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Financial Advisor McKensie Badal

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Stapley Branch
Serving the South East Valley
Phone: (602) 397-0048
1262 N. Stapley Dr. Mesa, AZ 85203


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.

Financial Advisor Alexander Brea

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Thunderbird Branch
Serving the West Valley
Phone: (602) 335-4525
5690 W. Thunderbird Rd. Glendale, AZ 85306


Alexander Brea has spent his career focused on accumulating knowledge and the perspectives necessary to help keep you and your financial future on a steady course. Alexander 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 and risk tolerance. Alexander will be with you every step of the way, offering objective advice and customized financial solutions designed specifically for you. He endeavors to create a long-term, meaningful relationship with you and provide personalized financial planning advice. His investment process takes into account your investing experience, expectations for returns, tolerance for risk and the performance of your portfolio. Based on what he learns about you and your goals and an analysis of the current financial markets, Alexander designs a customized investment portfolio based on recommendations made solely with your best interest in mind. He then takes the time to explain his recommendations.Once you are comfortable with your new plan, Alexander puts it into action and continuously monitors its performance for opportunities to adapt to life changes and new goals.

Alexander began his career in financial services with a large financial institution and brokerage firm. He has obtained the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) designations. Away from the office, Alexander enjoys spending quality time with his family, including his two daughters, Isabella and Juliana.

Financial Advisor Timothy Clemens

Financial Advisor, RJFS

San Tan Village Branch
Serving the San Tan Village
Phone: (602) 336-5585
2925 S. Market St., Gilbert, AZ 85295


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 an ongoing 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.

Financial Advisor Gilbert Gallahar

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Black Canyon Branch
Serving the Central Valley
Phone: (602) 335-2811
6633 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Phoenix, AZ 85015


“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 Greenberg

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Southern and Greenfield Branch
Serving the East Valley
Phone: (602) 336-5532
1262 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203


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.

Financial Advisor - Dave Jones

Financial Advisor, RJFS

East Bell Branch
Serving the North Valley and Payson
Phone: (602) 336-5500
3423 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032


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.

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Financial Advisor, RJFS

Paradise Valley Branch
Serving the North Valley
Phone: (480) 294-5725
13015 N Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85032


Grant has been helping clients with their wealth management needs for over eight years. He started his career working with his dad at one of the largest global banks, UBS. Working for a large firm was instrumental to the expansion of his knowledge. After partnering with his father for seven years, Grant decided he wanted to work outside of a big bank. So, in January 2020, he transitioned to an independent practice, which was a great experience and an opportunity to develop his money management skills. Environmental changes led to him joining Desert Financial Wealth Management, which aligns with his community values and belief in giving back to others.

Grant is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, which is an industry renowned credential for financial planners. As such, he puts his clients first and takes his fiduciary role seriously. Transparency and authenticity are cornerstones for working with Grant. He will help you tell your story in order to build a plan that can bring confidence, while also passing on your values and educating the next generation.

Grant has a passion for philanthropy. Currently, he is working on his designation as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®). This designation will enhance his ability to talk to clients about their legacy goals and to plan for the goals they have beyond their needs and wants.

When Grant is not working, he loves spending time outdoors, seeing live entertainment, sports, and playing with his two boys

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Wealth Management Advisor Mitchell Layton

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Palm Valley Branch
Serving the West Valley
Phone: (602) 336-5510
13200 W. McDowell Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85395


Mitchell works with Desert Financial Services as a registered 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 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 Morgan

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Chandler Branch
Serving the South East Valley
Phone: (602) 336-5525
1949 W. Ray Rd., Suite 34, Chandler, AZ 85224


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.

Financial Advisor - Jason Romero

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Sun City Branch
Serving the West Valley
Phone: (602) 336-5594
10725 Grand Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351


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 regularly 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.

Financial Advisor Samuel Smith

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Northsight Branch
Serving the North Valley
Phone: (480) 276-3080
13875 N. Northsight Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Samuel Smith employs a holistic goals-based approach to investment advisement and retirement planning for individuals, families and small business owners. Understanding that no single approach is right for everyone, Samuel takes the time to identify your financial concerns, evaluate risk and offer transparent, tailored investment strategies that are in alignment with your resources and goals. Samuel’s holistic advisory practice will help you navigate all aspects of your financial life, which includes: investment planning, estate planning services, education planning/funding for children, insurance, retirement income planning and cash management, as well as credit and lending solutions. His holistic-planning approach establishes a new paradigm by aligning financial advice with your core financial needs and striving to always do what is in your best interest.

Samuel brings a variety of financial service industry experience. Prior to joining Raymond James, Samuel’s previous roles include Financial Advisor and Wealth Management Banker with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, as well as owner of an independent insurance practice specializing in life insurance and annuity retirement solutions.

Samuel and his family have called Arizona home for the past 15 years after moving here from Minneapolis, MN. Currently, Samuel resides in Chandler, AZ, with his wife of 20 years, Lisa, and two beautiful children, Sloane and Imanuel. In his spare time, Samuel and his wife enjoy traveling, sports (Skol, Vikings!) and involvement with the Boys and Girls Club.

Raymond James and its advisors do not offer tax or legal advice. You should discuss any tax or legal matter with the appropriate professional.

Wealth Management Advisor Paul Wintermantel

Financial Advisor, RJFS

Ahwatukee Branch
Serving the North and South Valley
Phone: (602) 336-5544
4940 E. Ray Rd., Suite 11, Phoenix, AZ 85044


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 monitor 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.

Financial Advisor joshua Zahn

Financial Advisor, RJFS

McKellips Branch
Serving the East Valley
Phone: (602) 336-5513
4405 E. McKellips Rd.
Suite 10, Mesa, AZ 85215


Josh has been in the financial services industry since 2014. He strives to help clients obtain financial success while educating and empowering them to make good decisions. Because he believes no one plan or approach is perfect for everyone, he is committed to growing with clients and creating plans that are flexible with changing markets and life’s circumstances. His biggest passion is to help simplify the complexities of investing so that clients find ways to achieve their goals.

Josh is an Arizona native. He earned a full-ride Division 1 athletic scholarship and attended college in Alabama as a field goal kicker. He is married and has three beautiful little girls. His hobbies include drumming, sports and spending time with his family.