Additional Team Members
Through our alignment with LPL Financial, we have access to many bright and well-credentialed experts in the fields of financial planning, estate planning, market research, insurance, and high net worth specializations. Click the buttons below to learn more about LPL Financial's team of experts who can assist Wealth Preservation Specialists' clients who may have needs in these areas.
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Private Client Team
Thomas A. Zgliniec, CFP®, ChFC®, CAP®, AIF®, AEP®
Vice President, High-Net-Worth Consultant Thomas is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with an expertise based in the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals and families, foundations and endowments, and institutional clients. With an expansive background in advanced estate and financial planning, philanthropic planning, executive compensation arrangements, and investment real estate strategies, Thomas assists LPL Financial Advisors with the creation and implementation of a broad-range of planning concepts. His accomplishments include:
- CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®)
- Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®)
- Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®)
- Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®)
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)
- California Life and Health license
- FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations held through LPL Financial
- Member of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego
Patrick J. Herrington, CFP® AIF®
Assistant Vice President As an Assistant Vice President of LPL Private Client, Patrick supports advisors looking to win and retain client opportunities with $5 million or more of investable assets. Since joining the team in January 2013, he has built a multidisciplinary background encompassing the holistic wealth management needs of affluent clients and the specialized needs of institutions such as foundations, endowments and corporations. Additionally, Patrick works on building out the LPL Private Client team’s capabilities as it relates to tools, resources and strategic relationships. Prior to joining the LPL Private Client team, Patrick held multiple positions at LPL Financial spanning back to October 2007. His experience includes advisory platform management, advisory sales and service. During this time, he developed a deep understanding of the independent advisor business, analysis of advisors business structure, portfolio analysis and due diligence. Patrick has cultivated his skill set through first-hand experience, degrees, certifications and his accomplishments include:
- Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner (CFP®)
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)
- California Real Estate Broker
- FINRA Series 7 and 66 Securities registrations held through LPL Financial
Patrick earned a BS in both Finance and Accounting with a minor in Economics from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
Sonya Nolan, CFP®, MBA
Assistant Vice President Sonya started her career in financial services in 2005. In her current role as Assistant Vice President of Private Client at LPL Financial, Sonya provides sales and marketing support to advisors serving high-net-worth individuals, families, and Institutional clients. In helping advisors win, serve, and retain high-net-worth clients, Sonya advises on issues including sophisticated investment solutions, advanced financial and estate planning, concentrated equity positions, executive compensation arrangements, investment real estate, advanced insurance planning, business exit planning, and philanthropic planning. Prior to her current role, Sonya was a Practice Management consultant to independent financial advisors. She has also served as an Associate Wealth Advisor and Branch Operations Manager at a boutique wealth management firm. Additionally, Sonya spent time working at a large financial management company in New York, where she conducted due diligence on Large Cap U.S. Equity money managers. Sonya graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Arizona where she double majored in Psychology and Spanish Linguistics. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Sonya is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and holds Series 7, 66, and 24 registrations through LPL Financial.
Michael Watson, CFP®, ChFC®
Assistant Vice President Michael Watson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with an expertise based in the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals and families, foundations and endowments, and institutional clients. With an expansive background in financial planning, philanthropic planning, and investment consulting, Michael assists LPL Financial Advisors with the creation and implementation of a broad-range of planning concepts as well as investment portfolio construction. His accomplishments include:
- Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner (CFP®)
- Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®)
- Oregon & California Life and Health License
- FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 Securities registrations held through LPL Financial
Mike earned a BS in Finance from Portland State University where he served as the President of the Financial Management Association, and later completed the CFP® & ChFC® programs through the American College. Mike has worked for LPL Financial for 10 years, with his first three years as an Operations Manager and Planning Assistant for an LPL branch office in Portland, Oregon.
Sergio Fernandez, CFP®
Associate Consultant As an Associate Consultant with the LPL Private Client Consulting team, Sergio partners with Financial Advisors to create comprehensive solutions to meet the unique needs and complexities that come with serving high-net-worth individuals, families, and institutional clients. Sergio supports advisors in developing customized solutions, point of sale support, ongoing research, as well as strategy implementation. Through first-hand experience, and education, Sergio has enhanced his expertise in financial planning, retirement planning, and investment consulting. His accomplishments include:
- CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner(CFP®)
- FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 Securities registrations held through LPL Financial
- CA Life Insurance license
Sergio graduated from San Diego State University, where he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. In addition to having the CFP® designation, Sergio is currently working towards obtaining the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation. Prior to his tenure with LPL Financial, Sergio was a Financial Advisor with a small broker-dealer, primarily focused on retirement planning with educators.
