Ben Raikes, CFP®, EA

About Ben Raikes, CFP®, EA

Ben is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business as a Finance major and completed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) education requirement.

Ben is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) as well as an Enrolled Agent (EA) admitted to practice before the IRS. Ben also holds the Series 65 and the Virginia Life and Health Consultant Licenses.

Ben joined Mason & Associates in 2022 as a Senior Financial Planner. Prior to joining Mason & Associates, Ben was a Vice President and Advisor at a respected financial planning firm in Richmond, VA. Ben also has experience working with other financial planning firms both large and small in northern Virginia and Maryland giving him a diverse background in the profession. Ben’s primary responsibilities consist of working directly with Mason & Associates clients in all aspects of their financial plans, with a particular emphasis on the subjects of tax, retirement, and estate planning. Ben works closely with John Mason and Tommy Blackburn in developing and implementing technology initiatives at the firm.

Ben and his girlfriend Brittany reside in Richmond, Virginia with their dog Wynnie. Together, they enjoy traveling, working-out, taking Wynnie on long walks and enjoying the many restaurants and breweries in the Richmond area.

Ben’s memberships and designations include:


Enrolled Agent (EA)

Life and Health Insurance Consultant License in Virginia

President of the Central Virginia Financial Planning Association (FPA) chapter

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Kyle Newell, CFP®, CRPC

About Kyle Newell, CFP®, CRPC

I like to keep things simple, focus on what we can control and continuously strive to deliver better than expected outcomes. I seek first to understand, then work together with a client to craft plans, put those plans into action and review them regularly.

Am I perfect? By no means. Yet, I will continue to try my very best for the clients I serve.

Clients usually come to me needing help answering questions on their mind. Some of the top questions are:
• Am I on track?
• Am I doing the right things?
• Am I missing anything?

I have spent 10 + years helping address these questions and more. While working with a diverse mix of clients over the years, I have spent a considerable amount of time helping these types of clients:

• Near retirees looking to retire before 65
• Disney executives and cast members
• Academics that work for the State of Florida system

In addition to on-the-job experience, I am a firm believer in continuous learning. As such, my undergrad is in Physics, my Master’s degree is in Personal Financial Planning, I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠ and consume hours of continuing education each year.

Personally, I am a Christian, a husband, a dad and have two dogs. I enjoy reading, playing acoustic guitar, hiking, Gator sports, Disney theme parks, playing pickup basketball and serving wherever I am needed at church.

Nick Reiber, CFP®, CPA/PFS

About Nick Reiber, CFP®, CPA/PFS

A lifelong desire to learn more about personal finance lead me out of a career exclusively in tax accountancy to pursue an interdisciplinary skillset focused on helping clients with their overall financial life. Since 2013, I have been helping clients pursue their financial goals through personal financial planning paired with tailored investment advice.

My wife Kristin and I live in Gluckstadt, MS with our two children: Scott and Molly. We are members of the Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church and are involved with our local schools, children’s sports, and scouting.

Steven Smith, CFP®, JD

About Steven Smith, CFP®, JD

Steve’s introduction to financial planning came at a difficult time. A death in the family led to a number of unresolved financial issues. He volunteered to try and untangle what turned out to be a complex situation, drawing on his background as an attorney and a long-held interest in finance. He didn’t know what to expect, but what he found was unexpected: While managing his family’s situation, he also learned how to act as a financial steward—and about the importance of an evidence-based approach to investing.

That experience led Steve to a realization: He wanted to help others pursue their own financial success—and help them avoid the kinds of financial challenges that can occur without a proper plan in place. Steve became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 2003 and since then has worked to help people build sustainable plans to pursue their financial goals.

Steve has worked with professionals, families, and business owners to plan successfully for their future for more than two decades. For over 25 years, he has served as a board member of numerous non-profits. In addition to his financial planning expertise, Steve has accumulated extensive experience that enriches his financial services, including:

Practicing as an attorney focusing on business and commercial matters, estate planning, succession planning and probate
Starting, operating and selling his own businesses
Acting as a professional fiduciary including asset management and disposition, portfolio management, accounting and tax preparation.
By helping to educate you on your financial options and how they relate to your financial lifestyle, Steve designed RightPath™ Investments & Financial Planning to put you in control. He also places a strong emphasis on on-going expert advice, guidance and review. That way, both you and RightPath understand your continuing—and changing—needs. Steve also believes that, over time, that “educate and review” approach helps you to gain confidence in your decision-making and trust in RightPath’s services. He looks forward to helping you with your wealth management needs.

Education: BA in economics, Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; JD, University of Maine School of Law.
Professional designations: Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Steve has held NASD Series 6 and 63 licenses and is a member of the Bars of Maine, Massachusetts, and Colorado.

CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and are certification marks owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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Matthew Hodges, CFP®, CFA

About Matthew Hodges, CFP®, CFA

I began my career in the financial services industry nearly ten years ago. Prior to founding Dreamfield Planning Group, I served as an associate wealth management advisor at Sconset Wealth Management—an advisory practice nested in the downtown Boston office of Northwestern Mutual—where I developed financial plans and managed investment assets. In a preceding role in the same office, I led an internal business unit providing investment consulting services to multiple financial advisors representing more than $200 million of assets under management (AUM).

