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Brittney Castro
Los Angeles, CA
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Firm
Financially Wise Women
Biography

Brittney Castro is the founder and CEO of Financially Wise Women, a Los Angeles-based financial planning firm whose mission is to teach women and couples the art of managing their money the fun and simple way.  As a Certified Financial Planner™, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Accredited Asset Management Specialist, entrepreneur and speaker, Brittney works with busy professional women and couples who are ready to make their finances work for them and use their money to live the lives of their dreams. After years of working in the male-dominated world of financial planning, Brittney realized she wanted to work with clients the same way she talks about money with her girlfriends--in a smart, personal, feminine way that’s compassionate, fun and nonjudgmental. 

Brittney has become a well-known financial expert and a go-to resource for national media outlets. She’s been featured on CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CBS, KTLA, Fox 11 News, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Darling, Entrepreneur, Woman’s World, Financial Planning, Investment News, Registered Rep magazine and many more. She’s also a coveted speaker and host, and she loves spreading her wisdom about finance, entrepreneurship and smart investing to the masses.

Additionally, Brittney serves as the Chase Financial Education Ambassador, a role in which she’ll be traveling the country, giving interviews and speaking at events in an effort to spread financial literacy to more women and men.  She is also a CFP® Pro spokeswoman in the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning campaign to educate more women and minorities about the career of financial planning.  

Finally, Brittney serves as an Entrepreneur Network Partner to provide entertainment, education and inspirational content to the millions of entrepreneurs seeking actionable, entertaining content.

Away from the office, you can find Brittney working out, drinking coffee or a green smoothie, playing at the park with her dog Arya and, of course, dancing. For more information, visit www.financiallywisewomen.com or follow her on social media @BrittneyCastro

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Li Chang
Los Angeles, CA
Firm
7Summit Advisors, LLC
Biography

Li Chang, CFP®, is the principal and founding partner of 7Summit, a firm built on the philosophy of life as a climb toward a summit. This ascent, or process of moving towards one’s goals, takes months—perhaps years --of preparation. It demands discipline and perseverance. Li manages the firm and guides asset allocation and wealth management services. Li has 16 years of experience trading and serving high net worth clients.

Most recently, Li acted as strategist and wealth management advisor at KAM Advisors, ranked #1 among the “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Firms” in FA Magazine, July 2011. Prior to joining KAM Advisors, he served as Financial Consultant and Relationship Manager to wealthy investors at E*TRADE Securities and E*TRADE Capital Management, where he held Series 7, 55 and 66 licenses. Li has trading experience with two proprietary trading firms, and he started his investment career as a trading assistant on the Pacific Stock Exchange.

Li earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, is a UCLA Anderson School of Management Riordan Fellows Program alumnus, and was named Owner / Manager of the Year by the UCLA Anderson School Howard Price Center of Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a CFA level III candidate. A Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Li earned his Certificate in Personal Financial Planning with distinction from UCLA Extension.

Li serves on the Guggenheim RIA Advisory Board, STOP CANCER Board and as a NFLPA Registered Player Financial Advisor. He was chosen to serve on the Guggenheim RIA Advisory Board due to the strength of his commitment to excellence and influence within the financial services industry. As a member of the advisory board, Guggenheim becomes an important collaborator with 7Summit Quality of Thought, allowing Li to leverage the collective experience of these peers and to access and contribute to Guggenheim Investments' intellectual capital, product development and risk management expertise.

Li interests include running marathons and climbing mountains. Locally, he has climbed Mt. Whitney, plus two of the tallest mountains in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus. He will be climbing Ixtaccihuatl, Pico de Orizaba, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Aconcagua and Denali to raise money for cancer research.

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Josh Fein
Los Angeles, CA
Firm
AdvicePeriod
Biography

As a Partner with AdvicePeriod, Josh integrates planning and investment advice for his select group of high net worth individuals and families. Josh advises clients on asset allocation, estate and philanthropic strategies as he helps them accomplish their goals.

Prior to joining AdvicePeriod, Josh founded and was CEO of J.R. Wealth Advisors. Operating out of New York and Los Angeles, J.R. was a full service investment and financial planning firm focused on creative investment solutions, personalized service, and total transparency. In 2015, New York Magazine recognized Josh as a 5 Star Wealth Manager.

Josh earned a BA in finance from Baruch College and the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM from the College for Financial Planning. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Society of CPAs.

Mark Chandik
CLU, ChFC, AIF
Irvine, CA
Firm
FDP Wealth Management
Fee Structure
Asset-Based, Fixed
Biography

With over 30 years of wealth management experience, Mark specializes in working with owners and operators of privately held businesses.

