Eric Figueroa, CFP®

About Eric Figueroa, CFP®

Hi! I founded Hesperian Wealth to democratize access to great financial advice. No matter what stage of life you’re in or how much you have to invest, I can empower you to take control of your financial destiny. And through SRI/ESG investing, I can show you how to save toward your financial goals while supporting the issues important to you—in ways that can bring about real change.

My commitment to making an impact goes beyond the portfolio. I offer free financial planning each year to members of my community who can’t afford it. And I extend my clients’ reach by donating 10% of the fees I charge on impact portfolios to organizations working tirelessly toward a more sustainable world.

A little about me: Besides my interest in everything investing and financial planning, I enjoy playing guitar, spending time with my young daughter, and in normal times, traveling the world (schedule and COVID-19 permitting!). We especially love to visit the Pacific Northwest given my wife’s fascination with killer whales. I call California’s Gold Country my home and love being close to the wine country and beautiful vistas of the Sierra Foothills.

CREDENTIALS

I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, or CFP®, a designation that certifies I have met rigorous education, experience, and examination requirements and have made a commitment to CFP Board’s code of ethics.

EXPERIENCE

Before starting Hesperian, I was a vice president at a worldwide asset management network and large wealth management firm. I helped manage their professionals-only research service, guiding other financial advisors as a research consultant. Advisors both inside the firm and across the country relied on me as a trusted resource on sustainable investing, investment selection, portfolio management, and client communication. Now I apply my expertise in the service of my own clients.

EDUCATION

Executive Certificate in Financial Planning—Santa Clara University (2018)

Masters in International Business—Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (2013)

Masters in Business Administration—San Francisco State University (2012)

Graduate Degree in Business Administration—Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (2011)

Bachelor of Arts in Cinema—San Francisco State University (2008)

AFFILIATIONS

I am a member of the XY Planning Network, an association of independent investment advisors, and the Northern California Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, a nationwide professional organization for financial planners.

 

Read Eric’s blog here: https://hesperianwealth.com/the-impactful-blog/

David E. Barfield, CFP®

About David E. Barfield, CFP®

I’m a fee-only, fiduciary financial planner and former career technology professional. I specialize in working with tech professionals, engineers, do-it-yourself investors, and data-driven researchers like myself.

After twenty years in the tech industry and achieving the financial freedom my wife and I had been working and planning for, I found myself looking for two things: a financial advisor to look over my shoulder and give me a second opinion, and a passion to pursue for the next twenty years in “retirement.” But here’s the problem…every advisor I called wanted to know how much money we had to invest, and they all wanted to charge us a percentage of those assets for “financial planning.” (NOTE: Obviously, I did not know about the XY Planning Network and this up-and-coming movement of retainer-based planners at that time). That didn’t really sound like financial planning to me. It sounded like investment management, which was the one thing I didn’t need help with. I needed all the other stuff, like a comprehensive view of our financial life to make sure we didn’t have any gaps that could derail our plans. And I certainly did not want to pay for that type of financial advice by having the price of a new car withdrawn from our investment accounts every year to pay the 1% fee. That just seemed out of line with what I was looking for. So, I spent the next five years researching (as tech professionals tend to do) all things financial planning. In the process, I became a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional and discovered the passion I would pursue over the second half of my professional life.

So, what I do today is provide simple, straightforward, data-driven financial advice to analytical, detail-oriented folks like myself, and I use a transparent upfront planning fee and monthly retainer pricing model that doesn’t fluctuate based on investable assets.

I love what I do, which is helping early and mid-career tech professionals and engineers plan for and achieve financial freedom…it’s more like a hobby than a job.

Ryan McCarty, CFP®

About Ryan McCarty, CFP®

I want to redefine what financial planning means to you and your family. You deserve accessible, relatable, financial services. You deserve an independent advisor that works for you and only you. A fee-only firm, McCarty Money Matters is proud to provide a no bias approach that focuses on your needs, desires, and expectations. No sales pitches and no quotas. You are our boss.

Whether it’s portfolio management, financial coaching, or comprehensive planning, you won’t be disappointed. No commissions, no-nonsense. You want to talk about your money so that you get the most from it so you can do the voodoo that you do so well. Plain and simple.

You and your family want to win with your money. What does winning look like to you? That’s the question you will uncover, and answer, working alongside McCarty Money Matters. Let’s raise a glass to the future and meet today.

Andrew Dressel, CFP®, APMA®

About Andrew Dressel, CFP®, APMA®, CRPC®

Hi! I’m Andrew Dressel, and I’m a Financial Planner with Abundo Wealth. We do things very differently here at Abundo. Our motto is ‘minimize fees, maximize life.’ We want to help you live your best life all while being smart and strategic with your money. We believe that transparent pricing, low-cost investing, and access to the best financial planning technology on the market is what every client deserves.

We specialize in working with young, successful professionals who love to travel. Included in our financial planning services is a robust travel service where we help clients save money on flights, hotels and all things related to travel by finding flight deals and using credit card points and airline miles effectively.

We charge a flat monthly subscription for our service and nothing more. After that, it’s our job to work to try to save you money wherever we can while helping you accomplish your financial goals. You will never have to worry about any hidden costs, commissions, or kickbacks. Everything is transparent and we believe this is the only way to provide truly conflict-free advice.

If you would like to learn more about how the Abundo team can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are always friendly and more than willing to have a free consultation to learn more about you and see if we would be a good fit to work together.

Jay Lee, CFP®, CFA

About Jay Lee, CFP®, CFA

After almost two decades on Wall Street, Jay decided to follow his passion of helping like-minded working professionals and families achieve their financial goals.

With experience spanning across financial planning, investment research, portfolio construction, and alternative investments, Jay has extensive and diverse perspectives to help clients secure their financial futures. His client base has spanned the rising affluent to the ultra-high net worth.

Jay has been quoted in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Barron’s and has attained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) certifications, widely considered gold standards in financial planning and investment designations.

Chao Zhang, CFP®, CFA®

About Chao Zhang, CFP®, CFA®

Financial freedom means having the flexibility to live your life to the fullest without having to worry about money. At Think Different Wealth Advisors, I help tech professionals and physicians retire early and live better by getting to their first million dollars and beyond.

With more than ten years of experience working at multiple hedge funds, I am ready to leverage my unique insights and deep research process to make your hard-earned money work even harder for you.

I am a fiduciary, fee-only advisor who is knowledgeable, skilled in investing, responsive, willing to listen, not judgmental, and above all else, always putting your interests first. Look no further. I am ready to serve.

Please visit my website to learn more about my bio, services, and pricing.

Kyle Kues, CFP®, MBA

About Kyle Kues, CFP®, MBA

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Management. After a few years I moved to Germany and earned a MBA from Pforzheim University, and lived and worked in Berlin for a few years. For the last three and a half years, after moving back to the US, I have been a Financial Planner and now run Snowcap Financial.

Through Snowcap Financial I primarily serve young professionals and their families. We are planning for the long term together. Marriage, kids, buying a home, planning for college, etc. I am right there with you on this journey. I have run small businesses (including launching my own) and have worked for one of the 25 largest companies in the world helping to lead an international department.

I understand the challenges you face, and want to be a resource for you as you look to figure out what money means to you and how best to use it to do something meaningful in your life.

Jessica Kirwin, CFP®, MBA

About Jessica Kirwin, CFP®, MBA

Finances have always played an important role in my life, but I never knew it would become my passion. At 25, I quit my high-paying job and had to figure out how to facilitate my first rollover. Before entering the Peace Corps, I figured out how to defer my student loan. After our wedding, I researched where my husband and I could safely invest our money while we were abroad. This might sound like drudgery to some, but for me, they were stimulating challenges.

Over my life, I’ve bought and sold homes, moved across the country and globe. I worked for fortune 500 companies and small independent firms. This path eventually led me to acquire the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. I wanted to make a difference in the financial industry. “The percentage of women CFP® professionals has remained flat at 23% for at least a decade.” The requirements for obtaining the CFP® designation are high: countless hours of coursework, a 6-hour extensive exam, and 6,000 hours of professional experience.

I founded Kirwin Financial because, honestly, there are not enough fee-based financial planners focused on serving my demographic. My husband and I could have used a sounding board along the way.

Dan Herron, CFP®, CPA/PFS

About Dan Herron, CFP®, CPA/PFS

I founded Elemental Wealth Advisors because I believe everyone should have access to solid financial planning, period. No one should be turned away just because they don’t have a million-dollar portfolio or aren’t a higher income earner. Everyone, regardless of income or assets, has financial matters that they need to address. Our clients are those who are just starting to get their financial plans in order and who are eager to learn each step of the way!

We take an educational approach to the financial planning process and provide a means for everyone to construct and implement processes to achieve their financial goals. Together, we walk through and implement each aspect of YOUR financial plan. The financial services industry has made it difficult to see all investment costs and expenses. As a fee-only advisory firm, we believe in transparency. There are no hidden fees or surprises. We collaborate so that you will know what is going on every step of the way. This is how financial planning should be.

We work as fiduciaries, offering our clients support in every area of their personal financial lives. I’m also a CPA who looks at your whole picture including comprehensive tax planning. I earned my degree in Economics, and a Masters in Business and Portfolio Management. You’ll find me to be responsive, collaborative and down-to-earth.

When I’m not at the office, you’ll likely find me out running. I’m a Dad to an amazing furkid (below) and sometimes I even enjoy a real movie.
I look forward to connecting!

Hannah Szarszewski, CFP®, AFC®

About Hannah Szarszewski, CFP®, AFC®

Hannah Szarszewski is the founder and principal financial planner of Blue Mountain Financial Planning, LLC. She focuses on integrating financial coaching and education into the financial planning process. She has partnered with clients of all ages and various walks of life to help them achieve financial independence and live life to the fullest.

Hannah is a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional and Accredited Financial Counselor® Practitioner. She has been awarded “Excellence in Financial Education” by the Society of Financial Service Professionals. She has a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University, one of the most prestigious financial planning programs in the nation. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked with clients at different financial planning firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Before that, she worked as a financial coach with a volunteer organization concentrated on financial counseling, education, and improving financial literacy.

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, reading, and visiting new coffee shops and bookstores.