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David Rae
CFP®, AIF®
Los Angeles, CA
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Firm
DRM Wealth Management, LLC
Fee Structure
Fee-Based, Fee-Only
Biography

David Rae is the independent LA CFP®, AIF® to Lead Your Financial Team.  We believe everyone can retire earlier and with more money than they ever thought possible.

David Rae, Certified Financial Planner®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and Wealth Manager positions his clients for prosperity.

Name one of the "100 Most Influential Financial Advisors" by Investopedia. 

“Once you get your financial house in order,” he says, “It’s a lot easier for everything else­–personal life, professional life, family life and recreational life–to fall into place too.”  

Working with a wide diversity of clients for well over a decade, he has built a successful career developing comprehensive financial plans to meet life goals, retirement, tax planning, estate issues, portfolio revision, life insurance, portfolio management, business exit strategies and more. While based in Los Angeles, he serves clients across the country. At the same time, he enjoys a solid reputation as a smart, go-to financial guy for both mainstream and LGBT print, broadcast and online media.

Early days

David grew up Irvine, California. His father Mike Rae retired from a career as an NFL quarterback (USC, Raiders, Redskins, Buccaneers) while he was still in elementary school. This gave him a front row seat to retirement planning and money manners early on. His mother, Terri, was something of a financial genius who ran a tight ship, planned carefully, got the most bang for the buck and successfully avoided the financial traps that often snare former athletes and their families.

At the University of Redlands, David majored in Business and Musical Theatre, earning full-ride scholarships in both disciplines. A year studying abroad in Vienna, Austria – in addition to consistent and considerable amounts of world travel that he keeps up to this day – engendered a dimensional world view about peoples and cultures.

Life in finance

Financial planning has proven an excellent fit for fully engages David’s considerable math, social and communication skills. He began in 2003 as a Financial Advisor and hit the ground running. After completing the CFP’s rigorous two-year preparation program, in 2006 he passed the two-day CFP exam (the financial industry’s equivalent of the bar exam) with flying colors, earning him his professional certification. He achieved his Accredited Investment Fiduciary certification in 2015.  He became President of DRM Wealth Management in 2017.  This independent RIA specializes in helping the friends on the LGBT community reach their financial goals.

In addition to building his own business, David has always been active in helping others build their businesses as well. In 2004, he founded the Beverly Hills Breakfast Club chapter of BNI, an international networking group, which has grown today into the largest and wealthiest chapter in Southern California.  He was also named an "Adviser with Heart" by Wealth Management Magazine.

“There’s a significant lack of financial literacy in the general population,” David reports, “Even among those who are very bright. This may be related to being phobic about math since so much about money is really about math too. My function is to translate what may seem to be overwhelming and confusing concepts and programs into something clear, understandable and attainable. Essentially it’s pretty simple. You have a dream or life goal? Great, let’s sit down together, plan a workable strategy on how to finance it and make it a reality.”

Media matters

David Rae is the go to Financial Expert for the media. He has been seen, quoted and published in many national publications including  Nightline, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, NBC News,  KTLA News, KCAL 9 News, Time Magazine, MSN Money, Men’s Health, NBC News, The Today Show, US News & World Report, Yahoo News and 401(K) Specialist Magazine  and many more. He blogs weekly on financial issues for The Huffington Post where he is noted for his trenchant observations and spot-on wit. He is also a regular contributor to The Advocate Magazine and Investopedia blogs. Recently, David was interviewed by Nightline. He also has his own personal finance blog Financial Planner LA

Personal life

David has completed the 545 mile Aids Lifecycle bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles for seven years in a row becoming not only a top fundraiser personally but heading a team that raised over a million dollars for the organization. A longtime and enthusiastic resident of West Hollywood, he lives with his husband Ryne Meadors and their two chihuahuas.

More info at www.davidraefp.com

or the top rated www.FinancialPlannerLA.com blog.

 

 

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Nickolas Strain
CFP®, AIF®
Long Beach, CA
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Halbert Hargrove Global Advisors, LLC
Fee Structure
Asset-Based, Fee-Only
Biography

In his advisory work with clients, Nick’s objective is to deliver an integrated strategy for their wealth. In addition to his investment expertise, Nick says he brings two key strengths to his client relationships. The first is educating them about their investments. “I make an effort to excel at this; it’s extremely important for clients’ peace of mind to understand that we invest with the intention of excelling in good markets and weathering challenging ones.”

Nick is also an excellent listener. “Through listening, I can suggest relevant solutions. I enjoy helping clients work towards goals, solve problems that arise, and uncover risks that they might not have considered.”