Mark graduated from National University in San Diego with a BA in Accounting, Cum Laude.

Mark began his career in 1983 with Tax & Financial Group, in Newport Beach, CA, becoming an associate partner in 1995. Four years later, he founded his own wealth management practice focusing on the needs of affluent families, corporate executives, and professionals.

Mark has obtained the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from the American College in Pennsylvania, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation.

He is the former president of The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-California (“NAIFA-CA”) and currently serves on the Professional Advisory Council for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

Mark resides in Dana Point, CA with his wife Cindy and daughters, Madeline and Caitlin.

Richard Eddy
La Verne, CA
Firm
Cona Financial Group
Biography

Founder of Cona Financial Group and Managing Member of Cona Investment Advisors, LLC, Richard Eddy has been in the financial services business since 2005. He has experience in a wide range of financial planning areas including insurance planning and risk management strategies, investment and portfolio analysis, tax planning, retirement planning and estate preservation strategies.

Prior to 2005, he was in the engineering/manufacturing business as both a manager and as a business owner. In this capacity he worked closely with some of the world’s largest aerospace and technology companies, helping them to develop the tools and techniques needed to improve their manufacturing processes.

In his spare time Richard is active in his community and enjoys golf, tennis, and spending time with his wife and Cora, their fun-loving labrador retriever. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Building a Generation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving families throughout the East Valley of San Bernardino.

Richard Eddy is a Series 65 licensed investment advisor representative, a licensed insurance agent in California (Lic. #0E76495) and several other states and also maintains a valid California Real Estate Salespersons license (Lic. #01848688).

 

Phillip Cook
CFP
Manhattan Beach, CA
Firm
Mogul Wealth Management, Inc.
Fee Structure
Fee-Only, Commission
Biography

Phillip E. Cook, an author, lecturer and college instructor is a veteran financial planner and investment counselor who has had his own counseling           practice since 1974. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is licensed as a Registered Representative and Registered Principal by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). His RIA firm is Mogul Wealth Management, Inc.

During his career, Mr. Cook has provided clients, both individuals and closely-held corporations, with a broad range of financial planning services, including: tax planning, estate planning and retirement planning, as well as, insurance selection and investment brokerage.

Mr. Cook is active in numerous business and professional trade organizations, including the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

In addition to speaking and lecturing to professional and civic groups, Mr. Cook has taught Personal Finance at Los Angeles Harbor College and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California and the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He has also served as co-host of a radio program (“Financial Planning for the 80’s”) on a Los Angeles radio station.

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mr. Cook was raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California and attended California State University Long Beach where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. He subsequently obtained his certification as a CFP in 1978 from the College of Financial Planning and has completed half of the courses required for a Masters Degree in Financial Planning.

Mr. Cook is also active in civic organizations. He is a past President of the Manhattan Beach Optimist Club, Treasurer of the Torrance Kiwanis Club Foundation (a 501(c)3 entity), and a member of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. He is married and currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California.

 

Jerry Slusiewicz
Laguna Hills, CA
Firm
Pacific Financial Planners
Biography

Jerry Slusiewicz is a veteran in the industry, with more than a quarter century of professional investment experience. He has worked with both individuals and institutions to manage money for safety, growth, and income. Jerry is committed to helping his hard­working clients achieve their financial goals, focusing on risk management and paying close attention to both what clients buy and when to sell. He believes in helping his clients with defensive investing and planning an exit strategy.

Jerry's extensive experience throughout various stock and bond market cycles enables him to offer a unique blend of professional investment counsel. His personal service includes frequent contact through his weekly email newsletters and radio programs. This allows clients and prospects an opportunity to understand Jerry's philosophy and current perspective on market conditions.

Jerry began his professional career as an advisor in 1987. He worked with various Wall Street firms before establishing Pacific Financial Planners, LLC. in 2004. This independent channel allows Jerry more flexibility to create a "client first" approach to portfolio management.

Jerry has had his own radio show "Your Money Talks" for the last decade where listeners ask on-air questions about their investment needs. He also discusses life issues including: retirement, estate planning, portfolio management, life insurance, annuities, and long-term care.

Jerry has been a contributing writer to prestigious websites such as The Street, Seeking Alpha, Minyanville, and Green Faucet.com. In addition, Jerry has been quoted in national publications including the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Well-respected in both the industry and the community, Jerry often is sought out by investment professionals for advice.

Very active in his community, Jerry serves as a Laguna Niguel City Council Member and serves on the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

Gina Chironis
CPA, PFS
Irvine, CA
Firm
Clarity Wealth Management Inc.
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

Gina Chironis, is the CEO of Clarity Wealth Management, a fee only Registered Investment Advisory firm. Gina formed Clarity Wealth Management in order to deliver a wealth strategy service that manages the financial complexities in her clients’ lives. She works with a select number of families and their related businesses. As a fiduciary advisor, she acts as her client’s personal CFO to coordinate and implement a plan to enhance wealth, minimize taxes and protect assets.

Gina has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years, and holds the Personal Financial Specialist designation awarded to CPA’s who have demonstrated expertise in wealth management. Originally from New Orleans, she graduated from Louisiana State University with academic honors and a degree in Finance. She obtained her MBA with Honors from Vanderbilt University (emphasis in Finance). Gina is Vice Chair of the California CPA Personal Financial Planning State Committee and is quoted frequently by the Associated Press, Fidelity, and Reuters.

Gina began her professional career with the international accounting firm KPMG in their New York office. Her experience includes working with large financial services firms as well as small, entrepreneurial businesses and families. In addition to her public accounting experience Gina has worked with the New York mutual fund manager Reich & Tang, and the private placements group of Metropolitan Life.

Gina lives with her husband, four children and their yellow Lab in Laguna Beach, CA. She is an avid cyclist, gardener, reader and chef. She volunteers with The Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach, CA, the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, and the Dana Point Historical Society.

Evan Kirkpatrick
Manhattan Beach, CA
Firm
Wendell Charles Financial
Biography

Evan Kirkpatrick is the founder of Wendell Charles Financial, a financial planning firm that combines experienced advice with powerful technology. Wendell Charles Financial's specialties for families and individual clients include providing wealth vision financial planning, portfolio management, 529 college savings plans, philanthropic investment accounts, alternative investments, and common accounts that Evan and his colleagues manage for their clients. For startups and corporations, Wendell Charles Financial provides 401(k) and executive compensation strategies as well as aid with corporate philanthropy.

Prior to founding Wendell Charles, Evan began his career at a global Fortune 100 firm and ran the investment division of a boutique wealth management and corporate benefits company. He was a scholarship basketball player at Northwest University & a McDonald’s All-American nominee in high school. Based in Los Angeles, Evan is also a frequent speaker and writer focused on the intersection of investments, entertainment, and philanthropy.

In addition to writing his “Influential Capital” column at Forbes, Evan’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Entrepreneur, Private Wealth, Inc., CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Pivot TV, UPROXX, and on CBS radio. Evan is a 2x recipient of the Empact100 award which honors the top 100 entrepreneurs in the United States under the age of 35 in a ceremony held at the United Nations headquarters. YFS Magazine lists Evan as one of “10 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs to Watch”. Evan is also passionate about philanthropy, serving as a board member of Two Feet Project, a non-profit aiding & equipping underprivileged youth in Nairobi, Kenya.

Cindy Havenhill
La Mirada, CA
Firm
LPL Financial
Biography

Cindy Havenhill, with LPL Financial, started her own business in 1995. From the beginning, she’s had a passionate desire to work with people toward achieving their retirement dreams. After five years at The Walt Disney Company as a financial analyst, Cindy had realized she wanted to have a more direct impact on people’s lives. And so the journey began.

LPL Financial was a perfect fit. They are as passionate about independence as Cindy is — no proprietary anything. It’s just hery clients' own business, the way they want it to be.

LPL Financial is one of the leading financial services companies and the largest independent broker/dealer in the nation. For more than four decades, the firm has served as an enabling partner, supporting financial advisors in their goals of protecting and growing their clients’ wealth. A chief objective of LPL Financial is to reduce the complexity of running a financial services practice so advisors can focus on what they do best – help their clients attain their financial goals and fulfill their dreams.

In 2004, Cindy started the Accelerated CFP® program at UC Irvine, Extension; graduated at the top of her class; and passed the CFP Board Exam on her first attempt in March 2005. The CFP® Board awarded the CFP marks to her in June of that year.

Because her recent educational experience had been so positive, Cindy decided to become an instructor for the PFP/CFP UC Irvine traditional program in January 2007. She’s taught the university’s Insurance Risk Management Course since then. She also continues to work with her original client base — teachers, business owners, and individuals.

Brandon Averill
Pasadena, CA
Firm
AWM Capital
Biography

Brandon Averill is an Investment Advisor Representative working AWM Capital a division of Penniall & Associates in Pasadena, CA and has over 11 years of experience in the finance industry. Brandon’s experience of being a professional athlete, corporate banker, business owner, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional brings a dynamic process to working with clients on investment planning and management strategies.

