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Wealth Advisor
Patrice Bening
Patrice  Bening
Patrice Bening

Wealth Advisor

(818) 591 6203

Years of Experience

21

Education and Credentials

B.S. in Finance, CSUN

CFP®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

As a child, pure happiness meant that I was running up and down the hills behind my grandmother’s house. As an adult, going on a pre-dawn trail run and watching the world slowly come to life has become the gift that keeps on giving. Nature, to me, is the equivalent of liquid gold. Being able to share this “green gold” with my husband, two boys, and our border collie has become the most rewarding experience I could have ever wished for.

2. What inspires you about the work that you do?

I grew up in a small town where everybody knew each other. The saying “it takes a village” always rang true to me because that is how life happened, at least until I moved to the Greater Los Angeles area, where everything is sprawled and disconnected. Working at Morton is like being back in my small town. What is so inspiring about Morton is that in an industry where individualism prevails, quite the opposite is true of our culture and work ethic. The power of the collective and how well we collaborate to create a symbiotic environment is what most inspires me about working here. I am delighted to say that I found my village again.

3. What is a fun fact that people do not know about you?

I was born and raised in Transylvania, Romania.

Wealth Advisor
Priscilla Brehm
Priscilla Brehm
Priscilla Brehm

Wealth Advisor

(818) 591 6201

Years of Experience

46

Education and Credentials

ChFC®, CMFC®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

To me, wealth means freedom and fulfillment. Freedom from worrying about not only being able to pay the bills but also to have great life experiences and still be able to help others. Fulfillment is looking at the numbers and knowing that the hard work all my life has paid off. I value peace of mind for myself and my family, but I also value being able to help provide clean water where there is none, or providing musical instruments to underprivileged, or scholarship money to those in need, or . . . well, the possibilities are endless.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I love knowing that every day I have the opportunity to help make someone’s life better. Sometimes that means calming an anxious client when the economy looks bad, when they’re worried about some investment, or even if they are facing a more personal crisis. As a musician, you learn to listen quietly and thoughtfully. And when something is not in harmony, you learn the importance of stopping and fixing it before it gets worse. Bringing a sense of calm and control into those conversations with my clients can help assure that they make sound decisions. I love educating clients about a wide variety of financial questions. I love the long-term relationships and being able to look back and know that hundreds of people are better because I was there for them.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I traveled for 4.5 years with an international musical group performing for royalty, popes, Super Bowl halftime, and hundreds of thousands of audience members.

Wealth Advisor, Partner
Chris Galeski
Chris Galeski
Chris Galeski

Wealth Advisor, Partner

(818) 206 2954

Years of Experience

14

Education and Credentials

B.A. in Economics, San Diego State University

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

When I was a kid, for the longest time my perception of wealth was money, real estate, cars, and material things. What I have come to realize as I have grown up, had success in my career, and accumulated a number of those things, is that none of this really brings you long-term happiness or the feeling of being wealthy. Time, relationships, and experiences have become the true meaning of wealth for me. I enjoy my family, friends, and experiences much more than a number in an account or a material possession that exists. I want to spend my time golfing, BBQing, going to the beach, drinking good wine, and experiencing different cultures around the world with my family. The people who I have come to learn from and work with who explore their passions and have meaningful relationships with family and friends are much happier than the ones who focus more on money.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

Making an impact on my clients’ and colleagues’ lives. I love helping people learn, progress, and achieve their potential, which can be anything from helping clients execute on their “wish list” without fear to helping my coworkers have success, learn, and grow. Being a coach and a mentor to our clients and my colleagues is more fulfilling than individual accomplishments. I am inspired to help people achieve their goals.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I can do a really good Dr. Evil impression.

Client Relationship Specialist
Karla Gonzalez
Karla Gonzalez
Karla Gonzalez

Client Relationship Specialist

(818) 206-2935

Years of Experience

10

Education and Credentials

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth to me means having the freedom to do the things I love to do. It means the possibility of creating meaningful experiences, seeing the world, and creating moments and memories that will bring my daughter and me happiness and joy.

