OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We want all of our clients to catch a vision of what wise investing can accomplish for themselves and their families.
We want all of our clients to catch a vision of what wise investing can accomplish for themselves and their families.
As an experienced team, we can:
-Work with you to identify and prioritize your objectives
-Help relieve the worries that often come with making critical financial decisions
-Support you through the years so you reach your goals
We understand that selecting a financial advisor is a complex decision. You must consider the advisor's track record, level of experience, personality, services and support team. If you're interested in forging a strong relationship with a financial advisor who can help make your money last, let's talk.
The Quality of Your Tomorrow
We are more than just a wealth management team: it’s a distinct philosophy about both money management and the processes by which we help you protect and grow your hard-earned wealth. We believe that all investments must start with a financial plan and that this financial planning process must first and foremost start with you.
As licensed investment professionals with more than 50 years combined experience, Alma Guimarin and Mike Ross implement professional portfolio management strategies for clients by concentrating on equity portfolio management. We take the time to listen to work with you to resolve your financial planning needs, and we help you with your fiduciary responsibility through the investments we make on your behalf. Perhaps this is why many clients have been with us for a decade or more. And we dedicate the resources and time necessary to help you meet your financial goals. Likewise, we have built a loyal and tight-knit support team at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Our team is committed to building a personal relationship with you based on trust – not just stocks and bonds.
Customized - Your personal portfolio is designed to help meet your specific needs, financial goals and requirements for risk, growth, income and capital preservation. Tell us what you expect us to achieve and we’ll create an asset allocation template complete with any required security restrictions and taxable income requirements. We then manage the portfolio to these constraints on a day-today basis and shift portfolio goals based upon your needs.
Saves time - We work with you to design a particular strategy for your specific needs or trust account. You can choose to give us discretionary authority to execute and act on the mandate without having to secure approvals for every action. This saves you time and enables us to leverage potential opportunities on your behalf to seek optimum results.
Flexible - Depending on your tax situation, you may want to generate tax-free income or change this requirement over time. The flexibility of the Portfolio Management (PM) platform makes it easy for us to make these changes. And since you own the individual securities, we can direct buys and sells to manage the timing of gains and losses.
Convenient - In addition to providing you with the ability to write checks that are cut within most Morgan Stanley branches, you can request overnight automatic fund transfers, as well as immediate federal funds wires.
Transparent - You’ll have direct access to us whenever you need to talk about your account. Plus, we provide comprehensive reports.
Alma Guimarin, CFP, CIMA, CPWA, Executive Director, Family Wealth Director, Financial Advisor
Raised in Europe and Asia and fluent in several languages, Alma Guimarin brings an expansive view and enduring passion to her 30 years as a financial advisor. As a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®), and members of the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management President’s Council, she has the resources to meet the complex needs of wealthy individuals and businesses.
Alma provides her clients with a wide range of services, including estate planning strategies, retirement, education planning, and charitable giving. In her view, managing risk goes beyond the financial markets. For example, she helps her clients have the appropriate legal and financial arrangements in place designed to help achieve their stage-of-life and investment goals. Perhaps this is why many of them have been with Alma for a decade or more. Likewise, Alma has built a loyal and tight-knit support team at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Alma has been named to The Financial Times’ 2014 and 2017 list of America’s Top 400 Financial Advisors*. She was also named in Forbes magazine Top 200 Women Advisor list for 2017. She is a member of the Investment Management Consultant Association and the Association of Professional Investment Consultants. In 2015 she was promoted to Executive Director with the firm’s Wealth Management office in San Jose and earned the Family Wealth Director designation. Alma studied Economics at Syracuse University and graduated cum laude, and with honors. Outside of work, Alma sits on the executive board of the Santa Clara County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
Michael Ross, Executive Director, Financial Advisor
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
Trevor Shephard, Financial Advisor
Trevor brings to Morgan Stanley experience from a financial planning internship with Wells Fargo Advisors, as well as two years of relationship sales experience with a small Silicon Valley technology company. Trevor learned the value of hard work and discipline at a young age while running a small park concession business. He started this business during high school with the goal of paying for college on his own. With success, and being a Boise Idaho native, Trevor attended Boise State University where he completed a double major in finance and accounting. Trevor is very detail oriented and works closely with clients to personally walk them through the financial planning process.
Trevor currently holds the Series 7 and 66 and life insurance (CA 0K59208) designations. Trevor moved to San Jose in 2013 after graduating, to be with his then Fiancé. He is now happily married and owns a home with his wife in West San Jose. With his free time, Trevor enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and exploring the outdoors.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, MO, NV, NY, PA, TX, WA, WI; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
Laurie joined Morgan Stanley thru predecessor firms in 1997, beginning her career as an Operations Manager. She joined the Guimarin Ross Group in 2009 as Group Administrator. As Group Administrator, Laurie is responsible for day-to-day team operations functions. Her experience has contributed greatly to her depth and breadth of knowledge involving such matters as client transactions, client history, account and systems issues, as well as a wide range of nuances indigenous to the industry. Laurie currently holds the Series 7, 8, 63, 65 and life and health insurance designations. She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from California State University, Fresno. Laurie and her husband, Ken, have two sons, Andrew and Zachary.
Arnell has been in the industry for 33 years and with Morgan Stanley through predecessor firms since 1991. Her role as Portfolio Management Associate includes handling PM trading and Liquidity management for clients. She also ensures accounts stay in compliance with Firm guidelines. Arnell has developed trust with clients due to her attention to details. In her free time, Arnell enjoys watersports, listening to live music, RVing and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Bakersfield with her husband, Murry and son. Arnell currently holds the Series 7, 65 and CA insurance licenses.
Scott joined Morgan Stanley thru predecessor firms in 1999. As a Senior Registered Associate, his primary responsibilities include opening and maintaining client accounts, asset/cash transfers, enrolling clients in online access and various other administrative functions. Scott is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Mathematics. Additionally, he holds Series 7 and 63 designations. Scott enjoys watching a multitude of sports and has a newfound interest in international travel.
Lisa Morse has been with Morgan Stanley through predecessor firms since 1989. Her career started as a Client Service Associate then Assistant to the Branch Manager in Menlo Park. She took time off to raise her family, and then joined the Guimarin-Ross Group in 2008 as a Senior Client Service Associate. Lisa is adept at quickly developing trusting relationships due to her effective communication skills, engaging personality and expeditious attention to issues important to clients. She manages Mike and Alma’s calendars and enjoys connecting with clients on a daily basis. She fosters strong relationships with our prospects and Strategic Partners. She is also a contributing member of the Marketing Team. Lisa graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She, her husband Mark and their two daughters live in Willow Glen. Lisa coaches field hockey and is an avid Boston sports fan. She loves hiking, reading, volunteering and hanging out with friends and family.
Karena Chan joined the firm as an intern in the second half of 2013 before transitioning to full time beginning in 2014. Karena’s primary responsibilities include investment product research, portfolio construction analysis and performance attribution. She also provides support by developing custom excel dashboards, leveraging her previous internship experiences at Cisco’s Sales and Service Finance and HP’s Cloud Automation Product Unit. In her spare time, Karena enjoys reading and traveling.
Kari Watanabe is a Client Service Associate joining the Guimarin-Ross Group at Morgan Stanley during the summer of 2016. As a Client Service Associate, she is responsible for handling checks, journals, new and managed account documentation, transfer in of outside assets, address changes and updates client profile information, class action lawsuits and other administrative tasks. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She currently resides in Campbell and in her spare time enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.
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