At Provence Wealth, we’ve built an experienced team, focused on education and creativity, to provide increased benefits to our clients.
Mike is co-founder and managing partner of Provence Wealth Management Group, one of the most reputable wealth advisory firms in Southern California. Mike leads PWMG with a tenacious focus on serving clients’ best interests; a relentless pursuit of excellence across every activity; and a desire to innovate.
Mike is consistently named as one of the top financial advisors by OC Metro, Five Star Wealth Management, and LPL Financial. He has received countless accolades, including OC Metro’s top 40 under 40 in 2011, Five Star Wealth Management recognition, and LPL’s Chairman’s Club. Mike also offers insight to the advisor community by publishing articles in Financial Advisor Magazine and speaking regularly to CPA groups in the Orange County area. Mike’s academic credentials include an M.A. degree in US Foreign and Domestic Policy, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation, and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor certification. Mike also holds the FINRA Series 7 and 24 registrations held with LPL Financial and Series 66 held with LPL Financial and Provence Registered Investment Advisors.
Mike is also actively involved in the community. He is passionate about supporting children’s care organizations such as CHOC whose mission is “to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children.” Mike and his wife, Tiffany, reside in San Juan Capistrano and have three wonderful children. He enjoys spending time with his family, rock climbing, surfing and being outdoors.
Five Star Professional, a third-party research firm, identified pre-qualified award candidates based on industry data and nominations it may have received from various industry firms and individuals in the surrounding area of the candidate. Self-nominations were not accepted and candidates do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list. Award candidates were evaluated against objective eligibility and evaluation criteria including, but not limited to:
1. Credentialed as an investment adviser representative.
2. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years.
3. Favorable regulatory history review: (1) has not been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; (2) has no more than three settled or pending customer complaints filed against them (excluding dismissed complaints) with any regulatory authority or through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; (3) has not individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; (4) never filed for personal bankruptcy; (5) never been convicted of a felony.
4. Accepting new clients.
The inclusion of a candidate on the final list should be not construed as an endorsement of the candidate by Five Star or any other organization. Each year, Five Star Professional finalizes the list award recipients to be no more than 7 percent of the eligible candidates in the advisor’s area. The Five Star award is not indicative of the advisor’s future investment success and may not be representative of any one client’s experience. Further, there is no guarantee that the selected advisor will be awarded this recognition by Five Star in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to www.fivestarprofessional.com.
Avi is a co-founder and managing partner of Provence Wealth Management Group, one of the most reputable wealth advisory firms in Southern California. Avi started his career at American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise) as an Advanced Financial Advisor. In 2005, Avi also became an Advisor Coach where the firm leveraged his financial planning and analysis skills to mentor other advisors and build complex financial plans for their clients. In August 2007, Avi decided being independent would allow him to focus more on his clients over a firm’s goals and left for LPL Financial and to help found Provence Wealth Management Group. Avi’s passion for helping people is always present when creating or reviewing financial plans.
In 2015, Avi was ranked in the top 7% of LPL Financial’s registered representatives. Over his career, he has also received countless accolades including:
Since 2006, Avi has also been teaching at UC Irvine's Division of Continuing Education in their Personal Financial Planning Program.
Avi graduated from UC Riverside with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and received his Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UC Irvine. Additionally, he has earned the designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA®). He holds the FINRA Series 7 with LPL Financial and Series 66 held with LPL Financial and Provence Registered Investment Advisors.
Avi and his wife reside in Orange County; they have two adorable little children and a dog. Avi enjoys a vast array of music (performing, listening and enjoying it live), theater, movies, international and domestic travel, and a good glass of wine or a unique craft cocktail.
1. Credentialed as an investment adviser representative. Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years.
**2015 Financial Times Top Financial Advisors minimum criteria: Financial advisors managing at least $200 million in assets and more than 10 years’ experience. Selected based on six criteria including assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials and online accessibility.
David leads the Retirement Plans Division at Provence Group, a sister organization of Provence Wealth Management Group. David is responsible for overseeing Provence’s retirement plan consulting services and open architecture investment solutions for plan sponsors.
David McKenzie is a retirement plan attorney with over twenty-five years of experience. Specializing in both qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, David’s primary focus is helping plan sponsors meet their retirement plan obligations and addressing fiduciary liability concerns. He has extensive experience in resolving qualification issues in 401(k) and other retirement plans. He also has successfully negotiated favorable outcomes with both the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.
Prior to joining Provence Group, David was a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young, LLP and Deloitte & Touche, LLP in their Employee Benefits practices. He worked in the Orange County, Las Vegas and Los Angeles offices.
David is a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor, indicating he has demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the area of retirement plans.
David is a past President of the Orange County Ernst & Young Alumni Association and has been a speaker at various venues, including law firms, accounting firms, and professional organizations. He also consults with CPA firms during their audits of 401(k) plans.
