Simon Baker

Simon Baker

Chief Executive Officer

Wealth Advisory

Simon Baker is the founder of BakerAvenue Asset Management and chairman of the investment committee. He oversees the investment process and leads the development of BakerAvenue’s strategies and services. He is also responsible for overseeing the firm’s wealth management clients.

Before launching BakerAvenue in 2004, Simon was a Managing Director at Bank of America Securities, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) and Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). He is a cast member on the CNBC Half Time show ‘Fast Money’, Yahoo ‘Breakout’ and often quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other financial publications.

Simon is an active member of the Manhattan chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Simon is sponsor/lecturer of Hartwick College ‘Baker/Simpson entrepreneurial leadership program’. Simon graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics & French from Hartwick College, NY. Simon lives in both New York and San Francisco.

On the personal side:

Simon is a native of Nottingham, England who originally came to the U.S. on a Division 1 soccer scholarship. His mother thought it would be a quick 4 years across the pond and then he’d return home. That was 20 years ago and she’s still waiting.

Simon still plays soccer on the weekends and recently learned how to kite surf. He sits on the board of the California Shakespeare Theater, as well as the advisory boards of Girls Incorporated of Alameda County and the Achieve Program. Through Achieve, Baker Ave gives full 4-year high school scholarships to 2 Oakland students from low-income families. Simon lives in New York with his English Sheep dog, Mr. Riley.

Something you may not know about Simon:

While in college, Simon had a summer job in London covering Wimbledon for HBO. There was a lot of rain during the tournament that year, so HBO had to find ways to kill time on the live feed. During one rain delay, Simon performed a skit with Cris Collinsworth in which he challenged the famed sportscaster to a “slide off” down a muddy embankment. Cris accepted the challenge and jumped. Simon, the instigator, didn’t. His only response: “Those crazy Americans.”

King Lip, CFA, CFP®, CMT

King Lip

Chief Strategist

Portfolio Management

King Lip is Chief Strategist (CS) at BakerAvenue and serves on the investment committee. As Chief Strategist King is responsible for managing, developing and communicating our investment strategies and thought leadership, both internally and externally.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue, King was a portfolio manager at Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC. He also served as the lead portfolio manager at the family office of a Forbes List ultra-high-net-worth individual. As an analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and at Credit Suisse, King worked closely with CEO Simon Baker managing the firm’s All Cap Core strategy. King has been nominated as a Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisor in Barron’s magazine and the San Francisco Business Times. He was also named as one of the Top 10 Rising Stars of ETF investing in 2012 by ETF Report, a leading publication on ETF investing. His analysis has been featured in leading financial publications such as Better Investing, Consumer Reports, MarketWatch, and Bloomberg. King is also a regular commentator on CNBC.

King graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business with a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in business administration. He also earned an M.S. in banking and financial services management from Boston University. In addition to being a Chartered Market Technician (CMT), King is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, one of only 11 professionals globally who holds all three designations.

On the personal side:

When he’s away from the office, King enjoys teaching his border collie, Charley, new tricks and playing competitive golf. He has made 1 hole-in-one (so far). King serves on the board of directors of the John Susko Memorial Fund for Junior Golf, a San Francisco foundation that supports junior and high school golf and provides inner-city children access to the game. He also serves on the board of directors of the Lowell Alumni Association and advises on its endowment portfolio.

Something you may not know about King:

King spends most of his waking hours looking at stock charts and can recite the ticker symbols of nearly every company in the S&P 500. In any given year, he reviews close to 15,000 charts looking for the next winner.

Doug Couden, CFA

Doug Couden

Chief Investment Officer

Portfolio Management

Doug Couden is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of BakerAvenue Asset Management. Doug is responsible for managing the portfolio team, leading the firm’s investment and research process and overall performance of the strategies.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue, Doug worked as the Director of Equities at Newfleet Asset Management LLC and Seneca Capital Management LLC in San Francisco. Doug has a proven history of performance (alpha) generation for a diverse client base and product set. His portfolio management and research experience covers all sectors and styles (growth to value). Doug has extensive experience in security modeling, industry forecasting, and valuation work. As the head of multiple investment teams, Doug has initiated and developed investment products, managed the transition of multiple asset managers and products, generated asset and client growth in a variety of products, and instituted robust internal research management processes. Before moving to San Francisco, Doug worked at PaineWebber, and then at UBS, in New York.

Doug graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the Security Analysts Society of San Francisco.

Doug is a contributor to CNBC and has been quoted on Bloomberg, in the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, as well as other financial publications.

On the Personal Side:

Doug hails from the great state of Tennessee. His southern roots keep him "down home", gentlemanly and well natured. Several years in New York gave him his competitive edge and forced him to trade in his Hush Puppies for dark suits and ties. His southern drawl is long gone, although it could be argued that at certain times of the day, it can still be heard.

Doug is an avid water sportsman and outdoor enthusiast. On sunny days you can find him paddling to the Golden Gate Bridge. Doug enjoys a competitive game of hoops and has a hard time turning down an invitation to play in basketball leagues around the City. He thinks he can still dunk.

