Shawn has lived in the Northwest most of his life. Currently, he lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. In his spare time he enjoys boating, fishing, gardening, cooking and travel. Shawn’s industry experience began in 1992 working on small company retirement plans and other employee group benefits. In 2003, he was recruited by Merrill Lynch where he became Series 7 and Series 66 securities registered. He has also earned a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation (CRPC) from the College For Financial Planning. In 2006, Shawn was recruited by MassMutual. In July of 2011, Shawn moved his financial planning practice to LPL Financial and Tallus Capital Management. He has been named in Seattle Magazine and the Wall Street Journal as a Five Star Wealth Manager*; recognizing him as one of the top financial advisors in the region.
Shawn’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. He graduated with two majors; one in East Asian Studies, the other in Philosophy. While completing his degree at Western Washington, Shawn also attended Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China, where he studied Chinese language and business. In addition to his industry experience, Shawn has held a number of other interesting jobs during his college years. He spent his summers commercial fishing in Alaska. He also taught English as a second language, and was a voice talent for television and movies in Beijing, China.
* The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria:
1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative;
2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years.
3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review**;
4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards;
5. Accepting new clients;
6. One-year client retention rate;
7. Five-year client retention rate;
8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered;
9. Number of client households served;
10. Education and professional designations.
Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded.
Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner’s future performance. 1,678 Seattle wealth managers were considered for the award; 412 (25 percent of candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers.
** As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not:
a) Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine;
b) Had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process;
c) Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority;
d) Filed for personal bankruptcy;
e) Been convicted of a felony.