Tim Woodward, CFP®, MBA

About Tim Woodward, CFP®, MBA

As both a Christian family and a blended family, we understand what it’s like to have been broken and then redeemed. That’s why we are on a mission to help restore and encourage the family unit through wealth planning. We also know that in a blended family, even when things are good, they are more complex. So, at Blend Wealth we aim to help organize and simplify your wealth building journey.

You deserve to feel confident in your future so that you can spend more time doing things that fulfill you. That’s why we partner with you to advise and manage your finances, so you can focus more on your family. We help guide you through accumulating wealth, protecting your wealthTi and ultimately transferring your wealth; all for HIS glory. From implementing charitable giving, to saving for your child’s education, to planning for vacations – we’re here to help blend it all together so you can achieve true wealth.

At Blend Wealth, we define true wealth as having deep, meaningful, relationships combined with the financial freedom to pour into those relationships. We take a collaborative approach to our process. We crunch the numbers, educate you and make recommendations for you and your family to consider. No jargon. No pressure. Just a straightforward approach that prioritizes communication and helps you get from where you are, to where you want to be, both relationally and financially.

Outside of work you will find me outdoors, doing CrossFit, serving at church and most importantly, spending quality time and staying active with my wife, Alexis, and our boys, Conner and Christian.

Read Tim’s blog here: https://www.blendwealth.com/blog

Derek Finley, CFP®

About Derek Finley, CFP®

As a second generation financial advisor with over a decade of wealth management experience, I’ve helped clients retire, build businesses, survive financial panics and make countless decisions that impacted not just my clients, but their families for generations.

My career began with the housing and financial collapse in 2008. I’ve seen the market drop over 50%, then rebound, then seesaw back and forth. I have been there for the survivors when a client passes away, and have seen the joy from clients who hear that their retirement dream is now a reality.

My clients have been people at different stages of life and in different careers: young families, widows, CEOs, physicians, engineers, small business owners, retirees, and more. I’ve had difficult conversations with those that needed to hear the unvarnished truth, and have encouraged others to pursue their dreams, no matter how extreme.

I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Personal Financial Planning.

What am I not?

I am not perfect. I have made financial mistakes, and understand the weight that comes from having to own up to them. I also understand they can be overcome with courage and the relentless pursuit of a better life.

I am not an investment soothsayer. I cannot tell you what will happen in the market tomorrow, or next week, or this year. What I can do is help you clarify your vision of the future, and provide paths and processes to making that future a reality. There will be days where you have doubts, and I will be there to provide balance and insight.

More than anything, I understand God’s purpose in giving us families and the church, and that each of us have a role to play in building up the saints. My goal, and the goal of this firm, is to help you make financial and life decisions that align with your mission, and support you in growing and strengthening your family, church and community.

Read Derek’s blog here: https://opendoorfa.com/news-articles/

Phil Patten, CFP®, RICP

About Phil Patten, CFP®, RICP

My financial career started straight out of college where I worked with Northwestern Mutual for 6 years. However, things started to change for me in the summer of 2017 as I studied the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) before work at Starbucks. As I studied the scripture, I realized my foundation for managing finances was built on sand.

Let me tell you more about my foundation. In high school, I was driving in the car with my dad listening to Dave Ramsey discuss Roth IRAs. This made me interested in accruing wealth because of the amount of money I could have later on in life (not a bad thing right?!). This mindset stayed with me until the summer of 2017, when I realized it was a bad thing…for me.

Has someone ever taught you something NEW about a Scripture you’ve known all your life?? Well that’s what happened for me in the summer of 2017. My teacher was the Holy Spirit and the Scripture was Matthew 25:14-30. I am sure you are familiar with the Scripture but Jesus is teaching about the Kingdom through a parable. The story is about a wealthy man who gives three servants three amounts of money to manage. Two of them double what they received and the third buried his in the ground. I could write a message here but let me boil it down to the main idea the Holy Spirit taught me:

There is a difference between being an owner of your finances and being a manager.

From this point, God took me on a (difficult but necessary) journey to renew my mind around finances (both personally and professionally). And ultimately He led me to build Pursuit Financial.