Doug is active in his local community and supports multiple charities and foundations in the Bay Area with his wife Holly. He coaches his daughters Grace and Ava soccer and basketball teams and recently completed back-to-back undefeated seasons. Not that anyone’s counting.

Something you may not know about Doug:

Doug makes his own brand of deep dish pizza he affectionately calls the “The Dougie”. From dough to tomatoes, pepperoni to paprika and sausage to sage, Doug’s pie is a made from scratch weighs in at 6 lbs fully cooked. It won’t win any beauty contests, but they say it has never left a palate wanting. Best served with a splash of one’s favorite libation, Doug prefers a lively social setting to help devour the goods. While the recipe is proprietary, his view on the markets is not.

Jerry Luff

Jerry Luff

Chief Operating Officer

Wealth Advisory

As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jerry helps determine and execute on the strategic and day-to-day operations of the firm and is on our investment committee.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue, Jerry served as vice president in the Global Wealth Management group at Banc of America Investments. He was also an institutional advisor at both Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley, where he provided fixed-income analysis and portfolio strategies to endowments, corporations, and municipalities such as General Motors, U.S. Steel, and the Regents of the University of California.

Jerry holds a B.A. in finance from The University of Texas at Arlington and an M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University.

On the personal side:

Jerry is husband to Alison and Dad to daughters Christina and Katie. His recreational interests include skiing, boating, and motorsports. Jerry may have been a racecar driver in a past life. In this life, however, his time behind the wheel is spent shuttling his children around.

Jerry is active in his church and community. He is a Special Olympics coach and a member of the fundraising committee for Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, an innovative nonprofit program for people with disabilities and other special needs. Jerry also led a project to fund and build a computer lab for Old First Reach, an afterschool mentoring program for inner-city youth.

Something you may not know about Jerry:

Jerry originally wanted to be an architect. He decided to attend the University of Texas at Arlington because of its strong architecture program, but soon after beginning his studies he realized that his true calling was finance. He quickly transferred to the school of business and the rest is history. But Jerry still finds ways to indulge his passion for architecture and design, including a number of interior and landscape design projects at his own residence. More recently, Jerry has been experimenting with spot and arc welding. After mastering a few more techniques, he plans to weld a metal sculpture for the garden—assuming he gets his wife Alison's approval.

John Tassone, CAIA®, JD

John Tassone

Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director

Wealth Advisory

John is the Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Director of SimonBaker&Partners, LLC, a private wealth advisory boutique serving ultra-high net worth entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and families. He brings over 20 years of experience providing advice in the areas of wealth management, investment management, financial services, and public and private investments, among others. John serves on the Wealth Management Investment and Strategy committee as well as the Finance committee.

Prior to joining SimonBaker&Partners, John served as the Chief Operating Officer and a Senior Investment Partner of the Investment Advisory Center at GenSpring Family Offices, LLC. While at GenSpring, in addition to his client portfolio management, asset allocation, and investment research duties, he oversaw the investment platform which peaked at approximately $20 billion by the time he left the firm. Prior to GenSpring, he worked as an investment banker and M&A advisor with Deutsche Bank and Rabobank International. During his investment banking career, he originated, executed and completed over 25 merger advisory, debt and equity capital raises, initial and secondary public offerings, as well various recapitalizations worth in excess of $12 billion. Earlier in his career, John was a practicing trusts and estates attorney and senior tax accountant at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

John received a B.S. in business management from Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, an M.B.A. with a specialization in accounting from Union College Graduate School of Management, and his J.D. from Albany Law School. John is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and is also admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. He also holds the Series 65 license.

On the personal side:

John grew up in Ithaca, New York and attended Cornell University. While studying abroad in London, England he met his wife, Debbie. They enjoyed many adventures travelling throughout Europe and Asia and still love to explore new places. After starting their careers in New York City, they embarked on their biggest adventure…parenthood! While their two children were still young, they decided to trade in their snow boots for flip flops and moved to sunny, Jupiter, Florida. John is very involved in his family’s artistic and athletic activities. When he is not coaching his son’s hockey team, listening to his wife sing, or wandering around the ring as his daughter jumps horses, John can be found enjoying the tremendous outdoor activities that South Florida has to offer. John and Debbie are also actively involved in several local charities that support families and children in need.

Something you may not know about John:

If you take a look in the trunk of his car at any given time, it looks like a small sporting goods store! John is ready to play any activity at any time! Since childhood, he has been passionate about many sports and outdoor activities. A former collegiate athlete in football and self-proclaimed world-class Weekend Warrior, John has hung up his spikes and gracefully retired from any activity that involves something more than just going straight ahead. Nowadays, when he is not working, he can usually be found riding his bike, swimming in the ocean or running on the scenic beaches. And when he’s not exercising you may find him crying in front of a TV while watching Field of Dreams, Miracle or Rudy!

Keith Miller, CPA

Keith Miller

Chief Financial Officer

Wealth Advisory

Keith Miller serves as the firm’s dedicated finance and accounting officer. Keith’s primary duties include maintaining BakerAvenue’s financial statements and records along with managing the firm’s annual budget, forecasts and overall finances. Keith also assists on projects related to BakerAvenue’s financial planning and corporate strategy. Keith has 16 years of experience in the accounting industry, including over 10 years in the securities and alternative investment funds space.