John Podesto, AIF®
Associate Consultant As an Associate Consultant with the LPL Private Client Consulting team, John partners with Financial Advisors to help them win and retain high net worth clients by developing customized solutions for their unique investment and planning needs. Whether their client opportunities are individuals, families, or institutions, John supports advisors by helping them develop and present potential strategies, as well as provide ongoing support through practice management guidance and performance reporting capabilities. Prior to joining the Private Client Consulting team in February of 2015, John was a Senior Platform Manager with LPL’s Investment Platform Solutions, in charge of developing and marketing LPL’s open architecture advisory platforms. Prior to that, John spent 4 years cultivating his industry knowledge and consulting skills as an Investment Product Specialist and as an Internal Advisory Consultant. John holds various industry credentials, including;
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation and
- FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations held through LPL Financial.
John is currently pursuing the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner (CFP®) designation. Additionally, John earned a BS in Finance from the College of Business at San Diego State University, where he actively participated in their student Finance & Investment Society program.
Associate Consultant As Lead Associate Consultant for the Consulting team of LPL Private Client, Megan assists Financial Advisors with many aspects of serving high-net-worth individuals, families, and institutional clients. Megan consults with advisors, prepares sophisticated financial analyses, and serves as a conduit to best-in-class resources from throughout the firm and partnering organizations. In her role as Lead Associate Consultant, Megan is responsible for delivering the high-quality and timely results required by advisors in support of their most demanding clients. Prior to joining LPL Financial, Megan was a Financial Advisor with an independent broker-dealer, and sharpened her skills functioning as a Paraplanner with several successful advisor offices. Megan graduated from University of La Verne where she majored in Business Administration. Megan is currently working towards the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and holds Series 7, 66 and CA Life Insurance registrations through LPL Financial.
Financial Planning Group
Steven Gensler, CFP®, MBA, MSBA
Vice President, Financial Planning Group Steve is responsible for the training and future enhancements of WealthVision as well as assisting LPL representatives with case design and illustrations. Prior to joining LPL’s home office in June of 2006, Steve was an LPL registered representative for over 5 years. As an LPL OSJ he was responsible for overseeing eleven Advisors and the compliance oversight of several successful FIS programs. As a life long student Steve has earned a BS in Psychology, an MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning, an MBSA: Financial and Tax Planning, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. He is CFP® Practitioner and is FINRA series 7, 66, and 24 securities registered through LPL Financial as well as SC Life insurance.
Keith Cervenka, CFP®
Senior Planning Consultant Before joining the Financial Planning Group, Keith had a successful 15 year financial planning career with Ameriprise Financial (formerly American Express Financial Advisors). His client base consisted of mostly engineers, scientists, and retirees. Financial planning was at the heart of his business. Keith created comprehensive financial plans that examined all six areas of financial planning. Keith has strong practice management knowledge for helping advisors transition into providing financial planning services for their clients. He also worked with clients building the “Tax Triangle” and creating income streams for his retired clients within the “Triangle.” Keith used a variety of software including FAS, NaviPlan, Morningstar, and Allocation Master in his practice. From the sale of his own Ameriprise financial planning business in 2009, Keith can assist in exit planning questions and would be a good source to advisors considering selling their own businesses. For those advisors who have client’s in the construction industry, Keith has over 15 years experience in the construction Industry and would be a good resource for planning strategies. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant and holds Series 7, 63, and 24 registrations through LPL Financial. He also holds a California Life and Health license.
