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Jim Regitz is the Founder and an Advisor at Newport Advisory. He started his career in 1984, with Cigna Financial Advisors (now Sagemark Consulting) where he ultimately advanced to the position of Regional Vice President while maintaining his successful role as a financial advisor. In 1995, Jim left the corporate world to become a truly independent financial advisor offering comprehensive management to his clients.

For his entire career, Jim’s mission has been to help clients utilize their resources in order to pursue their passion and live a life of meaning. Newport Advisory embodies that mission. Jim oversees the strategic direction of the firm, while continuing to work with his long-time clients.

Jim graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in business administration. He earned his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

A resident of Eastside Costa Mesa, Jim’s main focus is on his children, Trey and Emily, and keeping up with their school, sports and social activities. He aims to instill in them the same mid-western values with which he was raised (his family moved from Chicago to California when he was in elementary school). In his free time, Jim coaches football and enjoys indoor and outdoor cycling, photography and traveling to tropical getaways. He’s an avid sports fan and can often be found cheering for local football teams, the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Angels. Jim and his family belong to the Balboa Bay Club and are active members of their church.

David Meltzer served as a financial advisor for more than 35 years and retired in October 2021.

He started his career with Cigna Financial Services where he was inspired by the “serve first” philosophy of Stuart Smith. David is committed to helping people understand capital and how it can be used to improve the quality of life and to create legacies.

In 2001, he founded David Meltzer & Associates (now part of Newport Advisory). The mission of the company was to provide objective financial advice without conflicts of interest imposed by insurance companies, banks or brokerage firms to sell products.

Throughout his career, David assisted clients in establishing financial security and helped ensure a smooth transition of their capital to family members, businesses or charities. The basis of his advice was to promote an understanding of company and personal cash flow.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport. He loves jazz and played saxophone, clarinet and flute professionally until he was 26, touring with professional groups which included the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

David is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Certified Life Underwriter (CLU).

His commitment to philanthropy is implemented through his donor advised fund, which provides grants to many charitable organizations committed to healing the sick and feeding the hungry. Married, with a wonderful son, David enjoys spending time with family and pursuing his passion for cycling, yoga, and antique toys.

 

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Jay is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with honors earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual concentration in Finance and Management. Since 1990, he has gained experience as an Analyst, Sales Director, and Financial Advisor. He helps clients, as well as other Advisors, understand the investment & insurance industries.

As both an Advisor and Newport Advisory’s Director of Financial Planning, his vision is to bring clarity to our clients’ financial lives. Whether someone is just starting their career, in retirement, reworking their financial plan, or somewhere in between; he brings a wealth of experience to help clients create a long-term financial plan designed to achieve their life goals and dreams.

With the heart of a teacher, Jay strives to be sure his clients understand their financial lives in transparent and easy to understand language. He feels blessed to be able to help people in such a critical area. His caring personal approach, trustworthiness, as well as other qualities, enabled Jay to qualify to become a SmartVestor Pro for the Dave Ramsey organization for many years.

Jay enjoys running and was pleased to realize a childhood dream by completing a marathon, as well as a variety of half marathons. He also enjoys biking and golf. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three grown children, and are blessed to be grandparents. They are active members of Cottonwood Church.

 

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Shelby graduated from Azusa Pacific University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1996 with an emphasis in finance and a focus in Eastern European Economic Development.  At Newport Advisory, Shelby works as an Advisor, and has earned the prestigious AIF®, CRPC®, and CPFA® designations.  Recently, she was awarded a position on the New Century Council of Cambridge: an exclusive board of advisors that develop innovations in the financial industry.  Through a creative lens, the New Century Council of Cambridge looks to the future in order to be on the forefront of technology and planning.  Born and raised in San Diego, Shelby now lives in Mission Viejo with her husband and son.  She has volunteered for over 15 years at A Wish for Animals, and enjoys deep-sea fishing, hiking, and RV camping with her family.

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Chris Richards started his career in financial services in 2011 and joined David Meltzer & Associates, Inc. (acquired by Newport Advisory, LLC) in 2014 as a portfolio analyst. He has continued to advance in his career and serves our clients as a member of our Advisor team since 2018. He continues to expand his knowledge and is currently pursuing his Certified Financial Planner CFP® certification.

Chris earned a BA in history from Stony Brook University in New York, which he attended on a football scholarship. After college, he spent a year with the Seattle Seahawks as a practice team player. In life and in business, he is guided by the principles he was raised with – honesty, humility, and hard work. His goal is to ensure that everyone he encounters – clients and colleagues – has a stellar experience.