Before joining BakerAvenue in 2012, Keith was a partner at EisnerAmper LLP in the financial services group where he provided audit, accounting and consulting services to approximately 100 hedge funds and their registered investment advisor entities. Keith’s hedge fund clients ranged from start-ups with $20 million in net assets to established groups managing over $2 billion. Prior to that, Keith was a member of the risk assurance group at Man Investments in London, UK.

Keith is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed to practice accounting in the State of California and a Chartered Accountant (CA) registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Keith holds a B.A. in accounting and economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK.

On the personal side:

Away from the office, Keith’s biggest passion is professional sports, a potential occupation choice that would narrowly finish second behind going into accounting…

Growing up in the suburbs outside London, England, Keith’s favorite sport along with many other people in that part of the world is soccer (or football as he calls it). Though, on moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002, Keith quickly fell into America’s summer pastime, baseball. Keith also loves travelling to places with a warmer climate than he experienced growing up. Hawaii currently tops his list of favorite places visited, although he feels he should now visit Tahiti, just to see how the two compare.

Something you may not know about Keith:

Keith has visited twelve of the thirty-two major league baseball parks along with a number of triple-A minor league parks. His goal is to take in a game at each of the remaining major league parks he is yet to experience.

Brent Johnson, CWS®

Brent Johnson

Wealth Manager & Managing Director

Wealth Advisory

Brent Johnson brings over a decade of wealth management experience to his position as managing director at BakerAvenue. He specializes in creating comprehensive, customized wealth management strategies for the individual portfolios of high-net-worth clients. He also has extensive experience in equity block trades, 10b5-1 restricted stock plans, private placements, and venture capital stock distributions. Brent’s clients include Fortune 500 executives, wealthy families, technology entrepreneurs, and senior partners in venture capital and private equity firms.

Before joining BakerAvenue, Brent spent 9 years with Credit Suisse as vice president in their private client group. Prior to that, he was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) in New York City before moving within the firm to San Francisco. He joined Credit Suisse in the fall of 2000 when the bank purchased DLJ. Earlier in his career, Brent was a senior financial auditor for Philip Morris Management Company in New York City. In addition to performing audits at the company's headquarters, he worked on projects for Philip Morris subsidiaries in Germany, Hong Kong, and Richmond, Virginia.

Brent played on the junior varsity basketball team at the University of Kansas before transferring to Rockhurst College in Kansas City, where he graduated with a dual degree in economics and global studies. He received his M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

On the personal side:

Brent is originally from Sutherland, Nebraska. After stints in his home state, Kansas, Arizona, and New York City, he finally found his home in San Francisco.

In a small twist of fate, Brent met his wife, Mary, while hanging out with CEO Simon Baker. After some encouragement from Simon, Brent got up the nerve to talk to her. They’ve been together ever since. They welcomed their son, Moses, into the family in August 2008. When he’s not working, Brent enjoys golf, traveling, history, and reading. He’s also a big Cornhuskers football and Jayhawks basketball fan.

Something you may not know about Brent:

In 1999, Brent hiked the "Camino de Santiago", an ancient pilgrimage route that crosses Europe and ends in Northwest Spain. He started his trek in the French Pyrenees mountains, just across the border from Pamplona, Spain. After walking 20 miles a day for 26 days, he arrived at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Brent says the whole experience is beautiful in its simplicity: "All you do is get up in the morning and start walking." While he learned a lot on the trip, the one area where he truly became an expert was on blisters. He hopes to put this expertise to good use someday on a repeat of the trip with his son, Moses.

Scott Stephens, CWS®

Scott Stephens

Wealth Manager & Managing Director

Wealth Advisory

Scott is a Managing Director and Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS®) located at our Dallas, TX office. With over 20 years of investment experience, his primary focus is working with high-net worth clients around portfolio construction and diversification, income planning and client communication. Scott’s client relationships are primarily in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado.

Before joining BakerAvenue, Scott was employed by Fidelity Investments for over 12 years. In his last role at Fidelity, he was Vice President for the Wealth Advisory Solutions program working with 40 different Registered Investment Advisor firms across Texas and Florida. Prior to that, he was a Senior Investment Consultant in the Portfolio Advisory Services in both Boston and Dallas locations.

Scott holds a B.A. in Marketing from Assumption College.

On the personal side:

Scott is originally from Southborough, Massachusetts. In 2001, he relocated to Dallas, TX for Fidelity Investments on the pretense that he'd be moving again soon. Then he met his wife Beth, and his mother’s worst nightmare came true: he officially became a Texan. Scott and Beth live in Southlake, TX with their 9 year old son Owen and 5 year old daughter Liv. He enjoys weekly pick-up basketball games, old-fashioned home cooking, boating and his new passion, volunteer coaching for local youth sports.

Something you may not know about Scott:

Since Scott was 7 years old, he has been involved in competitive athletics of some sort. He excelled in basketball and football in both high school and college. In 2010, he volunteered to coach both sports in his home town of Southlake, TX. Recently his flag football team went 10-0 and took the town championship. He enjoys fostering his team's competitive spirit (win or lose) in a supportive environment and firmly believes that it creates the foundation for future discipline, success and team work.

