WDPensionmark Team
Dean Salyer

W. Dean Salyer

CEO/President, WD Pensionmark
(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Designations: AIF®, CPFA

Dean Salyer is a Retirement Plan Consultant, Investment Advisor Representative and avid Team Roper. While competing in Team Roping both professionally and throughout his intercollegiate career, he learned how to stay focused, disciplined and work as a team. Dean has taken these skills and developed a prudent process to educate both retirement plan sponsors and participants on how to build a comprehensive retirement plan and retire with dignity.

Dean has more than 12 years of industry experience and holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. Dean partnered with Pensionmark Financial Group in order to offer his clients enhanced services while aiming to mitigate their risk and focusing on managing their retirement plan goals. He is well known as a valuable consultant for both his retirement plan clients and professional partners and has a streamlined process that to help retirement plan sponsors and participants.

Retirement Consulting Services:

  • Fiduciary Review Process
  • Investment Due Diligence
  • Retirement Plan Design Assistance
  • Employee Education "one on one"
  • Financial Wellness Program

Specialized Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, Texas Tech University; Rawls College of Business.
  • AIF®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.
  • CPFA

Unique Accomplishments:

  • National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Qualifier, Top Ten Finish ' 2 years.
  • Director of multiple scholarship fund raisers for Central Texas students.
  • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Life Member
  • 2017 Top DC Advisor Firm1
  • NAPA Top 40 Under 40 Young Guns2
  • 2017 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors3

Dean and his wife, Gabriella, a speech therapist for children, currently live outside of San Antonio on their horse ranch. They have two daughters Scarlett and Daniella. The family enjoys traveling to many different States and foreign countries. In addition to watching his daughters grow and team roping, he enjoys golf, fishing, and hunting, & coaching.

1List of leading individual advisor firms ranked by DC assets under advisement.

2Through nomination, quantitative and qualitative data responses, and voting.

3Applicants were required to advise on at least $50m in DC plan assets and have at least 20 per cent of their client assets in DC plans. Selected via questionnaire and Financial Times research.

Janelle Rivera

Janelle A. Rivera

Executive VP/Chief Operating Officer, WD Pensionmark
(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Janelle specializes in delivering experienced service to all retirement plan clients. She prides herself in providing individualized attention to all client needs and objectives. Janelle is responsible for managing all relationships for retirement plan and individual wealth management clients as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the San Antonio Pensionmark office.

Janelle joined Pensionmark in May 2010 with over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry. Prior to joining Pensionmark, she spent 15 years working in the Banking Industry.

In her free time Janelle enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children.

Joe Ramon

Joe Ramon

Vice President-Retirement Specialist, WD Pensionmark
(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Designations: CPFA

As a veteran with eight years of service in the United States Army, joining as a Private and exiting as a Staff Sergeant, the discipline and leadership skills learned have helped pave the way for Joe's service mindset and passion for helping plan sponsors and participants pursue their retirement goals and retire with dignity.

With over 14 years of industry experience, Joe has helped plan sponsors, participants, and individual clients alike, to uncover and mitigate risk they are initially unaware of and aims to  create strategies that align retirement savings with overall financial goals. Joe is dedicated to servicing his retirement plans and offering ongoing one-on-one guidance to help educate and prepare for addressing retirement needs. He is known as a valuable resource for his clients and delivers informative education and enrollment meetings that demonstrate his unique understanding of what it takes to achieve a dignified retirement.

Business Services

  • Perspective of Best Practices for Plan Sponsors
  • Plan consulting and design assistance
  • Education and Enrollment meetings
  • One-on-one participant meetings
  • Wealth management for individual clients


  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from University of Texas at San Antonio.

Joe, born and raised in San Antonio, along with his wife, Vanessa, both enjoy traveling and discovering cultures of different countries. Joe is very family-oriented, spending most of his time with his five siblings and 17 nieces and nephews. Joe is also involved with multiple non-profit organizations and charities in his local community.

Ben Westney

Ben Westney

Vice President of Wealth Management, WD Pensionmark
San Antonio, TX

Designations: Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®) - The American College of Financial Services; Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC®) - The Corporation for Long Term Care Certification

Ben works with individuals and business owners to help guide them through the crucial steps and choices they face to help bring their financial life goals into reality. He firmly believes that everyone should have access to unbiased financial advice, and consults with clients at all levels of income and assets. Ben’s consultative approach can help you assess your current financial picture, identify your goals, and take the necessary steps to help bring them closer to reality.

Areas of focus include:

- Investment Management and Portfolio Design

- Financial Planning

- Retirement Goal-setting and Income Planning

- Long Term Care Strategies

- Business Planning

- Qualified Retirement Plans

Ben lives in San Antonio with his wife, Stephanie, their three young boys and two happy dogs. After a fun and exhilarating career as a professional cellist, Ben turned his attention to helping others think about the future and make smart decisions with their finances. Ben enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, cooking, volunteering on the board of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and playing cello for the touring Broadway shows at the Majestic Theater.