2. What inspires you about the work that you do?

The people. I am continually inspired by the kindness, integrity, and empathy of my colleagues. They inspire me by how they genuinely care about our clients and each other. Their work ethic, integrity, and commitment to collaboration and growth are inspiring.

3. What is a fun fact that people do not know about you?

In September 2019, I decided to take charge of my health and eating habits. I have gradually lost 42 pounds since then. I am a spin class aficionado and often take 2–3 spin classes a day. I enjoy staying physically active, going on hikes, and spending time at the beach and am now passionate about eating well and maintaining healthy habits for long-term health.

Wealth Advisor
Alan Kane
Alan Kane
Alan Kane

Wealth Advisor

(818) 591 6204

Years of Experience

42

Education and Credentials

CFP®, CMFC

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth allows me to travel and enjoy my life. It also allows me to support the causes and charities I believe in.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

All the smart people I have met while being at Morton and their expertise in various financial areas.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I fly people in need through the Angel Flight charitable organization.

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Partner
Stacey McKinnon
Stacey McKinnon
Stacey McKinnon

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Partner

(818) 591 6206

Years of Experience

10

Education and Credentials

B.A. in Business Economics, UCSB

B.A. in Religious Studies, UCSB

CFP®, Series 65

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

For many people, wealth can be intimidating. It is difficult to make decisions about how to save, spend, and set goals. But what I have learned over my years in financial services is that it doesn’t have to be. Wealth is more than a number and my perspective on wealth has to be combined with values and a mindset shift to truly achieve my goals. I value time with family and friends, usually over a farm-to-table meal with craft cocktails or an outdoor adventure. This is what a “wealthy life” looks like for me—more time with the people I love.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I love to create environments where people can thrive—whether that results in our clients getting the most life out of their wealth or the team getting the most life out of their careers. We have a unique opportunity to make a big impact in the lives we serve and having that “sacred duty” inspires me.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

My husband and I met on the playground in South Lake Tahoe at five years old. He is kind, thoughtful, creative, and talented, and I feel lucky that we have gotten to enjoy so much life together.

Wealth Advisor
Jason Naiman
Jason Naiman
Jason Naiman

Wealth Advisor

(818) 591 6202

Years of Experience

55

Education and Credentials

B.S. in Business Administration

ChFC®, ChFC®, CLU®, AIF®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth to me means FREEDOM: the freedom to “upgrade.” It means being able to help your children buy a home or put in a swimming pool. It means being able to go to Africa and not have to fly coach; to have experiences like having lunch in the Eiffel Tower, like seeing the Parthenon from your hotel room in Athens, or enjoying a seven-day cruise after watching the finals of the French Open.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

My inspiration—I know it sounds trite, but it is true—is getting the feedback from clients that you have made a significant difference in their lives. To be relied on, to be counted on to provide counsel and advice that is truly appreciated. To KNOW that you made a difference.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I’m going to have to give you two fun facts because I simply can’t choose between the two. When I was about 23, I was instrumental in bringing a lawsuit against the Department of Defense in federal court as a result of a breach of contract that occurred while I was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. The government won the case. The second fun fact is that at age 72, I learned that I had a 49-year-old daughter whom I never knew about. Not only did I learn that I had this “new” daughter, but I also had six “new” grandsons and 5 (now 7) great-grandchildren!

Financial Planning Advisor
Austin Overholt
Austin Overholt
Austin Overholt

Financial Planning Advisor

(818) 206 2929

Years of Experience

4

Education and Credentials

B.A. in communications with an emphasis in business, CSU Channel Islands

M.A. in American Studies, Pepperdine University

Series 65, CFP®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Taking advantage of the opportunity to create lifelong memories through experiences with family and friends on a regular basis. The experiences that have created wonderful memories for me are traveling around the world with friends, passing on family traditions to my children and creating new ones, and having meaningful relationships that support, encourage, and challenge me.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

The stories. The story behind how a couple first met, what inspired someone to start their own business, how they deal with challenges, or what their hobbies are. Our clients have amazing stories to share. When they open up, it provides a glimpse into what they value and how hard they have worked to create the life they want. That life they live creates memories that turn into stories. I get to be a small part in helping them get the most life out of their wealth.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

As a kid, I would wake up in the middle of the night to build LEGOS because I had a dream that inspired something I wanted to build.

