Eric Leeper, CFA

VP of Research & Analysis / Partner

 

Solves the Rubik’s Cube in less than 60 seconds—blindfolded.  

 

Eric Leeper, CFA, is the Vice President of Research and Analysis at FP Transitions where he oversees new product development, financial modeling, and benchmarking as well as many other analytical issues that financial professionals face today. Eric and his analytics team support the annual transition of over 20 billion in assets from current business owners and founders to next-generation advisors and have created groundbreaking strategies for internal ownership tracks and the formation of succession teams. Said more succinctly, Eric’s work creates more than 500 new, next-generation owners every year; he changes lives and businesses. 

 

For fun, Eric hikes into the wilds of Oregon—up the sides of mountains, down the Columbia River Gorge, around raging rivers, and over snow-covered, fallen trees in the dead of winter. He goes to places most people will never see, even in a book. A planned and safe trek into the unknown—just as he does for our clients! 

 

Prior to joining FP Transitions, Eric was an equity analyst for Pacific Crest Securities, a Portland-based investment bank which specializes in technology equities. At Pacific Crest, Eric developed financial models and forecasts in a wide range of industries. Eric holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Oregon and is a CFA® charterholder. Eric is considered a next-generation leader at FP Transitions.

 

Watch Eric in our popular webcast: Advanced Considerations for Succession and Equity.

Eric Leeper, CFA

Stuart Smith, JD

Senior Consultant

 

Stuart finds opportunity in dysfunction: he landed his first job at Charles Schwab the day after the 1987 stock market crash.

 

Stuart contributes over three decades of leadership and experience to the FP Transitions team, as both a lawyer and a licensed securities professional. First hired in 1982 to sell stocks in a boiler room (he left as soon as he passed the Series 7), Stuart went on to manage multiple domestic and foreign branch offices for Charles Schwab. In addition to his many years working with individual investors, he developed a business that provided clearing and custody services to financial advisers, banks and brokers worldwide. 

 

Looking for another challenge, Stuart completed law school. A pilot and aviation aficionado, Stuart spent time at a law firm specializing in aviation law before becoming a partner in a boutique Seattle firm. There, he worked the transaction side of the business helping clients buy and sell corporate jets.

 

Back on the ground at FP Transitions, Stuart is part of the Succession Planning team, where his experience makes him uniquely qualified to understand the challenges of financial business owners and the solutions to help them accomplish their goals.

Stuart lives in Lake Oswego where he and his wife are active in the community. Stuart serves as VP of the Lake Oswego Corporation (it manages the namesake lake), and is on the board of the Lawyer Pilot Bar Association. In his spare time, Stuart serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School where he teaches aviation law. 

 

Stuart has a business degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from the University of San Diego. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar. He has formerly held Series 7, 8, and 63 licenses. 

 

A native Nebraskan, Stuart is hopeful that the Cornhuskers won't implode again this season.

Stuart Smith, JD

Eric Godes

SVP, Senior Consultant

 

A longtime leader in the wealth management industry, Eric brings his extensive insights and experience to our advisors.

 

Eric is a Massachusetts native who still calls the Bay State his home. Partially to fulfill his love of skiing and to be in the outdoors he went to the University of Vermont to earn his political science degree. Eric’s three daughters also attended University of Vermont, following in their father’s footsteps. In fact, Eric and his family enjoy Vermont so much that they own a second home there to this day.


After earning his bachelor’s degree, Eric returned to Massachusetts and completed the Master of Business Administration program at Babson College, which is widely regarded as the top entrepreneurial college in the country.


Through high school and college, Eric worked at Fidelity Investments, laying the foundation for his illustrious financial services career.


In his years as a wealth management expert, Eric has always been a pioneer. At Fidelity Investments, he helped to launch the first-ever ever home stock trading system. He also founded one of the country’s first Registered Investment Advisors, Kobren Insight Management which was eventually sold to E*TRADE Financial. But after 30 years of running wealth management firms, he was ready to blaze new trails.


