The Professional Me
Brian is a Retirement Plan Advisor with 401(k) Prosperity®, the corporate retirement and institutional investment planning division of Planned Financial Services. He helps to bring Simplicity in a Complex World® to retirement plan sponsors by ensuring plan sponsor objectives are addressed and plan participants receive the level of actionable and relevant advice, education, communication, and personalized service required to pursue their desired retirement outcomes. Brian received his Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from Fi360 and the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designation from the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). Both designations attest to his knowledge of fiduciary practices and ERISA requirements, and allow him to act as a plan investment fiduciary or help plan fiduciaries manage their roles and responsibilities for employer-sponsored retirement plans.
Brian is a graduate of Cleveland State University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 1998. He was recognized with the Sportsmanship Award in 1994 as a member of the Division I Fencing Team, where he competed against some of the top collegiate and Olympic fencers in the country.
He began his financial services career in 1999, and has worked as a retirement plan consultant with many well-known industry firms. Before joining 401(k) Prosperity® Brian was Vice President and Director, National Accounts DCIO, for PNC Capital Advisors, LLC. He supported the usage and platform availability of PNC’s investment products on non-affiliated retirement platforms with recordkeepers, bank trust departments, and registered investment advisory firms focused on the Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) distribution channel. Previously, he was an Assistant Vice President and Internal Sales Consultant for PNC Capital Advisors, LLC, supporting both the Southeast and Northeast territories. Brian also spent six years at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. as an Institutional Investment Consultant where he provided fiduciary and investment consulting services to retirement plan sponsors and third-party investment advisors, representing more than 200 retirement plans and over $3 billion in plan assets.
Brian and his wife live in North Royalton, Ohio with their best friend and loyal Labrador Retriever.
Professional Designations & Credentials
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)
- Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA)
- Ohio Life & Health Insurance licenses
The Personal Me
Born and raised in Cleveland, Brian is a life-long fan of the Cavaliers, Indians, Browns, and Monsters. When he’s not working or watching a game, he can usually be found outdoors golfing, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, woodworking, or landscaping his yard—more often than not with his beloved Labrador Retriever by his side. In fact, Brian and his wife take their dog just about everywhere they go, and plan their weekend activities and vacations with him, including trips to many local and national parks.
An avid golfer, Brian has enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the game and the community through volunteering as a coach and mentor with the First Tee of Cleveland which seeks to instill the values of Confidence, Respect, Judgement, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Courtesy, Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance in helping young people succeed no matter what life throws at them.
Brian attributes his earliest lessons in hard work and perseverance to his mother who worked long hours as a single mom for a local bank, budgeting and saving where she could. The guidance she received from one of the bank’s investment consultants left a lasting impression on Brian, to the point of solidifying his future career path. “I saw the tremendous value that guidance from a professional advisor had in helping my Mom accumulate savings to afford opportunities she wouldn’t otherwise have today,” Brian said. “I wanted to do the same for other hard working Americans by teaching clients and plan participants the benefits of a disciplined approach to saving and proper asset allocation.”
Little known fact: Brian has the whistling part down pat in what’s been heralded in certain karaoke circles as one mean performance of “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses.