner and have helped many retirees and pre-retirees develop their own custom retirement plan.
Eric loves spending time with his family and is active in his church, the Boy Scouts of America, and his community. He and his wife have been married since 1979 and live in Saint George. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Eric also spends much of his leisure time swimming, exploring the red rocks on his ATVs and enjoying the outdoors.
Patrick Seelye is an Investment Advisory Representative with Horter Investment Management LLC, and is the President and Founder of Financial Life Matters. He is a Gulf War Era military veteran and lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife Tammy and two children.
Through local classes, Patrick is educating area residents on how to help protect, preserve and strive to pass on wealth to their families so they may enjoy what matters most in their lives.
He has been in the financial services industry for over 16 years and provides independent, education-based retirement planning services to people already in or planning for retirement.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through Financial Life Matters, LLC. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
Neal Sereboff is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park with BS degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Neal began his career as a telecom engineer, and while working, he earned an MBA Financial Focus from Johns Hopkins University. This financial focus enabled Neal to move into the financial services field after the telecommunications marketplace correction of 2001.
Recognizing the importance of financial education for upcoming and current retirees, Neal moved to Horter Investment Management for the tactical approach to money management that they offer. He enjoys being able to interact with those attending his classes, knowing he is providing valuable material to those seeking a secure retirement.
Neal is happily married to his beautiful wife (princess Buttercup), Terry. Together they have a son, and Neal has twin daughters from his previous marriage. Neal actively participates with his religious organization and affiliated charities.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through LCF Advisors, LLC. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
Matthew G. Sherman, Sr.
Matthew Sherman, Founder and President of Insurance My Way, has always had a passion for helping others. A natural teacher, Matt loves teaching adult financial education classes to those in his community. His classes and speaking engagements give him the opportunity to share innovating ways to retire safely and with peace of mind.
Matt focuses on providing retirement solutions to individuals of all income levels who are looking to elevate the performance of their retirement assets and aspire to secure a lasting guaranteed lifetime income protection without losing control. As a Certified Financial Fiduciary and Member of National Ethics Association, Matt has spent the last 25 years ensuring that his client’s best interest is always first and foremost. He takes his role very seriously, protecting his client’s nest egg from downside market risk. Matt often says to his clients that the closer they get to retirement the more important it is to protect what they have worked so extremely hard for their entire life!
Matt was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida and continues to live there with his wife of 35 years, Carol. Matt and Carol have two grown children and one grandchild. A true Floridian, Matt is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys boating, fishing, camping and golf.
Dan Sherwood, of Knoxville Tennessee, is both a U.S. Military Veteran as well as a Veteran of the Insurance and Financial Planning industry with over 22 years of experience as a Financial Services Professional. He is a long-time entrepreneur and has been a proponent of financial education throughout his career. Starting out in 1993 as a Marine Corps non-commissioned officer, he has been a proven leader in taking on critical assignments as the head custodian of his entire company armory. After receiving his Honorable Discharge from the United States Marines in 1997 he started his Financial Consultant career with a Top Fortune 100 Company.
Working with individuals and business owners, he developed his career as a financial strategist in industries ranging from retirement planning to healthcare, and has held several leadership positions with various organizations including numerous Non-Profit Corporations, and several fortune 500 Companies. His dad was an educator, and Dan has chosen to continue the tradition of educating others. With an emphasis on education, Dan has been able to enrich client experiences, and develop innovative approaches to financial security. He has traveled all over the country, including 47 of the 50 United States of America in order to help educate others on their retirement benefits and insurance strategies to enable more people to live and retire with financial security. Dan also serves as a non-profit public speaker in order to motivate others to fulfil their true purpose in life. He has extensive experience in Federal Employee Benefits, TSP Plans, Retirement Planning, Medicare, Social Security, Estate Planning, College Funding, Mortgage Protection, Wealth Transfer, Disability Income, Long Term Care Planning, Annuities, and Life Insurance Policy Reviews.
