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McKensie has worked in finance for over seven years. She has a passion for helping her clients achieve their financial goals. McKensie is experienced in creating financial plans for all stages of life, with a focus on pre- and post-retirement. As a trusted professional, McKensie works closely with her clientele to constantly be an asset to them, utilizing the resources of Desert Financial Wealth Management and Raymond James Financial Services. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors.
Merissa Brinkerhoff is a local financial advisor and a native of Prescott. She brings over 20 years of experience in financial services with her to Desert Financial Wealth Management and Raymond James Financial. Her passion is helping clients develop a plan and grow assets that will carry them through their retirement years. Merissa prides herself in being a good listener and putting the needs of her clients above her own. Her years of experience have taught her to navigate various economic conditions and regulatory changes.
Merissa believes in a holistic approach and that a well-designed portfolio is only the beginning of a sustainable financial plan. Appointments often include discussions on income, sequence of withdrawals, tax ramifications, wealth transfer, charitable gifts, and Roth conversions.
Additionally, Merissa specializes in assisting individuals upon the death of a loved one as they navigate the tasks involved in settling an estate.
Outside of the office, you will find her enjoying time with her 3 children and her husband Jeremy. They love to play board games, hike, kayak, and participate in various church activities. Merissa loves being outdoors, especially on her mountain bike.
Tim joined the investment industry in 2011 and currently serves the Southeast Valley. Getting to know clients is a key focus as he works with members and existing clients to determine their retirement and financial planning needs.
It all starts with the initial introduction and builds with interactions along the way; he gathers information, educates, reviews and implements the appropriate investment strategy that works toward meeting retirement and planning needs. Tim places an emphasis on educating his clients along with reviewing clients' risk tolerance, time horizon and investment objectives before making recommendations.
Financial planning is another key focus for Tim. He meets with clients to gather information on their current financial situation, review their retirement goals, and fulfill their needs and wishes. Tim uses this data to formulate an overall financial plan and then works with clients on the implementation of the plan. The last piece of the planning puzzle is a review of the plan, with the ability to make changes along the way.
Tim’s financial services career began in 1995 and has been with Desert Financial for almost 20 years. Before this, he was with Merrill Lynch for two years and another credit union in Iowa for five years. In Tim’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer, two daughters Kailey and Sydney and longtime family friends. Tim’s hobbies include golfing, BBQ and hosting gatherings.
“Malo e lelei! Gilbert is the first CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional of Tongan descent. He brings a diversified background of culture, collaboration and consistency. Gilbert believes the cornerstone of a successful client/advisor relationship is the mutual trust and respect that develops over time, and he is deeply committed to helping his clients realize their long-term financial goals. He provides a comprehensive approach to wealth management, risk management and estate planning to an array of individuals, families and businesses.
Gilbert employs the vast resources of Desert Financial Wealth Management and Raymond James to bring the right expertise and tailored financial solutions designed to meet his clients’ specific needs. He works diligently to meet his clients’ expectations with exceptional customer service and the intention of being their trusted wealth advisor for life.
Prior to beginning his career in financial services in 2014, He worked in healthcare, higher education and athletics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his master’s from Western Governors University.
Gilbert grew up in the Valley and continues to be active in the community as a volunteer for organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, Child Crisis Arizona and the YMCA. He is a member of the Phoenix Rugby Old Boys Football Club. He enjoys Gallahar Adventures and staying active with his family. Gilbert and his wife, DeAnne, are parents to three boys, Tasmania, Ka’ili, and Zealand.
Joe works primarily in the areas of pre-retirement planning and post-retirement needs. He has been with Desert Financial Services for over 15 years, and in the industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining Desert Financial, he supervised more than 1,000 employees as District Manager for a major Arizona banking institution.
One of Joe’s proudest accomplishments is the large number of family and friend referrals he has received from satisfied clients.
Originally from New York, Joe has resided in Arizona for the past 42 years. He enjoys most sports—in particular ice hockey, which he played for many years. Joe and his wife enjoy the outdoors and have been blessed with four wonderful children and two granddaughters.
Dave has worked in the financial services industry since 1988, guiding members and clients get from where they are to where they want to go. “That process starts with a plan which leads us to a strategic approach to investment decisions,” he says. “In short, I provide my clients with the discipline that they often cannot or will not provide for themselves.”
Dave was formerly an Advisor at TruWest Credit Union and a Financial Consultant for Wells Fargo, Bank of America Investments and HSBC. He volunteers with the Financial Planning Association and the Chandler Compadres non-profit organization. In his spare time, Dave can be found reading, enjoying sporting activities and spending time with family.
Mitchell works with Desert Financial Services as a Financial Advisor and practices in the northwest Phoenix area. An Arizona native, Mitchell began his career in the financial services industry in 1989.
He utilizes a client-focused approach to financial planning which takes into account each client’s financial goals, time limitations and tolerance for risk when making recommendations. Whether you want to help ensure a comfortable lifestyle in retirement, leave a legacy for your loved ones or prepare for the unexpected, Mitchell will help bring confidence to your financial future.
Mitchell’s community involvement efforts include teaching seminary courses to high school students. He also loves spending time with his wife, Natalie and children Rylee, Macaela and Jake.
Eric has 24 years of experience in the financial industry, helping clients find the right financial products for their needs. He aids members in understanding which products are most suitable, what they can expect and how much each financial product will cost.
Eric has worked as a financial advisor for the past 12 years at companies including Compass Brokerage, where he also served as bank manager. In his free time, Eric enjoys riding motorcycles, sports activities, and spending time with his wife, daughter and Labrador retriever.
Over a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry, Jason Romero has spent his career helping clients manage and preserve their wealth by developing and implementing a financial plan tailored to each client’s specific needs. Jason understands the dynamics of wealth, how to balance the complex forces at work and how to adapt intelligently as conditions change.
As your life and needs as an investor evolve, so will your vision for the future. Jason will work with you every step of the way, offering objective advice and solutions designed specifically for you. He strives to create a long-term, meaningful relationship with you and provide personalized financial advice. His investment process takes into account your investing experience, expectations for returns, and tolerance for risk. Based on what he learns about you and your goals, Jason designs a customized investment portfolio based on recommendations made solely with your best interest in mind. Once you are comfortable with your new plan, Jason puts it into action and reviews its performance and makes adjustments to life changes and new goals.
Originally from Hawaii, Jason has lived in Arizona for over 20 years. Outside of work, Jason is a dedicated husband and father. He is heavily involved in his church and is an avid cyclist.
With over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, Paul assists high-net-worth individuals and small business owners in working toward achieving financial goals by developing a financial plan. Paul says, “This plan is implemented by efficiently positioning assets to work toward the client’s goals, while also limiting risk and expenses. Then, I review the assets and am in contact regularly with my clientele to make adjustments as needed.” Paul previously served as a financial advisor and Vice President at Wachovia Securities & Wells Fargo Advisors.