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Noah Johnson APMA®

Portfolio Analyst

Originally from Tolland, Connecticut, I graduated from High Point University in 2022 with a major in Business Administration and a minor in sales. At Blakely Financial, I’m primarily responsible for providing investment research, assisting advisors as they manage models, and preparing for client meetings. Outside of Blakely Financial, I am an avid hiker, backpacker, and skier, and love traveling and exploring new places.

Personal Points

My superpower would be…

the ability to see into the future (to pick the best stocks for our clients, of course)

My top 3 reads and podcasts are…

Podcasts – The Tim Ferris Show / Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz / Book - Principles by Ray Dalio

My favorite quote is…

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – M.K. Gandhi

My dream travel destination is…

the Himalaya mountains of Nepal

Causes I’m passionate about…

I am very passionate about environmental conservation and the protection and the protection public lands. I am a frequent donor of non-profits such as the Sierra Club & the Trust for Public land with the belief that nature should be protected, experienced, and appreciated by all.

My happy hour order is…

an ice cold Blue Moon

Amber Cranford

Client Service Assistant

I joined Blakely Financial in 2022 as a Client Service Assistant. I work with clients on many different kinds of administrative needs, including executing account updates, paperwork, scheduling, and client requests of all kinds.

I reside in Sophia, NC, with my husband, Tyler. I was a special education teacher for five years prior to joining the team at Blakely Financial. I am passionate about helping others and volunteering.

Professional Memberships

  • Guilford/High Point Special Olympics – Volleyball and Rollerskating Coach

Education

  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C. – Bachelor of Arts in Adapted Special Education with a Minor in Early Childhood and Family Development

Personal Points

My top 3 reads and podcasts are…

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | Crime Junkie Podcast | The Elisabeth Elliot Podcast

My superpower would be…

to teleport to anywhere in the world I wanted to go.

My favorite quote is…

“His mercies are new every morning -Lamentations 3:23”

My dream travel destination is…

Bora Bora

Causes I’m passionate about…

Special Olympics and the bus ministry at my church

My favorite restaurant is…

Strada Italiano in Asheville, NC

Larry Albert CFP®, MBA, AIF®

Financial Advisor

I joined Blakely Financial in May 2022 after spending more than 20 years as a human resources and employee benefits executive within both the private and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on retirement plans and compensation. I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and earned an MBA in finance from Boston University. I also hold life, accident, and health insurance licenses and am an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®. The most fulfilling aspect of my job is when I feel that I have truly earned the trust of my clients and have made a difference in their lives.

My practice spans the entire spectrum of wealth management and retirement plan consulting, although my area of specialty is helping pre-retirees/retirees with planning their retirement goals and assisting them transition from the accumulation stage of their retirement investing to the retirement income distribution stage i.e. developing a strategic distribution strategy which takes into account tax ramifications, proper asset allocation, inflation, social security maximization, and ongoing and long-term health care planning.

I am an advisor with the Pro Bono Financial Coaching Program, a collaborative effort of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts.

My wife, Linda, and I live in Beverly with our golden retriever Ozzie.

Professional Designations, Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification awarded by CFP Board
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF®, College for Fiduciary Studies
  • Registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
  • FINRA Series 6 securities registration
  • FINRA Series 7 securities registration
  • FINRA Series 63 securities registration
  • FINRA Series 65 securities registration

Professional Memberships

  • Family Reach organization – Pro Bono financial planning for cancer patients

Education

  • Boston University, Boston, MA – MBA in Finance

Personal Points

My superpower would be…

Being able to fly without using the airlines

My favorite quote is…

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself”

My top 3 reads and podcasts are…

Cloud Cuckoo | Land Premonition | The Code Breaker

My dream travel destination is…

East African safari

My favorite restaurant is…

Abe & Louie’s Steakhouse in Boston

My happy hour order is…

Jameson or Moscow Mule

Commonwealth Chairmans Level

Robert Blakely CFP®, AIF®, ChFC®, CLU®

President, Financial Advisor

I founded Blakely Financial in 1995 on the belief that our client’s wellbeing is our first and foremost priority. Therefore, I tailor my focus on comprehensive wealth planning to meet our clients’ individual needs. Through my relationship with our clients, I understand each client’s unique goals and work with them to implement a thorough plan to achieve those objectives. There is a deep satisfaction in the feeling that I am truly making a difference in the lives of other people.