Chief Investment Officer, Partner
Meghan Pinchuk
Meghan  Pinchuk
Meghan Pinchuk

Chief Investment Officer, Partner

(818) 591 6211

Years of Experience

18

Education and Credentials

B.A. in English, summa cum laude, UCLA

CFA®, CFP®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth for me is measured in enjoyment. I am happiest when I’m spending time with my family and friends, whether that’s tickle-tackling my two little kids, fencing epee with my husband, or laughing over good food (preferably sushi) and wine with friends. I also enjoy quiet time to read a book (probably a Jane Austen novel) or learn about something new.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I love that we have created an environment that encourages constant learning and engagement. We approach everything, whether that’s investments, financial planning, or team dynamics, with an open mind and a drive to be better. This allows us to truly serve our clients’ best interest, even if doing so veers from more traditional paths taken by others in our industry. Our approach not only satisfies my own personal curiosity, but has also attracted a group of individuals with similar energy and passion with whom I am excited and grateful to work.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I met my husband on the fencing team when I was a freshman at UCLA. Over the years, I was his assistant coach and we now have our own fencing club: Ace Fencing Academy in Agoura Hills.

Wealth Advisor
Mike Privett
Mike Privett
Mike Privett

Wealth Advisor

(818) 206 2920

Years of Experience

30

Education and Credentials

B.S. in Economics, California Polytechnic State University

ChFC®, CLU®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth to me means living a passionate life and enjoying those around me—family, friends, and the spiritual essence of being free. Wealth is also being able to have options to do the things I love.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I find true inspiration working with everyone at Morton because we are all about integrity and offering the best investment experience to our clients. I was lucky enough to meet Lon Morton over 30 years ago as my father-in-law was one of his first clients. I looked up to him as a mentor and he was always there to provide support over the years. Over my last 28 years in financial services, I can truly say I am working with the best team in the business. I love to mentor and help aspiring youth and hope I am making a difference in creating a better world in the future.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I am an avid cyclist, love fresh air, and enjoy trying to stay young in body and mind.

Wealth Advisor, Partner
Kevin Rex
Kevin Rex
Kevin Rex

Wealth Advisor, Partner

(818) 206 2902

Years of Experience

9

Education and Credentials

B.A. in biology, Cornell University

CFP®, Series 65

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

To me, wealth means experiencing life with those I Iove: skiing down a mountain in Utah, playing in the waves of Santa Barbara, or sitting around the firepit in my backyard telling stories and laughing. It means having the freedom to control my decisions and not have them be dictated by financial motivations, as well as the autonomy to be able leave an impact on the world through service and generosity.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I love the peace of mind that clients have when they experience financial freedom. By realizing that money is not the goal and that wealth is only a facilitator of living a fulfilled life, it strips away the stress and anxiety and gives power back to their daily decisions. This is only truly accomplished when someone is empowered through financial education and has true transparency into their fully comprehensive financial picture.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

A fun fact that most people don’t know about me is that I am in Cornell’s oldest secret society, but shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret.

Wealth Advisor
Mike Rudow
Mike Rudow
Mike Rudow

Wealth Advisor

(818) 206-2945

Years of Experience

6

Education and Credentials

B.A. in Law, Society, and Justice; University of Washington, Seattle

MBA in financial planning, Cal Lutheran University

CFP®, CEPA®, AIF®, CFS®, MBA, Series 7, Series 66

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

My definition of wealth goes well beyond the traditional meaning and what most people imagine when they think of being wealthy. I say that because wealth is usually defined by money or assets, and the more you have the wealthier you are. To me, money/assets are just one piece of the pie that makes up wealth because true wealth includes deep relationships, love, personal growth, exploring passions, and a profound meaning to life. When someone is wealthy, they have the ability to take in and enjoy all the small and ordinary pleasures in life and just having an abundance of money can’t provide that.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

Change. Every day at Morton, I have the ability and unique opportunity to help create meaningful change in the lives of our clients. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that I can help provide clarity and peace of mind to families while helping them navigate the difficulties of life. I love helping people first and foremost, and with the financial planning, cash flow analysis, and investment consulting that I am able to provide at Morton, I get to empower clients to be better investors and get the most life out of their wealth.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I have lived in many different countries around the world working in fitness and performing/teaching flying trapeze and other aerial arts.

