Team members

By September 7, 2017
All
Executive Committee
Financial Advisors
Aliso Viejo, CA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Bakersfield, CA
Boston, MA
Carmel, IN
Centralized Support
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Duncansville, PA
Eagle, ID
Encinitas, CA
Fayetteville, AR
Fort Wayne, IN
Harrisburg, PA
Hinckley, OH
Honolulu, HI
Houston, TX
Hunt Valley, MD
Investment Analysts
Jacksonville, FL
Jersey Village, TX
Lancaster, CA
Lehi, UT
Little Rock, AK
Little Rock, AR
Louisville, KY
Mansfield, OH
Mechanicsburg, PA
Miami, FL
Morristown, NJ
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Oklahoma City, OK
Pittsburgh, PA
Providence, RI
Raleigh, NC
Roanoke, VA
Rogers, AR
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA - Bob
San Diego, CA - Noel
San Francisco, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA - Corporate - Execs
Santa Barbara, CA - Corporate - Support
Santa Barbara, CA - Mary
St. Paul, MN
Support Staff
Tampa, FL
The Woodlands, TX
Ventura, CA
Washington DC
Wexford, PA
All
Aliso Viejo, CA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Bakersfield, CA
Boston, MA
Carmel, IN
Centralized Support
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Duncansville, PA
Eagle, ID
Encinitas, CA
Fayetteville, AR
Fort Wayne, IN
Harrisburg, PA
Hinckley, OH
Honolulu, HI
Houston, TX
Hunt Valley, MD
Investment Analysts
Jacksonville, FL
Jersey Village, TX
Lancaster, CA
Lehi, UT
Little Rock, AK
Little Rock, AR
Louisville, KY
Mansfield, OH
Mechanicsburg, PA
Miami, FL
Morristown, NJ
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Oklahoma City, OK
Pittsburgh, PA
Providence, RI
Raleigh, NC
Roanoke, VA
Rogers, AR
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA - Bob
San Diego, CA - Noel
San Francisco, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA - Corporate - Execs
Santa Barbara, CA - Corporate - Support
Santa Barbara, CA - Mary
St. Paul, MN
Support Staff
Tampa, FL
The Woodlands, TX
Ventura, CA
Washington DC
Wexford, PA

Troy Hammond

President/CEO
Santa Barbara, CA
Troy Hammond

President/CEO

Bio: Mr. Hammond is the founder, President, and Chief Executive officer of Pensionmark Financial Group. He is recognized as an industry leader, and is a driving force behind our company values and our strategic vision. He continues to push our organization to consistently exceed our clients’ expectations, to maintain our competitiveness in our ever-changing and complex industry, and to put integrity first.

Awards & Recognition

  • Nominated to the Retirement Advisor Council (2016),5
  • Recognized as a Top 10 Advisor in the 401kWire's Mid-Market category1
  • Named to 401kWire's list of 300 Most Influential DC Advisors (2010-2012).2
  • Acknowledged as a Rising Star in Retirement Plan Advisory by Institutional Investor, Inc.3
  • Named as one of the Top Retirement Plan Advisors in the Nation by PLANSPONSOR Magazine (2006-2017).4

Education & Certifications

  • BA in Business Economics at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA Business CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®)
  • AIF®(Accredited Investment FiduciaryTM)
  • Plan Sponsor Retirement Professional (PRP)
  • CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELORSM (CRPC®)
  • CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANS SPECIALISTSM (CRPS®)
  • Certified Behavioral Financial Analyst (CBFA)

 

1 February, 2012. Selected by 401kWire poll and committee and based on internal editorial research including, but not limited to, statistics about advisors' practices, and input of 401(k) industry insiders.

2 2009-2012. Nominated by industry leaders and selected by 401kWire poll and committee. Based on input from advisors nominated and an analysis of criteria including statistics about advisors' practices gathered directly from advisors.

3 Nominees were submitted by professionals through the retirement plan industry and were vetted and selected by the business publishing staff. The selected individuals meet the criteria of managing at least $100 million in plan assets and demonstrating through their relationship and plan-building skills that they are likely to be the trendsetters of the future.

4 PLANSPONSOR Magazine 2006-2013. Nominated by industry professionals and selected based on a quantitative evaluation of service levels and feedback from plan sponsors for both team and

(805) 456-6262
Santa Barbara, CA

Michael Woods

Executive Vice President
Santa Barbara, CA
Michael Woods

Executive Vice President

Michael Woods joined Pensionmark Financial Group, LLC in 2009 bringing with him experience on both the plan provider side, as one of the top wholesalers for ING Retirement Solutions, and as a plan advisor. He currently acts as the Executive Vice President, OSJ Branch Manager, and Co-Owner of the organization with a focus on developing retirement plan solutions for our corporate clients as well as our national network of advisors. Over his career, Michael has worked extensively with corporations and non-profits in the field of qualified and non-qualified retirement programs.

Michael and his 3 children live in the Santa Barbara area.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as a Top 10 Advisor in the 401kWire's Large-Market category1
  • 2007 Highest Regional Director Sales2
  • One of the nation's most influential retirement plan advisors by 401kWire (2009)3.
  • Named to 401kWire's list of 300 Most Influential DC Advisors (2010-2012).4
  • Named as one of the Top Retirement Plan Advisors in the Nation by PLANSPONSOR Magazine (2006-2017).5

Education & Certifications

  • BS in Economics at Fitchburg State University
  • Series 7, 24, 65 registrations
  • International Honor Society of Economics

1 Based on new account acquisition for 2008.

2 February, 2012. Selected by 401kWire poll and committee and based on internal editorial research including, but not limited to, statistics about advisors' practices, and input of 401(k) industry insiders.

3 2009-2012. Nominated by industry leaders and selected by 401kWire poll and committee. Based on input from advisors nominated and an analysis of criteria including statistics about advisors' practices gathered directly from advisors.

4 Nominees were submitted by professionals through the retirement plan industry and were vetted and selected by the business publishing staff. The selected individuals meet the criteria of managing at least $100 million in plan assets and demonstrating through their relationship and plan-building skills that they are likely to be the trendsetters of the future.

5

(805) 456-6260
Santa Barbara, CA

Laura Battle

Vice President, Operations
Santa Barbara, CA
Laura Battle

Vice President, Operations

Designations: PRP, CRPS, CRPC

Mrs. Battle joined the Pensionmark team in 2000, bringing with her experience in the financial services industry. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics and Spanish.

Mrs. Battle currently holds her Series 6 and 63 registrations along with her California insurance license. Additionally, she holds the following designations: Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), and PLANSPONSOR® Retirement Professional (PRP)TM.

Mrs. Battle provides retirement plan advisory services to corporate fiduciaries.  Laura assists businesses and their employees with structuring efficient 401(k) plans, measuring and monitoring fiduciary liability and providing education tools for participants.

Mrs. Battle is also responsible for advancing Pensionmark’s HR strategy in support of the company’s leadership and growth objectives.  In addition, Laura overseas corporate operations, the day-to-day management of the customer service team and is the lead conversion manager.

Mrs. Battle is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Santa Barbara Human Resource Association (SBHRA).

(805) 456-6263
Santa Barbara, CA

Marissa Weisberg

Corporate Controller
Santa Barbara, CA
Marissa Weisberg

Corporate Controller

Marissa Weisberg brings extensive accounting experience to Pensionmark from a vast range of industries including newspaper, real estate, construction development and the nonprofit sector. She has worked in the finance and accounting field since 2002 and has managed and developed accounting departments and teams since 2008.  Currently, Marissa is the Corporate Controller for Pensionmark Financial Group, LLC and is a member of the Executive Team where she has an essential role in the management, expansion and growth of the organization.

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Sociology with an Emphasis in Business and Accounting at UCLA in 2005
  • Member of the TAP honor program and Dean’s list
  • MBA level credential certificate at California State University, Northridge in 2007
(805) 456-6271
Santa Barbara, CA

Jennifer Tanck, JD

Executive Vice President
Tampa, FL
Jennifer Tanck, JD

Executive Vice President

Jennifer currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Pensionmark Financial Group, focusing on building out the firm's compliance program and operations, as well as partnering with Pensionmark's affiliate advisors to deliver infrastructure and support services.

Prior to joining Pensionmark, Jennifer served as the Senior Vice President of Client Service Delivery for Aspire Financial Services, an independent recordkeeper, overseeing all of Aspire's Client Service and Operations divisions. While there she was instrumental in implementing a more cohesive client engagement model, using a single-threaded service approach designed to provide a world class client experience in the open-architecture retirement space.

Jennifer also formerly served as President and Chief Compliance Officer of Independent Financial Partners, LPL Financial's largest hybrid RIA firm. She helped to grow the firm's comprehensive network of advisors and retirement and wealth management services, and held several key leadership positions during her tenure there in both Operations and Compliance capacities. Prior to joining IFP, Jennifer served as a registered representative and OSJ Manager for another broker/dealer, and has extensive experience in both Big Four accounting and law firm settings where she has focused on securities, business and tax law.

Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida and graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and various civic and professional organizations and was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2012 Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year.

(813) 453-4659
Tampa, FL

Tom Ming

Managing Director
Bakersfield, CA
Tom Ming

Managing Director

Designations: AIF®, PRP

Tom Ming is Managing Director of the Pensionmark Retirement Advisory Group based in Bakersfield, California. Mr. Ming is actively involved in his community and enjoys the challenge of getting America's work force to adequately save for retirement. Mr. Ming's retirement practice includes investment fiduciary consulting, employee education, plan benchmarking, as well as other services to the qualified plan and fiduciary advisory market. He consults with a variety of industries to create retirement plan services to address today's retirement needs.

Mr. Ming has had the opportunity to speak at several retirement plan conferences and continues to be heavily involved with several leading industry organizations. Mr. Ming has completed the necessary training to be a Plan Sponsor Retirement Plan Professional (PRP) and the (AIF) Accredited Investment Fiduciary through Fi360.  Mr. Ming was a finalist for “Advisor of the Year” in 2015 for Plan Adviser Magazine and was just recognized as a Top DC Adviser Firm to NAPA’s first ever listing1.