I am an active volunteer with charitable and educational organizations in our community and reside in High Point with my wife, Donna.

I am proud to have been recognized as a Chairman’s Level advisor —a distinction based on annual production attained by just 3 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Professional Designations, Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification awarded by CFP Board
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies
  • Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Certified Fund Specialist (CFS), Institute of Business and Finance
  • Registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, FINRA Series 7 securities registration
  • Life and disability insurance licensed
  • Long-term care insurance licensed

Professional Memberships

  • Financial Planning Association
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals

Education

  • Averett University, Danville, Virginia, B.A. in Business Administration

Personal Points

If I wrote my own job description…

Duties Delegation Director

My favorite quote is…

"Never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

My dream travel destination is…

Jackson Hole, Wyoming and/or a trip to Italy

My happy hour order is…

A very nice bourbon on the rocks with a splash of water

My superpower would be…

Time Traveler – I would travel ahead in time research all major stock market corrections, come back and time the market, which just like time travel, is impossible to do.

My top 3 reads and podcasts are…

"Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth" - Nick Murray, "Stay Positive" - Jon Gordon and Daniel Decker, "Think & Grow Rich" - Napoleon Hill

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Shaylen Brown

Client Experience Manager

I joined Blakely Financial in 2022 as a Client Experience Manager. I will often be the first person to greet you when you contact our firm. I absolutely love working with people and am happiest and most fulfilled while serving others. I oversee daily office affairs and ensure the correct handling of all facets of the client experience and requests.

I reside in Badin Lake, NC, with my husband and our three daughters. I love watching and supporting our daughters in their myriad sports and extracurricular activities. I also enjoy cooking, time on the lake, and all things sunshine.

Professional Designations, Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

  • Non-Profit Management Certification from Duke University

Education

  • High Point University, High Point, NC – B.A. in Elementary Education

Personal Points

If I wrote my own job description…

My job is to always be the smiling face on the phone or when you walk thru our door. I am our sunshine manager!

My favorite quote is…

“Spread love everywhere you go, let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -Mother Teresa

Causes I’m passionate about…

I am passionate about making a difference for others; standing up for what is wrong; and just being a kind human to all I encounter.

Something people don’t know…

I am highly competitive.

My superpower would be…

My superpower would be flying; so that I could get to where I need to go SUPER FAST.

My happy hour order is…

Tequila, Salt, Extra Lime

Rebecca Linhart AIF®

Financial Advisor

As an affiliated partner of Blakely Financial, Inc., Rebecca Linhart, AIF® offers investment management services, retirement income planning, financial planning, and wealth management to a myriad of individual clients at various stages in their lives.  Through her years in business, she has helped many people, particularly women going through transitional periods, such as divorce, the death of a spouse, or retirement. Her degree in psychology has given her invaluable insights into the importance and power of the personal side of money and the unique challenges of transitions. She has a rich and comprehensive understanding of how people subjectively experience change and co-creates their highest outcomes with them.

Rebecca Linhart thought differently about financial advice when she founded Light Tower Financial Strategies.  She knew that offering financial advice meant so much more than selling stocks and bonds, that it is more about understanding how money fits into your life and living that life intentionally. She knew that considering the goals and dreams of each client is paramount to helping them navigate through the complex details of planning meaningful lives.

A commitment to serve the community

Becky has a long-time commitment to serve her community. Being involved is what it’s all about to her. To that end, she held the following positions in the Town of Essex, Massachusetts:

  • Board of Selectmen
  • Board Member of the Housing Authority
  • Chair of the Finance Committee

In addition, she served as chair of the finance committee for Glen Urquhart School, a small private school in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.