When he isn’t busy at work, you can find him spending time with his family, exploring the great outdoors and enjoying the natural beauties of this world in which we live. As an avid musician he also enjoys playing his Taylor Guitar while drinking coffee on his front porch.
Casey Short is the President of Provision Retirement, a company specializing in developing strategies and income plans for individuals and families who are nearing retirement or have already retired. With a degree in finance and a Series 65 license, he is also a sought-after consultant and educator, and has traveled the country helping numerous organizations and individuals. He works with a network of certified financial planners, income strategists, money managers, and tax planners, giving him the ability to share a share a wide-array of knowledge during his courses. With the heart of a teacher, Casey can take complex financial topics and share them in a way that is easily understandable for his audience. He is also a financial advisor with Provision Asset, LLC.
Casey, his wife, and their three children make their home in Little Elm, Texas. He enjoys fly fishing, woodworking, mission work and spending time with his family.
Wayne Sisk began in the financial services industry in 1974. He has spent his entire career in the Chicago Metropolitan and Northwest Indiana communities serving individuals, families and business owners. Wayne recognizes the need for Adult Education and feels tremendous satisfaction when sharing his knowledge. He brings to the classroom extensive teaching experience in formal education settings and less formal, community based settings.
The mission of Sisk & Associates can be summed up in two words: Charting Retirement. It is our passion to assist others in structuring assets and investments in ways that accomplish their goals for a secure retirement. As individuals approach and enter retirement, investment strategies that may have served them well through their prime working years will need adjustments and changes. Wayne serves his clients at a relaxed pace charting a retirement plan based on their unique situation – one that addresses each of the essentials of retirement security and that is free of worry and stress so that our clients sleep well at night. He is committed to strategies appropriate for retirement that emphasize safety, growth and lifetime income solutions.
Wayne lives in Chicago’s south suburbs with his wife Donna. The Sisk family is active at their church where Wayne is a member of the leadership team. He enjoys time with his family and fishing.
Wayne provides his students with the knowledge they need to enter their retirement years and brings great attention to detail in the planning process.
Investment advisory services offered through Brookstone Capital Management, LLC (BCM), a registered investment advisor. BCM and Sisk & Associates are independent of each other. Insurance products and services are not offered through BCM but are offered and sold through individually licensed and appointed agents.
Leigh Smith of Wealth of Academy of Georgia, is a true connoisseur of the financial services industry, having worked in it from almost every vantage point. Her start in financial services came from working in multiple CPA firms, doing both personal and corporate tax work. She enjoyed the tax work enough to earn and retain her Certified Tax Preparer certificate.
As the Founder and CEO of the Wealth Academy of Georgia, Leigh offers multiple classes each year on a variety of topics. Having literally lived from coast to coast, she has spent years honing the skill of taking complex topics and making them easy to understand. If you have ever found financial decisions to be overwhelming or confusing, then you will enjoy attending Leigh’s classes. Leigh is a proud educator with COFE, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on financial literacy.
Born and raised in Athens, GA, Leigh is a proud graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Georgia. When Leigh’s not leading classes, you can find her with an excellent book, riding bikes on the Firefly Trail, or spending time with family.
Steven G. Smith
Steven G. Smith, founder of Smith Gillis Financial, has built a flourishing family business by treating people like family. His philosophy is that “Taking care of you and your family is our #1 goal. Why? Because you’re now part of our family”.
Steve recognizes the importance of financial education, knowing that it is the cornerstone of financial security. The classes that Steve offers within the community provide clarity and insight to those who are seeking a secure financial future while preparing for retirement. His classes provide an opportunity to understand the difficult and complex strategies involved in the retirement planning process.
Steve and his wife Lynn have been married over 39 years, living in Wallingford, CT for most of that time. They have raised three wonderful children and are now enjoying the role of grandparents.