Raised in Bakersfield, California, Mr. Ming has three children and is married to Amy M. Ming, a special education teacher.

11List of leading individual advisor firms ranked by DC assets under advisement.

661-369-7025
Bakersfield, CA

Sean O’Flaherty

Managing Director
Eagle, ID
Sean O’Flaherty

Managing Director

Designations: AIF®, CRPS

Sean O’ Flaherty has been in the financial services industry since 1991 and has been a speaker on retirement plan topics at many industry events including the National Convention of ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries), California Society of CPA’s, Associated General Contractors, and the Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley Conference.

Mr. O’Flaherty is a 1986 graduate of St. Mary’s College of California with a B.S. in Business and a minor in Economics. Sean is active in several industry organizations including ASPPA, NAPA, WP&BC, and HRATV. He is married with three children and resides in Eagle, Idaho.

888-939-0233
Eagle, ID

Debbie Matustik

Managing Director
Austin, TX
Debbie Matustik

Managing Director

Designations: QPA, QKA

Debbie DeWall Matustik is Managing Director of the Pensionmark Austin, Texas location. Debbie offers over 25 years of experience in the retirement industry, with particular expertise in fiduciary services, plan design, merger & acquisition consulting, investment analysis and employee communications. She is a staunch advocate for her clients, and along with her Pensionmark team, provides an exceptionally high level of service to plan sponsors and participants alike.

“As Managing Director of Pensionmark Austin, I provide retirement plan advisory and consulting services that help manage my clients’ fiduciary obligations, aim to control plan expenses, strive for robust investment line-ups, and help optimize plan design to achieve the employer’s goals. We take the lead in managing vendor reviews, searches and benchmarking studies to help ensure our plans remain competitive. As part of our service delivery for plan participants, we proactively coordinate employee communications, educating and advising plan participants to help them achieve a successful retirement on their own terms.”

Debbie holds multiple professional designations including the Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) and Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designations from The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). She also obtained the Certified Retirement Administrator (CRA) designation from the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE). Debbie holds the Series 6, 7, 63, and 66 registration certifications, and is also State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (‘HUB’) certified.

Prior to joining the Pensionmark team, Debbie was Principal of ASSURE Financial Services in Austin, Texas. Before opening her own DBA, Debbie served in the capacity of Senior Vice President and shareholder of The 401(k) Company (since acquired by Charles Schwab) and spent several years building her practice at UBS Financial Services. Debbie graduated Cum Laude from Trinity University in San Antonio with a Business degree, and received her MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Texas

512-750-2074
Austin, TX

Chris Strother

Senior Vice President
Denver, CO
Chris Strother

Senior Vice President

Designations: CPFA

Since graduating from The University of San Diego in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Mr. Strother has spent almost his entire career focusing on partnering with companies to provide strategic solutions, including fiduciary guidance, investment due diligence, retirement plan design consulting, IRS/DOL/ERISA compliance and participant education. Mr. Strother is responsible for managing numerous client relationships, which includes 401(k), 403(b), ERISA 403(b), 457(b), 457(f), 457 Governmental, Defined Benefit, ESOP and Non-Qualified retirement plans.  Mr. Strother recently earned the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) award for 2017 Top Retirement Plan Advisor Under 40.1

Specialized Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of San Diego
  • Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA)
  • Securities Registrations: Series 6, 7, 63 and 65
  • Life Insurance License
  • Health, Property & Casualty Insurance

Mr. Strother’s interests include: travel, attending sporting events, golf, softball and being with family.

1Through nomination, quantitative and qualitative data responses, and voting.

303-228-2215
Denver, CO

Bryan Wright

Practice Leader
Denver, CO
Bryan Wright

Practice Leader

Designations: AIF®, CPFA

Mr. Wright has over 22 years of experience in the retirement plan space and brings a heightened level of outside investment insight and qualified plan consulting expertise to every partnership.  Mr. Wright is responsible for managing numerous sales relationships, with focuses on self-funded employee benefit programs, commercial insurance and retirement planning for corporations and non-profits.  Bryan’s professional career has included working in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Specialized Education:

  • Securities Registrations: Series 6, 63, and 65
  • Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA)
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®)
  • Life/Health/Property/Casualty Insurance Licenses
  • University of Colorado – Boulder(B.A. – International Economics)

Mr. Wright’s interests include spending time with his wife and 3 boys, playing tennis, and travelling.

303-228-2212
Denver, CO

T. Michael Hogan, Jr.

Managing Director
Honolulu, HI
T. Michael Hogan, Jr.

Managing Director

Mike Hogan has been in the investment, employee benefits and financial service industry for twenty eight years. From 1987-89 he served as lead employee benefits and financial services representative for Aetna Life and Casualty during the launch of Aetna’s 401(k) platform, “401EZ”, and its Preferred Provider Health Insurance Program, “Aetna Partners”. He worked in both the Los Angeles and Honolulu offices before starting his consulting practice in January of 1989 offering investment advisory, employee benefits and financial services to individual consumers, corporations, associations, and unions.

Mike founded Hawaii Western Investment Services, LLC. in 2014 offering Investment Advisory and Financial Service Solutions to the local market with an emphasis on Fiduciary Oversight and Participant Education. He also founded TM Hogan, Inc. in 1992 which was acquired by Bank of Hawaii in 2006 and a separate Investment Management Firm that was acquired by Boston Partners/Robeco in 2002. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and pursued a Master’s Degree in Business at Chaminade University.

Mike is currently a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Chairman of the Saint Louis School Board of Trustees, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Board and Golf Tournament Chair, Adult Friend’s for Youth Board Member, Kama'aina Kids Board Member, D. Otani Produce Board Member; and has previously served on the St. Anthony’s School Board of Trustees, Special Olympics Fund Raising Committee, American Heart Association Golf Tournament Committee, Women in Need Golf Committee, National Association of Health Underwriters, Hawaii Association of Health Underwriters, Past President of the Investment Society of Hawaii, and member of Metropolitan Rotary of Honolulu . He has held professional licenses for insurance (Life and Health) and securities registrations (FINRA - Series 7, 63, 65, 52).

808-427-1427
Honolulu, HI

Dennis Griggs

Managing Director
Jersey Village, TX
Dennis Griggs

Managing Director

After receiving a marketing degree from Iowa State University in 1997, Dennis began his career with Principal Financial Group as an Assistant Group and Pension Manager. He accepted the position of Regional Manager with Transamerica Retirement Services in 2001. Dennis started Griggs Retirement Plan Services in 2006 and provided qualified retirement plan consulting services to over 50 employers. He merged his practice with Kainos Partners in January 2011 and continues focus on qualified plans.

(888) 201-5488
Jersey Village, TX

Erik Berry

Partner, Investment Advisor, WealthPath Investment Advisors
Rogers, AR
Erik Berry

Partner, Investment Advisor, WealthPath Investment Advisors

Erik brings technical skill to our team. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science from Rhodes College and a master's degree in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis. As an investment advisor, his areas of focus are research, data analysis, portfolio management, financial planning, and software development. Erik enjoys reading, bicycling, and hiking with his wife Karin and two children, Karl and Kaden.

Rogers, AR

Sara K. Morgan

Regional Director – Senior Consultant
Raleigh, NC
Sara K. Morgan

Regional Director – Senior Consultant

Sara is Senior Consultant and head of the Raleigh/Durham office of Asset Strategy Consultants. Sara brings more than 30 years of experience in financial services to her endowment, foundation and retirement plan clients.

Prior to joining Asset Strategy in 2002, Sara worked for the investment banking firms of Alex Brown and Sons in Baltimore and Deutsche Bank for nearly 20 years. She spent several years as an Associate Research Analyst for Alex. Brown. Sara’s area of research specialization was in following both hardware and software companies for the firm. She then spent nearly fifteen years as a Partner and Senior Trader in the Over-the-Counter department of the Equity Division.

Sara brings more than 30 years of experience in financial services to her endowment, foundation and retirement plan clients. Sara graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins College, where she majored in Economics. She is currently a Trustee of the Kernan Hospital Endowment Board, a member of the Finance Committee of Durham Academy and is a member of the Henderson Street House Foundation. She has also completed the Callan College for Fiduciary Training.

Raleigh, NC

Jeffrey Seymour

Managing Director
Atlanta, GA
Jeffrey Seymour

Managing Director

Designation: AIF®

With over 20 years of experience dedicated to the corporate qualified plan market, Jeff specializes in helping plan sponsors manage total plan expenses, develop effective employee communication strategies and reduce fiduciary liability exposure.

A graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology, Jeff became a Pension Specialist with Lincoln Financial Group. From there, he moved into a Regional Pension Sales position with Pan-American Life, and later to SunAmerica as a Regional Vice President. During this time Jeff founded Retirement Plan Solutions and BenefitsMatrix of Georgia in 1999. Licensing includes FINRA Series 6, 23, and 26. He has also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

Atlanta, GA

James Vanke

Managing Director
Atlanta, GA
James Vanke

Managing Director

Designations: CPA, AIF®

James Vanke has over 20 years of financial sector experience ranging from advising some of the world’s largest companies with a “Big 4” CPA firm to serving small- and mid-sized companies in a boutique environment.

At Pensionmark, James is responsible for helping employers build and manage successful retirement benefits. He is an advocate and fiduciary partner who helps clients with fiduciary risk management, employee financial wellness, investments, vendor relationships, plan operations, cost controls, and plan design.

Financial stress is a major contributor to increased health care costs and absenteeism. As a behavioral finance and financial wellness specialist, James believes that we can help employees make positive financial decisions that lead to sustainable financial habits, and that it will pay dividends in the workplace.

James holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Accredited Investment Fiduciary.