She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, a service organization dedicated to giving back to the community.  She founded the “It takes a village” program to help less fortunate people in the community, not just at Christmas time, but year-round.  The family she remembers most is a single mom with five children.  The mom had cancer and, when she was undergoing chemotherapy, the group cooked meals for the kids and set up a schedule of drivers to make sure they got to school on time.

Being a female in a male-dominated industry, Becky understands the challenges women can face when building their careers.  So, she joined the Boston Club, an organization dedicated to advancing women leaders.  A club and a cause, the group offers camaraderie and opportunities for networking; its core belief is that more women in significant and visible leadership roles mean better business performance and strengthened economic health in our communities.  She served as treasurer on its board of directors for six years.

A sailing advocate, Becky served as a board member of Sisters Under Sail, an organization dedicated to teaching leadership skills to teenage girls through a sailing program on a tall ship.  In 2013, many of the tall ships gathered on Lake Erie for a re-enactment of the war of 1812.  Becky was fortunate enough to be on board and had the privilege of shooting the cannon.

Becky is currently the chair of Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Enhanced Scholarship Trust, an organization that gives scholarships to community members.  Many of the scholarships are given to high school seniors, but the group found another pressing need for scholarships: for people who didn’t go to college, who live paycheck to paycheck, and can’t afford a class or certificate program to improve their employment opportunities.  It became known as the 2nd Chance Scholarship.

Becky received a graduate certificate in special studies in management from Harvard University and earned a BS in psychology from Roanoke College.  She has been recognized in Boston Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager [i] in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and the Women’s Choice [ii] award in 2014-2015 and 2016-2017.  She has achieved several professional credentials that speak to her experience:

  • General Securities Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
  • Securities Agent and Registered Investment Adviser Representative
  • Managed Futures License
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary®

Stephanie Lanier FPQP®

Administrative Assistant

I joined Blakely Financial in 2021 as an Administrative Assistant, but I affectionately think of myself as the A.M. Administrator because I work early in the morning. I assist the team in daily office operations, including scheduling appointments. I like helping the team so that they have more time to help others.

I reside in Clayton, NC, with my husband and our four homeschooled children. I love homeschooling my children for the strong family bond it builds. I also enjoy reading, puzzles, watching movies/TV, and playing video games with my husband.

Professional Designations, Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

  • Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional, FPQP, College for Financial Planning

Education

  • Meredith College, Raleigh, NC – B.A. in Spanish & Education

Personal Points

My favorite quote is…

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

My superpower would be…

Invisibility

My dream travel destination is…

England! I really enjoy English history and would love to tour some of the castles.

My top 3 reads and podcasts are…

Mother Culture by Karen Andreola is my current favorite book; I also listen to a lot of Matt Chandler and Voddie Baucham.

Something people don’t know…

I am the mother of a micro preemie. My first child was born weighing in at 1lb 13oz.

My favorite restaurant is…

Houston’s in Atlanta, GA

Interns

We have a rotating group of interns who join the Blakely Financial team each year. Our interns assist advisors with investment research, preparing for client meetings, and learning from our advisors.

Noah Johnson APMA® 

Intern

Originally from Tolland, Connecticut, Noah is currently a Senior at High Point University majoring in Business Administration with a minor in sales. At Blakely Financial, Noah is primarily responsible for providing investment research, assisting advisors with managing models, and preparing for client meetings. Aside from Blakely Financial, Noah is an avid hiker, backpacker, and skier and loves traveling and exploring new places.

Keaton Geist

Intern

Keaton grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and currently studies finance and philosophy as a Sophmore at High Point University. Since joining Blakely Financial in January 2021, Keaton has conducted investment research and assists the advisors in preparing for client meetings. In his free time, Keaton is very passionate about public policy and serves as the Director of Development at a youth-led policy think tank, The Greater Good Initiative. In addition, he enjoys reading books, researching his genealogy, listening to vinyl records, or watching baseball with his father.