Rick Mordesovich, CIMA®, CWS®

Rick Mordesovich

Wealth Manager & Managing Director

Wealth Advisory

As a Managing Director, Rick advises high-net-worth clients on strategic issues including portfolio construction and diversification, income tax strategies, and trust and estate planning.

Previously, Rick was senior vice president at Neuberger Berman. Prior to that, he was a managing director at Bank of America Securities, where he and CEO Simon Baker met. Rick is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), a Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS®), and a member of the Investment Management Consulting Association.

He earned his B.A. from DePaul University and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. Rick is committed to building sustainable business relationships rooted in integrity. He frequently writes and speaks on the topics of values-based financial planning and socially responsible investing.

On the personal side:

Rick is committed to building sustainable business relationships rooted in integrity. He frequently writes and speaks on the topics of values-based financial planning and socially responsible investing. He is a member of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN). Rick has also served on the boards of the Academy of Friends, a nonprofit organization that raises money to combat HIV and AIDS, and Friends of the Children San Francisco, a program for disadvantaged inner-city youth.

Rick volunteers as a neighborhood organizer for Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a greener San Francisco through tree planting and community involvement. He is also active in his community as a traffic and safety leader. Rick is an avid amateur photographer, a passion that’s been reinforced by his extensive international travels. He is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in photography at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

Something you may not know about Rick:

Rick once had a guest spot on the hit TV show Desperate Housewives. The episode “One More Kiss” opens with Rick kissing a woman at a party at Bree Van de Kamp’s home. This was his 3 seconds of fame.

Peter Sigal, AAMS®

Peter Sigal

Managing Director

Wealth Advisory

Peter has made a career in financial planning and investment management serving individuals and institutions for 30 years. He joined BakerAvenue as a Managing Director in Dallas in 2014.

Pete started with Dean Witter Reynolds in Palo Alto, California with a degree in business economics from University of California at Santa Barbara. He advanced in the firm’s bond trading department in the World Trade Center New York, ultimately to national sales director for taxable fixed income investments.

During the merger with Morgan Stanley in 1997, he assumed national sales responsibilities for the retail mortgage bank, and later the Financial Institutions Group. In 1999 Pete moved to branch management, directing sales in Atlanta, opening an office in Nashville, then taking over Houston’s Greenway Plaza branch and satellites.

In 2008 he joined Charles Schwab’s Executive Services as a consultant and founding member. Pete developed relationships with directors and executives of companies who’s stock plans are administered by Charles Schwab. Strategy, planning, risk management, 10b5-1 plans, and investment advice was provided around concentrated holdings, restricted stock, employee options, and Section 16 reporting requirements. Maximizing potential for stock plan portfolios integrated with non-plan assets was the group’s focus and expertise.

Pete’s been an active FINRA dispute resolution arbitration panelist. He’s held FINRA Series 7, 8, 24, 63, and 65 registrations, and is an AAMS - Accredited Asset Management Specialist.

On the Personal Side:

Pete’s high activity level means you may find him running, biking, fly-fishing, swimming, flying, skiing, hiking, or doing an occasional short distance triathlon. He credits his motivation to his parents, college crew team days, and the surfing, sailing and diving he did attending high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Pete recently led a gang of fraternity brothers and friends atop Half Dome peak in Yosemite National Park, and the following year to Mt. Whitney, our country’s highest summit in the lower 48 at 15,000 feet. Day hiking the Grand Canyon is one of his more memorable treks.

Mary-Bennett and Robert join their dad sometimes, but otherwise enjoy active lives attending Episcopal High School in Houston.

Grateful in community involvement, Pete counts his experience as a CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children, as one of the most heart wrenching but fulfilling. “Blessed with a safe and nurturing childhood, and having provided the same for my children, I felt I had more to give, so I reached out to this special community with more than just my checkbook.”

Something you may not know about Pete:

Pete’s an active US Sailing certified Bareboat Cruising skipper who sails out of Sausalito whenever he can assemble a crew. Celestial navigation and ocean passage making are next on his training plan. One day you may see him cruise out San Francisco's Golden Gate for who knows where – Cabo San Lucas, Honolulu, Pape’ete maybe?!!

“I hope we meet dockside, on the slopes, at the trailhead, in the saddle, wading a stream, or on the flight deck someday - if I can get back to that!”

Bill Connor, CFA, CFP®, CWS®

Bill Connor

Wealth Manager & Managing Director

Wealth Advisory

Bill Connor has 13 years of investment management and financial planning experience. Bill has a diversified skill set with a focus on risk management, investment analysis and retirement income planning. In addition Bill has experience with alternative investments including hedge funds, private equity and managed futures. Bill works in the New York office serving the needs of affluent domestic and international individuals as well as institutions.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue Bill was a managing director at Longboard Asset Management, a hedge fund and investment management firm. Bill began his career working with private clients providing wealth management solutions for affluent individuals. Bill advises clients on prudent asset management, income generation strategies and overall financial planning.