Demel Gonzalez, CFP®, CKA

About Demel Gonzalez, CFP®, CKA

As President, Mr. Gonzalez leads his team in a vision to build and cultivate deeper client relationships while providing exceptional service and performance to the clientele of Heartwood Financial Services. Utilizing his natural skill to assist and educate in a manner of respect and friendship, Mr. Gonzalez has set a new benchmark for the way that financial advisors interact with their clients. From its inception, and forward into the future of Heartwood, Mr. Gonzalez plays a vital role in the growth and development of his company.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Business Administration, his cumulative 14 years spent at Fidelity Investments started with an internship during his final year of studies. Mr. Gonzalez was then retained by Fidelity upon graduation and proceeded to work his way through the ranks, quickly becoming a Vice President & Senior Account Executive, where he was directly responsible for overseeing assets valued at one billion dollars. Mr. Gonzalez advised his clients on investments, retirement planning, risk-management as well as trust and estate planning. His exemplary work ethic and dedication to his clients allowed him to have received multiple awards of excellence including three President’s Circle awards.

Arriving in the United States from Cuba at the age of four, Mr. Gonzalez attributes much of his success to his father. The hard work and strong values exemplified by his father after leaving the oppression in his homeland are the same drive and values Mr. Gonzalez uses today to work for his clients.

Mr. Gonzalez is most proud of the family that surrounds him. Alongside his wife of thirteen years, Christa, and children Andrew and Sam, he is a faithful member of Lakeside Fellowship United Methodist Church in Sanford and volunteers his time there as the Finance Chair. He also coordinates and facilitates the teaching of Financial Peace University; a Dave Ramsey course teaching Biblically based financial principles. As a father with a son on the Autism spectrum, Mr. Gonzalez has a big heart for children with special needs, volunteering with the Special Olympics whenever he can. He also enjoys mountain biking, playing tennis, Crossfit and watching Miami Dolphins football.

Mr. Gonzalez is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Kevin Arruda, CFP®, CFA

About Kevin Arruda, CFP®, CFA, CKA

As you journey through life, financial decisions become more complex, and hard to navigate alone. We partner with you to create a financial plan and investment strategy that gives you clarity, confidence, and financial peace.

Kyle Eaton, CFP®, CDFA®

About Kyle Eaton, CFP®, CDFA®

Education

I attended Oklahoma State University, where I played for the OSU Cowboys football team. Most of my time was spent on the practice field—Hedge field—preparing for fall Saturdays. Although most people only saw what happened on Saturday, it was on Hedge field that the truly important occurred. I learned the importance of setting and achieving my personal goals, working through adversity, and being part of something bigger than myself. Learning these disciplines was as valuable as any college degree that I earned.

While at Oklahoma State, I earned my Masters in Family Financial Planning. You might wonder, “How does this make me different from your run-of-the-mill financial advisor or planner?” The program that I completed was in the college that studied the science of the human environment, not the business college. It included studying family systems and counseling, both elements that taught me how to look beyond the portfolio to the person.

Beliefs

I live in Denton with my wife Rachel and four children—Kyrie, Adelynn, Elias, and Titus. I believe that all skills and talents I have are God-given, to be used for His glory. For this reason, I strive for excellence. I want my work to reflect my beliefs. I also believe that all people are created in the image of God. Therefore, everyone has inherit value and worth no matter their lot in life. They deserve to be treated that way.

Finally, I believe that of whom much is given, much is expected. It is what drove me to become a two-time Verizon Academic All-American and National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete in college. It is what continues to drive me each day of my life. This is my personal why. It is why I get out of bed each morning. And it is for these reasons that I founded Hedgefield. It is why I want Hedgefield to be an agent of change in the lives of women and the community as a whole. One of my deepest desires is to encourage others to figure out their own why. And not only discover their own why, but also use their resources to pursue it wholeheartedly.

Terry O’Grady, CFP®, CKA®

About Terry O’Grady, CFP®, CKA®

I’m Terence O’Grady. But most folks call me Terry.

I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, the oldest of three kids in what I’ve concluded was a relatively typical middle-class American family. My parents joined a tennis club so we could all use the pool. Once we found the tennis courts though, we never dipped a toe.

I never imagined that I’d be in financial services, much less a CFP® professional. What kid dreams of being a financial planner? I wanted to be like Jim Reed, the cool cop on Adam-12.

In need of a gig, I took a call center job with T. Rowe Price. Despite how much fun those Discover Card phone reps seem to be having with their doppelgänger, fielding phone calls all day was not my lifelong dream.

Now I’m a Registered Investment Adviser. Technically I’m an Investment Adviser Representative of a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA). In this case, it’s one and the same. I’m the firm’s owner, the RIA, O’Grady Financial LLC, and the Investment Adviser Representative.

