Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections or trying to anticipate corrections than has been lost in the corrections themselves.Peter Lynch
Matthew earns his clients’ trust by providing unbiased advice and education that helps them to grow and protect their wealth for life.
Matthew, who holds a Series 65 securities license, started as an intern with the Zamani Team at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney before moving to Steel Peak.
He holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge. Matthew’s hobbies include basketball, softball, computers and hiking. He enjoys joining the Steel Peak team to volunteer at the Walden Family foster care center every Christmas.
Prior to joining Steel Peak, Rich worked for Andover Securities Corp, Moses Financial, Redwood Trading Corp and most recently, Winer Wealth Management, where he was the CEO & President. Rich specializes in Retirement Distribution Planning, which involves the implementation of specialized strategies to minimize taxes on distributions from IRAs and qualified plans and build multigenerational wealth.
A Boston native and graduate of the University of Miami, Rich holds various securities and insurance licenses. His clients include actors, composers, producers, directors, managers, agents and musicians, as well as successful professionals, retirees and business owners from outside the entertainment industry. As a musician himself, Rich understands the special needs and concerns of people in the entertainment industry. He’s been interviewed on E! News Daily on how celebrities can protect themselves financially and was featured in an article in Variety on how financial advisors helped their entertainment industry clients during the 2008 bear market. Rich has also been mentioned and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Financial Planning Magazine, Fiduciary News and the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Business Journals.
Rich is an avid tennis player, accomplished musician and a dedicated philanthropist. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer and director for The Fender Music Foundation, been actively involved with The International Myeloma Foundation and served on the advisory board for Alpine Academy, a non-profit residential treatment facility for troubled teens.
Rich resides in Woodland Hills with his wife, Diane, daughters Jenny and Abby, their dogs Mozart and Molly, and guinea pig, Charlotte.
Prior to joining Steel Peak, he was a Wealth Advisor for Seacrest Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch and a Partner of a boutique wealth management firm in Santa Monica. Joseph has been a Wealth Advisor assisting clients since 2008. He is passionate about helping people and gets satisfaction from fully implementing financial plans to help people reach their goals.
He is a Certified Financial Planner, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He also holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation in addition to the Series 66 license. Joseph holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Joseph enjoys working out, traveling and hosting social events. He is an active participant in his community as a member of the Guardians Los Angeles. His family is from Argentina and he is fluent in Spanish.
Wayne specializes in retirement planning, college savings, and comprehensive financial planning. He began his career as a Manager and Vice President for global and local banks for over 12 years and has been in wealth management industry for over 4 years, where he has been helping people make financial decisions ever since. Prior to joining Steel Peak, Wayne was a financial advisor at Waddell & Reed. Wayne graduated from the University of San Diego where he earned his degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. In addition to being a wealth advisor, he is also an active member of the City Club Los Angeles, and a moderator for the All Cities Network.
His philanthropic endeavors include supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and providing educational seminars for veterans and underprivileged youth. In his free time, Wayne enjoys playing golf and being a dad to his 2 sons, Wayne Jr. and Bruce.
Roxana Maddahi is a Wealth Advisor who guides Millennials through financial planning and investing. She has worked in the Wealth Management sector since 2007. She previously worked at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Securities, and left the large firm life in 2015 to join Steel Peak. Roxana earned her bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University with a double concentration in Business Economics and International Business.
Roxana believes that Millennials are an incredibly innovative, successful and capable generation that she relates to. She treats her clients with care and compassion, and works in their best interest.
The first few years of her career in banking, she could not understand why everyone in the industry used finance jargon that normal, successful, intelligent people could not understand. In order to help individuals and financial laypeople to understand investing and financial planning, she created a blog that is devoted to teaching matters of finance in a way that people can understand. Roxana writes regularly for The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Millennial Magazine, and LA Mom Magazine about personal finance.
Her passion is to teach clients how to understand their money, make short and long term financial plans, and to grow their money with the appropriate investments for them. She loves to learn about the various businesses that her clients are involved with, and is inspired by their creativity and expertise. Hard working Millennials should hire experts to handle their money alongside them, so that they can understand the process while being focused on their own goals.
Tyson Kunst, the previous founder and president of Verus Capital Advisors, has dedicated more than a decade of his professional career to serving the financial and retirement planning needs of Californians. As a wealth advisor, he works to provide low-risk, personalized investment management strategies, helping pre-retirees and retirees grow their accumulated wealth throughout retirement, as well as effectively plan for the distribution of that wealth according to their estate plan.