Bill holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designations. Bill is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) as well as the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Bill graduated from James Madison University with a double major in Finance and Computer Information Systems. Post-graduation, Bill enrolled in Georgetown University’s financial planning course earning a Certificate of Financial Planning. Bill holds the FINRA series 3, 65, 63, and 7.

On the personal side:

Bill lives in New York City with his wife of 7 years, Ymirsy. Bill and Ymirsy met through mutual friends who unbeknownst to either Bill or Ymirsy were secretly plotting for them to meet. The rest is history. Bill enjoys exercise and sports, growing up playing football, basketball and soccer. While his football cleats have been hung up you can still find Bill playing basketball at various courts in NYC. Bill is a rabid NY Football Giants fan, a passion he inherited from his father. Most Sundays during the fall you can find Bill watching the Giants, much to Ymirsy's chagrin. Bill and Ymirsy travel regularly to Ymirsy’s native Venezuela. They especially like to visit Venezuela when the thermometer drops in NYC soaking up every minute of the sun filled beaches. While his Spanish is a work in progress, Bill can make a delicious arepa, the national dish of Venezuela.

Something you may not know about Bill:

Bill is a bit of a history buff, enjoying learning about different periods and geographic areas. His passion was recognized at a young age by the Sons of the American Revolution receiving an award as most outstanding history student in high school. Those who know Bill best understand the apple didn’t fall far from the tree as his father has PhD in history and is a former university professor.

Richard LoPresti, CFP®, CWS®

Richard LoPresti

Wealth Manager & Associate Director

Wealth Advisory

Rich LoPresti is a seasoned financial advisor who has been successfully serving affluent investors since 2000. As a Certified Financial Planner ™, his emphasis is customized portfolio management, with specialties in portfolio construction, risk management and retirement income planning.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue’s New York Office, Rich served as an Account Executive at Fidelity Investments where he focused on all aspects and risks of wealth management, from accumulation of assets to preserving, distributing and transferring wealth to future generations. Prior to his work at Fidelity, Rich began his finance career with E*TRADE Financial in New York City.

Rich received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Pace University in 2000 and M.B.A. degree from AIU in 2005. He holds Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS®) designations.

On the personal side:

Rich is married to his beautiful wife, Darcee, who he met at college and has two precious daughters, Kyla and Zoey and his son, a shaggy dog named Cole. On her own accord, his twelve-year-old daughter, Kyla, wrote and published her first novel in 2012, the trilogy is on the way…. His eight year-old daughter, Zoey, is scoring goals left and right and is well on her way to becoming the next Mia Hamm Gooooaaaal!!!.

Something you may not know about Rich:

In 1989, he learned how to sell solutions early on in his career. Employed at age 11, he helped increase sales of expensive baseball card sets at a local dealer with his suggestion to break up the complete sets into more affordable team groupings. His reasoning? No kid could afford the whole set, but they would love to own all the cards from their favorite teams. I guess that could be called marketing to the micro-customer! He has come a long way since then, but has never lost his knack for identifying a problem and creating an effective, end-to-end solution.

Jared Johnson

Jared Johnson

Associate Director

Wealth Advisory

Jared Johnson has over a decade of wealth management experience with an expertise in servicing affluent clients. Jared specializes in customized portfolio management, retirement income planning, and trust services.

Prior to joining the BakerAvenue Dallas office, Jared served as a Private Client representative at TD Ameritrade where he focused on all aspects and of wealth management including trading strategies and risk management for high net worth clients. Jared began his career in the financial industry with Bank of America and as a Financial Advisor with Bank of America Investments.

Jared holds a B.A. from the University of North Dakota. He is currently pursuing his MBA and CFP® designation from the University of Dallas.

On the personal side:

Jared was born and raised in a small town in Northwest North Dakota. At a young age, he started working at his family’s business, Johnson Oil Co., with his father and grandfather. After high school and college in North Dakota, he wanted to experience a different part of the country, so he moved to Texas to start his career. Within a year, he met his wife, Meg, and they made Texas home. Eleven years later, the two “honorary Texans” couldn’t imagine life anywhere else.

Jared enjoys spending most of his free time with his 2 year old son, Charlie, but when time permits, can be found taking in a round of golf or attending a local sporting event. He religiously follows the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux men’s hockey team, has quite a collection of Sioux memorabilia, and even installed a special satellite dish at home to ensure he never misses a game. He’s also an avid fan of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Stars.

Something you may not know about Jared:

Jared and Meg own two horses and enjoy all things equestrian. Meg competes in the western sport of Reining, which takes up much of their weekends. Although Jared doesn’t compete, he considers himself an excellent groom and horse chauffer.

Tanya Welch, CFA, CFP®

Tanya Welch

Associate Director

Wealth Advisory

Tanya Welch is an Associate Director at BakerAvenue. Tanya works with the firm’s wealth management clients and serves on the financial planning committee. She has a passion for helping clients dream big and translating their goals into tangible planning and investment strategies. She strives to receive the ultimate compliment from all of her clients, to be their trusted advisor. By fully integrating all aspects of wealth management, she has been creating customized strategies on behalf of individuals and institutions for over seven years.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue, Tanya was the Director of Wealth Management for Polaris Wealth Advisers. In addition to advising some of the wealthiest clients at the firm, she was responsible for overseeing the vision, training, and execution of the wealth management team. Prior to this, Tanya began her career in the financial services industry with UBS where she worked as a Financial Advisor.