There’s no longer a manager telling what to do, what to sell, and who I should sell it to. No products to push or quotas to make. As a fiduciary, I’m legally bound to do what is in the best interest of my clients.

A chance encounter at an industry conference in Boston one summer opened my eyes to a new outlook on handling finances. New to me anyway.

I’m Christian and have led Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at my church a few times. But it wasn’t until I met a group of fellow advisors, part of Kingdom Advisors®, that it hit me. It’s all God’s anyway. We’re just trying to be the best managers of the assets He’s entrusted to us while we’re here.

Like most advisors, when it came to investments, I focused on Modern Portfolio Theory, asset allocation, and aligning risk tolerance with appropriate portfolios. I never gave a second thought to what the underlying companies did, promoted, or practiced as long as their returns were comparable to accepted standards.

But maybe what we’re invested in is as much or an even more critical part of the process. That’s what Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) is all about. Do the companies you’re investing in, either directly or through mutual funds, align with your values?

I can filter out the companies that participate in the industries that don’t honor God and screen in those that do. We can match a portfolio to your values, beliefs, and convictions. A portfolio that honors and worships God.

I’m not a theologian or Bible scholar. Never been to seminary. But as a CFP® professional, I’ve been trained in the techniques our culture uses to handle money. I’m digging deeper into the principles God wants us to use to manage his money. Techniques may change. Principles remain. If you’d like a seat on this journey, I’d be honored to be your guide.

Mike Babcock, CFP®, RLP®

About Mike Babcock, CFP®, RLP®

Values and Mission:
Goodness: Let’s do what’s right and become more virtuous.
Service: Let’s love and help each other.
Knowledge: Let’s learn all we can and be wise.
Innovation: Let’s make some progress.
Fun: Let’s have a good time along the way!

Driven by a desire to enjoy and grow the good in our lives, our mission is to partner with and purposefully guide service-oriented families toward freedom from financial stress and worry so they and the people they love, lead, and serve can live happier lives.

What We Do:
We provide financial life planning (including retirement planning and investment management) for professionals in telecom, healthcare, and tech. In addition to helping you live the life you were put here to live, we act as a thinking partner and accountability partner to get through major life transitions. We can help with balancing current lifestyle with saving for the future and making decisions with every aspect of your financial life plan, including your retirement plans, executive compensation, restricted stock, ESPP, deferred compensation, stock options, etc. to help you pay less in taxes, financially free and be well off in all areas of your life.

Serving locally in Austin, and virtually throughout Texas and beyond.

Experience and Training:
I’ve been helping families with their finances since 2006. I’m a Certified Financial Planner™ professional (since 2013), a Registered Life Planner® since 2021), have a Master of Science degree in Personal Financial Planning from The College for Financial Planning (2010), and specialized training in financial life planning and the First Step Cash Management System™ from Money Quotient.

Clients:
I’ve helped several physicians, nurses, executives, and managers over the years. Early in my career I worked as a paraplanner for a wealth management firm that worked exclusively with doctors. I have also worked with executives and managers at AT&T, Texas Instruments, Palo Alto Networks, Raytheon, and Microsoft.

Sam Erdman, CFP®, CWS®

About Sam Erdman, CFP®, CWS®, CKA®

Sam Erdman is the Founder and CEO of Anchor Wealth Advisors, LLC. He is a Private Wealth Advisor located in Baltimore, Maryland.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant and an experienced wealth advisor to individuals, families, and businesses, Sam uses his objective perspective to help clients make wise financial decisions, live generously, and leave a lasting legacy. His goal is to help those he serves have the clarity and confidence to focus on the things that matter most to them. Sam offers financial planning and investment management services tailored to his clients’ needs.

Prior to founding Anchor Wealth Advisors, LLC in 2019, Sam worked for 13 years as a Private Wealth Advisor for a national wealth management firm. He began his career as an accountant for an international audit, tax, and consulting firm. Sam graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in Accounting. He also holds the Certified Kingdom Advisor® and Certified Wealth Strategist® designations.

Sam is committed to serving his community well and holds leadership roles with numerous charitable organizations including Sparrow Ministries, Coracle Baltimore, and the Young Life Chesapeake Regional Board. He also served the Young Life Baltimore City Urban Board and as Co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Horse Show and Gala.

In addition to helping individuals, churches, and businesses implement biblical stewardship principles, Sam is a popular speaker. He has preached at several churches; led finance workshops for businesses and churches; been a consultant to non-profits, churches, and businesses; and taught in local Christian schools.