Craig Horner, CFP®, ChFC®
Senior Planning Consultant Craig Horner has over 20 years experience in the financial planning industry. Craig is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, and Chartered Financial Consultant who achieved Senior Advisor status, representing the top 5% of American Express Financial Advisors during his 15 years there, and more recently, the Patriot level within LPL Financial Services and has Series 7, 63, and 24 registrations through LPL Financial. He received the Mentzer Academic Scholarship to study math and music at the University of Iowa and subsequently taught computer music at the college level. Craig is also a member of Mensa. During his career he focused on estate and business planning, helping clients to establish charitable trusts, Family Foundations, ILITs, GRATs, and FLPs. Having a special needs child, he became an expert in Special Needs Trusts and the accompanying planning. He also worked with businesses in setting up qualified plans and executive compensation arrangements. Another area of focus was in end-of-life planning, maximizing the retention and transfer of assets to succeeding generations. Craig served three terms on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Financial Planning and has belonged to the Planned Giving Roundtable since 1989. He’s served on the planned-giving boards of ten charitable organizations and served as President of the Board for the Southern Caregiver Resource Center. He has frequently been quoted in articles and has made numerous presentations regarding retirement, financial and estate planning. Craig plays the piano professionally several times a week with his wife Deborah on sax and flute. He is an accomplished runner and routinely wins his age class in local 5k and 10k running events.
Roger Moulton Jr., CFP®, MSPFP
Senior Planning Consultant Roger’s professional experience extends from over a decade at a major wire house where he assumed progressive roles which included northeast fixed income coordinator and financial consultant. As a financial planner, Roger has worked with families, their charitable entities, their business entities, multiple younger and older generations, and the clients’ circle of advisors including; CPAs, Attorneys, business partners, office managers and assistants. His extensive experience includes the following areas: Investments, Tax planning, Wealth Transfer, Philanthropy, Cash flow planning, Retirement planning, Advanced Estate Planning, Education funding options, Insurance needs analysis, Real Estate buy/sell decision. Roger earned the degree of Master of Personal Financial Planning from Bentley University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. As a financial consultant, Roger holds series 5, 7, 63, 66 and 24 registrations held through LPL Financial.
Van Truong, MSF, CFP®
Senior Planning Consultant Van has 9+ years of combined experience in accounting, financial analysis and wealth management. Prior to joining the Financial Planning Group in August of 2012, Van spent the previous five years with Wells Fargo Family Wealth. She worked with financial advisors and investment professionals providing advisory services to high and ultra high net worth family relationships with an average of $25MM investable assets. Van’s passion in the planning field has helped her gain extensive knowledge in the variety planning areas including philanthropic, educational, retirement, and investment planning. Van is an active member of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts. Van also serves on the Career Development Committee. She delicates her time and effort toward supporting the FPA of MA to promote the profession and to build a strong professional community. Van received her B.A. in Business Management (2002) and M.S. in Finance (2003) from Clark University both with honor with a minor in Mathematics. In additional to her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Van holds FINRA Series 65 registration held through LPL Financial and is a licensed Real Estate Agent in Massachusetts. Van is of Chinese decent and was born and raised in Vietnam. She speaks fluent Vietnamese and Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin). Van believes that her cultural background has enriched her life personally as well as professionally.
William Boggs, CFP®
Senior Planning Consultant Bill started his financial planning career in 2005 as an independent advisor with Securities America, and later with Securian Financial and Merrill Lynch. Bill brings to LPL his broad-based experience and his passion for financial planning. Bill specializes in the areas of estate planning, taxation strategies, and college planning. He has a strong knowledge of and understanding of veterans’ benefits after serving over 21 years in the Marine Corps and Navy. A graduate of the University of San Diego, He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. He has served on the board of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). He spent the last two years on the Membership and Programs Committees of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). He currently serves on the board of Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), an organization providing emergency financial grants and transition assistance to junior enlisted military members and their families. In addition to his CFP® Certificate, Bill has Series 7, Series 66, Series 24 registrations held through LPL Financial and CA Life Insurance licenses, but his Commercial Pilot License is the one he prefers to use the most.
Steven Dishman, CFP® CRPC®
Senior Planning Consultant Steven has 8 plus years of combined experience in financial analysis, retail brokerage and financial consulting. The majority of his career has been spent in various roles with MetLife and Ameriprise Financial as a financial advisor, Wachovia Securities/Wells Fargo Advisors working as a performance analyst, retail brokerage trader and a financial consultant. Prior to coming to the Financial Planning Group in 2014, Steven worked as a Financial Relationship Counselor utilizing retirement planning tools to consult Wells Fargo 401k participants. Steven specializes in the areas of retirement planning, investment planning, and brokerage operations. He is a financial planning advocate and works with advisors who are adding fee based planning and hourly consulting to their business models with practice development and management ideas. Steven earned a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech in 2006. In addition to his CFP Certificate, Steven has the CRPC Certificate and Series 7, 63, 65 and 24 registrations held through LPL Financial.