David McKenzie received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and his Bachelors Degree from California State University at Long Beach.
David and his wife, Michelle, live in Irvine and have two college age children and two lovable dogs. David’s hobbies include weightlifting, playing hockey and an occasional round of golf.
Courtney started her career at Provence Wealth Management Group in July of 2013 as a client services associate and has since become our operations manager. She handles much of the daily transaction processing and is responsible for office operations including compliance tasks. She attended Saddleback College from 2012- 2013 where she received a certificate of achievement in administration.
Courtney has over 10 years of experience in customer service and strives to answer all requests in the most efficient manner possible. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outside, playing with Dewey, her rescued terrier mix and cooking.
Fina joined Provence Wealth Management in June 2016 in a client associate capacity. She started her career in the financial services industry in 2007 after graduating cum laude from the University of California, Irvine.
Fina obtained the Para Planner designation in 2008. She has completed the Personal Planning courses in preparation to sit for the Certified Financial Planner exam. Fina holds the FINRA Series 7 with LPL Financial and Series 66 is held with LPL Financial and Provence Registered Investment Advisors.
Fina’s previous ten years of experience serving in various capacities at several financial planning offices have been an ideal foundation for her work as an investment advisor representative at Provence Wealth Management. Her attention to detail, good listening skills, great empathy, teamwork and professionalism are some of the trademarks that help her provide excellent customer service and build valuable long-term relationships with clients and people in general.
Fina received the NAPFA Student Scholarship in May 2010 and the Ameritrade Conference Scholarship in January 2013.
Fina is married and lives in Aliso Viejo with her husband, Stephen, daughter, Sofia and dog, Mia. She enjoys outdoor activities, travel, cooking, good food and a good glass of wine. Habla con fluidez el Español.
Kevin joined Provence Wealth Management in September of 2017 in a client services associate capacity. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in September 2017, with a B.A. in business economics and political science. As a part of our team, Kevin works with our advisors to implement his attention to detail, team-oriented mentality and professionalism to assure outstanding service for our clients.
Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, sporting events, concerts and playing basketball. Kevin is also fluent in Spanish.
Family and striving to build a better version of yourself, each day.
Stephanie is an investment advisor representative of Provence Wealth Management Group with investment securities offered through LPL Financial, the largest independent broker/dealer in the nation (as reported by Financial Planning Magazine, June 1996-2020 based on total revenue). Ms. Hammell provides comprehensive financial planning for business owners, corporate executives and families. She works with them to understand their financial goals and concerns, so she can develop a personalized investment strategy to meet those needs. She focuses on analyzing and integrating income, expenses, insurance coverage, tax status, financial objectives and risk tolerance to provide an inclusive and accurate assessment of the client’s financial health.
Stephanie also offers services in retirement plan administration, including managing company 401(K), 403B and 457 plans as well as other profit-sharing plans and pensions. Her focus is on providing cost-efficient retirement plan solutions that prioritize streamlined administration, top-tier investment selections and liability mitigation that fulfills DOL standards. As a 3(38) investment fiduciary, Provence Wealth and its advisors relieve employers from all liability for selecting and monitoring funds for performance, diversification and fees.
Ms. Hammell began her career as a branch operations manager at a reputable wealth management firm. Her passion for helping guide others towards a financially sound and emotionally secure future led her through the rigorous process to obtain the required licenses to practice as a fully Registered Advisor. Stephanie holds her FINRA Series 7 with LPL Financial and Series 66 with Provence Wealth Management Group as a securities agent and investment advisor. She also holds her Accident, Life and Health Insurance License with the state of California. Ms. Hammell obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fullerton and thereafter received her M.B.A. with a specialization in finance. She is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), receiving her credentials at the University of California, Irvine.
Aside from her financial interests, Stephanie enjoys reading, training Jiu-Jitsu, Disneyland and spending time with her loved ones. She also has an affinity for analytical psychology and is a member of an organization that sponsors continuing education through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for certified psychology professionals. Stephanie is also a member of the FPA (Financial Planning Association). Ms. Hammell has been a guest lecturer at her Alma Mater on the topic of behavioral finance and the implications of the driving forces of human motivation within financial decisions.
Tobogganing in the Swiss Alps, travel to Egypt, become scuba diving certified, earn her black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Karina Rodriguez is Client Services Manager at LPL Financial. She partners with advisors to provide support on administrative tasks and client management functions. Karina has over nine years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining LPL, she served as an Operations Manager at an LPL branch office, with the dual role as a senior sales assistant.
She understands the daily operational challenges that clients, their families and their businesses encounter, and is dedicated to managing and guiding a seamless client experience.
Karina is an Arizona native, and a new resident of Surprise, Arizona with her husband, Joseph. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, sports and exercising.