Wealth Advisor, Partner
Eric Selter
Eric Selter
Eric Selter

Wealth Advisor, Partner

(818) 591-6205

Years of Experience

25

Education and Credentials

B.A. in journalism, USC

J.D., Loyola Law School

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth is such a personal thing and so different for so many people. The first non-monetary type of wealth I always think about is the amount of love that I have in the bank: from my wife and partner of 41 years, from my children, and now from my grandchildren. That’s wealth that money can’t buy. Wealth is also “time.” There’s an old saying: “You can’t buy time.” But spending monetary wealth, the product of my hard work, allows me to view it not as a value lost, but a value transferred.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I am inspired by my ability to use the vast resources and diverse teams at Morton to help our clients get more life out of their wealth. Having the Morton teams as a foundation, I have the ability to share my financial and life experiences with clients and help them make informed financial decisions.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I am a private pilot who loves to fly to different airports for lunch, meet with friends, or vacation up and down the West Coast. When people ask me why I love to fly, I answer: “Just like the investments from Morton Wealth, it’s a whole different perspective from up there.”

Chief Executive Officer, Partner
Jeff Sarti
Jeff Sarti
Jeff Sarti

Chief Executive Officer, Partner

(818) 591-6217

Years of Experience

24

Education and Credentials

B.S. in Biology, Stanford University

M.B.A., Anderson School of Management, UCLA

CFA®, MBA

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

For me, a “wealthy life” comes down to spending time with the ones I love and appreciating the little moments. I love nothing more than spending time with my wife and three kids, whether it’s a beach vacation, making dinner together, or just watching a movie with them on a Saturday night. It also means being intellectually engaged and being afforded opportunities to learn something new on a regular basis.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I feel so lucky to be at a place in my career where the work that I do is engaging on so many levels. First of all, the responsibility we have to protect our clients’ nest eggs while helping them accomplish their lifelong goals is humbling and inspires me to always push myself toward the “pursuit of being better.” Secondly, our industry affords endless opportunities to learn something new, as investments and financial planning opportunities are always changing. Finally, I love the camaraderie and collaboration with my teammates. The energy in our hallways is fun and invigorating!

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I actually have two fun facts: My wife and I foster kittens—the max number we had at one time was over 20! And I can say the alphabet backwards more easily than forwards.

Wealth Advisor, Partner
Joe Seetoo
Joe  Seetoo
Joe Seetoo

Wealth Advisor, Partner

(818) 591 6219

Years of Experience

24

Education and Credentials

B.A. degrees in Business/Economics and International Relations, magna cum laude, Randoph-Macon College

CFA®, CFP®, CEPA®, Applied Behavioral Finance certification

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

It means experiencing life to the fullest extent possible—unique experiences, positive impact in the community, deep and meaningful relationships, and being open to what life has to teach us.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

Being part of and helping to build a company that puts people first above all else—both in respect to our teammates and our clients. Morton has always thought outside of the box when it comes to investments but expanding this philosophy to how we manage the company, hire staff, and interact with our clients inspires and challenges me to be open to formulating new ideas and embracing growth and change.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I completed SEALFIT KOKORO Camp 37 in June 2015, a three-day experience over the course of 50+ hours designed by Navy SEALs modeled on “hell week.” We started with 35 people and 17 of us finished. We endured many of the same challenges that Navy SEALs face during hell week, including many hours of pushups, long runs, no sleep, and “water therapy” in the ocean at 2:00 in the morning. I trained six days a week for five months, mostly by myself, to get prepared for that weekend.