Registrations and Licensing:

- FINRA Registrations: Series 7; Series 66

- Texas Dept. of Insurance Life, Accident, Health and HMO


Mauricio Aldrete

Vice President-Relationship Manager, WD Pensionmark

Mauricio partners with retirement plan clients with the clear objective to ensure each plan receives individualized care, offering a consultative approach while providing solutions aimed at building and maintaining efficient retirement plans. Part of this care includes delivering education to plan participants with an effort to guide them in understanding the importance and many benefits of preparing for retirement and how this fits into their overall financial wellness.  Mauricio strongly believes that empowering individuals through resourceful education will enable them to achieve a dignified retirement.

With 16 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Mauricio initiated his career in Wealth Management and later shifted his focus to specialize in Retirement Planning Services.

Mauricio resides in Austin with his wife, Veronica, and their two boys. He enjoys playing soccer, basketball and cooking and thinks coffee should be included in the food pyramid.

Dan Clark

Dan Clark

Vice President-Retirement Specialist , WD Pensionmark
(210) 444-9272

Dan Clark began his career in the financial services industry in 1995 after graduating from The University of Texas at San Antonio. As an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, Dan works exclusively to provide personalized service to retirement plans. By focusing on fiduciary responsibilities and plan governance, Dan provides valuable insight into the management of retirement plans consistent with industry best practices.

Dan has more than 15 years of industry experience and holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

Retirement Consulting Services

  • Fiduciary Best Practices
  • Plan Governance
  • Participant Education Strategies
  • Financial Wellness Program

Specialized Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of London; Birckbeck College
  • AIF®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary®

Community Associations:

  • Former Community Advisory Member – Hydro Angels Over Texas
  • Former Member – Board of Directors – San Antonio River Foundation
  • Volunteer – Junior Achievement of South Texas

Volunteer Foster – Animal Rescue Connections

Brian Halbert

Vice President-Retirement Specialist, WD Pensionmark

Brian provides specialized retirement plan support, guidance, and fiduciary services to business owners and professionals. As the plan sponsor environment becomes increasingly more complex, Brian advises plan sponsors in the development and management of retirement plan vision and goals in an effort to help participants reach their desired outcome.

With over 15 years of plan sponsor experience, Brian has helped plans from startup to the Fortune 100. His focus for plan sponsors is to help mitigate overall risk, align plan goals alongside fiduciary obligations, educate plan sponsors and participants, and ultimately provide a proactive, custom experience. Unquestionably, Brian’s goal is to provide access to experienced advice and knowledge to prepare, and eventually succeed, for a dignified retirement.

Areas of Focus:

  • Retirement Plan Analysis
  • Fiduciary Obligation Review
  • Plan Investment Review + Due Diligence
  • Financial Wellness Platform Design
  • Strategic Business Planning


  • FINRA Series 7 & 66
  • Texas Department of Insurance Life, Accident & Health
  • Texas Department of Insurance Property & Casualty

Desiree Trevino

Supervisor-Client Relations, WD Pensionmark
(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Desiree joined the Pensionmark team in March 2016 as an Operations Assistant where she assists in overseeing day-to-day plan operations by answering participant and plan sponsor account inquiries and requests, organizes Plan Due Diligence and Employee Education meetings, and works closely with Relationship Managers to ensure all other operational needs are met. She prides herself in providing individualized attention to all client needs and objectives.

Desiree graduated from The University of Phoenix, San Antonio with a major in Business Fundamentals. In her free time, Desiree enjoys spending time with her daughters.

Raul Sandoval

Relationship Manager
(210) 444-9272

Raul is an experienced Financial Professional and an active member of the San Antonio community.  He is dedicated to helping individuals and families build financial futures.  His combination of experience, professionalism and access to a wide variety of products and services helps his clients work towards meeting their financial and retirement goals.  Whether his client’s goals include preparing for milestone life events like retirement or college, or whether they are simply looking for life, disability income or long-term care insurance protection, Raul’s passion for helping others means his clients receive a new level of attention, insight and capability.

Raul is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio – where he met his college sweetheart and wife of 17 years, Elizabeth.  They have one son, Ezekiel.  Together they enjoy video gaming, local festivals, live music and spending time with extended family throughout Texas and Mississippi.

Cade Johnson

Relationship Manager, WD Pensionmark
(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Cade Johnson is a native of West-Central Texas and has lived in the Texas hill country for five years.  Cade prides himself on being disciplined, hard-working and putting others first - all characteristics he attributes to playing sports throughout his collegiate career. His passion for helping others and appreciation of their hard work has led him to the financial services industry where he hopes to improve the quality of retirement for participants and clients alike. Cade received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas State University. In his spare time, Cade enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and golf.