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Brian Puckett

Align Wealth Management
CFP® CPA PFS
Brian Puckett, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2004 and provides financial services to clients in the St Petersburg, Florida area. Brian holds the Certified Financial Planner , Certified Public Accountant , Personal Financial Specialist certifications. Brian has over 25 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Florida
    • Oklahoma
    • Texas

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
25 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $1,000,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Wealth Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • TD Ameritrade
  • Charles Schwab

Edward McDonough

McDonough Capital Management
CFP®
Edward McDonough, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2006 and provides financial services to clients in the Orlando, Florida area. Edward holds a Certified Financial Planner certification. Edward has over 33 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Arizona
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Maryland
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Tennessee
    • Virginia
  • Investment Products for Commission: State List
    • Arizona
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Maryland
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Tennessee
    • Virginia
  • Insurance Products for Commission: State List
    • Arizona
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Maryland
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Tennessee
    • Virginia

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
33 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee
  • Commissions (Investment Products)
  • Commissions (Insurance Products)

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Tax Advice and Services
  • Other

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • TD Ameritrade Institutional
  • National Financial Services

Dr. Jeff Camarda

Camarda Wealth Advisory Group
CFA® EA
Dr. Jeff Camarda, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2009 and provides financial services to clients in the Fleming Island, Florida area. Dr. Jeff holds the Chartered Financial Analyst , Enrolled Agent certifications. Dr. Jeff has over 32 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: All 50 States
  • Investment Products for Commission: Not Applicable
  • Insurance Products for Commission: Florida

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
32 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Tax Advice and Services
  • Other
  • Wealth Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • TD Ameritrade
  • Schwab

George Kiraly

LodeStar Advisory Group, LLC
CFP® MBA
George Kiraly, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2007 and provides financial services to clients in the Naples, Florida area. George holds the Certified Financial Planner , Master of Business Administration certifications. George has over 27 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
27 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Fidelity/National Financial Srvs

Edward Schmitzer

River Capital Advisors, L.C.
CFP® CPA PFS
Edward Schmitzer, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2007 and provides financial services to clients in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Edward holds the Certified Financial Planner , Certified Public Accountant , Personal Financial Specialist certifications. Edward has over 30 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • South Carolina

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
30 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Tax Advice and Services

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Schwab Institutional

Matthew Fenedick

MF Advisers, Inc.
CPA
Matthew Fenedick, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2013 and provides financial services to clients in the Jensen Beach, Florida area. Matthew holds a Certified Public Accountant certification. Matthew has over 24 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Florida
    • Pennsylvania
    • Texas

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
24 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • TD Ameritrade
  • ASPire
  • Nationwide (formerly Jefferson National)

David Morgan

R.E.A.P., LLC & REAP in Wealth Management, LLC
CEP™
David Morgan, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2015 and provides financial services to clients in the Flagler Beach, Florida area. David holds a Certified Estate Planner certification. David has over 24 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Florida
    • Georgia
  • Investment Products for Commission: State List
    • Florida
    • Georgia
  • Insurance Products for Commission: State List
    • Florida
    • Georgia

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
24 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee
  • Commissions (Insurance Products)

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Legal Advice and Services
  • Wealth Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • TDAmeritrade Institutional
  • Charles Schwab Institutional
  • ScotTrade Institutional

Michael Franklin

Franklin Legacy Financial, LLC
Michael Franklin, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2016 and provides financial services to clients in the Oviedo, Florida area. Michael has over 14 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: Florida
  • Insurance Products for Commission: Florida

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
14 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Pershing, LLC

Joseph Brockman

Brockman Wealth & Capital LLC
CFP®
Joseph Brockman, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2017 and provides financial services to clients in the Naples, Florida area. Joseph holds a Certified Financial Planner certification. Joseph has over 20 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Florida
    • Indiana
    • Michigan
    • Nevada
    • New York
    • Ohio
    • Tennessee
  • Investment Products for Commission: State List
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Florida
    • Indiana
    • Michigan
    • Nevada
    • New York
    • Ohio
    • Tennessee
  • Insurance Products for Commission: State List
    • Florida
    • Michigan

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
20 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee
  • Commissions (Investment Products)
  • Commissions (Insurance Products)

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Wealth Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Fidelity Custody and Clearing Services

Chesapeake Asset Management

Chesapeake Asset Management, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2018 and provides financial services to clients in the Boca Raton, Florida area.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Connecticut
    • Florida
    • New Jersey
    • New York
  • Investment Products for Commission: Not Applicable
  • Insurance Products for Commission: State List
    • Florida
    • New Jersey
    • New York

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
9 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Charles Schwab
  • Pershing LLC

Isaac Hartmann

Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.
CFA® CFP®
Isaac Hartmann, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2019 and provides financial services to clients in the Lakeland, Florida area. Isaac holds the Chartered Financial Analyst , Certified Financial Planner certifications. Isaac has over 15 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Alabama
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Louisiana
    • Missouri
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • West Virginia
  • Investment Products for Commission: State List
    • Alabama
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Louisiana
    • Missouri
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • West Virginia
  • Insurance Products for Commission: Florida

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
15 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee
  • Commissions (Investment Products)
  • Commissions (Insurance Products)

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Investment Advice & Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • First Clearing, LLC

D. Michael Burleigh

Peak Capital Management
CSA
D. Michael Burleigh, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2019 and provides financial services to clients in the Stuart, Florida area. D. Michael holds a Certified Senior Advisor certification. D. Michael has over 27 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Insurance Products for Commission: State List
    • Florida
    • North Carolina

