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Mesa Financial Group and Loring Ward

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Apply the insights of leading academics & Nobel Laureates

Alfredo Mesa CFP®, 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 Policy and Investment Research Committees

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 $34 billion in assets as of September 2019. Loring Ward is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Jared Kizer, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Jared Kizer is the Chief Investment Officer for BAM Advisor Services and he collaborates daily with advisors and clients, helping investors better understand the complicated concepts that can have a tangible effect on their financial lives. Jared and his team evaluate findings from academic research and apply that learning to develop investment strategy recommendations. Jared holds a master’s degree in finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Kevin Grogan, CFA, CFP®

Director of Investment Strategy

Kevin Grogan is the Director of Investment Strategy for Buckingham. He analyzes the latest research in investment and finance to draw practical applications and apply findings to help clients improve the structure of their portfolios and achieve their goals. He has co-authored two books about investing and holds an MBA from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s of science in finance from Missouri State University in Springfield.

Larry Swedroe

Chief Research Officer

Larry Swedroe is the Chief Research Officer for Buckingham and has authored or co-authored over a dozen books and is regularly published on Advisor Perspectives. Larry also regularly reviews the findings published in dozens of peer-reviewed financial journals, evaluates the outcomes and uses the result to inform the firm’s formal investment strategy recommendations. Larry holds an MBA in finance and investment from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College in New York.

Harry M. Markowitz, PhD

Research Advisor

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

Research Advisor

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 money 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

Chairman, Advisor Services

Alex Potts is the Chairman of Advisor Services for Loring Ward and BAM Advisor Services. Previously, he was President and CEO of Loring Ward and before that, 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

Sheldon McFarland’s responsibilities include management of the portfolio strategy group, oversight of the investment planning center and development of tools to support advisors at Loring Ward. McFarland earned his MBA from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University.

Susan Strasbaugh, CFP®, EA, AIF®

Wealth Advisor, Advisory Team Leader

Susan Strasbaugh takes a team approach to planning, building and managing clients’ customized investment portfolios aligned with their most important financial goals. Susan is an Enrolled Agent, a credential that equips her to be sensitive to and adeptly manage the significant impact that taxes can have on an otherwise well-developed financial plan. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Jonathan Scheid, CFA, AIF®

Vice President, Portfolio Strategy & Education

Jonathan Scheid is responsible for developing and implementing investment research in a way that helps communicate the merits of our investment philosophy to advisors and investors at Loring Ward. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business, with an emphasis in Finance, and a minor in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University. Jonathan has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designations.

Tim Jost, CFA

Institutional Services Advisor

Tim Jost serves as an advisor on the institutional services team at Buckingham Strategic Wealth. He is also responsible for the day-to- day management of institutional portfolios, providing customized analysis and supporting all of Buckingham’s institutional clients in addition to advising clients. Tim holds a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Louis University. Tim currently holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and Series 65 financial license.

Brian Haywood

Investment Strategy Advisor

Brian Haywood and his team spend their time customizing portfolios on behalf of Buckingham Strategic Wealth clients and upholding their fiduciary responsibility by doing what’s in the best interest of each client. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University. He passed the NASAA Series 65 examination in 2006 and passed his NASD Series 7 and NASAA Series 63 examinations in 2003.