When not working, Chris is actively involved with Plays & Grades, Inc., a non-profit organization connecting athletics and education, started originally by his parents. He also enjoys spending time with his twin sons in athletic pursuits.

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Anju has been with Newport Advisory since 2013. She joined our firm as a Client Service Specialist and Executive Assistant to Jim Regitz. She continues to expand her knowledge and is currently a valued member of our Advisor team working closely with Jim Regitz and Jay Yanelli.

Anju started her career in the legal field after receiving a BA in Political Science in 1980. She worked for several years in a K-Street Washington DC law firm before moving to Columbus Ohio with her family and newly born son. There she matched up with an estate planning/title insurance attorney where she had a lengthy career leading up to her status as a Paralegal. After Anju moved to Southern California in 2002, she worked in a financial planning firm before joining Newport. She attained her Series 7 and Series 66 in 2008. She is a Notary Public. She has obtained the Registered Paraplanner (RP®) designation, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation.

When she is not planning or finance-analyzing for Newport Advisory clients, Anju enjoys spending time with her family. She has a passion for knitting, and she enjoys Bollywood movies with friends. Outdoors, she is a budding golfer, thanks to her golfing husband and son. She also loves to read and listen to music.

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Aileen is an Advisor at Newport Advisory. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, Aileen is committed to providing comprehensive investment, tax, and estate planning guidance to her clients, in a fiduciary capacity at all times.

An award winning Financial Advisor* with expertise in retirement planning, behavioral finance and sudden wealth strategies, Aileen is passionate about helping individuals and families achieve their personal financial goals and maintain their lifestyle and values. Aileen, strives to make a positive difference in her clients’ overall financial comfort level with bespoke wealth management strategies.

Aileen graduated with a degree in business and economics from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Kevin.  She has volunteered on several boards, including a dog rescue organization and a hospital foundation and is always looking for ways to serve her community. Aileen enjoys a variety of activities such as hiking, barre/pilates, yoga, reading and traveling abroad.

*Five Star Wealth Manager 2015, 2016 and 2019 – Awards are based on ten objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as credentials, experience and assets under management among other factors. Wealth Managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. To receive the Five Star Wealth Manager award, individuals must satisfy a series of eligibility and evaluation criteria associated with wealth managers who provide services to clients. Recipients are identified through research conducted by industry peers and firms. Third party rankings and recognition from rating services or publications are not indicative of past or future investment performance. For more information, go to http://www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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Lisa Hallaian has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry as both a Financial Advisor and for the last two decades, as an External Wholesaler (Advisor Consultant). Lisa also holds the prestigious and advanced designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst® from the Wharton Business School.

As an External Wholesaler, Lisa provided consulting, training and education to Financial Advisors and their clients on complex and comprehensive Investment solutions. She has conducted many investor workshops and seminars on investing, retirement, state of the economy and many other financial pertinent topics.

As a Wealth Advisor with Newport Advisory, she looks forward to providing high net worth clientele with the ability to achieve their financial, retirement, and legacy goals using a comprehensive approach by always putting her clients’ best interests first.

Lisa graduated with a degree in Finance and Management from Menlo School of Business Administration in Menlo Park, California. She is originally from Los Angeles and has resided in Newport Beach for the last 16 years. Lisa is currently associated with Junior League of Los Angeles, after serving many years on the board, and Women of Chapmen. She has also served on many other charitable boards including, ATSC (Sophisticates) and Sound of Music (O.C. Performing Arts). When not focusing on the Financial Industry, Lisa’s passion and interests include, traveling, wine tasting, antiquing, cycling on her road bike, tennis, golf and skiing. She is also a member of The Jonathan Club, The Balboa Bay Club, and Palisades Tennis Club.

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Claudia joined Newport Advisory in 2019, as a client service specialist. Since then, she has attained her life insurance license, Series 7, and Series 66, while advancing in her career to become an Associate Advisor on our Advisor team working closely with Chris Richards. She is currently pursuing her Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation.

In 2005, Claudia started a career as a real estate agent in Orange County until she was asked to join the family printing business. There she helped manage the warehouse and the bookkeeping. In 2017, Claudia obtained a degree in Business Management at DeVry University. This launched her into the financial services industry where she could realize her passion for assisting others with financial planning and money management.