Atlanta, GA

Bob Recchia

Partner
San Diego, CA
Bob Recchia

Partner

Designations: AIF, ChFC, CLU

Bob graduated from the University of NY at Albany with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration (1973). He makes lifelong learning a priority and has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designations. He is also one of fewer than 80 advisors nationwide to be certified for fiduciary excellence by CEFEX, the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence. He has been advising retirement Plan Sponsors since 1974.

He believes most employees are financially stressed and we can help improve that. He believes in designing retirement plans that are built the way Steve Jobs would build them – designed with the hope of success, long-term, automatic, and with minimal participation decision, unless they’re hacked.

Bob’s personal mission statement is “To make people happy that we met”

Bob is inspired by Jack LaLanne and his achievements. Bob ran a marathon in his 30s, became a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in his 40s and now that he can’t run or bend so well he lifts weights in his 60s. Bob’s weight lifting goal for 2016 is to bench press 400 lbs 20 times. Most of all Bob loves spending time with Audrey, his wife of 42 years and his two sons, David and Jay.

San Diego, CA

Booker Moore

Managing Principal
Duncansville, PA
Booker Moore

Managing Principal

Bob “Booker” Moore is a leading expert in the field of employee benefits plan design. His unique solutions to balancing the interests of employers and employees in employee benefits have helped clients create competitive and cost-effective plans while, at the same time, addressing the health, welfare and retirement needs of employees and their families. His engaging presentation style and timely subject matter make Booker a frequent participant in various state Banker's Associations, LeadingAge PA conferences, United Benefits Advisors meetings and local Human Resource conferences as well as providing materials for industry publications.

He is a 1981 graduate of Penn State University and earned the CEBS designation from the International Foundation of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists and the Wharton School of Business in 1995. In addition, Booker is a qualifying and life member of MDRT, and holds memberships in NAHU. He has had more than 30 years of experience in the employee benefits field as a plan design specialist, educator, and plan administrator.

Booker is in love with his wife Janet and his two kids Megan and Bradley, and nuts for his two puppies Bailey and Izzie. He has learned much in his life from his parents, Bible, Penn State University, MDRT and Charlie H. Flowers of Marshall, Texas. Booker also enjoys spending free time fishing and running at a rather slow pace.

Duncansville, PA

Joe Stack

Managing Director
Dallas, TX
Joe Stack

Managing Director

Designations: CFP, AIF®

For over 20 years, Joe Stack has advised individuals, families and businesses in many areas of the investment services market. As a CERTIFIED FINANICAL PLANNER™ professional and ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY, Joe can help you address your financial concerns, identify goals, and develop sound strategies by focusing on your specific needs.

Joe’s mission is to build life-long client relationships based on a foundation of trust and client satisfaction. Some of his areas of focus include:

* Retirement income, investment, estate and education planning strategies, as well as insurance analysis for individuals, families and trusts.
* Corporate retirement plan consulting and ongoing services to both the business owner and employees. As a service to the plan sponsor, I offer employee education programs.

Dallas, TX

Rick Wedge

Managing Director
San Francisco, CA
Rick Wedge

Managing Director

Designations: CFP, QPFC, ChFC, LUTCF

Rick has spent his entire professional career of over 25 years helping employees to pursue a retirement with enough income to fulfill their retirement dreams. He has done this by working with employers to help them to optimize their retirement plan and offering the financial education to their employees. These steps help his clients' employees work towards saving sufficiently to make those dreams a reality.

With 25+ years in the retirement plan world and close to 100 corporate clients in Northern California (part of Pensionmark's more than 1,600 national clients), Rick has the experience necessary to help guide his clients through the maze of regulatory compliance and best practice decisions.

In 2010, Rick's efforts at supporting his clients was recognized by PLANSPONSOR® Magazine as they named him their ‘Retirement Advisor of the Year.'*

Prior to founding Northgate Retirement Group in 2006 (which merged into Pensionmark in 2012), Rick was the Vice President of Northern California for Principal Financial and was responsible for sales, marketing, and administrative services for their 1,200+ retirement plan clients. The clients, both "for profit" and "not for profit" ranged in sizes from $1 million in plan assets to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Rick graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Economics and has an MBA from Babson College. He is an Investment Advisor Representative and holds Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 63 and 65 registrations. He has also earned the PLANSPONSOR® Retirement Professional (PRP) designation.

Rick and his wife of over 22 years live in Novato, CA with their 18 year old daughter and 15 year old son. They spend most weekends participating in some activity involving the kids and love to vacation on Cape Cod.

When he is not working with clients, Rick enjoys working out as a 'Crossfit' disciple and playing golf with friends. He

(415) 499-1764
San Francisco, CA

Melinda Thomas

Managing Director
San Luis Obispo, CA
Melinda Thomas

Managing Director

Designations: CFP, CPFA, ChFC, LUTCF

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Professional and seasoned entrepreneur, Melinda brings over 30 years of Financial Services knowledge to the Pensionmark Team and her clientele. As a 401k Advisor Melinda brings her expertise not only to Plan Sponsors as a Co-Fiduciary on the Investments in their plans but also as an advisor to their employees. The combination of One-on-One Meetings, Monthly Newsletters and Webinars provide employees with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their Retirement Assets. Melinda graduated from California State University-Northridge with a B.S. degree in Business-Marketing, and completed her post graduate work in Financial and Estate Planning. Her Certifications include:

  • CFP(CERTIFEID FINANCIAL PLANNER Professional)
  • CPFA (Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor)
  • ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant)
  • LUTCF (Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow)

Melinda Thomas is both an Investment Advisory Representative (Series 65) and a Registered Representative holding her Series 7, 8, and 63 securities registrations.

Community Service has always been important to Melinda including:

  • Past President of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
  • Graduate of Leadership SLO XXII
  • Member of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Military Parents and Friends of the Central Coast
(805) 547-2009
San Luis Obispo, CA

Tuyen Pham

Practice Leader
Santa Ana, CA
Tuyen Pham

Practice Leader

Designations: AIF®, CFP, C(k)P

Tuyen (Twin) Pham’s insurance and financial services career began with First American in 1989 where he started in the mailroom, working as a file clerk and runner, and even washing company cars for executives.

After receiving his B.S. from Arizona State University and a MBA from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), Tuyen accepted a position with MetLife as a Group Sales Rep. Honing his skills in medical, dental, life and disability insurance is how he earned Rookie of the Year honors; but it was his Pension/401(k) sales knowledge that set his career in motion. In 1998, he opened MetLife’s first Arizona pension office. He also created and helped implement the first automatic IRA rollover program for MetLife’s 401(k) division. Not too long after, he joined The Guardian and opened their first pension office in Arizona.

Tuyen then joined Safeco Insurance Company in December of 2001 where he opened their first Arizona pension office. In addition to receiving Rep of the Year in his first and second years with the company, Tuyen also helped design a 401(k) product for Safeco’s retirement market.

Tuyen currently serves or has served on several Advisory Committees/Councils, including Great-West Financial, John Hancock, Symetra Financial, Nationwide Financial, Principal Financial Group, Standard Financial, The Association of Builders & Contractors, Metro WorkSource and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove. He is also the President of the Alumni Chapter of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Tuyen has his Series 6, 7, 63 and 66 registrations and carries a Life/Health license. He is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®).

With his twenty plus years of experience and vast knowledge of the 401(k) market, Tuyen has become a leading retirement specialist in the industry. He has established over 600 retirement plans and is

949-261-3093
Santa Ana, CA

Tony Black

CEFEX-Certified Retirement Plan Advisor
St. Paul, MN
Tony Black

CEFEX-Certified Retirement Plan Advisor

Designations: RPA, AIF®

Tony Black is a CEFEX-Certified Retirement Plan Advisor of SevenHills Benefit Partners, A Pensionmark Retirement Firm based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mr. Black provides specialized retirement plan support and advisory services. He has been working as a Qualified Plan Consultant since 2005, and has experience working with hundreds of different employers’ plans, including Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit plans.

Tony advises plan sponsors in the development and management of their retirement plans to make sure the goals of the organization are in line with the design and operation of the plans. Tony helps employers manage their fiduciary obligations to participants with concentrated focus on efficient plan design, regular plan review and documentation, and strategic and direct participant communications.

Mr. Black graduated from The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. While in college, he had active leadership roles in the Professional Business Fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. He remains an avid Gopher fan and active Alum.

Tony resides in Eden Prairie with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys playing golf, softball, basketball and football when he has spare time.

651-209-9814
St. Paul, MN

James Moyes

Managing Partner and Financial Advisor
Lehi, UT
James Moyes

Managing Partner and Financial Advisor

Designations: CFP, CRPC®, AIF®

James is a Financial Advisor and Co-Founder of Redstone Advisors. James works primarily with small to mid-sized employers helping them structure the most effective retirement plans for their participants. James is passionate about educating their employees on how to maximize their retirement plan benefit.

Prior to co-founding Redstone Advisors in 2008, James spent several years with Merrill Lynch as a corporate retirement plan specialist.

James earned the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Nationally, he was recognized as one of NAPA’s Top Advisors Under 40 in 2015 and 2017, and Financial Times Top 401 Advisors in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  Locally, James was named The Best Financial Advisor in Utah Valley by Utah Valley Magazine.

James received his BA with cum laude honors from Utah Valley State College and his MBA from Utah State University. He resides in Lehi with his wife and four girls and is an avid wildlife enthusiast who enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Jim Edmiaston

Partner, Investment Advisor
Fayetteville, AR
Jim Edmiaston

Partner, Investment Advisor

With a focus on client development and portfolio management, Jim is one of the founding partners at Pensionmark’s WealthPath Investment Advisors office. A native to the Northwest Arkansas region, he graduated from Northeastern State University with Bachelors Degree in Finance and Marketing. As a Series 6, 7, 65, and 66 registered advisor, Jim works with a wide range of clients and provides individualized investment strategies. Outside of work, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and coaching youth sports in Northwest Arkansas area, as well as kayaking, golfing, and camping.

