Our Certified Financial Planners (CFPs)
Summit Wealth & Retirement Partners provides financial planning services to our clients. With four Certified Financial Planners (CFPs), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and an MBA on board, we have more than 60 years combined advanced experience in the financial planning industry. With ongoing education and a desire to make you feel more secure in your future, we can help guide you to achieve your financial goals.
Get to Know Our CFPs
As a young child I saw firsthand the stress that personal finances can cause within a family. I often witnessed my parents in disagreement over how money was being spent and whether or not enough was being saved. I resolved at a very early age to learn everything I could about personal finance so that I could help my parents and relieve some of their stress.
By age 12 I was investing in individual stocks, and still have the original stock certificates from my first purchase (Nike). By age 15 I was investing in mutual funds with my savings from working at a local deli. Every Saturday morning I sat down with my folks as they paid the bills. I knew what their salaries were, how much went to taxes, and how much all of the bills amounted to. This was a great early lesson because I knew how much, or little, was left.
This is why when I graduated from Cornell University I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I’ve spent the past 13 years as a financial planner helping successful families in the Bay Area make better financial decisions. I believe it was Confucius who said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I am quite proud to say I followed this advice. My clients value my honest and direct approach, and know that I have the skills and experience to help them make better decisions and feel more secure about their money.
Regardless of net worth, the #1 fear that people have is that they will run out of money. I’ve spent the past decade addressing this fear head-on by designing, implementing, and monitoring financial plans that help ensure my client’s money will last longer than they do.
Whether it’s protecting what they already have, growing their wealth, minimizing their taxes, or designing a plan to pass assets to their kids, we are here to help.
In addition to having a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation and I hold certifications in asset management and retirement planning.
Most importantly, I live in Danville with my wife Maryline and my three wonderful children Dylan (age 7), Tyler (age 5), and Nyla (age 2). When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoying the many natural wonders of Northern California.
Ryan McCloskey's bio is coming soon. Have questions? Give him a call or shoot him an email.
Scott Terry, CFP bio is coming soon. Have questions? Give him a call or shoot him an email.
I came to work for the Summit Wealth team in June 2013. As an Associate Advisor, my primary responsibilities are data gathering, case design, plan development, review preparation, research, reporting, and presentation development. I also maintain all aspects of our financial planning software and reporting tools. My favorite part of the job, though, is working with clients to help them define and then achieve their financial goals.
In November 2015, I received a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from Bryant University. Then in February, 2016, I became a Certified Financial Planner Professional. My education also includes a Bachelor's degree from Drake University and a Master's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, both in music performance. After realizing that being a musician was not providing me with the financial stability that was so essential to me, I branched out into new areas. After spending time in both the higher education and insurance fields, I was excited to find a career path that would allow me to combine my natural interest in improving people’s financial lives with my research and analytical skills.
I am an active member of the Financial Planning Association of the East Bay. As part of that membership, I enjoy participating in pro bono financial events and also am on the career development committee. I’m currently pursuing a designation in divorce planning called the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.
After living in many locales (from Texas to Japan) as an Air Force spouse, I settled in the charming town of Crockett. I enjoy spending time with my two adult sons --one a recent college graduate and economic analyst for the Almond Board of California and the other a student at Cal State Chico. During my spare time, I also enjoy playing the cello, reading novels, watching movies and taking my energetic Great Dane for walks.
What Can a Certified Financial Planner Do for You
Financial planning isn’t a sell-it-and-forget-it kind of service. Financial goals change as life goes on, making it necessary to adjust your investments, spending and saving habits along the way. It’s a certified financial planner’s job to help you determine the best adjustments to make as your circumstances change to ensure that you meet your financial goals.
CFPs work with you on an array of financial goals. If you’re just starting out, a certified financial planner can help you manage your student loans, save for a large down payment (on a house, car, or boat, for example), or merge finances with a significant other. As you begin settling down in life, a CFP can assist in the financial planning for your growing family as well as help you plan and make decisions for college financing, retirement, life insurance, business issues, and much more.
Midlife presents a more complex financial ballgame and a certified financial planner can help. From figuring out tax strategies for higher income levels and estate planning to care for aging loved ones and long-term care options, your CFP has the knowledge to guide you in the right direction.
At retirement age, you can count on your certified financial planner to help you with things like managing your retirement and assisting your children in managing their inheritance.
What Does it Take to Become a Certified Financial Planner?
To obtain the designation of a certified financial planner, a person must successfully complete the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc’s. required initial and continuing certification program. Areas of study include financial planning, taxes, estate planning, insurance, and retirement.
Becoming and maintaining CFP credentials is hard work, as yearly ongoing education programs are required to retain certification. The amount of experience and education the Summit Wealth CFPs possess ensures you get the best possible service to help you reach your financial destinations.
Financial Planning You Can Rely On
Regardless of the stage of life you are in, the team at Summit Wealth & Retirement Partners can help you achieve your financial goals. Ours is an ongoing service that grows and changes as you do, always adapting to accommodate any life circumstance that comes your way.
For more information on how our certified financial planners can help you, contact us at (925)927-1900 today. We look forward to helping you achieve the bright and successful future you want and deserve.