Brandon and his team take on the role of a coach and business partner. In this role, they educate and assist clients in the process of understanding the complex financial details of their career. Brandon's goal is to empower his clients to make informed decisions and give them ultimate control over their financial future.

Brandon attended UCLA where he was a captain on the Baseball Team. After graduating with a degree in Sociology and minor in Political Science, he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the MLB Amateur Draft. Brandon played two years of professional baseball before beginning a career in Corporate Banking with Union Bank.

Following a four-year stint in Corporate Banking, Brandon transitioned into private wealth management to pursue his passion to help educate individuals and their families on their financial lives.

James Liotta
Beverly Hills, CA
Firm
Prominence Capital GP, LLC
Biography

James Liotta, CFP®, AIF®, NSSA®,  is President of Prominence Capital GP, LLC. 

James began his career in 2002 with UBS PaineWebber in Los Angeles as a Financial Advisor. He became the third member of a three person team specializing in options strategies, small capitalization stocks, municipal bonds, and risk management strategies. 

In 2005 he was recruited by Merrill Lynch and later again recruited by Wells Fargo Investments where he specialized in risk management, provided detailed financial plans, and managed the portfolios of High Net Worth Individuals and Corporations. 

James Liotta is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.

James earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and has a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University. At the Marshall School of Business he also attained the Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation. 

He has also achieved the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation and National Social Security Advisor certification.

He is a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Alicia and children Gemma, Hannah, and James Jr. 

Francois Schramek
Los Angeles, CA
Firm
Convergent Wealth Advisors, LLC
Biography

Francois Schramek is an Associate Director based out of Los Angeles. Francois serves as an advisor to a number of Convergent’s ultra-high net worth and high net worth clients. He is responsible for directly servicing some of the firm’s more complex family office client relationships and advises on their asset allocation, portfolio construction and wealth plan implementation. 

In addition to managing client portfolios, Francois works closely with business managers, attorneys, and bankers to develop and implement tax and estate planning strategies. Aside from his client service responsibilities, Francois is proactively involved with the firm’s business development team and participates in industry events.

Before joining Convergent Wealth Advisors, Francois was a senior associate at Los Angeles-based clean-tech company, Verengo Solar, where he was primarily responsible for corporate finance and business development. Prior to that, he worked in the Investment Banking Divisions of Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, providing financial advice and investment banking services to clients in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Francois earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Asset Management from the European Business School in Germany and an MBA from University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He additionally passed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 65 exam, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst®designation and is an active member of the CFA Institute and Los Angeles World Council.

Originally from Europe, Francois speaks English, French and German, and enjoys traveling to exotic destinations around the world. He also participates in Convergent’s Community Service Initiative.

Nirav Desai
Los Angeles, CA
Firm
Qubera Wealth Management
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

As a fee-only financial advisor, Nirav Desai acts as his clients' fiduciary - always placing their interests first, without accepting commissions on any investments or services - whether it's developing investment strategies, providing retirement solutions, or analyzing their insurance needs.

Nirav specialty is creating portfolios designed to make sure his clients assets continue working for them, using principles of goals-based investing and global diversification, while balancing risk against growth and income.

Nirav earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, specializing in Investment Finance and Real Estate, as well as a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. And he knows from personal experience how difficult it is to find someone you can trust with your family's wealth.

Nirav's simple 4-step process for achieving financial success is through eliminating any conflict of interest, minimizing his clients' risk, implementing their investment strategies, and maximizing their retirement accounts.

John Agnew
Los Angeles, CA
Firm
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Biography

John Agnew is a CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST® professional, and holds the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation. 

John provides a comprehensive, wealth planning approach to diverse clients from affluent families, business owners, and retirees, to non-profits and foundations. He works with a select group of clients who he gets to know extremely well.

John advises on custom defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) profit-sharing plans and life insurance. He provides tailored advice on investment strategy, portfolio construction and asset allocation, as well as long-term care, risk mitigation, Social Security, college savings and retirement income.

In 1991, John graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Economics and Business with Latin, departmental and college honors. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management in 2014, he served as CFO for a U.S. manufacturing company for over a decade, and founded, operated and sold a profitable marketing services company prior to that.

John is active in the community as an advisory board member for Safe Place For Youth (S.P.Y.), and as Board President for a historic Beaux-Arts building in downtown Los Angeles. John is the 2017 President-Elect of the Financial Planning Association of Los Angeles, where he supports the organization's values of competence, integrity, relationships and stewardship.

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