Wealth Advisor
Thao Truong
Thao Truong
Thao Truong

Wealth Advisor

(818) 206 2956

Years of Experience

11

Education and Credentials

B.S. in finance and minor in economics, magma cum laude, University of New Hampshire

Fluent speaker in Vietnamese and English, 2022 40 Under 40 Honoree by InvestmentNews

CFP®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

To me, wealth means more than money. It is about having the privilege to live our life purpose with a joyful heart and enthusiasm—not stressing out about money, security, health, or relationships. It is about having the wisdom to understand what we can and cannot control. Having the resources and strength to focus our intentions into the right place to further grow ourselves and positively impact others. Wealth is not a destination but a lifelong journey.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

As a first-generation immigrant born in Vietnam who is on her own path to financial freedom, I understand the struggles that people face with money, especially women. My family was bankrupt shortly after I left my home country. I wanted to learn about the stock markets only with the hope of getting rich and being my family’s savior. But as my understanding of wealth changed, I learned how to manage my finances in a much healthier way. As a result, I am passionate about empowering others to gain more control of their financial life. I hope to inspire people to have a healthy relationship with money, make informed decisions through different transitions in their life, and get closer to their life goals and purposes. Morton allows me to fulfill my dream of financial planning while keeping the clients’ best interest at heart.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

At a certain point in my childhood, I had 12 dogs, four hamsters, two cats, a bear, and a monkey as my family pets (things were a little different in Vietnam).

Wealth Advisor, Partner
Bruce Tyson
Bruce Tyson
Bruce Tyson

Wealth Advisor, Partner

(818) 206 2922

Years of Experience

45

Education and Credentials

B.A., Wesleyan University

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth is a home in which to raise my children, a large open kitchen in which to teach them how to cook and to share holiday traditions—and then, outside the home, a cache of airplane tickets to show my kids the world. I also particularly enjoy cooking, coffee, baguettes from Gjusta, and London’s Financial Times Weekend (and all the rabbit holes the FT’s articles and book reviews lead me to).

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

Having managed portfolios over the course of four wild decades, I serve as the company’s (unofficial) Chief Market-Memory Officer, a useful position for the Morton Wealth internal mentoring program, and also useful for not panicking during market volatility. Just as markets keep moving, so does the information flow; keeping abreast of it all makes the work both fun and challenging.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I have two daughters of varying ages and have been in continuous child-rearing mode since the Reagan Administration.

Wealth Advisor
Jon Wingent
Jon Wingent
Jon Wingent

Wealth Advisor

Years of Experience

20

Education and Credentials

B.A. in English, Manchester Metropolitan University, MSc Information Systems, The University of Sheffield

FCSI®, CWM®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth, for me, is not about a monetary value or number; it is about finding the joy in life and really appreciating it. It is spending quality time at home with my young family, catching up with friends, and travelling around the world with an open mind to discover new cultures and experiences. A great quote by Emily Dickinson really captures this for me: “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

The collaboration and shared sense of ownership is unlike anything I have ever experienced during my career. The team at Morton is authentic and emotionally intelligent, and has a genuine respect and care for each other that is hugely inspirational. We love the work we do together, and that positive energy created in the work at Morton Wealth shines through into the client experience.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I am an impressionist, not the 19th century French artist variety, but one who can master many different accents. I can also count to ten in several different languages from Swedish to Cantonese.

Client Relationship Specialist
Kristin Dillon
Kristin Dillon
Kristin Dillon

Client Relationship Specialist

Years of Experience

2

Education and Credentials

B.A. in English, CSULA

Origin Story
What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth to me is a mindset and a way of life. If you have a heart full of love, a mindset of gratitude, a purposeful life, and the luxury of your health: that is wealth. Getting to share the beauty of life with my people makes me extra wealthy.

What inspires you about the work you do?

I get the pleasure of working with people who inspire me. Everyone here is eager to learn, grow, and do the best they can for one another and the people we are lucky enough to call clients. Then knowing that we as a company get to help enhance clients’ lives— that’s the good stuff

What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I’m a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and was lucky enough to get to live in Costa Rica for a month to finish my training.

