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Our Staff

At PFS Group, we have a small, but elite, group of multi-talented individuals who comprise our asset management team and support staff.

James J. Puplava, CFP - President & Founder, PFS Group

James J. Puplava, CFP

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
President & CEO
Chief Investment Strategist

Puplava Securities, Inc.
President & CEO
Registered Representative

Financial Sense & Financial Sense Newshour
Author & Host

Mr. Puplava is an asset manager and financial professional who has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, ABC News: Nightline, The Wall Street Transcript, The Huffington Post, and the documentary film, "The End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless," among other publications and media sources. His experience in financial media began in 1988, with his hosting of Financial Sense Talkradio on various radio stations in San Diego. Today, he continues his weekly Financial Sense Newshour broadcasts and writes thought-provoking commentary for Financial Sense online, and oversees the portfolio management team at Puplava Financial Services, Inc. and Puplava Securities, Inc.

Mr. Puplava graduated cum laude in Political Science from Arizona State University. He then went on to graduate with honors with a Master's Degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Among his many awards and achievements, in 2007 and 2009 Jim was nominated by his clients and professional peers as one of the San Diego area's best wealth managers.

Jim Puplava's professional designations include Certified Financial Planner; FINRA Series 7 and Series 24; and Life, Disability and Variable Insurance licenses. Mr. Puplava has been President of Puplava Financial Services, Inc. (PFS) since 1985. For twelve years, James Puplava held a position as Branch Manager for LPL Financial Services, LLC. In 1996, Mr. Puplava established the broker/dealer firm, Puplava Securities, Inc. (PSI) and is its President.

Jim and his wife, Mary, who live in San Diego near their three sons and their grandchildren, are involved in a number of philanthropic enterprises through their charitable foundation. Jim loves historical documentaries, sailing his Hanse 385, and is an avid reader.

Sandy Pappalardo COO & CCO

Sandy Pappalardo

Puplava Financial Services, Inc. 
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Compliance Officer

Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative

Sandy graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Economics. Ms. Pappalardo's professional designations include FINRA Series 7, Series 24, Series 27, Series 51 and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam. Sandy was previously employed by PFS Group during the 1990s and rejoined the team in 2007. Sandy's main hobby is horseback riding and hopes one day to be a horse owner.

Thomas J. Smith - Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager/Puplava Financial Services, Inc., Registered Representative/Puplava Securities, Inc.

Thomas J. Smith, CFA

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Senior Vice President
Senior Portfolio Manager

Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense 
Columnist

Mr. Smith graduated with a BS in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Mr. Smith's professional designations include FINRA Series 7. Mr. Smith joined PFS Group in 2010. He oversees the activities of the Research & Trading Team. He co-authors In the Know—a  communication for Jim Puplava's clients only—with other members of the trading staff, and contributes Market Observations to Financial Sense.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the investment management industry—including 10 years with Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, as well as other asset management and administration experience at Wells Fargo Bank, Dean Witter Reynolds, and Dunham & Associates—Mr. Smith's expertise with comprehensive wealth management solutions is a significant asset to the firm's growing institutional and high net worth clientele.

Tom is a fitness enthusiast and coaches a number of youth sports.

 Technical Analyst Puplava Financial Services, Inc., Senior Trading Manager, Options Principal, & Registered Representative Puplava Securities, Inc.

Ryan J. Puplava, CMT

Puplava Financial Services, Inc. 
Portfolio Manager
Technical Analyst

Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense & Financial Sense Newshour
Columnist & Guest 

Ryan joined PFS Group in 1995. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from San Diego State University. His professional designations include FINRA Series 4, Series 7, Series 53, and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam. He earned the Chartered Market Technician's designation in 2007. Mr. Puplava is Senior Trading Manager. He co-authors In the Know—a communication for Jim Puplava's clients only—with other members of the trading staff; he also contributes Market Observations to Financial Sense and is a frequent guest on Financial Sense Newshour. Ryan enjoys sailing, kite surfing, and playing his guitar.

Christopher M. Puplava - Financial Analyst/Puplava Financial Services, Inc., Operations Specialist/Puplava Securities, Inc. and Columnist/Financial Sense

Christopher M. Puplava

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Portfolio Manager
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense
Columnist & Guest

Chris graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He joined PFS Group in 2005 and is currently pursuing the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. His professional designations include FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam. He contributes articles and Market Observations to Financial Sense and co-authors In the Know—a communication for Jim Puplava's clients only—with other members of the trading staff. Chris enjoys the outdoors.

Cathlyn A. Harris - Sales & Marketing Manager/Puplava Financial Services, Inc., Customer Relations Manager & Registered Representative/Puplava Securities, Inc.

Cathlyn A. Harris

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Sales, Marketing, & Customer Relations Manager
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense & Financial Sense Newshour 
Columnist & Co-Host of Lifetime Income

Cathlyn graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. Cathlyn joined PFS in 2004. Her professional designations include FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam, and her financial services background includes over 12 years working with financial products, including managed futures and hedge funds. She enjoys the time she spends discussing our investments with current and potential clients. In her current position, Ms. Harris has helped to "brand" our group with updated and improved marketing materials, and streamlined client service and back office procedures. She occasionally writes editorials for Financial Sense, and is a guest on Financial Sense Newshour. Cathlyn is a voracious reader and loves the outdoors, singing with choral groups, and experimenting with recipes.

Dianne L Cabrera Operations Specialist

Dianne L. Cabrera

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Operations Specialist
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Operations Specialist

Dianne joined PFS Group in 2011. Dianne obtained her B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from San Diego State University and has been a Notary Public for over 20 years. She began her career in banking, and has extensive management and administrative experience in wealth management and related fields. Dianne is an avid tennis player, sings in a church choir, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Kyle J. Otto Executive Assistant PFS Group

Kyle J. Otto

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Executive Assistant
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Executive Assistant

Kyle Otto graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication from California State University-San Marcos. He is an awarded published journalist and has performed with the San Diego Symphony and choirs across Europe. Kyle joined PFS Group in 2012 as Jim Puplava's executive assistant, and also operates as office coordinator at the reception desk. He enjoys reading, writing, music, teaching and leadership at his church, and designing games.

Cristofer D. Sheridan - Research Assistant/Puplava Financial Services, Inc. & Puplava Securities, Inc.

Cristofer D. Sheridan

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Research Assistant
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense
Webmaster & Senior Editor

Cris joined PFS Group in 2002. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from California State University-San Marcos. His professional designations include FINRA Series 7 & Series 63; he is currently pursuing the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Sheridan supports our Trading and Operations teams and manages development of and content on PFS Group's Financial Sense educational website. Cris enjoys reading, music and the outdoors.

Adam C. Puplava - Interactive Media Designer/Puplava Financial Services, Inc./Financial Sense

Adam C. Puplava

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Interactive Media Designer
Financial Sense
Interactive Media Designer

Adam joined PFS Group in 2006. He graduated with a degree in Interactive Media Design from The Art Institute of California-San Diego. Adam assists Cris with managing content and creating multimedia for PFS Group's Financial Sense educational website. Adam enjoys sailing and other outdoor activities, and appreciates living close to the beach.

OTHER REGISTERED REPRESENTATIVES WITH PUPLAVA SECURITIES:
Anthony Allison, Robert Bernard

 


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