By Edita McQuary
Now that the election is over, we have a chance to reflect on events of the past year and to plan for the future.
Edward Jones is a national company with representative offices throughout the county and five (yes, five!) offices in the Scotts Valley area.
Cheryl Rebottaro, who has received professional designations from the College of Financial Planning, has been with Edward Jones since 2010. By day, her goal is to help people with their financial needs, including investing, savings for college, life insurance, retirement planning, long-term care insurance, and estate strategy. By night, however, she has been known to entertain the local community singing with local bands.
Cheryl’s goal is to have a comprehensive, holistic multi-generational planning approach helping clients to build, distribute, and pass on their investments. Her business has continued to grow every year but there is room for more clients.
She can do Zoom meetings, telephone conferencing, and even meet in person with the appropriate Covid precautions.
Contact: Cheryl Rebottaro, AAMS, CRPC, 221 Mt Hermon Road, Suite F, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
Email: [email protected] or call 831-461-9311.
Ivor says, “I enjoy learning about each of my client’s unique situation and life experiences while creating a personalized strategy just for them.
I educate my clients while explaining complicated concepts in an easy -to-understand way. I feel proud when my clients leave a meeting understanding more than they did at the beginning.”
In his spare time, Ivor loves to scuba dive and helps teach scuba classes. He is also a long-distance cyclist. He and his wife, Erica, cycled the Lewis and Clark Trail from Portland, Oregon to Iowa and also rode the Pacific Crest Trail from Portland to Santa Cruz.
He also has a 2 year old son, Elijah, who also loves to bike!
Contact: Ivor Thomas, 5403 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite C, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
Email: [email protected] or call 831-438-2168.
Aaron Brandt grew up in Bakersfield and moved to Santa Cruz in 1993 to attend UC Santa Cruz. He studied computer science and art history while working as a restaurant manager. After 17 years in the service industry, in 2008 he transitioned to Wells Fargo, leaving in 2012 to join Edward Jones.
Aaron says, “My father forced me to begin investing at 16. I didn’t know what it was or want to do it, but I did, and after several years of blindly contributing, I opened my eyes to it and saw the benefits, wanting to learn more.
That is part of how I transitioned into finance. One of my greatest joys is seeing the look on the faces of my clients’ kids when I show them the power of investing over long periods of time, specifically 40 years.”
He and his family love to get away on long camping trips in the summer, visiting as many national and state parks as they can.
Contact: Aaron Brandt, 6630 Highway 9, Suite 102, Felton, CA 95018.
Email: [email protected] or call 831-335-8158.
Upon graduation they married and moved to Alaska, where Zach taught high school Spanish, ran a painting business, and they had their children, who are now 18 and 16. He has been with Edward Jones since 2005.
Zach says, “I especially love the educational aspects of investing. I get to educate people well enough for them to make great financial decisions that will benefit them the rest of their lives and even to the next generations!”
He loves riding bicycles, road, mountain, gravel — any and all of it. When their children were younger they had a Vanagon that they used for camping trips. Nowadays they often camp in their Sprinter van, using it as a base for great adventures.
Contact: Zach Brown, CFP, 5619 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite 120, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
Email [email protected] or call 831-438-2778.
Alan Gale was born on an Air Force base in Chandler, Arizona. He lived all over the U.S. and Asia in the 1970s, settling down in Felton around 1975. For his undergrad degree he majored in political science and minored in constitutional law. He also has a master’s degree in business administration. He’s been investing since the 1990s, and two years ago became a financial advisor.
He left a 22-year career at a Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley because he thought he had a heart attack at age 47. He decided his next career would focus on helping people. That’s why he’s at Edward Jones.
He plays guitar and sings in two rock bands. He spent 20 years racing dirt bikes, cars, and bicycles, and once stood on the footsteps of Mt. Everest. “All of that pales in comparison to being married to my wife and best friend for 23 years and experiencing being a father to our two boys (18 and 21 now),” he says.
Contact: Alan Gale, 5619 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite 100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
Email: [email protected] or call 831-438-0719.