Tanya graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics. She is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. She is also an active member of both the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco and CFA Society of San Francisco.

On the personal side:

Tanya is a native of Northern California but has sampled life in the Midwest, East Coast, Europe, and Africa. After exploring the world, she decided to call the bay area home. She grew up as an athlete, competing in volleyball and golf. She also earned every badge as a Girl Scout and can still build a teepee fire to this day. She loves to dance Argentine tango, garden, and is both an avid cook and baker. She enjoys hosting dinner parties for friends who willingly act as guinea pigs for new recipes. She has even taken cake decorating classes and loves to customize desserts for special occasions.

Something you may not know about Tanya:

Tanya is an adventurous foodie and loves to find ways to support local farms in addition to foraging mushrooms in the wild. She has picked porcinis, chanterelles, hedgehogs, black trumpets, and many more wild mushrooms.

Domenick Macri, MST

Dom Macri

Associate Director

Wealth Advisory

Domenick Macri brings 10 years of trust administration, wealth transfer and family office management experience to his position as Associate Director at BakerAvenue. Domenick specializes in building client relationships, advising ultra-high net worth clients on important planning decisions and educating and mentoring beneficiaries. Domenick’s clients have included executives, family offices, entrepreneurs and partners in hedge funds and private equity firms.

Before joining BakerAvenue, Domenick spent 2 years with a private family office in Westport, CT where he worked as the COO managing the operations which included human resources, technology liaison and supporting the co-CEOs with team management. Prior to that, he worked at JPMorgan for 12 years as a Trust Officer in both their Delaware and Palm Beach offices administering trust accounts for ultra-high net worth families. During this time he was able to build deep relationships with his clients, beneficiaries and advisors through the trust administration process.

Domenick received a B.A. in communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia, an M.B.A. with a specialization in Financial Management from Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware, and a Master in Taxation from Villanova.

On the personal side:

Domenick married his high school sweetheart Jennifer and has 2 children, Domenick Jr. and Ava Jane. He enjoys coaching and supporting his kids’ many sporting activities which include flag football, basketball, soccer and tennis. When he has a few minutes Dom also enjoys playing golf, fishing and watching his Philadelphia sports teams.

Domenick is very active in the community and church. He is on the Foundation board of Families First of Palm Beach County and on the Planned Giving and Program committees. He is also an active member of his parish and volunteers with the Knights of Columbus which helps raise funds for the church as well as local charities. Domenick mainly focuses his energy supporting organizations that work with low income families and at risk youth.

Something you may not know about Dom:

While at La Salle University he interned at 610 WIP, a Philadelphia sports radio station where dressed up as the station mascot, the Sports Hog. While preparing for an event at a children’s museum, a piece of the mask fell off revealing his face. For the rest of the event, the children chased Dom around in search for the man behind the hog. Hopefully, it wasn’t as traumatic an experience for the children as it was for Dom.

Nadene Salzman, MSW

Nadene Salzman

Managing Director

Wealth Advisory

As a Managing Director at BakerAvenue, Nadene meets regularly with clients and prospective clients to help them navigate life’s milestones, such as retirement, which is becoming ever more challenging in today’s volatile marketplace.

Nadene has significant experience in the world of investment management and financial planning, having started her career at Sanford Bernstein during the 2008 market crisis. She’s been working with individuals, families, institutions, trusts and the like ever since. With a comprehensive analysis using BakerAvenue’s market insights coupled with her client’s portfolio value, time horizon and cash flows, Nadene is able to objectively quantify their options. With a Masters in Social Work and a decade of experience in the field, Nadene enjoys helping her clients achieve and -sometimes define- their life purpose by helping them distribute their wealth according to their values.

Nadene has a BA from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. She is currently pursuing her CFP through NYU’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies.

On the personal side:

Nadene is originally from New Jersey though she moved to NYC to pursue a Master's Degree in Social Work and never looked back. While in NYC, Nadene took a course in bartending, became trained in wine through the American Sommelier's Association, and even sold wine for a while, ran the NYC Marathon and moved at least 6 times (very common in NYC).

That said, Nadene is a dedicated long distance runner, a foodie and an oenophile. She's also a lover of animals and volunteers her time fostering dogs or nurturing the "elderly" through programs dedicated towards both causes (not at the same time). She also loves to cook though given the size of her NYC kitchen, spends more time eating out.

Something you may not know about Nadene:

Nadene has a celebrity look-alike, or at least she used to. For years, people would tell her she looked like Jennifer Aniston. In fact, one Boston newspaper did a side by side comparison and published it in their newspaper in an opinion poll, does she or doesn't she? They compared her photo to one with Ms. Aniston where they were similarly dressed. Much fun for her seven minutes of fame...

Ian Rivero, CFP®

Ian Rivero

Associate Director

Wealth Advisory

Ian Rivero is an Associate Director with BakerAvenue. He has a dynamic skill set specializing in; retirement income planning, customized portfolio construction and risk mitigation. In his role as an Associate Managing Director, he develops, implements, and monitors financial plans for high-net worth individuals and institutions.

