Career Path:After spending the first 20 years of my career in corporate financial planning & analysis roles, I made the decision to leave a strong six-figure salary and Vice President title to pursue my passion for promoting financial wellness in the community while running my own business.I launched Rivermark Wealth Management in 2018 to make this vision a reality. We help our clients to reduce taxes, make smarter investment choices, and find financial peace of mind.Education:I’m a proud graduate of the School of Business Administration at the University of Dayton and the Executive Financial Planner program at Santa Clara University.Certifications and Professional Associations:I am enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, and am a proud member of the following professional organizations:CFP® BoardFinancial Planning AssociationNational Association of Personal Financial AdvisorsFee-Only Network
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