Commonwealth Financial Network® Congratulates Honorees in Forbes' 2020 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List

Waltham, MA (January 22, 2020)—Commonwealth Financial Network® congratulates 47 affiliated advisors on being named to Forbes' Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for 2020. The list is published on, and a condensed listing will be available in the February issue of the magazine.

The 47 Commonwealth-affiliated advisors named to this list are:

  • Christopher Baker, CFP®, Oaktree Financial Advisors, Inc., Carmel, Indiana

  • Thomas Bartholomew, AIF®, Bartholomew & Company, Inc., Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Katherine Brady, CFP®, RNL & Associates, Rutland, Vermont

  • Gary Bragg, Bragg Financial Services, Lewiston, Maine

  • Debra Brede, AIF®, D. K. Brede Investment Management Company, Inc., Needham, Massachusetts

  • Charles Brown, ChFC®, CLU®, Capitol Financial Advisors, Wellesley, Massachusetts

  • K. Wade Carpenter, CFP®, AIF®, ChFC®, CLU®, Infinitas, Overland Park, Kansas

  • Joseph Chornyak Sr., CFP®, Chornyak & Associates, LTD, Columbus, Ohio

  • Carrie Coghill, CFP®, AIF®, Coghill Investment Strategies, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Michael Comstock, CFP®, AIF®, Premier Private Wealth, LLC, Brentwood, Tennessee

  • Joe Cox II, CFP®, CRPC®, AAMS, Webster Wealth Advisors, Stamford, Connecticut

  • Bobby Cummings, CFP®, AIF®, CFBS, Cummings Wealth Management Group, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • Raymond "Rocky" Daigle, Jr., AIF®, CBD Wealth Management, Metairie, Louisiana

  • E. Kim Dignum, CFP®, ChFC®, Dignum Financial Partners, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Rich C. Fitzer, CPM®, Triad Financial Group, LLC, Creve Coeur, Missouri

  • Daniel Gilbertson, CFP®, CRPC®, AIF®, Summit Wealth Group, Lakewood, Colorado

  • Matthew Glova, CFP®, CLTC, LifeTime Asset Management, LLC, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Joshua Gottfried, CFP®, CDFA®, AIF®, Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, Glastonbury, Connecticut

  • Theodore Haley, CFP®, AIF®, Advanced Wealth Management, Portland, Oregon

  • Ross Haycock, CFP®, AIF®, Summit Wealth Group, Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Bruce Hosler, EA, CFP®, AIF®, Hosler Wealth Management, LLC, Prescott, Arizona

  • Stacey Hyde, CPA, CFA®, CFP®, Envision Financial Planning, Memphis, Tennessee

  • Virgil Kahl, CPA, CFP®, Spring Ridge Financial Group, LLC, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

  • Martin Kossoff, CFP®, AIF®, Allegiant Private Advisors, Sarasota, Florida

  • Gabriel Lapito, CPA/PFS, CFP®, AIF®, Strategic Retirement Plans, Billings, Montana 

  • Valerie Leonard, AIF®, CPFA, Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial, Birmingham, Alabama

  • Kris Maksimovich, AIF®, CRPC®, Global Wealth Advisors, Dallas, Texas

  • Randy Morris, CFP®, ChFC®, AIF®, Summit Wealth Group, Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Chuck Olsen, CFP®, Calmwater Financial Group, Norfolk, Nebraska

  • Michael Ovshak, CFP®, FPS Financial, Inc., New Brighton, Minnesota

  • Michael Paris, AIF®, Paris International Corporation, Great Neck, New York

  • David Pickler, Esq., CFP®, ChFC®, CDFA®, Pickler Wealth Advisors, Collierville, Tennessee

  • Nichole Raftopoulos, CFP®, CDFA®, AIF®, MPASSM, Nvest Financial Group, LLC, Kennebunk, Maine

  • Matthew Ramer, AIF®, MOR Wealth Management, LLC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Stephen Rudolph, MBA, CPA, HW Financial Advisors, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Jeffrey Segal, CFP®, CLTC, AIF®, CIG Private Wealth Management, LLC, Glastonbury, Connecticut

  • Matthew Somberg, AIF®, CLTC, Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, Glastonbury, Connecticut

  • Adam Spiegelman, CFP®, Spiegelman Wealth Management, Lafayette, California

  • Drew Stratton, CFP®, Larson, Potter, Stratton & Cote Financial, Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Rick Tonkinson, MPA, CFP®, CLU®, AIF®, Tonkinson Financial Inc., Miami, Florida

  • Andrew Tupler, CFP®, Tupler Financial, Inc, Bridgewater, New Jersey

  • J. Kevin Waninger, CFP®, MBA, Onyx Private Wealth, Tell City, Indiana

  • Kurt Whitesell, CFP®, Whitesell Financial Group, LLP, Rapid City, South Dakota

  • Gary Williams, CFP®, CRPC®, AIF®, Williams Asset Management, Columbia, Maryland

  • Jonathan Wolff, AIF®, CLU®, Lightship Wealth Strategies, Inc., Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts

  • Benjamin Wong, CFP®, AIF®, Viewpoint Financial Network, Pleasanton, California

  • Eli Wynes, AIF®, United Iowa Financial, Iowa City, Iowa

"Congratulations to each of these advisors on this well-earned recognition by Forbes," said Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth. "These advisors are committed to providing expert guidance and essential support to their clients, and we are proud to support them with the business solutions they need to power their practice."

The 2020 ranking of the Forbes' Best-in-State Wealth Advisors1 list was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due-diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively and on a ranking algorithm that includes client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, and quantitative criteria (including assets under management and revenue generated for their firms). Overall, 32,000 advisors were considered, and 4,000 (12.5 percent of candidates) were recognized. The full methodology2 that Forbes developed in partnership with SHOOK Research is available here

About Commonwealth Financial Network

Founded in 1979, Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, is the nation’s largest privately held Registered Investment Adviser–independent broker/dealer, with headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. J.D. Power ranks Commonwealth "#1 in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Seven Times in a Row." The firm supports approximately 1,950 independent financial advisors nationwide. For more information, please visit

Commonwealth received the highest score in the independent advisor segment of the J.D. Power 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Financial Advisor Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction among financial advisors. Visit

1 This recognition and the due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Winners are organized and ranked by state. Some states may have more advisors than others. You are encouraged to conduct your own research to determine if the advisor is right for you. 

2 Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings.


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