Senior Client Services Consultant Prior to joining the Financial Planning Group in October 2013, Michael worked in the Account Transfers department at LPL. During this time processed ACAT, non-ACAT and mutual fund requests. Through the use of LPL programs and applications, Michael monitored the overall completeness process up to completion and ensured standard criteria. Michael also worked in the Commissions/Quantitative Analysis department at LPL Financial. While in Commissions, he supported regulatory requests and inquiries. In addition, Michael assisted in training newly hired temps and off-shore representatives. Michael graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration – Finance. While attending USD, Michael was extremely involved with extra-cirricular activities while strengthening his leadership abilities.
Private Trust Company
The Private Trust Company N.A. (PTC) is an affiliate of LPL Financial. PTC manages trusts and family assets for high net worth clients and is licensed in all 50 states under its 1995 national banking charter to administer the trusts and implement the estate plans of affluent families. The bank does not engage in lending or deposit taking; it specializes solely in providing fiduciary solutions. As its primary mission, PTC provides trust services to clients of LPL Financial advisors as well as to local clients in Cleveland, Ohio, where it is headquartered. PTC is also the custodian of all of the LPL Financial IRA accounts.
Vice President & Business Development Officer Ben Foreman is Vice President and Business Development Officer for The Private Trust Company, an LPL Financial affiliate. With more than 20 years in the trust and investment industry, Ben supports the evaluation, approval and onboarding of trust relationships. After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in finance in 1985, Ben began his career with Wachovia Bank. Throughout his 30 year career he has supported a broad range of services within the financial services industry including banking, investments and trust. Ben has served on the boards of the Greenville Foundation and the Durham/Orange Estate Planning Council. Ben lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Roslyn, their twin sons, Hank and Bill and their yellow Labrador retriever, Allie. In his free time he enjoys hiking, tennis and whitewater kayaking.
Building Solutions for Complex Cases
The Insurance Consulting Team partners with advisors to develop and implement strategies for affluent families and business owners looking to meet a variety of complex financial goals. Areas we have expertise in include:
- Estate planning
- B-Trust leverage
- Asset and income maximization
- Gifting strategies
- Buy-sell funding
- Executive bonus arrangements
- Key person
- Private Financing
- Split dollar plans
- Supplemental Retirement Plans
- Non-qualified deferred compensation
David P. Boekeloo, JD, MST, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®
David Boekeloo has over 20 years experience providing advanced wealth and estate planning to high-net-worth clients and businesses. David has substantial experience in all aspects of life insurance, estate, charitable, business, retirement, executive benefits and financial planning. David has a law degree, master’s degree in taxation, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner, a Chartered Life Underwriter® and a Chartered Financial Consultant®.
The LPL Financial Research Team
LPL Financial Research works continuously to help your team at Weaver Wealth Management interpret and adjust to the latest developments in the world’s capital markets. The team consists of seasoned and accomplished industry veterans, comprising one of the largest and most experienced research groups among independent brokerage firms. For more information about the LPL Research team’s beliefs, roles and strategies, download this comprehensive brochure.
Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer As Managing Director of Research and Chief Investment Officer, Burt White is responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the LPL Financial Research platform. His role includes setting the vision for superior research capabilities and enabling the delivery of conflict-free, objective investment advice by LPL Financial advisors. He provides day-to-day oversight of the Research team, which focuses on providing financial advisors with unbiased investment research about mutual funds, separate accounts, alternative investments, asset allocation strategies, financial markets, and the economy. He is also regularly sought after to speak to the national media—including CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, and others. Prior to joining LPL Financial in 2007, Mr. White served as a managing director and director of research for Wachovia Securities for 10 years. Mr. White also was an investment analyst for Mercer Investment Consulting, where he provided investment advice to institutional clients. He started his financial services career on the buy side of the business as a research analyst for Thompson, Siegel, and Walmsley, a value-oriented asset manager. Mr. White received a bachelor of business administration from the College of William and Mary and is FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 65, and 87 registered through LPL Financial.