As Chair of Halbert Hargrove’s Wealth Advisory Committee, Nick leads the group in exploring financial planning issues that impact clients—and creating responsive solutions. Nick sees his role as “ensuring that we have a diverse set of ideas on the table to make the right decisions.” Nick is based in Halbert Hargrove’s Long Beach headquarters. He was named to his current management role in 2012; he joined the firm in 2005.

Nick holds an MBA from UC Irvine; he earned his B.S. degree in Management Science from University of California, San Diego, where he played college basketball and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. He was awarded the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY designation by the University of Pittsburgh-affiliated Center for Fiduciary Studies and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER.

Nick and his wife Carrie love to travel; being part of close families, they also frequently head to central and northern California for visits. Ever hear of the Calaveras County Frog Jump? His extended family, aka the Gustine Frog Team, has participated in this event for over 50 years. Back home, Nick thinks a good start to the weekend is a morning run or hike in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Stephen Rischall
CRPC
Los Angeles, CA
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Firm
1080 Financial Group
Fee Structure
Fee Only
Biography

Stephen Rischall is an award winning financial adviser and public speaker. He has been recognized as one of the top "40 Under 40" financial advisers by InvestmentNews and was ranked in the top 10 of the Investopedia 100. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times,  and more.

Stephen began learning to invest using his own money at the age of thirteen. While in college he began his career in the financial services industry while helping his mother recover from financial fraud.  He earned his BS in Honors Finance at California State University Northridge and received a special commendation for managing the University Corporation Student Investment Fund. He started building his practice after college at a large brokerage firm where he met his business partner, Matt. They recognized many conflicts of interest working in that environment and knew they could do better for their clients independently. In 2013, they put plans in motion to launch 1080 Financial Group and by 2015, the firm became a Fiduciary fee-only Registered Investment Adviser.

Earlier in his career, Stephen was recognized as a "20 in their 20’s" honoree for being an outstanding young entrepreneur and has also been recognized as a "Valley's Trusted Advisor". He actively serves his community and is known as "the financial advisor that won't retire before you do". In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and gardening.

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Rebecca Dawson
Los Angeles, CA
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Firm
Silber Bennett Financial
Biography

Rebecca Dawson is an experienced, independent financial advisor offering personalized wealth and investment management guidance to a select group of individuals, families, and businesses in Southern California and around the country. Her mission is to be a trusted advisor to her clients by partnering with them to identify what is most important in their financial lives while providing tailored solutions to help achieve their goals.

For over 20 years, Rebecca has served as a financial advisor. She has developed highly refined methods for evaluating client's needs and formulating successful investment strategies. She and her staff provide an exceptional level of service to her clients, who are typically worth well in excess of $1 million and include some of the most prominent people in the United States.

Before joining Silber Bennett, Rebecca managed her own independent brokerage office since 1999. Prior to that she held similar positions with PaineWebber, Merrill Lynch, and Alex.Brown & Sons.

Her clientele have included corporate presidents, and officers, charitable foundations, pension funds, business owners, and wealthy retirees. Her affiliation with Silber Bennett Financial provides her clients with full service wealth strategies.

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Diane M. Manuel
CFP®, CRPC
El Segundo, CA
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Firm
Urban Wealth Managment
Fee Structure
Fee-Only, Asset-Based
Biography

Diane joined UWM in 2015 after a successful career with Merrill Lynch, the California Endowment, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. She has over twenty years of experience helping individuals and organizations in their efforts to identify, implement, and accomplish their goals. In her role as Financial Advisor at Urban Wealth Management, she directs clients and organizations toward the achievement of their aspirations and dreams. The focal point of her practice is to build long-term financial capacity, ensuring a legacy for families and businesses.

For fun, Diane enjoys 5K and 10K runs, hanging at the beach, wine tasting, photography, and walks with friends. She's a native of Los Angeles, and received her B.S. from the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!) and a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University. You can find her articles on Investopedia.com, Nasdaq.com and on the Urban Wealth Management website (urbanwm.com), where she publish a series: Your Life. Your Legacy.

Diane is also active in various philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she's on the Advisory Board for WriteGirl, a writing and mentorship program for girls. Additionally, as a founding member of the Giving Circle Angelenos 4 Los Angeles, Diane is active in the entrepreneurship and the promotion of innovative solutions to support uplifting change in the African-American community in Southern California. In the past, she has served on the Board of Governors for the USC Alumni Association, along with Trojans Encore and the USC Black Alumni Association. 