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
27 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee
  • Commissions (Insurance Products)

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Tax Advice and Services

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • TD Ameritrade Institutional

Robert Cox

Continuum Wealth Partners
AEP® ChFC® WMS RICP™
Robert Cox, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2019 and provides financial services to clients in the Clearwater, Florida area. Robert holds the Accredited Estate Planner® , Chartered Financial Consultant , Wealth Management Specialist , Retirement Income Certified Professional certifications. Robert has over 24 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Nevada
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Oregon
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Virginia
    • Wisconsin
  • Investment Products for Commission: State List
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Nevada
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Oregon
    • Texas
    • Virginia
  • Insurance Products for Commission: All 50 States

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
24 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee
  • Commissions (Investment Products)
  • Commissions (Insurance Products)

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Wealth Management

Anthem Advisors LLC

Anthem Advisors
Anthem Advisors LLC, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2019 and provides financial services to clients in the Miami, Florida area.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: Not Applicable

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
10 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $50,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Tax Advice and Services
  • Legal Advice and Services

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Fidelity
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Betterment

Scott Martin

SD Martin Financial Services, Inc.
CFP® CExP
Scott Martin, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2020 and provides financial services to clients in the Lake Mary, Florida area. Scott holds the Certified Financial Planner , Certified Exit Planner certifications. Scott has over 36 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
36 Years

Justin Shure

Endeavor Strategic Wealth
CFP®
Justin Shure, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2020 and provides financial services to clients in the Miami, Florida area. Justin holds a Certified Financial Planner certification. Justin has over 15 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
15 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

Joshua Krafchick

369 Financial, LLC
Joshua Krafchick, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2020 and provides financial services to clients in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. Joshua has over 7 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
7 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

William Smathers

Smathers Financial Group, Inc
William Smathers, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2020 and provides financial services to clients in the The Villages, Florida area. William has over 20 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
20 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee
  • Commissions (Investment Products)

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities

Gar Urette

Garrison Asset Management, Inc.
CFA®
Gar Urette, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Tampa, Florida area. Gar holds a Chartered Financial Analyst certification. Gar has over 35 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: All 50 States

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
35 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $500,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Other
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • View More
    • Wealth Management
    • Money Management
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Fidelity
  • Charles Schwab

Michael Lehman

Focus Wealth Strategies
CFP®
Michael Lehman, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Brandon, Florida area. Michael holds a Certified Financial Planner certification. Michael has over 26 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
26 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $50,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • View More
    • Wealth Management
    • Money Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting

Rick DiBiasio

Latitudes Financial Strategies
CFP®
Rick DiBiasio, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Windermere, Florida area. Rick holds a Certified Financial Planner certification. Rick has over 36 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
36 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • View More
    • Wealth Management
    • Money Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

Stephanie Carreras

Signet Financial Management
Stephanie Carreras, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Boca Raton, Florida area.

Anthony DeLuca

Delta Capital Management
Anthony DeLuca, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Maitland, Florida area. Anthony has over 3 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: Florida
  • Insurance Products for Commission: Florida

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
3 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • View More
    • Wealth Management
    • Money Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Charles Schwab Institutional

Clay Anderson

Ascendance Wealth
CFA®
Clay Anderson, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Pensacola, Florida area. Clay holds a Chartered Financial Analyst certification. Clay has over 21 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
21 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • View More
    • Money Management
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Pershing

Alaa Ali

Statetrust Investments
Alaa Ali, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Boca Raton, Florida area.

Additional Information:

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • View More
    • Money Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals

Robert W Scullen

Brookstone Capital Management LLC
CFP®
Robert W Scullen, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the Pensacola, Florida area. Robert holds a Certified Financial Planner certification. Robert has over 35 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
35 Years

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning

Ali Zafar

Morgan Stanley
Ali Zafar, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2022 and provides financial services to clients in the Boca Raton, Florida area. Ali has over 7 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • California
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Hawaii
    • Illinois
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Nevada
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • South Carolina
    • Texas
    • Washington

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
7 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Asset-Based Fee
  • Commissions (Investment Products)

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • View More
    • Money Management
    • Risk Management
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

Joseph J Mastroianni

365 Wealth Partners
CRPC®
Joseph J Mastroianni, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2022 and provides financial services to clients in the Venice, Florida area. Joseph holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor certification. Joseph has over 20 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: State List
    • Alabama
    • California
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania
    • Texas
    • Virginia

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
20 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Asset Requirement: $500,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
  • Tax Advice and Services
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • View More
    • 401K Rollovers
    • Wealth Management
    • Money Management
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

Jonathan Briggs

BRIA Capital Group, LLC
CFP®
Jonathan Briggs, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2022 and provides financial services to clients in the Tampa, Florida area. Jonathan holds a Certified Financial Planner certification. Jonathan has over 12 years of experience.
  • State Licences:
  • Financial Advice, Services for Fees: Florida

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
12 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly Fee
  • Fixed Fee
  • Asset-Based Fee

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • View More
    • Money Management
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):

  • Charles Schwab

Kevin T Clark RF

Plan Confidence Corp
Kevin T Clark RF, a financial fiduciary, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2022 and provides financial services to clients in the Sarasota, Florida area. Kevin has over 24 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
24 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fixed Fee

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