In the recent years, Tyson has specialized in the intricate planning that is required for private employer plans and 401(k) rollovers, helping retirees efficiently transition their accumulated savings, without unnecessary taxes, penalties or fees. Additionally, he specializes in creating tax-efficient, comprehensive financial plans for the unique needs of his clientele.
Mr. Kunst brings more than ten years of experience in the retirement and insurance planning industries and has extensive knowledge of the pressing issues facing retirees today. He is passionate about the specialized services he provides and has helped hundreds of clients between the ages of 50-80 establish personalized retirement plans. He is also well-versed in asset protection, income planning, risk management, and structuring a legacy through succession planning.
Tyson is located in Roseville, CA, right outside of Sacramento.
Ryan’s priority is to help families and individuals accomplish their financial goals and to provide the highest level of satisfaction for his clients.
He is a graduate from the University of Oregon with a major in economics and a minor in business administration. His goal is to provide a unique strategy for each client to help them reach their goals.
Outside the office, Ryan enjoys spending his spare time hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. In addition to his pleasure for exploring the outdoors, Ryan also plays several sports including volleyball and basketball.
Morten has an extensive background in the Securities and Insurance industries including money management, insurance, financial and estate planning. He specializes in comprehensive wealth management where he serves the needs of his clients by creating, growing, protecting and preserving wealth in the best tax advantage way.
Morten believes his role is to help client identify their short and long term financial goals. He develops a complete financial plan, with investments that are appropriate for his client’s objectives and their own feelings about money and financial security.
Morten received his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Lund, Sweden in 1978, and his MBA from American Graduate School of International Management, Phoenix, AZ, in 1984. He has worked for some of the largest firms on Wall Street including Merrill Lynch, Wachovia Securities, Allstate and MassMutual Financial Services. Morten has been married to his wife Michele for 18 years. He spends much of his free time with his wife and their two cats in their home in Calabasas. He has an interest in bonsai trees and hiking the Santa Monica Mountains.
Alec has a passion for helping others succeed. He dedicates his time, as a wealth advisor, to help individuals and families achieve their financial goals through meticulous planning and preparation.
Alec holds the series 65 license. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s in Financial Planning. In his free time, Alec likes to travel to different places and enjoys being outdoors. He also likes watching sports such as football. He currently resides in Santa Clarita.
Prior to joining Steel Peak, Steven was a Portfolio Manager at UBS and has been serving clients since 2011. Steven first became interested in finance while working for a large mutual fund company after college. He enjoys following global economic trends, and has a passion for helping people navigate these challenges through comprehensive financial planning and investment management.
Steven earned his BA from Occidental College in Politics, with a minor in Economics. He holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation, as well as a California Life, Disability and Long-term Care Insurance license. Steven also has a passion for serving the community, working as a Board Director, Investment Sub-Committee Chair and member of the Finance Committee for the non-profit Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA). HOLA provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts, and athletics; empowering them to develop and pursue their educational goals.
Steven enjoys fitness, cooking, basketball, and time with his family and friends. His office is located in Beverly Hills.
Prior to joining Steel Peak, Andrew was a Senior Vice President, and Senior Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors and has been serving clients as a Financial Advisor since 1998. Andrew first became interested in finance while working in the entertainment industry and studying the economic impact on, and financial needs of all members of that professional genre. He has a great interest in following global economic trends, studying the financial markets, and has a passion for working with his clients to do a “deep dive” risk assessment when navigating the markets uncertainties. Andrew’s years of experience in market research, portfolio management, and risk analysis have been some of the tools he has used to develop and nurture his long standing, trust based client relationships.
Andrew’s recent decision to move into a fiduciary role as an independent advisor was born from the commitment to focusing even more on the needs and goals of his clients, their families and their businesses, and less on the politics of a corporate culture. As a fiduciary, Andrew believes that in depth conversation and planning are the first steps to assisting his current and prospective clients in developing a road map for their financial times ahead. It is his true belief that every client’s financial future requires a solid, but flexible blueprint which will serve as their investment and retirement planning foundation.
Andrew earned his BA from Ithaca College, and his Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute. He worked five years for the County of Los Angeles investigating child abuse, and counts those years protecting children as some of the most rewarding memories in his life. Andrew credits his counseling education for giving him the skills to help his clients navigate the often-emotional gyrations of the financial markets. The tools of his education allow Andrew to guide his clients on a steady, less volatile path to their ultimate investment and retirement goals.
Andrew is active in contributing to multiple charities including, Wounded Warrior Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and The ASPCA. In addition, Andrew enjoys fitness, mixed martial arts training, golf, road bicycle riding, and time with his friends, and his daughter.