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Mesa Financial Group and Loring Ward

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Alfredo Mesa, President and CEO

You have an interesting background, tell us about it.

When I was 9 years old, my family and I escaped Socialist Cuba on a boat in the middle of the night in search for a better life. After surviving a storm and many delays, we finally reached US soil 19 hours later.

My Dad, a Minister with the Episcopalian Church, was able to help serve a congregation in New Orleans, La, and my Mom, a school teacher, went back to school to get her second Doctorate degree in Math. She eventually earned tenure at Xavier University in New Orleans.

My desire to serve others comes from my incredibly courageous and giving parents.

Read more about my family’s escape from Cuba »

Many times the “Why” is as important, if not more so, than the “How”. Why do you have such a passion for what you do?

As I continued my studies at Tulane University, I was interested in learning more about understanding how to create wealth. Perhaps it was a way to “ repay” my parents for all they sacrificed to give me a better opportunity in life.

I soon learned that the industry was fraught with conflicts of interest and companies were more interested in making money for their bottom line versus actually helping people. As long as I was working for “ the company”, I would never truly be in a position to always act in my clients’ best interest. After 10 years of exhaustive research, I became a CFP® and finally launched my independent financial planning and investment company.

Now, I not only get to help my clients build their wealth but can also protect them from an industry full of conflicts and false information.

What are your other passions?

I’m incredibly grateful to have a healthy, beautiful family who loves to travel, whether to the beaches of Costa Rica or the ski slopes of Colorado.

I have always loved being active and playing sports. I absolutely love playing tennis and golf, specially if I also get to share that time with clients.

Investment Committee

For over two decades, Loring Ward has provided portfolio management and back-office services to a select group of America’s most knowledgeable and successful Independent Financial Advisors and their clients. Loring Ward helps Independent Wealth Management Groups like Mesa Financial Group, LLC manage more than $16.6 billion in assets as of December 2017. Loring Ward is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Harry M. Markowitz, PhD

Harry M. Markowitz is best known for winning the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990 for his work on portfolio selection. In his distinguished career, Dr. Markowitz has served in various academic posts at many universities, including Rutgers University and UCLA. Recognized as the father of Modern Portfolio Theory, Dr. Markowitz is a professor of finance in the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Meir Statman, PhD

Meir Statman is the Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. His research focuses on how investors and managers make financial decisions and how these decisions are reflected in financial markets. His research has been published in many publications, including The Journal of Finance and The Journal of Financial Economics. Dr. Statman received his PhD from Columbia University.

Alex Potts

President & Chief Executive Officer, Loring Ward

Alex Potts is the President and CEO of Loring Ward Group Inc. and of the SA Funds – Investment Trust. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer of LWI Financial Inc. Potts earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Santa Clara University.

Sheldon P. McFarland

Vice President, Portfolio Strategy & Research, Loring Ward

Sheldon McFarland serves as Vice President of Portfolio Strategy & Research at Loring Ward. His responsibilities include management of the Portfolio Strategy Group, oversight of the Investment Planning Center and development of tools to support Advisors. McFarland earned his MBA from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University.