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John Frye
CFA
Beverly Hills, CA
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Crane Asset Management LLC
Fee Structure
Asset-Based
Biography

Crane Asset Management LLC is a full-service investment counseling firm providing investment management services to private individuals, retirement plans, endowments, and charitable foundations. All accounts are managed on a discretionary basis. John Frye founded the firm in 2003, with a partner who remains Chief Operating Officer. They work with all of their clients to formulate a long-term investment strategy that will meet their investment objectives while addressing their risk profiles. Understanding their clients in this way enables them to develop unique plans based upon each of their clients’ needs to help them achieve their financial goals.

Before co-founding Crane Asset Management LLC, John served as Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Renberg & Associates in Beverly Hills. He began his career with E. F. Hutton & Company in New York and subsequently worked with Alex. Brown & Sons in Baltimore. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University in 1977 and his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. John holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles.

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Robert Pagliarini
Mission Viejo, CA
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Pacifica Wealth Advisors, Inc.
Biography

Robert Pagliarini, MS, MA, CFP, EA, CFDA is a Mission Viejo financial planner and president of Pacifica Wealth Advisors – a preeminent financial planning and wealth management firm with a national reputation for serving affluent investors and sudden wealth recipients -- those that suddenly receive a windfall from lottery, inheritance, business sale, lawsuit settlement, divorce, or stock options.

Robert, a CFP, Enrolled Agent with the IRS, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, relies on his nearly two decades of financial experience as well as his master’s degrees in financial services and psychology to provide comprehensive and personal wealth management solutions.

Robert is the author of three books: The Sudden Wealth Solution: 12 Principles to Transform Sudden Wealth Into Lasting Wealth , The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose, and the #1 bestseller Six-Day Financial Makeover: Transform Your Financial Life in Less Than a Week.

Robert writes a column for Forbes, Investopedia, Huffington Post, and many others. He has appeared as a financial expert on 20/20, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Fox Business, Katie Couric, ABC Morning News, and many other shows and publications.

Robert is the co-founder of The Band of Brothers Foundation–a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps under-served children around the world. They currently support orphanages and schools in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, and Burma and have previously had projects in Costa Rica, China, and the United States.

When not working or writing, Robert enjoys going to Disneyland with his wife and young daughter, climbing mountains (Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak yet), and training for triathlons.

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Mark Hebner
Irvine, CA
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Firm
Index Fund Advisors
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

Mark Hebner is Founder and President of Index Fund Advisors, Inc. (IFA), author of the popular book, "Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors", and is a respected speaker, news contributor and provider of authoritative information and education on investing.

"Index Funds" has received praise from financial industry and academic luminaries, including John Bogle, David Booth, Burton Malkiel, as well as Nobel Laureates Harry Markowitz and Paul Samuelson. It was nominated as one of the three all-time greatest investment books, along with the writings of John Bogle and Warren Buffett.

IFA avoids the futile, speculative, and unnecessary cost-generating activities of stock, time, manager, and style picking. Contrarily, IFA employs a disciplined, quantitative approach that emphasizes broad diversification and consistent exposure to the structural trends of global publicly-traded markets.

IFA is a true fiduciary financial advisory firm, compelled by law to act in the best interests of clients, always – something the investing public, mistakenly, believes all financial advisors are required to do.  

Mark contends that one can be a passive investor but still apply active intelligence to the process of investing.  He takes an evidence-based academic approach to this process and illustrates it with art and science.   

Mark was a member of the Young Presidents' Organization for 19 years and is currently a member of the World Presidents' Organization and the Chief Executives Organization.

Prior to founding Index Fund Advisors in 1999, Mark was President, CEO and co-Founder of Syncor International (previously a public company - SCOR) from 1975 to 1985. In Jan. 2003, Cardinal Health acquired Syncor for approximately $850 million. As a division of Cardinal Health, it is the largest radiopharmaceutical network in the United States.

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Theodore E. Sade
CFP®, AIF®, CMFC
Los Angeles, CA
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Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC
Fee Structure
Fee-Based
Biography

Theodore E. Saade, CFP®, AIF®, CMFC, is a Senior Partner with Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisory firm offering wealth management services tailored to meet the unique needs of affluent individuals, institutions and corporations.

Mr. Saade works with a team of knowledgeable professionals that have established an unparalleled reputation for helping wealthy multi-generational families manage their financial lives. Typically, their client relationships begin with individuals who are approaching retirement or in retirement – those who are committed to enjoying their retirement, but also hoping to provide a legacy for future generations – and quickly expands to children, grandchildren and beyond. 