Previous to that, I served as an associate financial advisor at a Foxborough, Massachusetts financial planning practice and as a research analyst at a Cambridge, Massachusetts public policy research firm. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History from Hendrix College and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. I am both a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a CFA Charterholder.

I have lived for many years in Milton, Massachusetts with my wife Allie and our son Ben. In my spare time, I enjoy travel, reading, playing guitar, and taking long walks with the family dogs, Pedey and Louie.

Justin Bolmgren, CFP®

About Justin Bolmgren, CFP®

Justin founded Bolmgren RetirePLAN in 2013 after a decade of financial planning and executive management experience. He is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Finance and makes it a priority to further his industry education. Those activities include achieving the renowned Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification. Justin has also received one the world’s most respected insurance expertise designations; the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).

His company specializes in retirement planning for individuals that work for large & small corporations, business owners and financial planning for families early to middle in their working careers. Initially started to help people plan for retirement, his company has now evolved to help people PLAN in so many other ways. Whether that is creating a budget, getting started in investing, setting goals for savings or understanding your 401(k), Bolmgren RetirePLAN is ready to help with all things personal finance.

Ryan Townsley, CFP®

About Ryan Townsley, CFP®

I got into this business to help people, and I started my own firm so I could do a better job helping them. I love what I do, and put my heart and soul into serving my clients as if they were my own family. My firm specializes specialize in helping Engineering, Science, and Energy professionals who are analytical, love details, and have higher standards and expectations for their financial advisor. I am a fee-only, fiduciary, and comprehensive financial planner who is truly looking forward to the opportunity to help you and your family. I am a Navy Veteran, husband of 18 years, and father to a wonderful daughter.

Elliott Appel, CFP®, CLU®

About Elliott Appel, CFP®, CLU®, RLP®

Having spent the first decade of my career with a large wealth management firm in Seattle, I launched Kindness Financial Planning in 2021 to work with fewer clients and focus on widows, widowers, caregivers, and families affected by major health events.

Their stories resonate with me because my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer on July 18, 2016. He has had brain radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. We have navigated oncologists, surgeons, palliative care doctors, neurologists, endocrinologists, pain clinics, psychiatrists, social workers, pain clinics, nutritionists, and more.

Since then, I’ve been drawn to people going through similar situations. I enjoy our conversations, hearing what is important, and helping them navigate the uncertainty life throws at them.

Through these conversations, I have learned that when faced with loss and grief, brain fog usually takes over. What was once easy becomes challenging. Sometimes, only one person was involved in the financial decisions and the survivor needs another layer of support.

I meet people where they are, listen, and organize what needs to be done to build financial security. I help people make sense of what is urgent and what can wait. Together, we’ll do tax planning, review estate plans, build customized investment portfolios to create the income they need, and more. Then, I am with them every step of the way.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seattle University. I hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, Chartered Life Underwriter® designation, and I am a Registered Life Planner®.

Outside of work, you can find me playing tennis, running with my fiancée, biking, hiking, attempting to play the guitar, or cooking.

Anne Marie Webster, CFP®

About Anne Marie Webster, CFP®

Well, hello there! I became an advisor in March of 2009 when the market was at its lowest in the financial crisis–and about to make a stunning rebound. (The clients I convinced to start investing in 2009 think I’m a genius now.) I graduated from Salem College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications which was a helpful degree to pursue considering what I do now. (Good job, 22-year-old self!) About ten years into my career as an advisor I earned the CFP® designation- an accomplishment of which I am very proud. I run my life on an excel spreadsheet and love nerding out to numbers, but my passion for this career lies in the relational and very human side of personal finance.

I’ve worked in both privately held and publicly traded financial firms large and small, but nothing compares to the joy of founding my own financial firm working with the clients of my choice. I live in Lewisville with my husband, three kiddos, two dogs, and a recording studio. We play and make a lot of music and are living proof that creatives can be great with money.

Jason Co, CFP®

About Jason Co, CFP®

Jason is Founder and Owner of Co Planning Group LLC, an independent, Fee-Only™ advisory firm. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He completed the education program at the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business and currently holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation.

Prior to Co Planning Group, Jason served as a Portfolio Consultant for TD Ameritrade Investment Management (TDAIM) where he advised on over $110M for over 200 households nationwide, many of whom were Cantonese and Mandarin speaking clients from coastal states who were more comfortable speaking their native language.

Immediately after graduation, he began accumulating a portfolio of single family home rental properties and currently manages a portfolio of 9 properties in the St. Louis area.

Jason immigrated from Hong Kong to Kansas City, MO with his family when he was a teenager. Before moving to the USA, he spent each summer of his childhood in the Philippines to visit his mother’s side of the family.

He is active in the Asian American community in St. Louis, MO and is a member of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. In his free time, he loves to be with his wife, Lan, and son, Logan, and travels regularly to Fujian, China to visit his in-laws.