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Ted McClellan

TED MCLELLAN
Tempe Branch
Phone: 602-336-5504
Ted.McLellan@desertschools.org
1245 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282

Ted works with members and non-members of Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, focusing on retirement planning and investment advice for clients at all life stages. He is committed to ongoing professional development so that the clients he advises benefit from his expertise in a constantly changing financial world.
Ted started his career with one of the largest financial planning firms in the nation. He moved to Arizona in 1996, where he continued to work in the financial industry as Assistant Vice President and Personal Investment Officer with a Valley bank. The opportunity to work with members, as opposed to customers, was a big reason he made the switch to Desert Schools Financial Services in 2003.
Much of Ted’s free time is spent with his wife and two children. He also enjoys travel, golf, mountain biking and hockey.

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Joe Greenberg

JOE GREENBERG
Stapley Branch
Phone: 602-336-5532
Joe.Greenberg@desertschools.org
1262 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203

Joe works primarily in the areas of pre-retirement planning and post-retirement needs. He has been with LPL Financial and Desert Schools Financial Services for over 15 years, and in the industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining Desert Schools, he supervised more than 1,000 employees as District Manager for a major Arizona banking institution.
One of Joe’s proudest accomplishments is the large number of family and friend referrals he has received from satisfied clients.
Originally from New York, Joe has resided in Arizona for the past 42 years. He enjoys most sports—in particular ice hockey, which he played for many years. Joe and his wife enjoy the outdoors and have been blessed with four wonderful children and two granddaughters.

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Dave Jones

DAVID JONES
East Bell Branch
Phone: 602-336-5500
David.Jones@desertschools.org
3423 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032

Dave has worked in the financial services industry since 1988, guiding members and clients get from where they are to where they want to go. “That process starts with a plan which leads us to a strategic approach to investment decisions,” he says. “In short, I provide my clients with the discipline that they often cannot or will not provide for themselves.”
Dave was formerly an Advisor at TruWest Credit Union and a Financial Consultant for Wells Fargo, Bank of America Investments and HSBC. He volunteers with the Financial Planning Association and the Chandler Compadres non-profit organization. In his spare time, Dave can be found reading, enjoying sporting activities and spending time with family.

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Jason Romero

JASON C. ROMERO
Sun City Branch
Phone: 602-336-5594
Jason.Romero@desertschools.org
10725 Grand Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351

Jason seeks to help members grow and protect their wealth by offering a full range of investment planning strategies tailored to each client’s specific needs. He started his financial services career more than 18 years ago. Prior to joining Desert Schools Financial Services, Jason was an advisor with Wells Fargo Private Client Services and M&I Wealth Management.
Outside of work, Jason is heavily involved in local church activities. He also belongs to Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization committed to developing public speaking and leadership skills.

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Mitch Layton

MITCHELL LAYTON
Palm Valley Branch
Phone: 602-336-5510
Mitchell.Layton@desertschools.org
13200 W. McDowell Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85395

Mitchell works with Desert Schools Financial Services as a registered LPL Financial Advisor and practices in the northwest Phoenix area. An Arizona native, Mitchell began his career in the financial services industry in 1989.
He utilizes a client-focused approach to financial planning which takes into account each client’s financial goals, time limitations and tolerance for risk when making recommendations. Whether you want to ensure a comfortable lifestyle in retirement, leave a legacy for your loved ones or prepare for the unexpected, Mitchell will help bring confidence to your financial future.
Mitchell’s community involvement efforts include teaching seminary courses to high school students. He also loves spending time with his wife, Natalie and children Rylee, Macaela and Jake.

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Eric Morgan

ERIC MORGAN
Chandler Branch
Phone: 602-336-5525
Eric.Morgan@desertschools.org
1949 W. Ray Rd., Suite 34 Chandler, AZ 85224

Eric has 24 years of experience in the financial industry, helping clients find the right financial products for their needs. He aids members in understanding which products are most suitable, what they can expect and how much each financial product will cost.
Eric has worked as a financial advisor for the past 12 years at companies including Compass Brokerage, where he also served as bank manager. In his free time, Eric enjoys riding motorcycles, sports activities, and spending time with his wife, daughter and Labrador retriever.

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Robert Nichols

ROBERT NICHOLS, CMFC
Thunderbird Branch
Phone: 602-336-5520
Robert.Nichols@desertschools.org
5690 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ 85306

Robert focuses on retirement planning for members at all life stages. Robert has worked as a Financial Advisor for over 18 years, and has been with Desert Schools Financial Services since 2001. He is personally committed to continuing education, so the members he advises can benefit from updated knowledge in a constantly changing financial world.
Robert earned the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning in 1998. He is a member of the prestigious LPL Financial Patriot’s Club, which is based on annual production. Robert says he is able to provide exceptional service because he takes time to get to know his clients. Robert spends most of his free time with his wife, Michele and their children, Megan and Ryan.

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Paul Wintermantel

PAUL WINTERMANTEL
Ahwatukee Branch
Phone: 602-336-5544
Paul.Wintermantel@desertschools.org
4940 E. Ray Rd., Suite 11 Phoenix, AZ 85044

A 17-year veteran of the financial services industry, Paul assists high-net-worth individuals and small business owners in working towards achieving financial goals by developing a financial plan. “This plan is then implemented by efficiently positioning assets to work towards the client’s goals, while also limiting risk and expenses. I then monitor the assets and am in contact regularly with my clientele to make adjustments as needed,” says Paul. Paul previously served as a financial advisor and Vice President at Atlas Securities/Wachovia Securities/Wells Fargo Advisors.

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TIMOTHY CLEMENS
Gilbert Branch
Phone: 602-336-5585
Timothy.Clemens@desertschools.org
1525 N. Gilbert Rd. Ste. 110 Gilbert, AZ 85234