John & Janice Cartwright
John Cartwright – Co-Regional Director and Owner
Jan Cartwright – Owner
Together, John and Jan Cartwright have created a gold-standard business that has withstood the test of time. Among the founders of Financial Network Investment Corporation in 1983-now known as Cetera Advisor Networks, LLC- they have cultivated a successful bedrock for wealth management services and affiliate advisors.
Both Co-Regional Directors, John and Jan are responsible for the management and oversight of the firm, ensuring it continues to grow and last for generations to come. The pair have mentored and groomed hundreds of successful financial advisors.
For more than 50 years, John has also maintained a thriving financial advisory practice and continues to serve multiple generations of clients with sound financial advice and first- class service. He is passionate about delivering premier financial planning services to clients to help them get to where they want to be and create a long-lasting legacy.
Before joining the financial services industry, John was a dedicated leader in the U.S. Army as an officer and a pilot. Previously, Jan worked with Proctor and Gamble and as a Teacher. The couple met at the University of Wisconsin where they also received their degrees.
Celebrating more than 50 years as a happy couple, Jan and John have raised three smart, successful daughters who are all co-workers of CLG. Outside of work John and Jan enjoy many hours with their eight grandchildren and are active members of the Pauma Valley Country Club.
Elizabeth C. Carr
and Chief Compliance Officer
Navigating today’s regulatory environment is challenging, but CLG takes the guesswork out with Beth providing commonsense advice that gives clarity to compliance. As CLG’s Co-Owner and Chief Compliance Officer, Beth offers objective guidance and clear direction to advisors to ensure that their businesses are compliant.
With more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Beth employs supervision systems that enhance operational efficiency by simplifying many compliance and regulatory tasks with CLG’s advanced technology platform.
Beth’s experience covers many facets of the financial services industry, ranging from Pension Specialist at a mutual fund company to Investment Advisor, Sales Manager and OSJ Manager at Cetera Advisor Networks, LLC. Previously, Beth was instrumental in building the Financial Institution Division of the Financial Network Investment Corporation, which partnered with banks and credit unions, providing full-service investment programs and services to their clientele.
Beth holds a bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and a Series 7, 24, 63, and 51 securities registrations.
Outside of CLG, Beth is involved in her community, volunteering with local PTAs, booster clubs and the National Charity League. She also supports local kids’ sports such as cross-country and track, soccer and baseball at the middle, high school and club levels. Beth resides in Palos Verdes with her husband Marshall and their three beautiful children.
Pamela Eckenrode, AIF ®, CRC ®, PPC TM
and Financial Advisor
With over 22 years in the financial services industry, Pam’s experience, integrity and commitment make her an exceptional partner and advisor to her clients and a knowledgeable mentor and resource to other financial advisors.
Working closely with clients such as retirees, executives, small business owners and women in transition, Pam uncovers solutions for their success both financially and personally. She helps her clients identify the most important things in their lives and their families’ lives and works with them to develop and create comprehensive strategies to help them achieve their goals.
Pam’s experience as an advisor is invaluable in guiding and mentoring other advisors, who she works with to help take their business to the next level; whether they want to grow, optimize their value or prepare for succession. By helping advisors create efficiencies within their practice, Pam helps grow their businesses and positions them for long-term success.
Working in the financial services industry since 1995, Pam has also served as an OSJ Branch Manager and Regional Manager with Financial Network. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts, as well as minors in both Communications and Journalism at the University of Arizona. Pam holds a Series 7, 63, 51 and 24 securities registrations and is registered in 46 states. She also has an insurance license and obtained Certified Retirement Counselor and Professional Plan Consultant certifications.
Outside of work, Pam enjoys time with her husband Todd and their three kids, Jack, Kate and Will. She likes travelling, playing golf and watching her kids’ soccer, baseball and football games. She is an active member of the community through PTA, Girl Scouts, and the Long Beach Yacht Club.
Kurt R. Ehmann, PPCTM, AIF®
Kurt’s true passion is to help individuals and businesses realize their ongoing potential so they can become sustainable high performers in business and life. Through his experience in preparation and planning, Kurt enhances the wealth, business and life experiences of those he works with.
As Co-Owner and Head of Business Development at CLG, Kurt helps advisors create efficiencies in their businesses and successfully grow their practices. He also helps individual clients set up and sustain wealth for today and future generations.
Before becoming a financial planner, Kurt had a prominent career as an All-Pacific-10 shortstop at Arizona State University and was a top-draft choice by the San Francisco Giants Organization in 1992 before he retired in 1997 because of an injury. The experience of a high-performing athlete drives Kurt’s passion today for helping a range of individuals realize their potential in every stage of their lives. Focusing on retirees, executives and athletes, Kurt acts as his clients’ “quarterback” to help them meet their financial goals and objectives.
Kurt received his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. He currently holds his Professional Plan Consultant designation and Series 7, 66 and 63 securities registrations. He is also insurance licensed in California for life, health, disability and long-term care.
Outside of the office when he’s not focused on clients, Kurt is very involved in youth sports and currently coaches both of his boys in baseball and football. Kurt says his fortune is his wife Sarah and two incredible sons, Jake and Owen. His family continues to raise assets through their children’s sports endeavors and donate to local pediatric hospitals and children in need.
Sarah C. Ehmann
Head of Client Service and Operations
As Co-Owner and Head of Client Service and Operations at CLG, Sarah is dedicated to making the advisor and client experience top-notch. Through focused training and creative development programs for CLG’s advisor network, and overseeing the Long Beach branch operations, Sarah is committed to a high-touch level of service, efficient business processing and the education needed to stay current with a plethora of product solutions combined with a changing economic landscape.
With financial planning and investment advisory experience dating back to 1998, Sarah has served in various roles including OSJ Branch Manager, Financial Advisor and as the Manager of the Financial Institution Division at Financial Network Investment Corporation, helping financial institutions and their financial advisors grow their businesses.
Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently holds a Series 7, 24, 63, 65 and 51 securities registrations and CA Life & Health Insurance License.
When she’s not working with advisors to grow their businesses, Sarah is involved with the Long Beach Little League, AYSO and PTA. She is also a member of the Long Beach Yacht Club. Sarah lives with her husband Kurt in Long Beach and her greatest success – that of a devoted mother – is embodied in their two adorable sons, Jake and Owen.
“It’s my passion to deliver service excellence to all my advisors, and internal and external stakeholders; I approach everything I do with a quest for excellence, integrity, thoroughness and a big smile.”
Janet first joined Cetera back in 2001 and had the fortunate experience of spearheading Sponsor Relationships and negotiations for Cetera Advisor Networks for nearly 13 years. Additionally, she was able to move into other positions within Cetera Financial Group including Marketing and Risk Management/Ad Review to serve an even larger advisor audience. She gained tremendous knowledge in those positions, but was happy to re-joined the broker-dealer because of her passion to work more closely with advisors and directly drive and support field initiatives. Her tenure in the financial services industry spans more than 30 years which has given her a unique understanding of the needs of advisors, end clients and the organization.
She joined CLG Wealth Management in the Summer of 2018. Since then, she has been fully immersed in supporting our region’s advisors which is her career passion. As Sales and Business Development Manager, Janet oversees the advisor-facing functions and business development efforts of the firm. She has a marketing background and enjoys the creative side of the business; she also possesses strong organizational, decision-making, negotiation, oral, written and interpersonal skills which align perfectly with her role and CLG’s values.
Janet attended Pepperdine University for advanced learning and holds an BA in Business from National University and AA from Fullerton College. She holds Series 7, 24, 63 securities registrations and a California insurance license. Janet also serves on the Board of Directors for 133 The Promenade Walk Corporation since 2009 and has served as Board President for a handful of years. She is active in her community and ran for the Long Beach City Council seat back in the Spring of 2012 to drive local improvements. When she isn’t working with financial advisors, or managing Board responsibilities, she is out and about in the community supporting the Arts. She was born and raised in New York City and resides in downtown Long Beach since 2007.