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Donna Blakely AAMS™, MBA

Director of Operations

I am responsible for office management and customer relations at Blakely Financial. Since I am more in an operational role, I love knowing that the things I do behind the scenes can help our team be most efficient. I continue to be inspired by the difference that our BFI team makes in our clients’ lives each and every day. 

Before working with Blakely Financial, I was a pharmaceutical sales representative with GlaxoSmithKline. I then became co-owner and general manager of the J.H. Adams Inn. With the experience gained in these service positions, I believe that no one is more important than the customer. My goal with Blakely Financial is to help us meet the needs of all of our clients through personalized attention and service.

I’m very passionate about giving back my time, talents, and treasures to my community. Volunteering with kids and being a mentor to them is one thing I feel very strongly about.  My favorite activity has been teaching healthy cooking classes to fourth graders with CIS of Thomasville and Crockpot Cooking Classes taught by members of the Junior League of High Point for moms at the YWCA and The Salvation Army. Beyond volunteering, I enjoy cooking, gardening, and playing golf.

Professional Designations, Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

  • Accredited Asset Management Specialist, AAMS™, College for Financial Planning
  • FINRA Series 7 securities registration

Professional Memberships

  • The United Way of Greater High Point (2020 Campaign Co-Chair & Board Member)
  • Women In Motion
  • Past-President of the Junior League of High Point

Education

  • Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. – B.S. in Biology & Chemistry
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro – MBA

 

Personal Points

If I wrote my own job description…

Director of Anything That Needs Fixin’

My superpower would be…

To sprinkle love and happiness everywhere!

My top 3 reads and podcasts are…

“Inside the O’Briens’ by Lisa Genova, “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrick Backman, “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn

Something people don’t know…

I am actually more introverted than I appear.

My dream travel destination is…

Italy and a Mediterranean Cruise

My happy hour order is…

Cosmopolitan made with Titos Vodka

Emily Promise CFP®, CDFA®, AIF®, APMA®, CRPC®

Financial Advisor

I am a financial advisor where my main task is to serve as a trusted advisor and contact for the families, individuals, and non-profit organizations that rely on the team and me to manage their financial future. My role is much more than an investments advisor or planner; I strive to be a Chief Financial Officer for those we serve.

By serving as a trusted advisor, I help others craft a plan to reach their goals. The opportunity to help others plan for significant life events, whether retirement, selling a business, or generational wealth planning, and then seeing them achieve their dreams is unparalleled. One of my primary passions is to help educate female investors and empower them to control their finances. Nothing gives me more fulfillment than helping a family plan the road map for their financial future or offering a business owner peace of mind.

Professional Designations, Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification awarded by CFP Board
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CDFA®, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
  • Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor, APMA®, College for Financial Planning
  • Charted Retirement Planning Counselor, CRPC®, College for Financial Planning
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF®, College for Fiduciary Studies
  • CFA® Investment Foundations Certifications, CFA® Institute
  • Registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
  • FINRA Series 7 securities registration
  • FINRA Series 66 (Investment Adviser Representative) securities registration

Professional Memberships

  • Greensboro Society of Financial Service Professionals, Financial Literacy Committee (Board member)
  • SynerG Young Professionals, Greensboro
  • SPUR in Marblehead (Finance committee)
  • Commonwealth Financial Network’s Women’s Advisory Council

Education

  • High Point University, High Point, NC – B.S. in Finance and Accounting

Personal Points

My superpower would be…

To uplift with positivity

My top 3 reads and podcasts are…

Mind Gym by Gary Mack ,The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew series

My favorite restaurant is…

Shubies in Marblehead; nothing will ever beat their craft your own salad station and their potatoes baras

My favorite quote is…

“Champions are built in the off season”

My happy hour order is…

Club soda, vodka, and lime

My dream travel destination is…

Hawaii