John Canally, CFA
Chief Economic Strategist Canally is Chief Economic Strategist at LPL Financial. In this role, Mr. Canally plays an integral role in the development and articulation of LPL Financial market and investment strategies. Mr. Canally has been quoted in many national publications, such as USA Today, Washington Post, and TIME magazine, and is a guest on national business television and radio, including NPR, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and FOX Business News. Before joining LPL Financial, Mr. Canally served as Senior Investment Strategist at PNC Wealth Management and PNC Institutional Investments where he assisted in the asset allocation and portfolio strategy decisions for the firm’s $50 billion in assets under management. He was also a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee, which oversees all of the investment-related activities of PNC Wealth Management and PNC Institutional Investments. Prior to PNC, Mr. Canally was the Global Capital Markets Strategist at Stone & McCarthy Research Associates. Previously, he held positions on the economic research teams at Dean Witter Reynolds and Prudential Securities in New York City. Mr. Canally began his career as a Research Associate in the Fiscal Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and The CFA Institute. He earned a BA in economics from Villanova University and attended Stern Graduate School of Business at NYU. Mr. Canally is Series 7 and 63 registered.
Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA
Vice President and Market Strategist As Vice President and Market Strategist, Jeffrey (Jeff) Buchbinder is a member of the LPL Financial Research tactical asset allocation committee and is responsible for developing and articulating equity and general market strategy with a focus on sector analysis. Mr. Buchbinder regularly communicates market strategy to LPL Financial advisors and is a speaker at LPL Financial conferences. Mr. Buchbinder contributes to the Research Department’s flagship publications such as the Weekly Market Commentary and the Outlook. He is the primary author of Market Insight, a quarterly review of the financial markets, and Portfolio Compass, a bi-weekly snapshot of LPL Financial Research’s views on the equity, fixed income, and alternative investment markets. Prior to joining the Research Department in July 2003, Mr. Buchbinder worked as an equity research associate for Sanford C. Bernstein in New York and Deutsche Bank in Boston. He has 17 years of investment experience. Mr. Buchbinder earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from Duke University, and a BA from Northwestern University in economics. He received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001 and is also a member of the CFA Institute. He currently holds Series 7, 63, and 87 registrations.
Anthony G. Valeri, CFA
Senior Vice President Fixed Income & Investment Strategist As Senior Vice President, Fixed Income and Investment Strategist, Anthony Valeri is a member of the LPL Financial Research tactical asset allocation committee and is responsible for developing and articulating fixed income and general market strategy. Mr. Valeri also leads LPL Financial Research’s Thought Leadership division. Mr. Valeri regularly communicates market strategy to LPL Financial advisors, contributes to the Research Department’s flagship publications, is a speaker at LPL Financial national conferences, and authors Bond Market Perspectives, a weekly commentary on the bond market. He is regularly quoted in national online and print publications including Bloomberg News, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and Dow Jones. He is also a frequent guest on national business television and radio, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business Network. Prior to joining the Research Department in January 2002, Mr. Valeri was head trader of the LPL Financial fixed income trading desk. Mr. Valeri has 22 years of investment experience and has been with LPL Financial since June 1993. Mr. Valeri received a BA in quantitative economics and decision sciences from the University of California at San Diego in 1992 and received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in September 1999. Additionally, Mr. Valeri is Series 7 and 63 registered. He is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research, and The Financial Analysts Society of San Diego.
Tim Knepp, CFA, CAIA
Executive Vice President Chief Investment Strategist & Chief Wealth Officer As Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Strategist and Chief Wealth Officer, Tim Knepp will work with the LPL Research Department to oversee and deliver investment solutions, tactical guidance, portfolio construction, and research support for LPL’s independent advisor, bank wealth, high-net-worth, and RIA clients. Mr. Knepp has more than 25 years of multi-asset class investment management experience. He has utilized his comprehensive knowledge of global economic and capital market behavior to effectively build and manage a broad range of client investment solutions. Mr. Knepp has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events and his investment perspectives have appeared in many national media publications—Bloomberg, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Prior to LPL Financial, Mr. Knepp served as senior vice president and chief investment officer of Savos Investments, previously known as Genworth Financial Asset Management and a division of AssetMark, Inc. where he oversaw all aspects of investment management. Previously, he served as vice president and director of manager research and due diligence at Genworth Financial/GE Private Asset Management. He earned a bachelor of science in finance from University of Maryland, College Park, and attended graduate business school at Johns Hopkins University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations, and was awarded the CFA Institute 25-Year Certificate of Achievement in 2012.