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When can you enjoy everything you’ve worked for?

Welcome to a different kind of wealth management in Santa Barbara

We get you to think about money like you’ve never thought about it before

Has rolling up your sleeves, working hard, and building success always been part of your DNA? Then we believe Mercer Advisors is the wealth management firm for you.

Because we’re here to help you keep building on that success. But at the same time, we fundamentally believe there’s a point in life where the wealth-builder in you deserves to become the wealth-enjoyer of all you’ve attained.

We’re built differently

Because to us, helping you protect and grow your wealth is about much more than just your investment portfolio

Of course, a well-managed investment portfolio is the cornerstone to building wealth. And we strive to do that exceptionally well.
 
But if returns are your sole focus, those returns can quickly be offset by what happens in the other parts of your financial life. Like not preparing for major taxable events, having an incomplete estate plan, a retirement plan that’s on autopilot, or a less than ideal business succession strategy.
 
So, unlike most firms, we have expertise across financial planning, investing strategy, tax and estate planning, trust services, insurance coverage, and more. With specialists across each of these areas communicating with each other about you, and with you.

Put simply, we help oversee and connect all the dots of your financial life.

Meet our talented wealth advisors in the Santa Barbara area

They’re here to help you connect all your financial dots

Matt Cook

Managing Director

Matt Cook

Matt Cook

Managing Director

Matt started working at Mercer Advisors in 2002 and has been helping clients chart their financial future and make important decisions that affect all aspects of their wealth. As Managing Director for the Los Angeles and Central California region, he oversees 5 wealth management offices, serves on the Senior Leadership Team, and is an advisor to the firm's high net worth clients. Matt received his degree in Economics and Business from Westmont College. He is active in the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association, serves on the Board for the Page Youth Center, and is a volunteer for the local AYSO club. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and their three children.

Doug Fabian

Senior Vice President

Doug Fabian

Doug Fabian

Senior Vice President

Doug began his career in 1979 as a market analyst for the Telephone Switch Newsletter. He spent 17 years speaking to investors about the issues that mattered most to them on his financial talk radio show. Before joining Mercer Advisors, Doug was president of Fabian Wealth Strategies, a Registered Investment Advisor specializing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs). He speaks nationally at financial seminars and produces a weekly podcast, is a contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Investor’s Business Daily, and has appeared regularly as a guest on CNBC and Fox Business Network. Doug graduated from Goldenwest College and holds the FINRA Series 65 License.

Nicholas Ladaga

Regional Sales Associate

Nicholas Ladaga

Nicholas Ladaga

Regional Sales Associate

Nicholas began his career in the financial services industry in 2019 and brings 10 years of sales, marketing, and customer services experience to the team. He was born and raised in Michigan and earned his bachelor’s degree from Oakland University. Nicholas focuses on elite customer service and works every day to make sure you reach your financial goals. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, coaching basketball, and traveling. Nicholas holds the Series 65 License.

Emi Umezawa

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Emi Umezawa

Emi Umezawa

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Emi has close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, all with Mercer Advisors. In taking clients through the financial planning process, she places the client's life at the center. Drawing from her life coach training, Emi takes time to get to know a person, and learn what financial peace of mind looks like to them. Then in participation with the client, she finds an optimized financial solution for each unique situation. Emi also emphasizes education and coaching to increase a client's confidence in taking charge of their financial wellbeing.

Emi is an active member in Mercer Advisors' InvestHERs initiative, which focuses on helping to serve the specific needs of women and to increase their representation at the firm. Emi graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Business Economics and Accounting.

Yvonne Wood

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Yvonne Wood

Yvonne Wood

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Yvonne began her career in the financial services industry in 1990. She worked in the brokerage industry prior to joining Mercer Advisors. Yvonne worked as a bond trader, managing the firm’s fixed income investments before her promotion to Client Advisor. She graduated from the University of California. Yvonne lives in Solvang, California with her husband and two daughters.

Kelly Palmer

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Kelly Palmer

Kelly Palmer

Sr. Wealth Advisor

CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

kpalmer@merceradvisors.com

Kelly is passionate about helping his clients achieve Economic FreedomTM. He has been providing comprehensive financial planning to his clients since 1988. Kelly graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Human Development. As a member and past president of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, and member of the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council, he is committed to the further development of his profession. Kelly has been a California Life Agent.

Justin Shane

Wealth Advisor

Justin Shane

Justin Shane

Wealth Advisor

Justin began his career in the financial services industry in 2013. He has a passion for helping families and individuals navigate financial decisions and achieve Economic Freedom. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, holds a FINRA Series 65 license, and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. Justin graduated with honors from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in Finance and currently lives in Santa Barbara.

Jonathan Mitchell

Wealth Advisor

Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell

Wealth Advisor

MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CPWA®

jmitchell@merceradvisors.com

Jonathan graduated cum laude from Westmont College, with dual degrees in political science, economics and business. He earned his MBA from Western Governor's University and holds CFP®, ChFC®, and CPWA® certifications. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, in 2013, Jonathan gained experience in a variety of fields, including education, law, sales, and construction management. Jonathan is a good teacher, an excellent listener, and a great coach. He is unconditionally committed to serving his clients with integrity.

Jeff Minc

Associate Wealth Advisor

Jeff Minc

Jeff Minc

Associate Wealth Advisor

Jeff began his career in the financial industry in 2014. His experience of managing client portfolios and trading equity and fixed income products in Investment Operations for Mercer Advisors for three years and obtaining his Certified Financial PlannerTM certification was a catalyst for him to transition into client services. Jeff graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, he served as a firefighter and managed investment portfolios for a small group of friends and family. Jeff also holds the FINRA Series 65 license.

Stefani Kohler

Financial Planner

Stefani Kohler

Stefani Kohler

Financial Planner

Stefani began her career in the financial services industry in 2013 as an investment operations specialist processing daily operations tasks such as distributions, account maintenance items, and transfers. She quickly transitioned to supervising, overseeing these daily operations and serving as a liaison between advisors and custodians. In July of 2018, Stefani transitioned to client services. She is currently a financial planner, and she loves partnering with clients to implement their financial plan and reach their goals. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Stefani is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds the FINRA Series 65 license.

John Voralik

Associate Financial Planner

John Voralik

John Voralik

Associate Financial Planner

John began his career in financial services with a national broker-dealer and joined Mercer Advisors in 2022. He is passionate about helping successful professionals, entrepreneurs, and families create, preserve, and grow their wealth. John focuses on investment management, tax mitigation, wealth transfer, and charitable giving.

As a financial professional with an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, he also serves as Co-Trustee of the Voralik Family Trust and brings over 20 years of relationship management expertise from the entertainment industry. John received his Bachelor's degree from Westmont College in Economics & Business and holds the Series 66 and CA Insurance licenses. He and his wife live in Sierra Madre where he coaches their son's little league team and enjoys their many family adventures.

Brittany Doyle

Regional Service Manager

Brittany Doyle

Brittany Doyle

Regional Service Manager

Brittany began her career in finance at Goldman Sachs and worked in Private Wealth Management in their Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York offices. There she was able to advance her client service skills providing elevated support to high-net-worth individuals and families with their financial management. She brings that same level of expertise to her clients at Mercer Advisors by providing proactive and efficient support. Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Special Education from California State University, Northridge. Brittany enjoys the beach, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and binging the latest Netflix series with her husband and their cat.

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Please Note: The achievement of any professional designation, certification, degree, or license should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results or satisfaction if Mercer Advisors is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services.