Sam and his wife, Leigh, live in Cockeysville, Maryland. They have been actively involved in foster care through which they adopted two of their four children.

 

Daniel Kopp, CFP®

About Daniel Kopp, CFP®

Hello, I’m Daniel – husband to Anna, widower to Sarah, Air Force veteran, business owner, writer, speaker, CFP® Professional, financial planner, and Christ-follower. I’m the founder of Wise Stewardship Financial Planning where we offer fee-only, fiduciary financial planning and investment advice with a special focus on young widows and widowers as well as servicemembers and their families.

Grief changes everything. I know that all too well from personal experience as I became a widower at 31 and before that, father to 3 children in heaven. My passion and purpose now is to take what I’ve learned from those experiences combined with financial planning and advice to be a help to you in your own unique grief journey. Wise Stewardship works together with you to help gain stability in your current financial situation, prioritize next steps, and walk with you into a new and different future.

Here’s the rest of my story and why I became a financial planner. I’ve always been interested in money since I was a little kid, including out-bidding my siblings for chores-for-hire, to providing loans to my siblings and friends when they had spent all their money and diligently saving my allowance for future goals. Over time this evolved into reading the stock pages in the newspaper as a young teenager and then choosing to major in economics in college. After completing Air Force ROTC at Purdue University, I commissioned as an officer into the Air Force in 2009 but continued my personal interest into personal finances, investing, and all things money-related.

In my college years and early 20s, I read hundreds of books and spent thousands of hours studying financial planning topics. I also had the opportunity to be a volunteer financial counselor during many of the years when I was on active duty in addition to helping and educating family and friends over the years. Thanks to countless help along the way, I learned more about the financial services industry and found my way to fee-only, fiduciary financial planning. It was through these experiences that sparked my passion and helped me realize what I wanted to do whenever I decided to leave the military!

As an officer on active duty for almost 9 years, along with a brother, sister, and brother-in-law in the military, I experienced firsthand the benefits and challenges that military life can have on all aspects of life especially finances. Frequent changes like TDY’s, deployments, and PCS’s add unique potential opportunities and obstacles to meeting goals and dreams. Add in the often disparate and sometimes confusing military pay, benefits, scattered military benefits and discounts, and countless people offering advice or services, and there is often a lack of clarity on how best to optimize all of these to best meet goals.

I’ve seen almost everything military life can throw at you and been through much of what you probably have questions about. I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t; what’s important and what isn’t. I’m now able to use these vast experiences to help my clients navigate the challenges of the busy military life, get the most out of your hard-earned benefits, and help you achieve your goals.

My journey to become a financial planner was also profoundly impacted by what happened in my personal life. I met and married my wife Sarah back in 2012 and we embarked on military life together, at the time thinking I would be on active duty for a full career. As time went by, God brought countless joys as well as numerous trials. Sarah was a cancer survivor when she survived thyroid cancer at the age of 21, and had experienced other health trials and surgeries in the years before we met. Then in the first three years of our marriage, we experienced the agonizing sorrow of grief from the loss of three children through first term miscarriages. Sarah’s health continued to decline over the course of our marriage and medical answers mostly eluded us as we saw dozens of doctors and specialists.

Sarah became mostly homebound as her energy failed so I became her primary caregiver as family was thousands of miles away while continuing to work fulltime as an officer in the Air Force. However, it rapidly became evident that I could no longer continue down the active duty career path so I began planning to transition out of the military. Given the flexibility I would need as a primary caregiver, I explored entrepreneurship by launching my own financial planning firm to marry my passion for helping people with their finances with my need to take care of my wife.

Before that plan could come to fruition, a medical crisis landed Sarah in the hospital from which followed a cascading sequence of events in which we lived in hospitals across two states for the next six months. Finally, the doctors said there wasn’t much more they could do and Sarah and I made the difficult decision to enter hospice. We were able to spend a precious 6 weeks together as well as flying out family and dear friends to be able to say goodbye. Sarah passed away in the late summer of 2017 as I held her hand and bid her an earthly farewell. She was only 32, and we had been married just under five truly amazing years.

Suddenly, my entire life had been turned upside down. I was 31 and it felt like every plan I had made was shattered yet again.

My abiding faith in God and His endless grace helped bear me up in the agony of grief in the months that followed. Thanks to the boundless support of my family, fellow young widowed spouses I connected with, my church, Air Force family, network of friends, and an invaluable grief counselor, I found a way to keep moving forward.

