My Story

The financial needs and goals of my clients direct the course of their investments. I don’t ascribe to the notion that one size fits all, nor do I provide off-the-shelf solutions. Each client’s portfolio should be a financial reflection of their unique life.

For more than 30 years, I have provided clients with customized financial portfolios that are tailored to meet their specific objectives and comfort level with risk. Together, we design unique financial strategies that find solutions to accumulate wealth, to plan for retirement, or to provide for children or grandchildren’s education. I also work with specialists to provide estate planning.

I grew up in Tennessee and received my B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee in 1978. After graduation, I worked in corporate sales at Burroughs for three years before joining Dean Witter’s Cupertino, CA office in 1983 as a Financial Advisor. After Dean Witter merged with Morgan Stanley, I moved to Los Gatos and opened a new branch there as its first Branch Manager. I enjoyed the challenge of management, but after three years, I missed the daily interaction of helping clients with their investment needs and decided to return to full time financial advising.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing golf, spending time with my family and discovering new food and wine experiences. Married since 1985, my wife and I have two grown children.
Services Include
  • Professional Portfolio Management1
  • Wealth Consulting
  • Financial Planning2
  • Retirement Planning3
  • Estate Planning Strategies4
  • Asset Management5
  • Qualified Retirement Plans6
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • Municipal Bonds7
  • Corporate Bonds8
  • Annuities9
Securities Agent: CA, WA, VA, UT, TX, SC, PA, OR, OK, NY, NV, NJ, NC, MN, LA, IL, ID, HI, GA, AZ; Managed Futures; Transactional Futures/Commodities; General Securities Representative; BM/Supervisor; Investment Advisor Representative
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I believe people make better choices when they understand the process. I help my clients understand their options at each step:

First, I meet with clients to take a comprehensive look at all aspects of their life. I will ask questions, such as where do you want to be in 5-10 years? Will you want to help with children or grandchildren’s education? Where do you want to live?

Next, I’ll begin to match those goals and objectives with investment solutions. Each client’s investment portfolio is custom designed based on their individual needs.

Then, we will meet again to review the proposed plan. We will take as much time as is needed to ensure that each part of the plan is thoroughly understood. Together, we will fine tune the plan and agree on a financial roadmap that allows the client to achieve their goals with the least amount of risk possible. I will also suggest solutions to help protect the wealth they have already accumulated.

Finally, I monitor every portfolio and conduct regular reviews of each client’s financial status to help ensure that they are properly positioned to meet their financial goals.
    Understanding a client’s risk profile and tolerance for market volatility is a key element in selecting suitable investments. While more market risk often equates to greater financial returns, it’s not always a direct route. I need to know the extent to which each client is willing to withstand any losses, as well as their ability to deal with fluctuations within market cycles.

    I can also evaluate the investment risks that are inherent in existing portfolios that clients may have placed with another firm. When someone becomes a client, I look at what they already have, evaluate the risks, and then build around it. I believe that when a client chooses me as their Financial Advisor, it’s because they know I can expand their knowledge base, offer more sophisticated advice and customize their portfolio. I do not operate from the point of view that it’s necessary to throw everything out and start from scratch.

    Another form of risk that I address with clients is their basic financial risk. This takes into account all aspects of their life – work, health, family circumstances and their business. Without planning, an unforeseen health or financial event has the ability to drain resources and undermine the future. By working closely together, my clients and I can plan for, monitor and adapt our strategies to the potential risks that they face.
      I have planned for and managed clients’ retirement for more than 30 years, I know that one of the most critical life decisions clients can make is deciding at what age they should retire. My role is to help clients make that decision in a way that makes sense for each individual. Together, we look at current assets, the amount that may be needed to accumulate for the retirement that is envisioned, and the amount of investment risk someone is comfortable assuming. As a result, I gain a clear picture of each client’s current financial position, as well as where they may be when retirement arrives.

      However, even when the retirement process has been carefully planned out, unforeseen events can occur. A decline in personal health, needing to take care of a family member or job loss related to the economic downturn can lead to the loss of earnings potential in the most important pre-retirement years. That’s why we’ll look carefully at potential disruptive events and plan for them before they actual occur.

      My work with clients doesn’t stop after they retire. Protecting and preserving my clients’ retirement assets allows them the freedom to pursue their dreams and create lasting legacies.


        16000 Los Gatos Blvd
        Los Gatos, CA 95032
        (408) 358-0967(408) 358-0967
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