Michael Sondheim – President of Pacific Financial Solutions has more than 30 years of experience in Retirement, Investment and Estate Planning, Wealth Preservation and Family Legacy Planning. Mike recognizes the importance of Financial Education and is proud to offer classes to those who want to learn more about creating a safe and secure retirement. The experience and knowledge Mike and his team provide has benefited and helped thousands of families throughout the northwest protect their assets, preserve their wealth, and fulfill their retirement dreams and goals.
Michael is an IAR (Investment Advisor Representative) with South Cove Financial LLC, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University.
Mike and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 31 years. As northwest natives, they have lived and raised their 2 wonderful children in Sammamish, Washington before moving to Kirkland. Active in the community and avid supporters of the Special Olympics, Mike and Kathy also enjoy biking, skiing, competitive softball and traveling.
Robert E. Szymanski is celebrating his 37th year in the financial service industry. He is the founder of Szymanski Financial Group (LLC) and Georgia Financial Education Institute. Bob knows that Adult Financial Education is essential and has been presenting classes to the public for many years. Recognizing that retirement decisions have long lasting effects, Bob enjoys providing retirees and pre-retirees with the information necessary to make the important decisions.
As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and as a Master Planner Advanced Studies (MPAS®), Bob has attained the many advanced financial planning designations available. In addition, with his focus on pre retirees and retirees, Bob has also earned the Chartered Retirement Planner Counselor (CRPC®) and is a National Social Security Advisor certificate holder. As a result, he is qualified to handle every aspect of his client’s retirement challenges, including to help protect their life savings, developing an effective income strategy and passing on a financial legacy. He currently holds the FINRA Series 65 and is licensed in Georgia Life, Accident & Sickness insurance. He graduated from The Citadel with a BS in Business Administration, Sam Houston State University with an MBA, and the College for Financial Planning with a MS degree in Personal Financial Planning.
Bob lives in Suwanee, Ga. with his wife Pam.
Lawrence C. Tidmore
Lawrence C. Tidmore is an Investment Advisory Representative with Horter Investment Management LLC, and is the Vice President of Tidmore Financial. He is a fiduciary who specializes in retirement planning, with a focus on putting the client‘s best interests first.
Lawrence brings years of experience in the financial services industry to the classroom. He is a strong advocate of Adult Financial Education, realizing that being well informed is the best pathway to making sound decisions.
Through local classes, Lawrence is educating area residents on how to help protect, preserve, and strive to pass on wealth to their families so they may enjoy what matters most in their lives.
Lawrence resides in Solon, Ohio with his wife and three children.
Investment advisory services offered through Horter Investment Management, LLC, a SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Horter Investment Management does not provide legal or tax advice. Investment Advisor Representatives of Horter Investment Management may only conduct business with residents of the states and jurisdictions in which they are properly registered or exempt from registration requirements. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through Tidmore Financial. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through E*TRADE Advisor Services, TD Ameritrade and Nationwide Advisory Solutions.
James J. Vitou is the founding principle in the firm Vitou Financial Services, LLC. Jim is a financial professional with over 25 years of experience in the insurance and retirement planning arenas and is a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®). Jim believes that as our generation faces its golden years, we’re learning more and more about trends in aging and trends in investing. With a significant portion of the population maturing and retiring, the common lesson is that most people have not prepared financially to achieve lifetime income and some degree of estate protection. We can help you develop a complete financial strategy to help you protect your assets and develop consistent retirement income, and education is the first step!
Jim has considerable experience in the areas of financial resource analysis and resolution, retirement planning, business continuity planning and executive fringe benefits. He has worked with sole proprietors and fortune 500 companies such as Key Corp, BP Oil and Steris Corporation to name a few.
Jim received his BS/BA from John Carroll University. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of MCDI Corporation and Rogers Retirement Inc. He is Board Chairman of Rogers Family Intergenerational Daycare and is active in the Rocky River and Collinwood communities.
