Your Team

As your team, we take client service very seriously. Together, we're committed to providing exceptional service to all of our clients.

If you need to schedule an appointment or request any other service, please let us know. We will respond promptly.


Investment Team

This investment team is comprised of members from the Advisory Investment and Private Client Services teams. They provide customized investment management services for high-net-worth clients and investment research and consulting support for the advisory products and services. The team addresses specific client needs by providing enhanced portfolio analytics, investment research and guidance.

WMC Investment Team

 
Rick Bravo

Rick Bravo, CFP®, RICP®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 206-777-3460

I manage our financial planning process, financial plan designs, and portfolio management. I have extensive knowledge regarding asset allocation, investment strategies, securities, and I'll be your primary contact for questions related to these issues. I maintain our clients’ plans with a keen focus on needs and goals.

I joined the team in 2006 and I have over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. I’ve earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, hold my Life and Disability insurance licenses, and I've obtained the FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

I'm a native Californian and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with my Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree.

I can help you with:

  • Creating and amending your Personal Planning Analysis (PPA)
  • Tax-efficient strategies, including tax loss harvesting
  • Security recommendations and asset allocation modifications
  • Trading stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs and certain other securities
  • Account transfers, deposits, distributions and other transactions
  • Illustrations for life, disability and long-term care insurance as well as annuities
  • Scheduling a meeting in person, over the phone or GoToMeeting

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

 
Steven Ward

Steven Ward, CFP®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 206-777-3460

I started with Northwestern Mutual in 2014 and joined the team in 2015. In that time, I've earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, Life, Disability and Long-Term Care insurance licenses as well as my FINRA Series 6, 63, 65 and 7 securities licenses. My focus is on maximizing your experience with us and providing you top-notch service.

I graduated from Washington State University in 2008 with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media degree. I enjoy the outdoors, learning new things and play time with my dog, Queso.

I can help you with:

  • Scheduling a meeting in person, over the phone or GoToMeeting
  • Accessing and navigating your online profile, aggregating your accounts and going paperless
  • Illustrations for life, disability and long-term care insurance as well as annuities
  • Trading stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs and certain other securities
  • Account transfers, deposits, distributions and other transactions

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

 
Colleen M O'Donnell

Colleen M O'Donnell

Director of Policyowner Services

I rejoined the team in 2010 after taking some time off to raise my children. Previously, I worked for Northwestern Mutual for seven years specializing in our life, disability and long-term care insurance underwriting. I take great pride in our underwriting process and leverage my knowledge and expertise to ensure your experience with us is second-to-none.

I graduated from Gonzaga University, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree. I live in Bellevue with my husband and three kids.

I can help you with:

  • Arranging premium payments
  • Taking policy loans
  • Beneficiary updates and other policy changes
  • Your underwriting experience, including coordinating applications and your medical exam
 

Mercer C Kung Smith

Director of Investment Operations

I joined the team in 2014 with my FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and previously worked for four years in Northwestern Mutual’s investment operations and wealth management departments. Since joining, I’ve streamlined our onboarding processes, and made it easier for our clients to execute transactions and make updates to their accounts by leveraging our technology.

I graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY with my Bachelor of Sciences in Financial Information and Analysis degree. I enjoy spending time with my husband, James, and our dog, Pike, traveling, fitness, and saving the planet.

I can help you with:

  • Trading stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs and certain other securities
  • Account transfers, deposits, distributions and other transactions
  • Coordinating rollovers and trustee-to-trustee transfers
  • Tax-efficient strategies, including tax loss harvesting
  • Security recommendations & asset allocation modifications
  • Beneficiary updates and other account changes
 

Kevin B Johnson, CLU®, ChFC®

Wealth Management Advisor

 

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