Jerry Mitchell, CFP®
Working closely within the CLG team, Jerry helps individual clients find and sustain their wealth and family legacy. Jerry works with clients from many backgrounds including executives, retirees and small business owners to evaluate and understand their unique circumstances, goals and aspirations. Utilizing his business operations and training experience he then creates customized financial plans that are designed to support individual needs and dreams. Jerry is also very experienced with our technology resources and guides our advisors with usage questions for SmartWorks, NetX360 (Pershing), Redtail, MoneyGuidePro, Orion and WealthScape (Fidelity).
Before joining CLG, Jerry played Division I baseball at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. As a team captain, he led the team to regular and post season conference championships within the Big East and Missouri Valley conferences and appeared in two NCAA tournaments. While in high school, he was an American Legion National Champion and won four Nevada AAAA State Championships for Bishop Gorman High School. Jerry enjoys watching sports in his spare time and is a die-hard Notre Dame football fan. Since he has moved to Southern California, he enjoys surfing and practicing his golf swing.
Jerry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Planning and Marketing while at Creighton. While balancing life as a student-athlete with a demanding schedule, he also interned with AXA Insurance gaining invaluable industry experience. Jerry was part of the Financial Planning Associates of Nebraska and earned the 2012 CFP® Scholarship. After graduating in 2014, he started with CLG in October 2014 and is an essential part of the team. Jerry is a CFP® and holds Series 7, 63 and 66 securities registrations.
Teresa is the first point of contact for our clients and provides administrative and sales support to three successful Financial Advisors. She delivers an excellent level of client service including extensive client interaction. Her dedication to providing this exceptional service is her number one priority.
Having had 15 years of industry experience, Teresa brings a wealth of knowledge to our firm. She is always up for a challenge and will advocate not only for clients, but for the advisors she supports. Teresa uses her seasoned experience to provide individualized care and assistance to our family of clients and advisors.
Outside of the office, Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband, three sons, and their dog, Jackson. She is a dedicated soccer mom, and a loving grandmother to 3-year-old Allison.
As Director of Operations, Hannah is responsible for overall client service through four primary firm functions: OSJ business order processing, account servicing for firm clientele, problem resolution, and RIA client billing and advisor compensation. Hannah believes that every opportunity is a learning opportunity. She analyzes the situation and tries to find more effective ways of working such as finding timesaving ways of processing work for the advisors, which creates higher productivity and an increase in client and advisor satisfaction.
Hannah has worked in financial services with a major mutual fund company, and has knowledge in client services, as well as operations. She leverages her skills in assisting advisors with every day questions, to more complex scenarios that require rigorous analysis and collaboration with others.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and loves to be creative in the kitchen.
As Compliance Manager, Viky is the key to CLG’s unparalleled client service experience. With extreme attention to detail and laser-focus dedication, Viky supports the regional office by educating and training advisors, and serving as their liaison. Her experience lies in working with advisors to provide actionable plans that help create greater efficiency, higher productivity and an increased level of client service.
Working directly with the head of compliance to support CLG’s compliance practices, Viky is responsible for ensuring proactive policies and procedures are in place so affiliated offices can operate as efficiently as possible. Her extensive experience in client relationship management allows her to ensure a smooth back-office experience as well.
Viky has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. She began her career as an Administrative Assistant and has held various positions including Operations Manager, Chief Compliance Manager and Administrative Manager for both RIA’s and major broker-dealers. Viky holds a Series 7 and 66 securities registrations and is bilingual in Spanish. She also serves as the office in-house tech guru.
Viky is a perpetual student of the industry and is passionate about continuing to learn and grow her knowledge and experience.