Prior to joining Baker Avenue, Ian served as a Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant for Fidelity Investments, working with some of South Florida’s largest non-profit institutions. He collaborated with key executives to help educate and engage employees in order to establish the foundation for a more prosperous future. Ian tailored financial plans for individual staff members, professors, doctors, and executives to help them achieve their financial goals.

Ian is a Certified Financial Planner and active member of the Financial Planning Association. He earned a B.A. from The Colorado College, graduating with a major in economics and a minor in Spanish. Ian also maintains his 2-15 Health, Life, and Variable Annuity license as well as FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.

On the personal side:

Born and raised in Miami, you can always find Ian on or in the water. One benefit of living aboard his vessel Bliss in Palm Beach, is the ease of travel. When he’s not spearfishing the warm waters around the Florida Keys, he’s paddle boarding on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Ian attended The Colorado College on an academic scholarship where he was a starting player on the football team. As a team captain and defensive end, he tied the school’s record for career sacks by the end of his junior year. Drawn to watersports in all its forms, he naturally embraced skiing and now travels to the snowy Colorado Mountains several times a year in pursuit of “deep powder.”

Something you may not know about Ian:

Be it a plant or portfolio, Ian likes to grow things. Rain or shine, he enjoys tending to his garden which he jokingly refers to as “The Garden of Ian”. A proud believer in organically grown produce, he harvests over 40 different fruits, herbs, and vegetables that he shares with family and friends.

Hannah Kim

Hannah Kim

Compliance Officer, Relationship Team Director

Private Client Service

As Compliance Officer Hannah is responsible for overseeing BakerAvenue’s compliance program with respect to its status as a Registered Investment Adviser, and the firm’s policies, procedures and code of ethics. In addition, as Relationship Team Director, Hannah is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and management of the Client Services team.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue in 2012, Hannah worked at Credit Suisse in the Private Banking USA division as a Relationship Associate for 6 years. She was an integral member of a senior team, where she gained a comprehensive knowledge of the securities industry and its procedures and regulations. She also worked with executives of public companies regularly to help customize and administer their 10b5-1 plans, as well as facilitate the selling of their restricted stock.

Hannah attended the University of Missouri where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with minors in History and Religious Studies.

On the personal side:

Hannah is a huge sports fanatic. She has impressed many people with her knowledge about football, hockey, baseball, golf, tennis, and basketball. Growing up in St. Louis, attending sporting events was all there was to do for entertainment. Fed up with the limited options of food, entertainment, and a potential husband, Hannah moved to San Francisco in 2004. It was the best decision of her life. Finally, she was surrounded by a variety of restaurants, still lived in a sports town, could choose from many activities the Bay Area had to offer, and in September 2011, got married. Although she misses her Midwestern upbringing, she has no plans to ever go back.

Something you may not know about Hannah:

Hannah was lucky enough to marry a man with the same last name. As a joke, she told her friends she was considering hyphenating her name to Kim-Kim. They all loved the idea so much that all her friends still refer to her as Hannah Kim-Kim.

Rabia Turab

Rabia Turab

Relationship Manager

Private Client Service

As a Relationship Manager, Rabia works closely with the operations team to manage new and existing accounts. She assists clients through the account opening process and helps facilitate asset transfers, quarterly reviews and overall account maintenance. She is energetic and enthusiastic about BakerAvenue and takes initiative by working closely with the operations team and the management team to ensure client satisfaction.

Rabia is currently pursuing her degree in Public Health concentrating on Health Education and is also an active member in her community.

On the personal side:

Rabia enjoys being active and staying healthy. She and her husband, Bilal, enjoy spending time with their two German Shepherds, Sasha and Rosko. Rabia has a passion for cooking and baking. She enjoys using her weekends to bake desserts and sweets for her friends and family.

Tyler Page

Tyler Page


Portfolio Management

As an analyst, Tyler works on the investment team and is responsible for trade reconciliation, research, and performance tracking.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue, Tyler worked as a research analyst with Portfolio Operations, a value investing institutional advice service and newsletter. In this role he performed due diligence, built models, and wrote daily and monthly research pieces across a variety of sectors. Previously, he worked at America’s Growth Capital and RSF Social Finance.

Tyler graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership. He was also an analyst for the Tufts Financial Club. Tyler is currently a candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst® program.

On the personal side:

Tyler grew up in San Francisco and after attending high school and college on the east coast he was finally able to move back home. Tyler has always been an avid fan of all Bay Area sports, especially the Giants and 49ers. For many years the laughing stock of his roommates, he is glad that his San Francisco teams have returned to the glory years of old.

Something you may not know about Tyler:

Tyler is also an athlete himself, having played lacrosse at Tufts where he won a National Championship in 2010. Most people are surprised to find that Tyler is a goalie, as the position has a reputation of insanity. In fact, many have told him that he is the first normal goalie they have ever met. Post-graduation, he hasn't hung up the cleats, as he is playing in a men's league in San Francisco. Tyler also enjoys coaching a U13 team at Town School, where his lacrosse career started years ago.