Jeffrey M. Viveros is the President of Strategic Financial Services and has been helping people become educated on their financial options for over 32 years. To forward his mission of bringing education and knowledge to American retirees and pre-retirees, Jeff was involved with his brother in founding Educators Financial Services and Safe Harbor Financial. Jeff and his brother Eric have also spent over 2 decades working with teachers to help them navigate through the maze of financial options that are available to them. Because teachers are important to the future of our country, by educating our future leaders, Jeff has a passion about helping them maximize the opportunities available to them. Due to years of training and education in his profession, as well as the coveted training and title as an Ed Slott Master IRA Advisor, Jeff takes an educational approach with everyone he works with.
As someone who considers himself a consumer advocate, Jeff knows that retirement should be a rewarding time to spend doing what you enjoy with family or friends. But for many it can be confusing and worrisome not knowing if you will have enough money to make it through retirement. Jeff approaches each conversation and meeting through an educational method. He assumes nothing and addresses each person’s needs and goals as unique to them.
Jeff does community outreach educational programs with local colleges to help people understand retirement planning as well as educational workshops to let people know about various options that are available to them to maximize their social security benefits. Jeff’s personal policy is to consider each person or family he works with as part of his family and he treats them accordingly.
On a personal note, Jeff is a Christian and his donations go to his Church and the schools he is involved with. When Jeff is not working with clients or delivering educational workshops, he is spending time with his lovely wife and daughter. He has a strong family of 3 brothers and a courageous mother whom he is very fond of.
Wesley Walters has been assisting families to protect and grow their assets for 20 years. He entered the insurance industry in 1995, offering Long-Term Care insurance. When meeting with families age 55 and higher, he heard many stories of how their finances had been decimated by the 2000-2003 stock market correction. He recognized the importance of financial education in order to help families protect and grow their assets safely. Wesley’s passion is assisting people to maximize the potential of their financial resources.
Wesley is an Investment Advisor Representative representing Brookstone Capital Management, LLC (BCM), a registered Investment Advisor. He holds a Series 65 investment advisor representative securities license.
Wesley is very enthusiastic regarding education, specifically in long-term retirement income planning with an emphasis on helping his students understand the importance of coordinating all sources of income to meet their retirement objectives over their 25-40-year retirement.
Wesley is a native of Charlotte, NC. He and his wife, Sally, recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.
Greg Wambolt is the founder of Bighorn Tax Network. He has been working as a Tax and Wealth Advisor for 30 years and believes that everyone deserves access to advisors who listen to the needs of their clients, take their financial goals seriously, and deliver actionable solutions. With this goal in mind, Greg offers Tax and Financial Education classes in the community in order to provide those approaching, or already in retirement, with the answers they are looking for!
He holds a Business Degree from Western Colorado University where he was actively involved in skiing and track. Greg is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).
Outside of the office, Greg is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys fly-fishing and biking. You can find Greg on his ranch with his significant other Kim and their three Labrador Retrievers.
Wayne Wilson of Wilson Financial has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He developed his business by maintaining close trusting relationships with his clients, providing straight answers, and always looking out for their best interest. His mission is to help people grow, protect, and preserve their life savings, while planning for secure, stable & sustainable retirement income that cannot be outlived.
Wayne is a true believer in the power of education, recognizing that people have questions regarding their retirement! His classes provide answers to help ensure that those ‘golden years’ truly are golden.
Wayne and his wife Ashley live in Thomson, Georgia, and are blessed with 6 wonderful daughters. Wayne is a longtime softball coach and mentor to young athletes and donates his time extensively to the Briarwood Academy sports programs.
Nicholas L. Yashin has been helping his clients since 1999, working as a financial planner with respected, industry-leading firms including Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, E*Trade and Morgan Stanley. For the past 8 years he was a top educational professional with Crash Proof Retirement.
Nick’s mission is to not only protect the nest egg of the American retiree from recessions without the risk of market loss, but also to provide a guaranteed retirement income design that will ensure his clients’ assets last a lifetime.
Nick and Jane, his wife of 45 years, are blessed to have four children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, and outside of work, his hobbies include sports, fishing, and working out.