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Matt Cook, CFP®
Matt helps clients maximize their human, intellectual, and financial capital in order to achieve their goals. He offers new and unique perspectives regarding life-changing decisions such as buying or selling a business, choosing an investment policy, establishing savings goals, deciding when to retire, or charting a retirement distribution strategy. Matt earned his degree in Economics and Business, with honors from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and is active in the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association. He lives nearby with his wife Patti, and their two children.
Josh Gustafson, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, AEP®
Josh specializes in bringing together the diverse elements of investments, pension, college, insurance, tax, business, financial, and estate planning into an integrated, comprehensive plan to help clients achieve their long term goals and live their vision today. Josh graduated magna cum laude from Westmont College, in Economics, where he occasionally teaches Investments and Portfolio Management. He is also a member of the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council. Josh and his wife, Jennifer, live in Santa Barbara with their three children.
As a Financial Administrator, Chris works closely with clients to provide operational support and assistance during the implementation of their financial plans. Chris graduated cum laude from Westmont College with dual degrees in Economics and History. During his studies, he completed a year-long research project which focused on the origins of the Federal Reserve System. He holds the FINRA Series 65 license.
Emi Umezawa, CFP®
Emi facilitates the delivery of comprehensive financial life plans by preparing analyses and handling complex projects. She works closely with internal Mercer experts and external client advisors to ensure that the financial plan remains flexible and current. Emi graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics and Accounting. Emi is a California Notary Public.
Shala joined Mercer Advisors to pursue her passion for financial planning and investment management. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, she served as Vice President of Operations for a global manufacturing company, gaining experience in Poland and China. She also lived in Haiti where she worked to promote community development. Shala graduated cum laude from Westmont College with a degree in Economics and Business. She holds her FINRA Series 65 license and is working toward her CFP® certification.