Michael Dely

Michael Dely

Operations Analyst

Private Client Service

As an Operations Analyst, Michael works closely on the business analytics at BakerAvenue. He is responsible for maintaining the business intelligence applications and customizing solutions to help us track essential data that enables us to make more informed decisions and personalize our client experience. Michael serves on both the Operations and Financial Planning Committee.

Prior to joining BakerAvenue, Michael worked as an Operations Director for a boutique Wealth Management RIA firm, Haydel Biel & Associates. While at Haydel Biel, he was responsible for portfolio trading, performance reporting, and managing the CRM database and website. In addition, Michael assisted with the company’s investment newsletter and the structure of the financial models.

Michael graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Finance & Economics.

On the personal side:

Michael is from Los Angeles, California where he competed heavily in sports until college. He is an avid baseball player who still enjoys getting out on the diamond when he has the opportunity. Michael is married to his wife Christina, who he met during college. He enjoys photography, visiting art galleries, going to sporting events and watching horse races. Unfortunately for our San Francisco natives, Michael is a Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers fan. Though they are doing everything in their power to convert him, he has stubbornly kept his allegiance – much to their dismay.

Something you may not know about Michael:

Michael has a major fascination for alternative medicine. He has a conceived notion that most ailments and health conditions can be remedied through herbal solutions. Michael has read countless books and transcripts that distinguish the many functions and uses of various herbs and how they interact with the body. He has devised health plans for himself and his family, friends and co-workers. He is very passionate about this topic and greatly enjoys explaining it to others. One of Michael’s favorite quotes is "The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind." -Paracelsus

Liz Hering

Liz Hering

Relationship Manager

Private Client Service

As a Relationship Manager, Liz is dedicated to providing the highest level of client service to ensure a smooth transition into BakerAvenue. In addition, she is responsible for maintaining the quality and integrity of our company presentations. She is passionate about keeping our clients informed through the generation of newsletters, website and social media updates. Liz is currently pursuing a B.A. in marketing and environmental ethics online from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

On the personal side:

Liz enjoys staying active by hitting the gym before the sun - and excuses - rise. On her rest days, she spends her time trying to keep up with her energetic rescue-Pit, Furie.

An avid snowboarder, Liz spends most of her winter weekends on the mountain in search of fresh powder. When the sun is out and the waters are warm, you can find her rollerblading on the beach or popping into a local volleyball game. Rain or shine, she’s always looking forward to the next concert; Joss Stone, Anberlin, and Zac Brown Band are among her some of her favorites.

Something you may not know about Liz:

As a “diplobrat”, Liz had the opportunity to live abroad most of her life. She's munched on haggis in Edinburgh, sun-bathed on the beaches of Athens, avoided stinky tofu in Taipei, and likely gained a few from her chocolate addiction in Brussels.

Jessica O’Leary

Jessica O’Leary

Relationship Manager

Private Client Service

Prior to joining BakerAvenue, Jessica provided operations consulting and account opening services at Vernal Point Advisors. Before that, she was a Portfolio Administrator in the Investment Operations department and a member of client service teams at Aspiriant for 9 years serving high net worth individuals. Her experiences there included restricted stock, SARS transactions and 10b51 plans. Jessica also spent over 5 years at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. where she was a senior transfer-of-accounts specialist.

On the personal side:

Jessica is an avid meditation practitioner. She believes it cleanses her mind and refreshes her spirit. She also enjoys reading (Hilary Mantel is a current favorite author, as are the heavyweights Dostoevsky and Tolstoy – in translation, of course), music (especially British rock bands) and film (particularly noir and Woody Allen).

Something you may not know about Jessica:

Jessica recently went to London to see her favorite musician, Peter Doherty for the reunion of his band, the Libertines, after a 10 year hiatus, where she stood at the barrier and got kicked in the back of the head by a crowd surfer in doc martens for her dedication. She has a somewhat unhealthy attachment to a mangy, bedraggled bear named Tedward.

Jasmine Barnett

Jasmine Barnett

Relationship Manager

Private Client Service

As a relationship manager, Jasmine works with the operations team to help manage new and existing accounts. She assists in the account opening process and oversees account maintenance. She is extremely dedicated to making clients feel taken care of. Prior to joining Baker Ave, Jasmine worked at Yelp as a sales and advertisement consultant where she helped promote local businesses to generate more revenue. Jasmine graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Communications.

On the personal side:

Jasmine is really passionate about holistic health, natural products and environmental justice. She enjoys working out and DIY projects - she even makes her own soap and lotion! One day she hopes to have her own natural beauty supply store. Some of her favorite past times are reading and volunteering her time at the Oakland Library.

Something you may not know about Jasmine:

Jasmine is a huge Harry Potter fan. The first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, inspired her to explore the world of words – she’s now an avid reader of all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Over the years, her love of Harry’s adventures grew. Beginning with the very first movie, she donned her Hogwarts uniform and braved the cold with fellow fans for each of the eight midnight premiers. Not only that, she’s been to Universal Studios’ Harry Potter land – three times. She is still waiting on her letter to Hogwarts…