Mr. Saade and his team have helped clients weather all types of markets and every economic climate imaginable. This has instilled in them a deep appreciation for the critical importance of asset protection and income – generation strategies for pre-retirees and retirees. That’s why they don’t chase trends or the latest fad, but instead focus their efforts on the responsible balance between preservation and growth of clients’ assets, managing money in a way that assumes the least amount of risk necessary to help clients achieve retirement income and legacy planning goals.

The knowledge and experience of Mr. Saade’s team is backed by a $5B AUM registered investment advisory firm; with 18 advisors and 47 support staff that encompass client service, investment research, trading, and operations support. Collectively, the firm’s clients have access to the most sophisticated and competent wealth management experience possible. SEIA’s independent vantage point allows for the delivery and implementation of wealth management strategies through objective, comprehensive and unbiased advice.  

Mr. Saade is a 20+ year veteran of the securities and insurance business, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics with an emphasis in Biochemistry with Honors from University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Saade completed the CFP® professional education program in 1998, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc . In addition, he completed the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) Education program in 2000 and earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation conferred by Fiduciary360. He also received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility.

Specializing in investment, retirement and estate planning, Mr. Saade is a thought leader in the financial services community. He has been included in REP Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 since the inception of the award in 2013. An active member of his community, Mr. Saade has also been recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager* in Los Angeles Magazine since 2012 and was recognized as a Top Wealth Manager for “Providing Exceptional Service And Overall Satisfaction” as published in Los Angeles Magazine in 2014. He has been published annually in Worth Magazine since 2010 and has been recognized as a Leading Wealth Advisor as published in Worth Magazine annually since 2012. Most recently, Mr. Saade’s comments have appeared in MONEY Magazine and InvestmentNews. 

Mr. Saade is a 25 yr. resident of Los Angeles, California, where he lives with his wife and 3 sons.

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Bryan Ward 1
CFP®, CIMA®
Newport Beach, CA
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ProCore Advisors
Fee Structure
Fee Only
Biography

With well over a decade of experience specializing in wealth management and advisory services to corporations, non-profit organizations, business owners and established families, Bryan brings a high level of investment forecast and modeling experience to the Ward Aguilar Financial family. His biggest objective is to simplify financial strategies and products, in order to easily educate and guide businesses and individuals to overcome the complexities of the financial markets.

Over his career, he has been able to advise some of California’s wealthiest families and individuals as well as consult with and manage assets for some of the largest corporations based in Southern California. Bryan is a Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst ™ (CIMA®) practitioner.

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David Fabian
Irvine, CA
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FMD Capital Management
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

David began his investment career in 2007 by co-founding a fee-only registered investment advisory firm and swiftly grew that company to over $100 million in assets. In 2013 he started FMD Capital Management with the commitment to build a world class investment firm focused on client service, investment discipline, and accountability.

David’s responsibilities within FMD Capital Management include: operations management, chief compliance officer, investment research, client communication, and portfolio management. In addition, David actively contributes his investment views on the Investor Insights blog and through special reports.

He has years of experience implementing actively managed growth and income portfolios using ETFs and mutual funds. David is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, and MarketWatch. He is also a regular contributor on Abnormal Returns, Seeking Alpha, InvestorPlace, and writes a weekly ETF column for NASDAQ.com

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Rick Kagawa
Huntington Beach, CA
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Capital Resources and Insurance, Inc.
Biography

Rick Kagawa has been a financial services professional for over twenty years. During that time he has had one consistent mission – to improve his clients’ lives. Whether it’s helping families save and plan for children’s college education, creating estate plans that will help senior adults leave a legacy, or advising individuals on building independent financial futures, Rick’s focus is on helping clients identify what they want and find the means to get there.

Having joined his father’s insurance agency at age 35, Rick soon became a General Agent and Securities Manager. In 1990, he became a financial planner and went on to acquire a broad range of knowledge and credentials. He now provides holistic, professional financial planning services, including investment management, retirement planning, estate planning, business retirement plans, risk management and insurance planning.

Rick has a B.S. from California State University at Long Beach and, after completing a rigorous course of study and examination through the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, earned the right to use the CFP® marks of distinction (conferred by the CFP Board of Standards). He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the largest organization of professionals dedicated to championing the financial planning process, and is active in the Orange County chapter. Rick is also a listed advisor of the Sudden Money Institute®, an organization dedicated to helping people deal with the life changes – and the money that can accompany transitions such as inheritance, divorce, settlement, lottery win, etc.

