President, MBA, CFP®, CeFT®
Linda, President of Silver Oak Wealth Advisors, has been providing Silver Oak clients with comprehensive wealth management services since 2005 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm. In her role as advisor, Linda works closely with each client to develop a customized financial plan centered on their core values. Linda consults on wealth protection, enhancement and transfer issues, and designs an investment portfolio that reflects each client’s unique risk profile and financial needs.
In addition to her strong analytical skills and financial knowledge, Linda brings with her a deep and genuine interest in helping clients to achieve a balanced and fulfilled life with the resources they have. She strives to support and inspire her clients to make sound financial decisions by infusing their life dreams, goals and purpose into their spending, investments, risk management, and estate plans. She is a licensed Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Certified Financial Transitionist (CeFT®). She actively hosts Women’s Circle to “change the conversation” about personal finance for women and participates in advisory communities to empower, educate, and engage women in the management of their personal finance. She also specializes empowering widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in the world.
Before joining Silver Oak Wealth Advisors, LLC, Linda worked for four years in Beijing, China and six years in Connecticut at Fortune 500 companies as a business analyst. Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University and her MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Linda lives in West Los Angeles with her family and enjoys reading, yoga & meditation practice, traveling and social activities with family and friends.
Community Relations/ Business Development, CFP®, CeFT®
Eric is one of the early pioneers of the Financial Planning profession. Always passionate about understanding and integrating the personal side of money into the advisory relationship, he developed his first Financial Plan for a client in 1981. In 1984, he became a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with the SEC, and received his CFP® designation in 1988. Eric has always held with pride his fiduciary, or “always client’s interests first,” standard of care with every client. As a principal founder of his former firm, Eric was selected by Wealth Manager Magazine as one of the Top 250 Planners in the U.S. for three years in a row and was a four-time presenter at the L.A. Times Investment Strategies Conferences. He has been quoted widely in local and national publications and was featured in a cover article in the May 2012 Financial Planning Magazine. In 2016, he, along with the other Silver Oak firm Principals, achieved the CeFT® (Certified Financial Transitionist®) designation in furtherance of the firm’s commitment to providing contextual guidance to clients going through a life transition and where financial decision-making ability is compromised. Eric is the former President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Los Angeles, and created and presented in consecutive years sessions on leadership at the FPA Chapter Leadership Conference. He also serves on the Advisory Council of OPICA, a non-profit which provides day relief to family caregivers with loved ones suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Eric lives on the Westside of Los Angeles with his wife. Their two children are off at college, while their two dogs (Lucy and Rocco) keep them company at home.
Wealth Manager, CFP®
Arianne joined Silver Oak in 2015. In her current role as Wealth Manager, she advises on all aspects of financial planning and wealth management implementation, including complex analysis of corporate compensation and benefits. Additionally, she is a member of the Investment Committee and is active in all aspects for the management of the investment portfolios at Silver Oak.
Before joining Silver Oak Wealth Advisors, Arianne was based in Milan, Italy for 20+ years where she developed her career as Investor Relations Manager, working for several different types of financial and investment firms. In her last position, she was a Partner in a Private Equity Secondary Fund of Funds, managing funds for high net worth individuals. Upon her return to the United States (2013), she completed a certificate program at UCLA Extension in Personal Financial Planning, culminating with passing the CFP Exam. She received her BS from UC San Diego in Management Science and her MBA from the Bocconi University in Milan. She has been active philanthropically dedicating significant time and resources to School on Wheels, a not-for-profit organization tutoring homeless children on Skid Row, for which she has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for three years. Arianne is a member of Everychild Foundation, a women’s giving circle with the goal of easing children’s’ suffering in Greater Los Angeles, as well as an active participant in the Policy & Activism Committee. Arianne lives in West Los Angeles where she pursues her passion for theatre, art, and photography as well as golf, running and hiking.
Associate Advisor, MScEng
Laura joined Silver Oak in 2018. As an Associate Advisor, Laura brings her analytical skills and her passion for helping people improve their financial well-being to support clients with financial planning, implementation follow through and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Silver Oak Wealth Advisors, Laura was based in Bogota, Colombia where she developed her career as a director and trader in the oil and gas industry. She excelled in numerous complex financial transactions and analyses. She also served as university Adjunct Professor where she taught Systems Thinking at Organizations. Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Currently Laura is completing her Personal Financial Planning Certificate at UCLA Extension.
Laura lives in Westwood with her husband. She enjoys yoga, music, traveling, spending time with her family and volunteering for non-profit organizations for children in need in developing countries.
Thomas joined Silver Oak Wealth Advisors in July 2015, as our Operations Specialist. He is responsible for Operations, which includes Portfolio Administration, Trading, Billing, Back-office Support, Client Relations and Compliance. He brings over 14 years of experience in financial services and working with wealth management firms. Previously, he was the Operations Associate at KAM Advisors in Beverly Hills for five years and handled various operational and administrative duties. Prior to that, he had worked for Abrams, Factor & Associates in Beverly Hills for six years in the same role. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Thomas is a life-long Angeleno, having grown up, gone to school, and worked in West Los Angeles most of his life.
Client Service Associate
Nubia joined Silver Oak in 2015 as the company’s Administrative Assistant. Since then her role has evolved to Client Services Associate and Notary Public. She is Silver Oak’s “go to” person, handling client services, office management, operational support, marketing support, and administrative support. Her positive and energetic demeanor gives all who visit Silver Oak a memorable experience. Before joining Silver Oak Wealth Advisors, Nubia served as the Administrative Assistant/Operational Floor Manager for Regus, the world’s largest provider of short-term office space solutions. Nubia earned a Bachelors’ Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from Westwood College Los Angeles in 2010, where she was awarded the Student of the Term Award for academic excellence. Furthermore, Nubia loves communicating with and helping others. She is fluent in Spanish and very knowledgeable in elementary ASL (American Sign Language). Nubia lives in Santa Monica where she enjoys her proximity to the ocean, in addition to hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities.