Sarah Hamilton, CFP®, CSRIC

About Sarah Hamilton, CFP®, CSRIC, MBA, MSFAIM

Sarah was born in Australia and through her father’s work with the UN lived out what it is to be a global citizen. She is grateful for the growth this afforded her intellectually and the compassion the experience of being an expat instilled.

In 1997 her family moved to California and sports quickly became her sanctuary. Basketball paved the way for her to play collegiately at Loyola University Chicago, Go Ramblers!

In 2005 she landed her first job in finance. For over a decade she worked one on one with families guiding them through major life decisions and an ever evolving economy. She has seen her clients live out their dreams, achieve peace of mind, and improve relationships through the financial planning process.

Matt Stebnicki, CFP®, MBA

About Matt Stebnicki, CFP®, MBA

Matt Stebnicki, MBA, CFP® serves as the Founder, Owner and Principal Officer of Stebnicki Financial Planning LLC. His passion is helping his clients make smart financial decisions that will help them reach their life goals. Matt has been been practicing financial planning for over 20 years. He was an Associate with Standard & Poor’s and held management positions at several Bay Area Tech Companies. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University in 1998 and earned an MBA with a focus in Finance from Duke University in 2004. Matt is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a fiduciary, which means he will always puts his client’s interests first.

Ronnie Colvin, CFP®

About Ronnie Colvin, CFP®

I spent 31 years climbing the tech career ladder, starting out doing simple data entry, through tech support, network engineer, and Director of IT. If you check my LinkedIn profile, you’ll see I went through a wide variety of industries including DoD, NASA, consulting, petrochemical and telecom manufacturing.

I lived the life of the W2 tech employee, maximizing my salary, benefits, stock options, etc, and when I married another tech employee we had to figure out how to coordinate our benefits most effectively, get our retirement funds balanced properly, insurance issues, even estate planning.

Now that we’re older, we’re also dealing with caring for aging parents while navigating our own lives. I know what it’s like and now I want to help others get through it as well. Not necessarily the executives (though I’ll help them too), but the front-line engineers, scientists, accountants, marketing staff, tech support – all the people who do the day-to-day work in tech who have financial questions and problems to solve are the ones I’m here for.

Read Ronnie’s blog here: http://www.frenchpressfinance.com/blog

Sridhar Krishnan, CFP®

About Sridhar Krishnan, CFP®

I am a seasoned technology professional and an entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. I have experience starting and running a software company that was venture-funded and subsequently acquired by a public company.

During my high-tech career, I got intrigued by money matters such as savings, investments, insurance, taxes in order to achieve my family’s financial goals. Out of curiosity, I spent time reading and researching various aspects of personal finance. I realized that there are a growing number of financial options available with increasing complexity in these choices. My passion towards financial planning ultimately resulted in pursuing formal education in financial planning, subsequently completing the CFP Board requirements to be a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional.

I launched Encover Personal Finance in 2018, primarily to help technology professionals achieve their financial life goals based on my own experience. I believe in serving clients honestly and transparently in a conflict-free manner.

Read Sridhar’s blog here: https://www.encoverpersonalfinance.com/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.

Kent Hickey, CFP®, CPWA

About Kent Hickey, CFP®, CPWA, MBA

As a comprehensive financial adviser with a unique specialization in equity compensation, my mission is to guide you toward achieving your best life. Throughout my career as an adviser, I have seen how impactful the right advice can be.

From an early age, I saw my parents struggle with finances, and I wanted to change that. As a paperboy at age 11, I wanted to know the best way to handle my money and took an interest in financial planning. I also realized that there was an opportunity to help.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Business Logistics and my MBA in Management Science, with Honors, from Penn State. While working in logistics for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, I received my first stock options and restricted shares. This created a strong interest in stock options and I wanted to know more so I could help others with theirs. While working for the railroad, I completed my CFP® professional education.

A few years ago, I realized that people receiving significant equity or stock compensation are often given cookie cutter advice as it relates to their goals. I chose to earn my CPWA® to better serve high net worth individuals, and specifically those with stock compensation. I continue to learn, teach, and lead other advisers to provide higher quality advice to stock compensation recipients.

I decided to start Ubequity because I realized that many people, including experienced financial advisers, don’t fully understand the opportunity for impact provided by stock compensation. I enjoy taking you from seeing stock compensation as an investment, or a mystery, to understanding it, using it as a tool to retire, spend time with family, travel, buy property, support charities, pay off debt, and live your best life.

In my free time, I enjoy going on adventures with my wife, two kids and our dog and cat. (Although more of a dog lover, I have learned to love our cat too.) Over the years I have enjoyed giving my time to a wide range of causes including Boy Scouts, our church, as a Founding Travel Director and licensed coach for youth soccer, and as a fundraising member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training. Outside of work, I can be found training for triathlons, reading and listening to books, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, cheering on Penn State Football and travelling.

I truly enjoy helping people reach their goals through financial planning and maximizing stock compensation benefits. I look forward to working with you to achieve your best life.

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.

Michael Morton, CFP®, ChFC®

About Michael Morton, CFP®, ChFC®

I love helping busy entrepreneurs and tech professionals with careful, smart, and custom advice so that you can enjoy life now and grow your money for the future. I work closely with only a small number of clients to provide year-round financial planning and wealth management. Together, we define your goals and implement a plan to reach them successfully.

I am not like any other advisor:
✅ I focus on you: your time, energy, dreams, and goals. Not your portfolio.
✅ I only work with a small number of clients, so that I am available for email and phone calls when something comes up and you need me.
✅ I monitor your financial plan, your net worth, savings goals, tax planning opportunities and more, to ensure that you stay on track throughout the year.
✅ I provide year-round financial planning, sending you updates on your plan and important action items just when you need them.
✅ I do not charge based on your net worth, or assets invested with me and have no minimums fees.
✅ 100% of my income comes from my clients, so whom do you think I work for?

By creating important habits, setting the correct path, and giving year-round support, together we ensure your successful financial future. Schedule a friendly conversation to feel the difference today.

When I’m not helping people achieve their wildest dreams, I love chatting about technology, start-ups, finances, markets, running, spiritual well-being, and many other topics. Gaining and sharing knowledge with friends brings me endless joy.

Matt Fizell, CFP®

About Matt Fizell, CFP®

Hi there, I’m Matt – the Owner of Harmony Wealth, a virtually based Registered Investment Advisory firm located in Wisconsin. As a virtual financial planner, I work with clients all across the country and am able to serve my clients wherever life may take them.

I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and fiduciary that operates on a fee-only basis. I earned my degree in Personal Finance from the University of Wisconsin and also serve the next generation of financial planners as co-host of the “You’re a Financial Planner, Now What?” podcast.

I currently live in Madison, WI. In my free time, I enjoy spending time on the lake, checking out the beautiful nature Wisconsin has to offer and exploring the Saturday farmer’s market. I also spend time serving my local community through volunteer efforts with the local Foster Care agency, serving at my church, and giving back to the Personal Finance program at the University of Wisconsin.

Read Matt’s blog here: https://planwithharmony.com/blog-archive/

Jamieson Hopp, CFP®, ECA

About Jamieson Hopp, CFP®, ECA

Jamieson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional.

Prior to joining Millennial Wealth, Jamieson worked at an independent RIA in Michigan for three years. After his experience working closely with retirees and pre-retirees in the Mid-West, he decided to be closer to home in Washington State, having grown up in Eastern, Washington.

Jamieson obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning from Colorado State University, in 2018. Shortly thereafter, he sat for and passed the CFP® exam.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf, basketball and baseball. You can also find him catching up on all the Netflix and Hulu specials, and planning his next big vacation. Having just moved to the Seattle area in 2021, Jamieson looks forward to being closer to his family and having an opportunity to explore his other passion outside of personal finance, working with animals at the local shelter.