479-845-6220
Fayetteville, AR

Tracie Karr

Investment Advisor
Fayetteville, AR
Tracie Karr

Investment Advisor

Tracie graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A in Psychology. She is a Series 7 & Series 66 registered advisor and is an Affordable Care Act Exchange Producer. She focuses on investments, health insurance, and retirement planning, as well as Medicare plans and long-term care insurance. Outside of work, Tracie enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, riding horses and gardening.  She is active member of her church and past President of the Fayetteville Newcomers Club.

479-845-6220
Fayetteville, AR

Scott Daniel

Partner, Investment Advisor
Little Rock, AR
Scott Daniel

Partner, Investment Advisor

Scott brings unique experience to Pensionmark's Little Rock office, having advised a wide range of clients with personalized strategies. Starting his career as a financial consultant with PaineWebber Private Client Group, Scott went on to open his own firm before joining Pensionmark. Scott is Series 7, 63 and 65 registered and holds life and health insurance licenses. Graduating from Lyon College with a B.S. degree, Scott brings nearly two decades of financial advisory experience to the Pensionmark team. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, hunting, and volunteering at various Little Rock civic organizations.

501-671-6690
Little Rock, AR

Matt Cooper

Investment Advisor
Rogers, AR
Matt Cooper

Investment Advisor

Based in Pensionmark’s Northwest Arkansas office, Matt has worked in the wealth management industry since 2014.  As an independent financial advisor, he specializes in work-place retirement solutions and providing comprehensive wealth management strategies throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma.  Matt graduated from the University of Arkansas with degrees in Economics and Spanish and is a Series 65-registered advisor.  In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa, canoeing Arkansas’s beautiful rivers, and playing music.

479-845-6220
Rogers, AR

Clay Kendall

Partner, Investment Advisor
Rogers, AR
Clay Kendall

Partner, Investment Advisor

Designations: CFA

Specializing in portfolio management and advising clients, Clay holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Accounting and is from the Northwest Arkansas area. He has worked in the investment industry for over 14 years and is Series 7, 63, & 65 registered. Outside of work, Clay enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, fishing, and spending time with his family. He serves on the Rogers City Council and he has served or is currently serving on numerous non-profit boards in Northwest Arkansas.  The NWA Business Journal recently awarded Clay a spot on its “Forty under 40” list of local business leaders.

479-845-6220
Rogers, AR

Brent Harless

Partner, Investment Advisor
Oklahoma City, OK
Brent Harless

Partner, Investment Advisor

Serving the Oklahoma City area, Brent has been in the investment industry for 8 years where he specializes in employer sponsored retirement plans, individual wealth management and advising university employee portfolios. Since 2007, Brent has been advising clients and is Series 6, 63, and 65 registered. Brent has a B.A. in Finance and is a member of the Global Leadership Council for Investment Stewards. Beyond work, Brent attends St. Monica Catholic Church with his wife Abby and son Brooks, and enjoys golfing, tennis, and fishing.

479-845-6220
Oklahoma City, OK

Will Orr

President
The Woodlands, TX
Will Orr

President

Designations: AIF®

William Orr provides experienced retirement consulting services by helping his clients understand their retirement plan, attempting to mitigate unintended risks, and providing clarity with regard to plan fees and expenses.

For more than 20 years, Will has been helping clients with their retirement plan needs. Prior to founding Compass Corporate Retirement Solutions, he worked for leading mutual fund and retirement plan providers, such as Fidelity Investments, Morgan Stanley and Daily Access Concepts. Additionally, he is regularly requested to share his knowledge and insight of plan management and fiduciary liability at a number of national forums.

Business Building Services include:

  • Vendor Relationship Management
  • Plan Expense Transparency
  • Employee Communication

Will believes his relationship management experience is the catalyst for establishing strong long-term partnerships with his clients. He aims to provide is clients objective advice and recommendations as they work together to select partners to help accomplish the client’s goals.

As a plan sponsor and fiduciary, it is critical to be at the helm of plan fees. Will works to help them understand the costs of their retirement plan and determine any necessary adjustments aimed to bring greater cost efficiency.

Communication is key to enabling employees to maintain their current lifestyle in retirement and retire on their own terms. Will’s experience with plan communication helps present and promote each client’s retirement goals. He utilizes a variety of web based and mobile technologies, in addition to traditional group enrollments, to engage and educate employees and help them begin their track to a successful retirement.

Education, Registrations, and Specialized Training

* B.S., Finance, Xavier University

* FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, 65 Registrations

* Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)

Will and his wife, Heather, have been married for over 20 years and are busy raising Abby, Carly, Christopher and Claire.

281-583-2277
The Woodlands, TX

Kent A. Fitzpatrick

Regional Director – Senior Consultant
Boston, MA
Kent A. Fitzpatrick

Regional Director – Senior Consultant

Designations: AIFA, ARPC, GFS, CBFA

As head of Asset Strategy Consultant’s Boston Office, Kent provides customized investment advisory and retirement plan consulting, as well as counseling clients on asset allocation, fiduciary issues and investment strategies. Kent’s focus is on investment design, participant and committee education, investment policy statement, fiduciary governance, improving participant outcomes and investment monitoring. He serves the public and private corporate sector, as well as non-profit organizations.

Kent is a graduate from St. Anselm College with a BA in Financial Economics. Kent has been included in The 401kWire’s 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution Plans. He is past president of the Retirement Advisors and Designers of America (RADA), an Advisor Council member of Envestnet Asset Management (NYSE: ENV), and a Board Member of Envestnet Retirement Solutions. Kent joined Asset Strategy Consultants in 2007.

Boston, MA

Clark Frese

Regional Director – Senior Consultant
Harrisburg, PA
Clark Frese

Regional Director – Senior Consultant

Designations: CPC, AIFA

Clark heads Asset Strategy Consultant’s Harrisburg office. He is a Certified Pension Consultant (American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries), and Accredited Investment Fiduciary Auditor.

With over 25 years of experience as a Retirement Plans Consultant, he focuses on helping employers structure the most efficient and effective retirement plans for their employees. Clark works in tandem with management and administrators on plan analysis, retirement plans, fiduciary audits, and plan design and employee education.

Clark has a BA in Business Administration from Villanova University and earned his CPC from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. He became an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Auditor through the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, and is a former agent with the Treasury Department. Clark joined Asset Strategy Consultants in 2006.

Harrisburg, PA

Edwin R. Boyer

Regional Director – Senior Consultant
Pittsburgh, PA
Edwin R. Boyer

Regional Director – Senior Consultant

Ed is head of Asset Strategy Consultant’s Pittsburgh Office and also consults out of the Hunt Valley (Baltimore) Office as well. He brings over two decades of experience in investment consulting and is a nationally recognized author and expert on client/investment manager relationships. He has been an industry panelist for many Alternative Investment Conferences.

After graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Ed went into the securities business with Dean Witter in San Francisco. Ed joined Asset Strategy Consultants in 1992 and has presented seminars on fiduciary and investment management topics sponsored in conjunction with prominent law firms in the Greater Baltimore area. He specializes in evaluating investment management organizations and the risks associated with various structures. Ed has particular expertise in the area of Alternative Investments, such as Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Real Estate, Natural Resources, etc.

Ed has completed Level I of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation and attended Callan College for fiduciary training.

Pittsburgh, PA

Mallory Van Leeuwen

Managing Director, Wealth Management
Ventura, CA
Mallory Van Leeuwen

Managing Director, Wealth Management

Designations: CFP

Mrs. Van Leeuwen focuses on simplifying her clients' financial lives while helping them pursue their goals and dreams. Communication, education, and risk management are the cornerstones of her practice.

Before joining the Pensionmark team, Mrs. Van Leeuwen was a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree.

She has since earned numerous financial accreditations including the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM designation from the College of Financial Planning and Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM. Mrs. Van Leeuwen also holds her Series 7 and Series 66 registrations in addition to her CA Insurance License.

(805) 456-7095
Ventura, CA

W. Dean Salyer

Managing Director
San Antonio, TX
W. Dean Salyer

Managing Director

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.

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(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Mary M. Francisco

Vice President
Santa Barbara, CA
Mary M. Francisco

Vice President

Designations: CFM, CRPC, PPC

Mary's commitment to retirement planning has helped hundreds of employers and thousands of employees implement the path of pursuing their retirement dream.

As a Financial Advisor in Southern California who has been in the financial services industry since 1978, she has had a dedicated focus on 401(k) management since 1994. Having obtained the professional designations of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), and Professional Plan ConsultantTM (PPC), Mary stands out in the industry as a seasoned financial advisor who is constantly learning for the benefit of her clients.

With this expertise, Mary assists businesses and their employees with the multidimensional aspects of business and personal financial planning.

Mary is a graduate of San Diego State University and has a degree in Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Business Finance. She is an avid water-skier as well as being actively involved in her community. She is a board member of The First Tee of Pasadena, an organization that impacts the lives of young people through the game of golf by building character and instilling life-enhancing values.

(805) 456-7096
Santa Barbara, CA

Jim Lyday

Managing Director
Nashville, TN
Jim Lyday

Managing Director

Designations: CPFA

As Managing Director, Jim consults on and helps manage retirement plans for corporations, not for profit organizations, individuals and trusts.

Jim has extensive experience with over 25 years in the financial services industry. He brings a unique perspective as he has spent a majority of his career working for many of the largest retirement plan providers and on many of the largest retirement plans. As a result, his breadth and depth of knowledge includes all aspects of Defined Contribution, Defined Benefit, ESOP and Non-qualified plans. More specifically, recordkeeping platforms, institutional investments including the development and launch of a target date fund family, fiduciary oversight, stable value portfolios, liability driven investing of defined benefit plans, buy in/buy out strategies of defined benefit plans and comprehensive employee engagement and financial education strategies.

