When I left the Navy, I wanted to be an entrepreneur with the required element of serving others. A friend introduced me to Financial Planning, which combined my love of all things math with working with people. She said, “You help people manage and protect their life savings, your clients become close friends and you spend your days helping them.” That peaked my interest and I went to work for Smith Barney for nearly 18 years, and in 2007, Susan and I opened our own office. My friend was right. I love what I do and the people we work with.
David S. Lopez graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and became a Submarine Officer; he then qualified as a Nuclear Submarine Engineer Officer. He served for 7 years and was 3 times awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. In 1996 he was honorably discharged from the Navy and he began his career as a Financial Advisor. Today David is also a veteran of the Financial Services industry. He grew up in Fullerton and met his wife Susan there. They were married in 1992, and now have two grown daughters. They moved to South Orange County in 2003. You might find them on the weekends playing pickleball, hiking and taking pictures. They also love the movies, travel, and live theatre.
"My job is my hobby. What can I say? I was a nerd before it was cool. I like putting together the pieces of a financial plan. I find it a unique challenge every time. Of course, I enjoy my downtime, but when you work with people you like, doing something you like, it does not feel like work."
1985 – 1989 United States Naval Academy, Bachelor of Science – Physics - Annapolis, MD
1989 -1991 US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
1993 - Naval Nuclear Engineer Officers School
1995 - 1996: University of San Diego Law School - San Diego, CA
Annual FINRA Continuing Education requirements
Annual State of California Department of Insurance Continuing Education requirements
Securities Registrations and Insurance Licenses:
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certificant
Series 7 - General Securities Representative
Series 65 - Uniform Investment Advisor Law
Series 63 - Uniform Securities State Law
California Insurance License
CA Life & Disability Insurance License
Variable and Fixed Annuities License
Special Designation with The California Partnership for Long Term Care