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Our Team

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 & CCO, PFS Group

James J. Puplava, CFP®

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
President
Puplava Securities, Inc.
President & CCO
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-Only, Accident and Health, and Variable Contracts insurance licenses (California insurance license #0685257). 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.

Ryan J. Puplava - Chief Executive Officer Puplava Financial Services, Inc., Senior Trading Manager, Options Principal, & Registered Representative Puplava Securities, Inc.

Ryan J. Puplava, CMT

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
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; and Life-Only, Accident and Health, and Variable Contracts insurance licenses (California insurance license #0I08953). 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 - Chief Investment Officer/Puplava Financial Services, Inc., Operations Specialist/Puplava Securities, Inc. and Columnist/Financial Sense

Christopher M. Puplava

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Chief Investment Officer
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense & Financial Sense Newshour
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.

Becki K. Sutton - Portfolio Manager/Puplava Financial Services, Inc.

Becki K. Sutton, CFA

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Portfolio Manager

Becki joined PFS Group in 2015. Her education includes an MBA from University of San Diego and a B.S. in Business Administration Finance from San Diego State University. Becki earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2000. She has over twenty years of experience in the investment management industry, which includes 15 years as a Portfolio Manager with Brandes Investment Partners, Inc. Becki's role with Puplava Financial Service Inc. is managing portfolios and serving our clients.

Paul Horn - Financial Planner Manager/Puplava Financial Services, Inc., Registered Representative/Puplava Securities, Inc.

Paul D. Horn, CFP®

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Financial Planner
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative

Paul joined PFS Group in 2015. He holds an M.S. of Investment Management and Financial Analysis from Creighton University. Paul earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2013. His professional designations include FINRA Series 7, Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam; and Life-Only, Accident and Health, and Variable Contracts insurance licenses (California insurance license #0E60881). Mr. Horn has over a decade of experience with financial planning and wealth management services. He oversees the Financial Planning activities of the firm. Paul enjoys golf, the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Dianne L Cabrera - Operations Specialist/Puplava Financial Services, Inc.

Dianne L. Cabrera

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Customer Service Manager & Operations Specialist
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Customer Service Manager & 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.

Sharon Economous - Operations Specialist and Officer Manager/Puplava Financial Services, Inc.

Sharon Economous

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Operations Specialist & Officer Manager
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Operations Specialist

Sharon joined PFS Group in 2014. She obtained her B.S. in Business Administration/Finance and M.S.B.A in Information Decision Systems from San Diego State University. Sharon has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry specializing in portfolio management support and defined contribution plans. Sharon likes to crochet, cook, and spend time with family and friends.

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 & Financial Sense Newshour
Webmaster, Senior Editor, & Co-Host of Financial Sense Insider

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 & Assistant of Financial Sense Insider

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 running, other outdoor activities, and has a great appreciation for San Diego's fine weather.


Rob Bernard - Executive Vice President, Investment Advisor Representative/Puplava Financial Services, Inc.

Robert Bernard

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Executive Vice President, Investment Advisor Representative
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense Newshour
Guest

Rob joined PFS Group in 2011 as an independent broker. Rob holds a BS in Business Administration from San Diego State University, and his professional designations include FINRA Series 7, Series 31, and Series 63; and Life-Only (including long term care), Accident and Health, and Variable Annuity insurance licenses (California insurance license #0A76248). Rob shares Jim Puplava's macro-perspective on the markets/economy, and participates in weekly trading strategy meetings with Jim's staff. He is also an occasional guest on Jim Puplava's Financial Sense Newshour educational podcast. A San Diego resident for more than 30 years, Rob enjoys wakeboarding and scuba diving, is an off-road enthusiast, and is enough of a skiing buff that he takes occasional trips to where it snows. He and his wife Kathy have two daughters.

Tony Allison - Investment Advisor Representative/Puplava Financial Services, Inc.

Anthony Allison

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Investment Advisor Representative
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense Newshour
Producer

Tony graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and Economics and completed his MBA at University of San Diego. His professional designations include FINRA Series 7, Series 31, and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam. Prior to his career in the financial services industry, Tony worked for over a decade in the publishing field, where he both wrote and edited business trade publications, and in advertising. Mr. Allison lives in San Diego with his wife Eva. In his spare time, Tony enjoys golf and mountain biking.

 


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