Jim was a pioneer and was instrumental in the development of the Institutional Retirement Income market. He has a passion and expertise for helping plan sponsors address the participant's pre and post retirement needs that is widely recognized. He has extensive experience in plan design optimization through the use of behavioral finance best practices as well as addressing and mitigating a plan sponsor’s fiduciary responsibility and liability.

Jim has been a frequent speaker at many industry events including the Pension & Investments Conference, Institutional Investor Defined Contribution Forum, American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), Plan Sponsor Plan Designs, Plan Sponsor Plan Adviser, National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA), and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He’s been frequently quoted and published in the Wall Street Journal, Plan Sponsor Magazine, Plan Adviser Magazine and Pension & Investments Magazine.  One of his clients was recently recognized as Plan Sponsor of the Year by Plan Sponsor Magazine for their innovation in plan design and employee education, as well as their dedication to

615-515-0905
Nashville, TN

David Radoccia

Senior Vice President
Providence, RI
David Radoccia

Senior Vice President

Designations: CFP, ChFC

  • Licensed Marketing Professional
  • Over 20 years of Meridien experience providing insurance and investment services to corporations, executives, and affluent individuals
  • Certified Financial Planner® and Chartered Financial Consultant
  • Investments and Insurance
  • Series 6, 63, 26 registrations
401-228-1409
Providence, RI

Ralph Coppola

Principal
Providence, RI
Ralph Coppola

Principal

Designations: ChFC, CLU

  • Series 24 10 9 registrations
  • Over 23 years of experience providing insurance and investment services to corporations, executives, and affluent individuals
  • Broker/Dealer Principal
  • Retirement Plan Relationship Manager
  • Series 6, 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, 65 registrations
401-228-1410
Providence, RI

Vincent Passananti

Chairman
Providence, RI
Vincent Passananti

Chairman

  • Over 40 Years Providing Insurance and Investment Services to Corporations, Key Executives and Affluent Individuals.
  • Co-founding Shareholder of New England Trust Company.
401-228-1401
Providence, RI

Bob Scherzer

Managing Partner
New York, NY
Bob Scherzer

Managing Partner

Bob heads Pensionmark’s Metro New York office, and is primarily responsible for the development and oversight of its institutional consulting business for corporate, tax exempt, and governmental retirement plans.

Bob has extensive institutional experience, with nearly 30 years in the retirement plan industry.  He has spent the majority of his career servicing plans of all sizes and complexities, including several of the nation’s largest retirement plans.  His breadth and depth of knowledge cover all aspects of defined contribution, defined benefit, ESOP, and non-qualified plans, including: Record keeping platforms

  • Institutional investments and stable value portfolios
  • Fiduciary governance
  • Liability-driven investing of defined benefit plans
  • Buy-in-buy-out strategies of defined benefit plans
  • Employee engagement and financial education strategies

Prior to founding the Metro New York office in 2016, Bob ran the Principal Financial Group’s largest retirement sales and service office in New York City for many years.  Bob supervised its team of 15 highly trained professionals, personally working with plan sponsors and retirement plans of all sizes and complexities, and responsible for annual goals exceeding 500 plans and $1.2 billion in corporate and tax-exempt retirement plan assets.

Bob lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with his wife, Leslie, and children Ryan, Connor, Katie, and Colin.  His passions include coaching football and baseball at the youth level and spending time at Long Beach Island with his family.  Bob is a former board member of the Worldwide Children’s Foundation and current trustee of Chuck’s 15 Yard Foundation, assisting a local family in financial difficulty.

212-790-2888
New York, NY

Gary Wright

Managing Director
Hinckley, OH
Gary Wright

Managing Director

Designations: QPFC

Gary L. Wright is a Managing Director at Pensionmark and the owner of Wright Consulting Partners, LLC. He has over 20 years of Corporate Retirement Plan and Wealth Management experience. He specializes in assisting companies and organizations with plan provider analysis, plan design, investment selection, and fiduciary liability management. Gary has completed advanced financial and retirement plan training and has received his Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) designation from ASPPA. Gary has been a featured speaker at various retirement plan related events, including the Department of Labor (DOL) on Fiduciary Best Practices. He has also been an instructor on Retirement Income Planning for the University of Akron.

Gary graduated from Kent State University with a BBA – Finance degree. Gary is very involved within his community and is a firm believer in giving back. He is a Board Member and former President of The Medina Rotary Club for the 2013-2014 year. He is currently serving as President for the Recreation Association of Highland (since 2012). He also serves on several committees for Leadership Medina County.

Gary resides in Medina, Ohio with his wife, Theresa, and their six boys, Garrett, Warren, Mason, Liam, Harding, and Conlan.

QPFC - Qualified Plan Financial Consultant: Gary L. Wright has earned the (QPFC) credential from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). The QPFC program provides an understanding of general retirement planning concepts, terminology, distinctive features of qualified plans and the roles of retirement plan professionals. Gary joins an elite group of financial professionals across the United States that sell, advise, market or support qualified retirement plans. The QPFC is not an entry-level credential. Those who earn this credential must demonstrate a proficiency of plan administration, compliance, investment, fiduciary, and ethics issues. This credential requires the successful completion of four exams covering comprehensive knowledge of

Tony Winkeljohn

Managing Director
Fort Wayne, IN
Tony Winkeljohn

Managing Director

Designations: CRPS, AIF®

Since graduating from Indiana University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics, Mr. Winkeljohn has spent his entire career focusing on partnering with companies in the design, implementation, and overall management of defined contribution plans.

Mr. Winkeljohn was one of the first Investment Advisors to receive the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School's Center for Fiduciary Studies and has been recognized 30 times for outstanding sales, service, and commitment to clients.

Mr. Winkeljohn currently maintains Life and Health Insurance licenses.

Buck Blanton

Managing Partner
Jacksonville, FL
Buck Blanton

Managing Partner

Designations: CLU, ChFC, AIF, RF, GFS

Buck has been in the insurance industry for 36 years with an emphasis in executive benefits and retirement plans for 31+ years. He is a graduate of Florida State University’s College of Business. Buck has earned both the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, The Registered Fiduciary designation from Dalbar, and the Global Financial Steward designation from 3Ethos and Buck has published articles in Life Insurance Selling, CLU Journal’s Sections (Executive Benefits), and Employee Benefit News, and Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms.

Buck is the Managing Partner of ECM Group, LLC and Pensionmark in Jacksonville, Florida. Buck specializes in the qualified plan arena with emphasis on plan fiduciary process and governance.

Jacksonville, FL

Michele Lantz

Advisory Representative
Lancaster, CA
Michele Lantz

Advisory Representative

Michele is the Advisory Representative at the Lancaster, California office with over 20 years of advisory experience. Mrs. Lantz provides investment advisory services to many types of clients including corporate retirement plans (401k plans, profit sharing, and deferred compensation) and individuals. Prior to joining Pensionmark in 2010 she managed retirement plans with Visco Financial. Michele has received various awards while with Lincoln Financial Securities, such as Presidential Partner, Presidential Council, and Executive Council from 2000-2007. Michele has earned her Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Michele is very innovative with all of her clients and works with them to provide customized strategies for their retirement plans. She provides hands-on education tools and meetings for her retirement plan clients.

Michele currently resides in Palmdale, CA with her teenage girls.

Martin L. Kerns, II, JD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Kerns Capital Management, Inc.
Houston, TX
Martin L. Kerns, II, JD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Kerns Capital Management, Inc.

Designations: AIF®

Marty represents a family of financial advisors that has been committed to helping America retire since 1996. Marty’s father Lane Kerns was the founder of Compensation Planning Incorporated, one of the most established third-party retirement plan administrators in the country.

Legal Background

Prior to joining Kerns Capital in 2007 as a retirement plan advisor, Marty spent 15 years as an attorney with the Houston law firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons (“BMP”). The analytical, problem-solving and management skills developed as a partner with BMP continue to serve him well in his financial advisory roles.

Retirement Plan Advisor & Money Manager

In addition to his partnership with Pensionmark® Retirement Group, Marty is President and CEO of Kerns Capital Management, Inc., a SEC Registered Investment Advisor that specializes in retirement plan investment solutions as well as managed accounts. He also serves as portfolio manager of the KCM Macro Trends Fund. Marty’s partnership with Pensionmark allows him to offer his clients enhanced services focused on mitigating fiduciary risk and achieving retirement success.

  • Fiduciary Review Process
  • Investment Due Diligence
  • Retirement Plan Design Assistance
  • Plan Sponsor and Participant Education
  • Financial Wellness Program
  • Managed Accounts (QDIA)
  • Industry, Education & Passion

Marty serves on the Guggenheim/Rydex Dynamic Advisory Board and formerly served on the Board of the National Association of Active Investment Managers. He has been a panelist on Asset TV and speaks to advisors on issues of fiduciary prudence.

Marty holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin, a J.D. from South Texas College of Law, and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®.

For more information about Kerns Capital Management, visit www.kernscapital.com.

Houston, TX

Daniel Shapiro

Principal
Miami, FL
Daniel Shapiro

Principal

Daniel Shapiro is committed to helping provide the right retirement plan, the right way to businesses and professionals. Having spent over a dozen years representing a large multi-national insurance company's retirement plan services division, Dan recognized that micro and small plan employers have traditionally been underserved. The goal in establishing his retirement consulting practice was to bring 'large plan services' to the micro and small plan marketplace.

Having worked with over 1,000 qualified retirement plan clients and their employees, Dan is both credentialed and experienced. Now in his twenty-second year in the retirement business, Dan has built a reputation based on delivering quality expertise, clear communication and reliability. Today Dan speaks to various professional groups and associations. Additionally Dan serves as a comprehensive resource for employers as well as other financial service professionals, CPAs and attorneys to help design and implement retirement plan solutions best suited to their own businesses or that of their clients.