I also received further confirmation of the incredible value of financial planning when I hired my own financial planner in the middle of my grief journey to help me sort through all the variables of my financial life, have a compassionate and rational (as sometimes my grief was not very logical) outside perspective, and figure out what my new financial future might look like. I also gained an inside perspective to the other side of the estate planning experience as I acted as the executor of my wife’s estate. I dealt with everything from dealing with creditors, bequeathing personal items, transferring titles of houses, vehicles, settling life insurance policies, closing accounts, and much more. While I would never have wished to learn in this way ,these unique personal experiences prepared me to understand not just the “science” of estate planning, but also the intimate and personal art if helping clients work through the full range of emotional nuances in this process.

I ended up separating from the Air Force in early 2018 and embarked on an 8 month sabbatical. Sarah and I long considered taking a few months off after active duty so we could travel some more, visit friends and family across the US, and take advantage of a mid-career transition to do something that otherwise isn’t possible with normal vacation time off. We had been saving up for this opportunity for several years and I ultimately ended up buying a truck and RV trailer so I could maximize my travel flexibility. Over the course my sabbatical, I visited 38 states, drove more than 27K miles, saw 14 National Parks, visited dozens of friends and family, and made incredible memories!

The time off gave me opportunities to heal, rest, think deeply, journal and write, and lay the groundwork for launching Wise Stewardship. However, there was something even more amazing and unexpected that happened in the midst of my sabbatical. I ended up meeting someone and falling in love!

In a beautiful story that I could never have imagined on my own, God brought Anna into my life. Over the course of my sabbatical travels, we began a relationship that quickly became apparent to us and everyone that knew and loved us, that this was something very special.

I ended up moving to the Boston area to join Anna after we got married capping off a whirlwind of a year! It’s been an amazing journey to this place and I’m so excited about this next chapter! Anna is the gift that I thought I would never have. She has demonstrated to me that love and a different future was possible.

Wise Stewardship Financial Planning launched in November 2018 to offer fee-only, fiduciary financial planning to help fellow young widowed spouses as well as servicemembers and their families. I count it a privilege to now help others by taking what I’ve learned about the journey of grief combined with the math of financial advice. Finances are just a tool to accomplish our goals in life so I help people figure out what is most important to them, and then build their lives and finances to be able to accomplish them. I am here to be a companion to you as you navigate many financial issues and life circumstances.

Professional Biography

Daniel Kopp is a fee-only, fiduciary financial planner and founder of Wise Stewardship Financial Planning where he helps young widows and widowers as well as servicemembers get their financial lives in order by aligning their money with their values. He is also an Air Force veteran after almost 9 years as an officer on active duty during which he served as an Air Battle Manager participating in combat deployments and training opportunities all across the world. Outside of his official military commitments, Daniel has always had a passion to help servicemembers and their families master their finances where he served as a volunteer financial counselor during most of his time on active duty.

Daniel is a widower after his wife Sarah passed away in late 2017. In the few years prior to her death, Daniel had become her full-time caregiver due to a variety of health conditions including the loss of three miscarriages. During that time, he learned how to persevere by ordering his life around his faith in God and aligning family, work, and finances with his personal goals. Daniel now combines his financial training and experience helping people with a deep, personal understanding of how grief affects every single area of life.

Daniel is now married to his wife Anna, and lives in the Boston area where they love to explore new places, try interesting cuisines, serve in their local church, and take advantage of the rich history of New England. You’ll find a fast way to become their friend if you play board games with them!

Daniel is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) having met the rigorous professional standards and agreed to adhere to the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence when dealing with clients. Daniel received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Purdue University as a third-generation Boilermaker, where he graduated with Highest Distinction (top 3%) and was named one of the Top 10 Krannert School of Business Seniors in a graduating class of over 850. He has also received his Master of Arts in Military Studies and Strategic Leadership from American Military University, and is also pursuing a second Masters of Science in Advanced Financial Planning and Financial Therapy from Kansas State University to even further deepen his competencies. Daniel is also a frequent personal-finance freelance writer and speaker, especially on military-related topics.

Daniel is a distinguished Air Force veteran as a three-time Air Force Distinguished Graduate (#1) for each of his three formal training courses as well as the Air Force’s David C. Schilling Award for the most outstanding contributions to the field of flight along with numerous other awards and accolades in his military career.