A volunteer with local, regional and national Boy Scouts of America, Rick enjoys hunting, fly fishing, guitar collecting and restoring old cars. Drag racing, as both owner and driver, as a member of the National Hot Rod Association is also a passion. But spending quality time with his wife and children is paramount.

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Jack Brkich III
Irvine, CA
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JMB Financial Managers
Biography

Jack Brkich III is the founder of JMB Financial Managers. Combining over twenty years of investment experience with his expertise in personal financial planning, Jack has established himself as a trusted advisor for individuals, couples, families and business owners. As a Certified Financial Planner, he implements advanced planning strategies by using a broad array of wealth creation and preservation techniques.

JMB Financial Managers, Inc. provides customized investment, tax and retirement planning solutions for independent contractors, family owned businesses and owners of small companies (25 employees or less) that do not have the time, skills or desire to handle the day-to-day details of their personal or business finances. As a result, clients are free to spend more time prospecting, networking, and building relationships, leading to higher incomes.

Securities and advisory services offered through Cetera Advisors LLC, member FINRA,SIPC. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

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Jeffrey Tilson
AWMA, CRPC, AAMS
Seal Beach, CA
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JST Investment Consulting, RIA
Fee Structure
Fee-Only
Biography

As a Fiduciary Investment Advisor and the President of Seal Beach-based JST Investment Consulting, RIA. Jeffrey Tilson helps families and small businesses take the stress out of investing and employee retirement benefit plans. His specialties include asset management, retirement planning, education planning, investment risk mitigation, and protection planning just to name a few.  Jeffrey aims to help his clients be objective in making the right decision with a very emotional item: their money. He develops a goal oriented plan with his clients and works with his clients to choose a proper strategy without all the guesswork. There are no commissions or withdraw penalties at any time on investment management services.

Jeffrey started his firm in 2011 after successfully co-managing and servicing clients representing approximately $220 million of client investment assets as a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services for 10 years. He began his referral-only investment consulting firm to seize the opportunity he saw to provide a high level of service at more cost effective platform he can pass on to his clients.

Jeff credits persistent optimism for his business accomplishments and ability to successfully navigate the many aspects of the wealth management business. He is most proud of leveraging his education and experience to attain professional freedom, and he looks forward to networking with like-minded individuals in order to continue to grow his business.

Jeff lives an active lifestyle and also enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and church activities, just to name a few.

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Robert Dalie
CFP®
Los Angeles, CA
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Oppenheimer & Co.
Fee Structure
Asset-Based, Fee-Only, Commission , Fixed
Biography

Robert Dalie is an Executive Director of Investments with The Summa Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”). He is in charge of wealth planning capabilities, one of the pillars the group is founded on. Robert has been able to differentiate himself by combining a deep level of analytical planning expertise with a strong sense of client advocacy. This allows him to engage with a family on a deeper level of understanding and uncover the issues and concerns that keep them up at night.

He takes special care to establish a ‘big picture view’ of a client’s overall goals, and develops planning strategies that often include the input of the client’s other trusted advisors, such as their CPAs, estate and business planning attorneys, trustees and banking professionals. One of the core strengths he provides is the ability to simplify his clients’ financial lives by providing advice and guidance based on time-tested investment and planning principles. This internally-developed planning process is specific and client driven. It can range from finding an outsourced lending solution to automated data aggregation across multiple firms.

Robert’s specific expertise and experience lends itself well to entrepreneurs, senior executives, fiduciaries and founders that have recently experienced or are about to experience a life-changing financial event. This proficiency has allowed him to play an integral role within the core advisory teams that deal with these pre and post-liquidity events. Throughout these engagements he has developed a reputation for specialized work with sudden wealth from inheritance, divorce, stock sales, estate planning and closely held business sales. To effectively offer this depth of service and experience, our practice is limited to a select group of individuals and families for whom we can have the maximum impact.

Forbes, Barron’s and Research Magazine have recognized The Summa Group in their annual advisor rankings as a top wealth management team. Robert has been a central part of The Summa Group since its founding in 2003. He previously worked for an institutional wealth management team within Oppenheimer. His role there included business development, quantitative research, and financial modeling.

He is a member of the Los Angeles Financial Planning Association (FPA), and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He attended Pepperdine University where he also played water polo and graduated with BA in business administration and a BS in sports medicine. He is an Eagle Scout and currently sits on Oppenheimer’s Advisory Technology Committee.

Robert resides in Glendale with his wife (whom he met at Pepperdine) and their four children. Traveling, cooking, sports, scouting, and philanthropic work keeps the family happy and very busy!

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