As an acknowledged 3(21) fiduciary, Dan endeavors to improve a retirement plan's investment lineup, reduce its expenses and manage the personal fiduciary responsibilities, risks and liabilities that Plan Sponsors face. In some circumstances, 3(38) Investment Manager services may also be available to those Plan Sponsors looking for additional fiduciary support. Dan does this by assisting with the implementation of customized plan design, conducting independent, ongoing investment fiduciary reviews and managing the due diligence process of investment selection and monitoring.

Dan and his beautiful, ever so patient wife Rita, both native Miamians consider their proudest achievement to be raising their two children, Ashley and Joshua, to become fine productive and principled adults. Now, empty nesters, they enjoy sharing in their children's accomplishments, spending time with their extended families, and traveling to see their children as often as possible.

Outside the office and home, Dan is an accomplished competitive martial artist

Miami, FL

Kenneth J. Rogers

Managing Principal
Washington DC
Kenneth J. Rogers

Managing Principal

Ken is the Managing Principal of Rogers Financial Pensionmark in the Washington D.C. area. The team at Rogers Financial has been serving as an advisor to retirement plan sponsors for more than 20 years. Ken is a graduate of James Madison University and has been in the retirement plan industry since 1987, working with Merrill Lynch and The New England prior to establishing Rogers Financial in 1994. Ken is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, a Series 7 Registered Investment Broker and a Registered Investment Advisor Representative.

Designations: CFP®, AIF®

888-427-5290
Washington DC

Kevin Buckley

Managing Director
Wexford, PA
Kevin Buckley

Managing Director

Designations: CEBS

Kevin has extensive experience in the retirement plan industry providing advisory services to a wide array of clients including corporate retirement plans, financial institutions, and individuals. Entering the business in 1993, Kevin has developed unique expertise enabling him to help guide his clients through the retirement world.

He is a Managing Director of Pensionmark's Pittsburgh office as well as an owner of American Pension Benefits, a full service TPA firm.

Kevin graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with a focus on Information Technology. In addition, Kevin earned his Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation from the Wharton School of Business and International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (ISCEBS) in 1999.

He is an active member of many retirement plan focused organizations including Retirement Advisors and Designers of America (RADA), ASPPA, and ISCEBS. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including RADA, advisor forums, and state bankers associations.

Kevin is also the co-author of the recently released book “Beating the Best: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Company’s 401(k)”.

(855) 817-3132
Wexford, PA

Mero Capo

Managing Director
Wexford, PA
Mero Capo

Managing Director

Designations: AIF®

Mero has spent the last twenty years of his career helping companies and individuals formulate retirement plans designed to address their retirement goals. The focus of his services is:

  • Design assistance of qualified retirement plans and non-qualified executive benefits programs
  • Measuring and monitoring of fiduciary liability
  • Investment due diligence
  • Client portfolio management

Mero received a BA in Accounting from Washington & Jefferson College and a MBA from Duquesne University. Additionally, he has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and has been recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager*. Mero is currently Vice President of RADA® (Retirement Advisors and Designers of America) and actively involved with ASPPA® (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries).

*2013 Five Star Awards are based on ten objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as credentials, experience, and assets under management among other factors. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers.

Gary Jurney

Managing Principal
Jersey Village, TX
Gary Jurney

Managing Principal

Designations: CLU, ChFC, AIF®

Gary began his career 1984. He remains driven by a simple set of core values: innovation, expertise and value. Combining those with a passion and commitment to integrity are why he founded Kainos Partners, Inc. He has used that passion to develop unique processes and methods to help employers discover strategies to make the most of their employee benefit plans.

He received a BBA in Finance in 1981 from Baylor University. He has received the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and Accredited Investment Fiduciary.  They have lived in Northwest Houston and Cypress since 1991. Gary and his wife Terrie, have three children -- Melissa, Ben and Laura -- all graduates of Texas A&M University. Gary also has two grandchildren – Eli Szymanowski and Henry Jurney.

281-810-4901
Jersey Village, TX

Eric Hagebusch

Managing Director
Jersey Village, TX
Eric Hagebusch

Managing Director

Designations: AIF®

Eric began his career 1998. He is committed to helping his clients through the Kainos Partners proprietary consulting process, the ROI Experience©. This allows him to provide strategies to a client’s problems, and not to sell specific products.

Eric, his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters, Allie and Riley have lived in the Spring/Woodlands area since 1998. Their daughters play softball and train in gymnastics.  Eric spends much of his time off coaching his daughter’s softball team. He also enjoys playing golf, hunting, fishing, and rooting for the Houston Texans and Houston Astros.

281-810-4903
Jersey Village, TX

Eric Ward

Partner
Louisville, KY
Eric Ward

Partner

Eric A. Ward is a Managing Director at Pensionmark’s Louisville, Kentucky location, and is the owner of Quantum Financial Consultants, LLC.  Eric offers over 27 years of expertise in the retirement industry and provides 401(k), investment advisory and wealth management services for individuals.  He specializes in assisting companies and organizations with plan provider analysis, plan design, investment selection, and fiduciary liability management.  Eric feels that in order to help employees fulfill their retirement dreams, he must work with employers to optimize their retirement plan design and offer financial education to their employees.

As a highly- experienced instructor and lecturer on financial and retirement planning, Eric has lectured and presented programs to several area corporations, universities, and churches.  He is the past President of the Kentuckiana Chapter of the Financial Planning Association in Louisville, Kentucky.

Eric has completed advanced financial and retirement plan training and has received and maintains the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®) designations.

AIF® - Accredited Investment Fiduciary:  AIF® designees have successfully completed a specialized program on investment fiduciary standards of care and have a thorough knowledge of fiduciary responsibility.  Designees are formally trained to assist plan fiduciaries in Prudent Process and Best Practices.  This professional designation is awarded by the Center for Fiduciary Studies, which is associated with the University of Pittsburgh.

RFC® – Registered Financial Consultant:  RFC® is a professional designation awarded by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultant which is a non-profit credentialing organization of proven financial professionals formed to foster public confidence in the financial planning profession.  Founded in 1984, the IARFC’s mission is to serve, educate and train financial practitioners to help their clients wisely “spend, save, invest, insure and plan for the future to achieve financial independence and peace of mind.”

Graduate of Indiana University – Kelly School of Business, BS Business

(502) 657-1940
Louisville, KY

Shannon Main

Principal
Aliso Viejo, CA
Shannon Main

Principal

Designations: CFP®, AIF®

Shannon Main began her career in the financial services industry in 1994 and works exclusively with corporate retirement plan sponsors, designing plans to help meet the most critical fiduciary standards in an increasingly stringent regulatory environment. She is co-founder and Principal of Fiduciary Retirement Advisory Group, having built on her extensive experience as Managing Director of Penniall Retirement Advisors, and in working with corporate retirement plan clients at USI Southern California and Morgan Stanley.

Shannon earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER credential and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation.

She is currently a member of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) and the Envestnet Retirement Solutions Advisory Council, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Benefits & Pension Council, Orange County Chapter. Shannon has spoken at national conferences and local industry events on a variety of retirement plan focused topics. She was selected as a delegate to the 2015 and 2016 NAPA DC Fly-In Forum, where the nation’s leading retirement plan advisors brief congressional leaders on the importance and future of workplace retirement plans. She was named among the 2016 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors, and was designated as a Captain in NAPA’s roster of Top Women Advisors in 2015 and 2016, an award granted to only 50 women nationwide.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

The Center for Fiduciary Studies owns the marks AIF® and AIFA®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing accreditation requirements.

(949) 940-8701
Aliso Viejo, CA

Mark Scalera

Managing Partner
Morristown, NJ
Mark Scalera

Managing Partner

Designations: AIF®, CRPS®, C(k)P®, PPC™

Mark Scalera, AIF®, CRPS®, C(k)P®, PPC is the Managing Partner at Pensionmark®’s Morristown, New Jersey office. He is also Managing Partner of his Corporate Benefits practice, Benefitmark. He has an extensive background in Corporate Retirement Plans, Executive Compensation Plans, Employee Benefits, Insurance and Investments. His clients primarily include mid-size corporations, small businesses, non-profits and corporate executives.

Mark is one of a select group of financial professionals in the nation to be invited to obtain the Certified 401(k) Professional designation, C(k)P®, through the Retirement Advisory University at UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education. It is the only such certification offered in cooperation with a nationally recognized institution of higher education. He currently holds licenses for Life, Health and Property & Casualty Insurance, as well as his Series 6 and 63 investment licenses. His professional industry designations include Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Professional Plan Consultant besides the Certified 401(k) Professional.

Mark has more than 35 years in the financial services business and has consulted on a range of projects for corporate acquisitions and divestitures, the federal employee retirement system FERS, U.S. defense contractors, airlines, shipping companies, manufacturers and multi-national IT consulting firms. He began his career in 1981 with Prudential.

Mark has participated in three DC Fly-In Forums as a member of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). This is a by-invitation-only event which gathers the nation’s top Retirement Plan Consultants who meet with members of Congress, representatives from the US Department of Labor, representatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission and other US Government executive branches to discuss important issues affecting Americans as they save for their retirement. On July 19, 2017, Mr. Scalera met with Congressman Leonard Lance who has served on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The discussion

Erick Schenkhuizen

Managing Director
Erick Schenkhuizen

Managing Director

David Camper

Advisory Representative
Roanoke, VA
David Camper

Advisory Representative

Designations: AIF®

David is a certified Retirement Plan Specialist with more than 25 years of consulting experience working with defined contribution plans. He joined Pensionmark in 2011 from CAPTRUST where he served as Vice President and Financial Advisor.

David received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Roanoke College. His designations include Certified Retirement Plan Specialist and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).

Noel Trias

Managing Director
San Diego, CA
Noel Trias

Managing Director

Noel J. Trias has over twenty-four years experience in the financial services and benefits industry with primary focus in the corporate benefit trust and retirement plan markets.  Along with serving as assistant controller with the Kimpton Group, Noel brings a strong accounting and financial background when consulting with corporate clients.