Wealth Planner
Brian Standing
Brian Standing
Brian Standing

Wealth Planner

(818) 591 6200

Years of Experience

16

Education and Credentials

B.A. in Political Science, Loyola Marymount University

J.D., Southwestern Law School

CFP®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth is when success is intentional. When you take ownership of your actions—personally, professionally—and those actions align with your values, wealth follows.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

Legacy planning is a deeply personal process. In my role at Morton, I am able to engage in estate planning discussions, navigate family relationships, and help our clients create a legacy that reflects their values and accomplishes their planning goals. Watching everything come together, especially for clients who are apprehensive about estate planning, is very rewarding.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I shot 100% from the free-throw line my sophomore year of high school basketball.

Financial Planning Manager
Brittany Yudkowsky
Brittany Yudkowsky
Brittany Yudkowsky

Financial Planning Manager

(818) 206 2937

Years of Experience

12

Education and Credentials

B.A. in English, magna cum laude, UCLA

CFP®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Friends, family, and my dog, Henrietta, are the foundation of what true wealth means to me. On top of that foundation, the ability to explore the world and experience different cultures is essential, not only to feed my natural curiosity but also so that I can grow and evolve as a person.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

I think financial planning is incredibly fascinating, and it’s such a powerful service we offer at Morton. Being part of a service that empowers clients to make financial decisions with confidence and clarity is extremely rewarding. As lead for the Financial Planning Team (and its inaugural team member back in 2016), I love seeing team members get excited about financial planning, dedicating their time and energy to growing their knowledge. Supporting and encouraging them through that process—and seeing their forward progress because of their hard work—makes me proud and inspires me every day. With my background in book publishing, I love getting to work with our amazing marketing team to craft financial planning content that will get our clients excited about the financial planning process too. I also get to put my copyediting skills to work on our newsletters, marketing material, and client communications.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

Growing up on the East Coast, I played field hockey in middle school. I played the fullback position and had a pretty powerful drive! Sadly, field hockey wasn’t as popular on the West Coast when I moved here for high school, but I still have my field hockey stick to this day.

Financial Planning Education Specialist
Edward Garcia
Edward Garcia
Edward Garcia

Financial Planning Education Specialist

(818) 591 6209

Years of Experience

4

Education and Credentials

B.A. in English, CSUN

M.A. in Education, National University

CFP® in progress

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

In the words of writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” For me, that means time with my family—both the everyday moments and those spent on our travels. To be able to experience the world through the eyes of my young daughters—with awe, wonderment, and pure joy—is what brings my life the most fulfillment.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

As a former junior-high educator, I am inspired by the fact that my work at Morton allows me to always be learning and growing, both personally and professionally. The realm of finance is always changing and being able to continue to evolve and adapt to better serve my team and our clients inspires me every day.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I have a stringed instrument collection of three guitars, four ukuleles, and one banjo.

Financial Planning Advisor
Amber McBride
Amber McBride
Amber McBride

Financial Planning Advisor

Years of Experience

4

Education and Credentials

B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, CSU Channel Islands

CFP®

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

The things that make me feel truly wealthy are enjoying time with my family and friends, finding passion in my work, helping others, travelling, learning and challenging myself to grow, enjoying nature, and spoiling my dog, Zoey. The true measure of wealth for me are the relationships, experiences, and memories that bring joy to our lives.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

One of my favorite quotes is: “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have,” by Jim Rohn. I love that I get to spend my time helping families achieve their goals and find financial peace of mind so that they can focus on enjoying life. Being part of the team at Morton continues to give me so much each day and inspires me to continue pursuing both my personal and professional growth. I feel honored to get to collaborate with coworkers who motivate and empower each other as well as our clients.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I love both travelling and astronomy. One of my favorite memories will always be the road trip I planned for my dad and me to go camping in Oregon to see the 2017 total solar eclipse. About experiencing a total solar eclipse, astronomer Samuel Langley said, “The spectacle is one of which, though the man of science may prosaically state the facts, perhaps only the poet could render the impression.” While the lead up to totality happens over the course of hours, and though totality only lasts minutes, it is a vivid and beautiful experience that stays with you forever.

Wealth Advisor
Beau Wirick
Beau Wirick
Beau Wirick

Wealth Advisor

818-206-2915

Years of Experience

3

Education and Credentials

B.S. in business administration, University of Southern California

CFP®

Origin Story
What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth is not measured by how much you have, but by how little you lack. If you can enjoy what you do for work, enjoy how you contribute to your community, enjoy time with your friends and family, and do all of that without fearing what the future may hold, you are wealthy.