When not working, Claudia’s first enjoyment in life is keeping up with her three children. On the rare moments the kids are away, she loves weekend vacations, trying new restaurants, or an intense book while curled up on the couch. She would never turn down a dark piece of chocolate or a hot cup of coffee.

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Michael Lathrop has been with Newport Advisory since 2012, assisting in the research, analysis, and investment management processes. As a sophomore in high school, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps immediately after high school and served six years as a Field Radio Operator out of Camp Pendleton, California. He graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Michael credits his background with teaching him the discipline required to excel under pressure and developing strong leadership skills. Early in his studies, he discovered his passion for financial markets and dedicated himself to learning about the markets. Michael spent significant amounts of his time outside the classroom teaching himself econometrics, statistics, financial analysis, and portfolio management. He remains an avid reader and tries to finish a book every two weeks.

When he is not pursuing knowledge, Michael enjoys outdoor activities and likes to spend time skiing, hiking, dirt biking, or playing hockey. After playing hockey in high school, and briefly for Chapman University, he retains a passion for the sport, and is a big Anaheim Ducks fan.

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Kathleen has worked with Jim since the inception of Newport Advisory, LLC and currently has the privilege of being COO. She also had the unique pleasure of working for the Founders of both Newport Advisory, LLC, and David Meltzer & Associates, Inc. during her career.

While her Bachelor of Arts is in Psychology, Kathleen has worked in a variety of roles in the financial services industry since 1995. She is a licensed financial professional (S24, S7, S65, S63) as well as a licensed life and health agent. She began her career as an administrative assistant and has continued to increase her knowledge, skills, training, and experience to attain her current role. She believes in being a lifetime learner and that every role and experience is an opportunity for growth. She strives to make every interaction with others positive, edifying, and productive.

In her personal time, she enjoys long walks, mountain, and coastal hikes, baking – almost anything, reading, and learning new things. She is happily married to Jay Yanelli and pleased to be the mother of three grown children who have blessed her with grandchildren which are her great delight.

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Allison Riley began her financial services career in 1986, at Cigna Financial Services. While there, she completed the requirements for the Paraplanner certification. It was at Cigna that Allison met David Meltzer and joined him when he started his own firm in 2001, David Meltzer & Associates (now part of Newport Advisory). As Director of Operations, she has handled a variety of duties and responsibilities over the years, including human resources, office management, bookkeeper and financial planning production.

Allison is passionate about natural health and healing, and earned a BS in Natural Health from Clayton College in 2003. An avid reader, she also enjoys yoga, pursuing her interest in spirituality and healing, and spending time with her family, including two grown sons and three grandchildren.

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Eric Hon serves as a Wealth Advisor at Newport Advisory. Prior to joining Newport Advisory, Eric managed a team of advisors at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, one the world’s largest and most widely recognized brokerage firms.  Eric has also served as Sr. Wealth Manager and financial planning specialist at a boutique $300M+ financial advisory firm in the bay area.  Eric specializes in working with individuals nearing or in retirement, as well as successful professionals who are in the medical profession including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and nurses.  Eric is proud to serve successful millennial families who are seeking advice on financial planning topics such as preparing to start a family, college planning for young children, and ways to maximize their employee benefits at work to name a few.

Eric serves as an instructor for the U.C. Berkeley Financial Planning Program.  He is an active member of the Financial Planning Association as well as the AICPA Personal Financial Planning Association. Eric enjoys giving talks across the country to millennials on the importance of having good personal finance habits at a young age to achieve personal financial success.

Eric earned his Certificate in Personal Financial Planning (“CFP®”) w/ distinction in 2013. The CFP® certification is a voluntary certification; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold CFP® certification. It is recognized in the United States and several other countries for its: (1) high standard of professional education; (2) stringent code of conduct and standards of practice; and (3) ethical requirements that govern professional engagements with clients. To attain the right to use the CFP® marks, an individual must complete an advanced college-level course of study that includes the following subject areas: insurance planning; risk management; employee benefits planning; investment planning; income tax planning; retirement planning; and estate planning.

When not advising his clients, Eric loves to give back to his bay area community. He shares his entrepreneurial passion by being a role model within the Asian American community and by producing positive change and inspiring others through teaching and mentorship. In his free time, he loves catching up with his Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Giants teams. He runs a small Michelin star restaurant and traveling club where they participate in monthly activities to explore new dining and travel experiences around the world.

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*David A. Meltzer was the founding partner of David Meltzer & Associates, Inc. which was acquired by James W. Regitz, Jr. in 2017.