Noel oversees the Retirement Plan and HRA consulting practices of Benefits Matrix.  In 1989, Noel began his financial services career with New England Financial Advisors and began specializing in the qualified and non-qualified plan marketplace.  In 1994, he joined Wells Fargo Bank as a business retirement specialist and soon after was promoted to Regional Sales Manager - Institutional Trust.  His division was instrumental in solidifying Wells Fargo’s retirement plan and corporate benefit trust presence throughout California, focusing on the small to middle markets. Prior to founding Benefits Matrix, Noel was Regional Vice President with AIG/SunAmerica Retirement Markets responsible for retirement plan sales for the western region of the U.S.

Noel has a degree in accounting from the University of San Diego and earned a M.S. in Financial Services from Golden Gate University in 1990.  He has been a featured guest speaker with chambers of commerce and trade associations across Arizona and California. He is active in church serving as an elder and teacher of the Orange Glen Church of Christ.

John F. Meehan

Principal & Director of Research
John F. Meehan

Principal & Director of Research

Designations: CFA, CPA

John is a Principal and Director of Investment Research in the Hunt Valley Headquarters of Asset Strategy Consultants.

John is responsible for investment manager searches and performance attribution reports, quarterly client reporting, analysis of alternative investments, research of the capital markets and other analytical projects. He also manages the Hunt Valley analytical staff of five professionals.

John is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.S. in both Finance and Accounting. John has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Baltimore and the AICPA.

Tom Muldoon

Director, Retirement Services
Duncansville, PA
Tom Muldoon

Director, Retirement Services

Tom joined L.R. Webber Associates, Inc. on August 1, 2011. He is responsible for Preparing Participants and Protecting Fiduciaries – this entails properly educating plan sponsors on the responsibilities mandated upon them by ERISA, providing the appropriate framework and information to have diligent conversations that lead to prudent decisions that are in the best interests of the participants. Communicating to the participants the design of the plan, emphasizing the factors to consider when making saving and investing decisions to have a successful outcome, defined as an equal quality of life as compared to their working career for the rest of their life (aka a dignified retirement).

Tom holds the following FINRA licenses: Series 7, 24, 66; as well as Pennsylvania Life and Health Insurance license. He has also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF) professional designation from Fiduciary360. Tom received a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.

At home, Tom enjoys time with his wife Brenda, and boys Caleb and Brayden. He enjoys all things analytical, including Fantasy Football; golfing with his Dad; enjoying the company of family and friends.

814-695-8066
Duncansville, PA

Joe Ramon

Retirement Specialist, Wealth Management
San Antonio, TX
Joe Ramon

Retirement Specialist, Wealth Management

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

Education

  • 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.

(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Jesus Rodriguez

Retirement Specialist
San Antonio, TX
Jesus Rodriguez

Retirement Specialist

Designations: CPFA

Jesus Rodriguez is a Retirement Specialist WD Pensionmark based in Central Texas.  With over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, he provides clients with an energetic, enthusiastic and informed approach to becoming an extension of their company by delivering a high-level of personalized services found in the retirement plan arena.  Dedicated to retirement consulting, Mr. Rodriguez assists plan sponsors to set parameters when initiating a plan provider search, and determine which fund options to include in the investment menu as well as provide comprehensive performance monitoring, participant enrollment, ongoing communication, and education meetings.

Retirement Consulting Services:

  • Fiduciary Review Process
  • Investment Due Diligence
  • Retirement Plan Design Assistance
  • Employee Education “one on one”
  • Bilingual Support

Originally from the Texas Panhandle, Jesus now lives in Austin, Texas.  When he is not consulting on retirement plans, he can be found at live music shows, concerts, or music festivals.  In addition to his passion for music, he also enjoys traveling, exploring new worldly cultures, collegiate sports, and the occasional tequila tasting.  Jesus is an active member of the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas.

(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Emmett Johnson

Managing Director, Wealth Management
San Antonio, TX
Emmett Johnson

Managing Director, Wealth Management

BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

The investment climate has never been more exciting or more challenging than it is today.  To take advantage of all available opportunities, investors need two things: an understanding of which investment products are most appropriate for their situation and a relationship with a trustworthy representative who has a clear understanding of their needs.

PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT

With over 20 years as a registered financial advisor, I still think back on the advice and lessons my father taught me out of his 50 years in the field of finance.  Even though the times and investments have changed dramatically since my father first started out his career, some principles never change.  Hard work, dedication to your clients, and good service are still  crucial to helping to ensure long-term successfor everyone.  Because of these principles, I have earned accolades and titles, been interviewed by the local TV news, and quoted in several different trade magazines.  However these pale in comparison to the satisfaction I get from helping my clients pursue their goals and knowing when I have done a good job for them.

  • Investment Advisor Representative
  • Series 65 Securities Registrations
  • Life, Accident and Health Licensed
  • Over 20 years of industry experience as Registered Rep

PERSONAL INFORMATION

I have lived in Austin, TX my entire life and was privileged to attend two of the finest school systems in the country: Eanes School District in Westlake Hills, TX and the University of Texas.    I have been   married for over 10 years to my beautiful wife Teri and we live in North Austin with our four amazing daughters.  We are active in our church and spend much of our discretionary time and energy there.  Depending upon the season, the time that we have left is spent camping, boating, or just hanging out and watching movies.  I enjoy watching college football and love to go

(210) 444-9272
San Antonio, TX

Matt Voecks

CEFEX-Certified Retirement Plan Advisor
St. Paul, MN
Matt Voecks

CEFEX-Certified Retirement Plan Advisor

Designations: RPA, AIF®

Matt Voecks is a CEFEX-Certified Retirement Plan Advisor of SevenHills Benefit Partners, A Pensionmark Retirement Firm based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Matt has been consulting with qualified retirement plans since 2004 providing a comprehensive customized approach for plan sponsors wanting to take advantage of his experience, knowledge of plan design and investment process. As a Qualified Plan Consultant he has experience working with hundreds of different employer plans across all industries ranging from retail, manufacturing and professional service firms.

Matt’s primary role is to provide custom plan design consultation, investment monitoring and analysis, fiduciary services and education for plan sponsors and participants. Matt is uniquely suited to be an advocate for his clients with his down to earth, personalized approach and willingness to defy the status quo.

Matt is originally from Thief River Falls in northern Minnesota. He went on to study and graduate with a Finance and Economics degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. While in college, he had an active leadership role in the Financial Managers Association. Matt currently holds an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies along with a Retirement Plan Associate designation from the Wharton School of Business.

Matt currently lives in Mendota Heights and enjoys working out, playing golf, snow skiing and traveling in his spare time.

651-209-9819
St. Paul, MN

Chris Schneeman

Managing Principal
St. Paul, MN
Chris Schneeman

Managing Principal

Designations: CLU, ChFC, RHU

Christopher Schneeman serves as President of SevenHills Benefit Partners, an independent agency with St Paul area roots tracing back over 80 years. SevenHills assists approximately 220 employers purchase and manage a full range of employee benefit programs with advice and support systems, as well as helping thousands of individual policyholders navigate their insurance options.

Qualified retirement plans have an integral part of SevenHills service since 1984. Schneeman has a keen sense of the special care employers need to properly manage the plan and protect participants, and to encourage understanding and participation by eligible employees.

Schneeman holds designations as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Registered Health Underwriter (RHU). The life and health insurance industries recognize his professional achievements as a Life and Qualifying member in the Million Dollar Round Table, and as a “Golden Eagle” member of the Leading Producers Round Table.

Schneeman is involved in a variety of professional association leadership roles, serving as chair of the "Agents Coalition for Health Care Reform,” which advocates for responsible health insurance reform in Minnesota. He also serves as legislative committee chair of Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU).

Schneeman actively advocates for clients by being engaged with the health reform debate. His expertise has been recognized by appointments to Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Health Care Reform Task Force and appointment to Governor Mark Dayton’s workgroup on exchanges and navigators. He serves on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Health Policy Committees as well as a subject matter expert for various other organizations. He is a regular featured speaker for health and insurance industry events.

A 1978 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance, Schneeman is a third generation of family insurance professionals in St. Paul. He has built a stellar reputation in the life insurance and employee

651-209-9812
St. Paul, MN

Casey Taylor

Financial Advisor
Lehi, UT
Casey Taylor

Financial Advisor

Casey joined the RedStone team in early 2015 after spending many years crafting high end custom staircases. Working in Utah homes ranging from $1-$5 Million and managing multiple teams of finish carpenters, fine details were critical. Casey now uses that attention to detail to craft financial plans both for individuals and corporations. With a passion for economics, mathematics, and years of developing client relationships, he adds great dimension to our team. His business background includes project management, team leadership and quality control. Casey’s professional experience has given him a keen ability to assess clients’ current financial picture and orchestrate the many moving parts of a financial plan. Mr. Taylor holds a B.S. of Accounting degree as well as the Series 7 and 66 registrations. He currently resides in American Fork, Utah with his wife and four children.

Rick Lorence, JD

Investment Advisor
Little Rock, AR
Rick Lorence, JD

Investment Advisor

Rick brings a strong skill set to our Little Rock office having 14 years of experience as a registered financial advisor. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for both his undergraduate degree and law school. As a Series 7 and Series 66 registered advisor, his main areas of focus within the company are IRAs, retirement plans, and individual wealth management. Rick likes to spend time with family and friends, volunteer at church and local non-profit organizations, and enjoys biking, snow skiing and traveling when he can.

501-671-6690
Little Rock, AR

Jim Mote

Partner, Investment Advisor
Rogers, AR
Jim Mote

Partner, Investment Advisor

Working in the investment industry since 1986, Jim has seen the markets move in every direction and brings extensive experience and skill to our team. He graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was a point guard on the men's basketball team. As a Series 65-registered financial advisor, Jim's primary focus at the company is consulting and advising retirement plans as well as managing individual and family financial portfolios. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Alice, golfing, reading, and watching the Razorbacks in any sport.

479-845-6220
Rogers, AR

Charles E. “Ted” Herget, Jr.

Principal and Senior Consultant
Hunt Valley, MD
Charles E. “Ted” Herget, Jr.

Principal and Senior Consultant

Ted is Co-Founder and Principal in the Hunt Valley (Baltimore) Office of Asset Strategy Consultants. For over 30 years, he has been a Consultant to endowments, foundations and retirement funds on investment strategy and the selection and monitoring of investment managers.

Ted earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University in Baltimore. He completed courses in taxation, retirement planning, employee benefits and investments at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore. He has attended The Endowment Institute at Harvard Business School.

Ted has received the following honors: “One of Baltimore’s Most Powerful Men,” (Baltimore Magazine 1988); “Marine of the Year,” (1958); appointed Commissioner on the Maryland Economic Development Commision by former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.; and founded and owned one of the largest Mid-Atlantic Pension Actuarial, Benefits and Investment Consulting firms.

Ted has served on the Board of Trustees at Loyola University. He is also the past Chairman of both the Boards of Stevenson University and Loyola University. He currently serves on the Boards of Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management and the University of Maryland Medical System’s Shock Trauma Hospital. A cancer survivor, Herget’s miraculous recovery has been written about in the Baltimore Business Journal and The Daily Record.

Hunt Valley, MD

Alfred J. Morrison

Principal and Senior Consultant
Hunt Valley, MD
Alfred J. Morrison

Principal and Senior Consultant

Al is a Co-Founder, Managing Principal, and Senior Consultant in the Hunt Valley (Baltimore) Office of Asset Strategy Consultants. He developed the firm`s affiliation with Callan Associates in 1991. In addition, he has directed the growth of the firm since its inception in Baltimore to an organization with operations in Boston, Charleston, Harrisburg, and Raleigh/Durham.

Al earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Air Force, obtaining the rank of Captain. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force, he started his career in the financial services industry, which included Dupont, Walston & Company and Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith.

Hunt Valley, MD

Stacy Heistand

Financial Advisor
Mechanicsburg, PA
Stacy Heistand

Financial Advisor

Designations: QPA, QKA, AIF, QPFC

Stacy Heistand has over 20 years of experience working in the retirement plan marketplace. He began his career on the administration and recordkeeping side of the business as an administrator for Merrill Lynch. He was responsible for the day-to-day servicing and annual compliance of defined contribution plans with assets ranging from $1 - $50 million.

Stacy joined Alliance Benefit Group (ABG) in 1998 as an administrator. Shortly thereafter, Stacy became an Account Representative in ABG’s client service department. Stacy was responsible for retirement plan investment advisory services, new business conversions, employee education/enrollment meetings, plan design recommendations, and other day-to-day servicing issues. In 2002, Stacy became manager of the client services department heading a team of investment consultants that was responsible for over 350 plans with total investments of $1 billion in assets.

In 2004 Stacy joined Union National Community Bank, a small community based bank in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Stacy was assigned the task of developing and building a retirement plan services program for the bank’s trust department. Over the course of the next three years, Stacy successfully developed a book of small retirement plan business while serving as the as the primary consultant for all of the bank’s retirement plan customers.

Stacy joined Asset Strategy in 2007 as a Senior Consultant. Stacy provides investment advisory services to clients and consults on other retirement plan issues including plan design, administration, fiduciary liability, and fees. He also provides clients with analysis on vendor Request for Proposal studies. Additionally, Stacy has co-authored a study with Clark Frese on the implementation of guaranteed minimum withdrawal products into 401(k) plans and continues to advise clients on product design in the retirement plan marketplace.

Stacy earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. He is a member of the American Society

Mechanicsburg, PA

Mikko Passananti

President
Providence, RI
Mikko Passananti

President

  • Licensed Marketing Professional
  • Over 15 years of Meridien experience providing insurance and investment services to corporations, executives, and affluent individuals
  • Investments and Insurance
  • Series 6 & 63 registrations
401-228-1412
Providence, RI

Glen O’Connor

Financial Advisor
Wexford, PA
Glen O’Connor

Financial Advisor

Designations: AIF®

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Glen has spent his entire professional career of over 20 years working with both individuals and business owners and trustees developing strategies to help address their financial goals.

Glen works with and advises individuals on retirement, investment, and estate planning. By focusing on the individual’s needs, desires and resources, Glen helps clients develop a sound strategy to implement and address their goals. Together with the client’s input, Glen will help implement the strategies to move the client toward their goals and will review the strategies on a regular basis throughout the years.

Glen also works with business owners and corporate trustees in a number of employee benefit areas including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, participant education, executive benefits, and succession planning. He will work with the clients to implement the strategies in the most cost and time efficient manner.

Prior to working with Pensionmark Retirement Group, Glen gained experience at Axios Advisory Group as well as with American Express Financial Advisors and PNC Private Wealth Management.

Glen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a focus on Finance from Penn State University in 1989. Glen earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF) professional designation, awarded by the Center for Fiduciary Studies, which is associated with the University of Pittsburgh.

Glen currently lives in Cranberry Township with his wife and three boys (who are transitioning to their respective post high school ventures in the next few years). Glen remains busy outside of the office with volunteer organizations throughout the Cranberry Township community.

724-935-8913
Wexford, PA

Kathleen Branconier

Principal
Aliso Viejo, CA
Kathleen Branconier

Principal

Designations: AIF ®, C(k)P ®, CBFA

With over 30 years in financial services, Kathleen Branconier has focused exclusively on bringing high-level service to retirement plan clients since 2000. As cofounder and Principal of Fiduciary Retirement Advisory Group, she serves private and public companies through a highly developed fiduciary management process to help improve the effectiveness of plan sponsors on behalf of their employees. Kathleen developed and managed the retirement plan division for M Advisory Group, a M Financial firm, for 13 years and then joined Penniall Retirement Advisors in 2012 as Managing Director of Retirement Plans prior to forming Fiduciary Retirement Advisory Group.

She is a consultant and educational speaker to other retirement plan advisors, industry professionals and corporate plan sponsors. In addition to an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University, Kathleen holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary ™ (AIF®)*, the Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P ® )** and the Certified Behavioral Finance Advisor (CBFA)*** designations.

Kathleen is an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) with independent Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm, Pensionmark Financial Group, LLC, a top retirement plan consulting firm with national presence that is solely dedicated to the retirement plan industry. Kathleen was named among the Top Women Advisors by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) for 2015 and 2016. She was also named a Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisor by Financial Times for 2016. Kathleen qualified as a delegate to the 2016 NAPA DC Fly-In Forum to brief top congressional leaders regarding the importance and future on the nation’s workplace retirement plans. She is an active member of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) and Western Pension Benefits Association, regularly participating in industry organizations and conferences.

*The AIF ® is awarded by the Center for Fiduciary Studies to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing accreditation requirements.

** The

(949) 940-8701
Aliso Viejo, CA

Anne B. Hernandez

Sr. Research Analyst
Anne B. Hernandez

Sr. Research Analyst

Designations: CFA

Anne is a Senior Research Analyst in the Hunt Valley headquarters of Asset Strategy Consultants.

Anne performs a broad range of alternative, as well as traditional, investment manager searches. She and is responsible for asset allocations, quarterly reporting, performance attribution reports, investment manager searches and special analytical projects.

Anne graduated Cum Laude from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola College.

David Saunders, II

Principal
David Saunders, II

Principal

Designations: CFA

David E. Saunders, II is a Principal of Asset Strategy Consultants.  He is located in our Hunt Valley headquarters of ASC.  He has nearly 20 years of experience in the investment management industry.  He is co-consultant with several accounts, serving those with endowment/foundation, defined contribution and insurance companies.  In addition, David works with the analytical team conducting manager research due diligence.

David’s achievements include:

  • Affiliate Instructor (Portfolio Management) – Loyola/Sellinger School of Business and Management
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program – Level III candidate (2017)
  • Callan College for Investment Managers (2010)
  • Callan College for Fiduciary Training (2016)
  • Member CFA Society of Baltimore

David graduated from Wofford College with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance and holds an MBA from Carey Business School.  He is also Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Fuel Fund of Maryland.

Devyn Duex

Vice President, Client Relations
Santa Barbara, CA
Devyn Duex

Vice President, Client Relations

Designations: AIF®, CRPS, C(k)P, CPFA

Mrs. Duex received her Master’s in Business Administration-Marketing (MBA/MKT) from the University of Phoenix and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been recognized as one of the nation's most influential retirement plan advisors by 401kWire (2009, 2010, 2011), and named to the Top Women Advisors list by the National Association of Plan Advisors 2016. Mrs. Duex was recognized as one of the Top Women in Business in 2012 by the Pacific Coast Business Times, and in 2013 was honored to be a part of the Pensionmark team recognized as the inaugural recipient of the PLANSPONSOR “Retirement Plan Adviser Multi-office Team of the Year"2.

Mrs. Duex also earned the AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary™) professional designation, awarded by the Center for Fiduciary Studies, which is associated with the University of Pittsburgh, the CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANS SPECIALIST (CRPS®) certification from the College of Financial Planning, and is a C(k)P® Certified 401(k) Professional in good standing with The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education.

A professional in the industry for over twelve years, Mrs. Duex brought her experience with the benefits field (specifically working with Qualified Plans) to the Pensionmark team. Devyn has excelled in her role as Vice President of Client Relations and has helped in Pensionmark's rapid expansion since joining the team in 2006. Since 2008, Pensionmark has grown from two locations to a national presence with over 25 locations nationwide. Additionally, she specializes in compliance/risk management policies, and has traveled across the nation speaking to clients, participants, and industry professionals about various retirement plan topics. Her passion includes developing service deliverables that push and expand the industry while offering clients tools to manage their fiduciary responsibility and participants

805-456-6264
Santa Barbara, CA