What inspires you about the work you do at Morton?

Nothing gives me more joy than helping someone make the right financial decisions. I really mean that. And at Morton, I am able to give my clients the time and attention necessary to make truly personalized recommendations based on their unique stories.

What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

My wife and I met as actors on a TV show, and they wrote a storyline in which we had a crush on each other. We fell in love immediately (we call this a “Showmance”) and were married 18 months later.

Financial Planning Associate
Ian Rennick
Ian Rennick
Ian Rennick

Financial Planning Associate

Years of Experience

2

Education and Credentials

B.S. in business administration, CSU Channel Islands

Origin Story
1. What does wealth mean to you?

Wealth is the ability to live your life to the fullest without concern that finances are going to hold you back. That means something different for everyone, but the result is always the same.

2. What inspires you about the work you do?

Being able to help people work towards their financial goals is something you can’t put a price on. It allows me to have an impact on so many families and generations. This, coupled with my desire to never stop learning about financial strategies that drive long-term success, makes this the perfect job for me.

3. What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I am a die-hard Yankee fan.

Client Coordinator
Peter Duan
Peter Duan
Peter Duan

Client Coordinator

818-206-2903

Years of Experience

5

Education and Credentials

B.S. in Environmental Science, UCLA

Origin Story
What does wealth mean to you? 

Wealth is not a specific number in your retirement account but rather a feeling of freedom and choices. Some people have all the money in the world but are slaves to their lifestyle and work. Others may never live in a mansion or drive the fanciest cars, but they can prioritize having quality time with loved ones. To me, the latter leads a wealthier life.

What inspires you about the work you do at Morton?

As someone who broke into the finance world without ever taking an accounting or finance course in college, I distinctly remember the aha moments when I learned about the power of compound interest and other real-world financial knowledge. At Morton, I am excited to provide clients with a similar feeling of excitement and joy when it comes to educating them about their wealth and financial futures.

What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

As a kid, I did TV commercials for Toys “R” Us and Oscar Mayer.

Client Experience Specialist
Nick Valaika
Nick Valaika
Nick Valaika

Client Experience Specialist

Years of Experience

1

Education and Credentials

B.A. in history, UCLA

Origin Story
What does wealth mean to you?

I believe wealth is not exclusively tied to finance or assets. A wealthy life is a result of serving others before yourself, loving your family and friends well, and chasing the things money can’t buy. True wealth is when your happiness and passion for life are not tied to material things.

What inspires you about the work you do at Morton?

Working at Morton means I get to be a small part of helping families meet their financial goals and live out their idea of wealth. I have the privilege to be a part of a culture that not only takes care of their clients, but also encourages personal development and growth for their employees.

What’s a fun fact that most people may not know about you?

I’m a former baseball player and one of four brothers to all be drafted to play professionally.

Wealth Advisor
Jennifer Caruso
Jennifer Caruso
Jennifer Caruso

Wealth Advisor

(818) 577-1015

Years of Experience

17

Education and Credentials

MBA, CDFA®

Origin Story
What does wealth mean to you?

Over the years, my definition of wealth has expanded to include the qualitative. I believe wealth should be measured with whatever it is you value most. For me, it’s time: the time I’m able to spend making memories with my family, and the time I’m able to devote to the activities I enjoy. Ultimately, my goal is to attain a work-optional lifestyle, leave an inheritance to my children’s children, and hopefully gift a charitable legacy that extends beyond my lifetime.

What inspires your work?

Bridging family communication. 70% of families lose their wealth in the second generation, and 90% by the third! As a parent who has worked tirelessly to instill financial values in my (now adult) children, I find this statistic unacceptable! Legacy planning, financial education, and family communication around these issues are crucial components to solving this problem. I have proudly devoted my career to educating and empowering investors to grow, preserve, and enjoy their wealth for generations to come.

Fun Fact

I love running! My personal goal is to run a marathon on each continent, and a half-marathon in every state! I have a long way to go but am determined to run for as long as my body will allow!