That led him to our team at FP Transitions, where Eric is excited about the opportunity to give back to the industry that has treated him so well through the years. As a member of our Enterprise Consulting Group, he helps others learn from his experiences — and avoid his mistakes — to support their growth and prosperity.


In his role, Eric acts as a sounding board and a guide, either validating advisors’ instincts or helping them learn from someone who has traveled their path ahead of them. As someone who hates losing money more than he likes making it, his insights can help to protect advisors from a range of challenges.

When he’s not serving our clients and sharing his wisdom, you can probably find Eric doing one of two things: volunteering or playing some ball-and-racquet-based sport. Squash, tennis, table tennis, platform tennis, and pickle ball are all in his wheelhouse. You may also find him in the mountains skiing and snowboarding in the winter and on the golf course in the summer. And among all this, he still finds time for his three daughters and wife of over 25 years.

 

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Kem Taylor, CBEC®

Consultant

 

After learning how to scuba dive in the chilly waters of Maine, Kem fell in love with the feeling of being weightless and the sense she’s in a different world while underwater. It shows with 113 recorded scuba dives in her log book.

 

As the daughter of an artist and a financial planner, Kem was exposed to both the world of art and finances. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in art history, she created audio tours for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City before making the move to an RIA firm. It was at this firm that Kem assisted an advisor with health issues set up a succession plan. When the advisor passed away, the firm retained 100% of its clients and staff. This experience sparked her passion for succession planning. 

 

Kem earned her Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses, and she became a Certified Business Exit Consultant™. She gained several years of experience with RIAs and managed teams at LPL Financial, including the transitions team who helped independent advisors set up their firms.

 

After hearing David Grau Sr. speak at a conference on succession planning, a switch flipped in her head and turned on the figurative light bulb. In a flash of inspiration, she realized she could help financial advisors plan for their future and turn her passion for succession planning into a career.

 

When an opportunity opened at FP Transitions, she felt her passion and skillset matched FP Transitions’ goals and values, making them a perfect fit for each other. As part of our Enterprise Consulting team, she guides clients through the on-going maintenance of their succession plans, as even the best plans can evolve over time.

 

When she isn’t working, Kem is volunteering. For several years, she worked with a non-profit organization focused on fostering diversity, inclusion, and civil discourse called Global Citizens Circle. She currently volunteers as a coordinator for The Center for Wealth and Legacy planning events each year. She also volunteers on the Mentorship Committee of the San Diego Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. 

 

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Kem Taylor, CBEC®

Kevin Goserud

Senior Analyst

 

Settles all disputes on the golf course.  Hasn’t lost yet.  
 
Though Kevin was born in Richmond, Virginia, he spent the majority of his childhood in southeastern Pennsylvania. The youngest of five children, Kevin comes from a large, but very close, family. Following a busy academic and athletic high school career, Kevin left for Pennsylvania State University to pursue a degree in biology. After two years at Penn State, Kevin was drawn back to his hometown of Lancaster (and it didn’t hurt that he was offered an opportunity to serve as the co-captain of the men’s golf team at Franklin & Marshall College), where he earned his B.A. in economics. Upon graduation, Kevin moved to the Portland, Oregon, area and has been with FP Transitions ever since.
 
Kevin is the senior analyst for the Succession Planning team. He performs much of the math-modeling, working one-on-one with advisors to create a practical and understandable plan of action from the spreadsheet level. In addition, as a key member of the team, Kevin works daily to organize and create many of the cutting-edge tools used to effectively communicate the unique strategies developed for each client’s business model and personalized succession plan.  

Kevin Goserud

 

Eric Fettig

Business Consultant

 

A desire to help and plenty of energy drive Eric’s success at work and in life.

 

As a sixth-generation Oregonian, Eric grew up in Southwest Portland. He stayed in the Beaver State for college, earning his Bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University, where he majored in finance and minored in economics.

 

Between cheering for the Beavers, honing his skills on the banjo, and collecting gear for his outdoor ventures — including a bevy of interesting pocket knives — Eric keeps himself busy. But that’s never stopped him from making a difference in his workplace and in the world.

 

Early in his career, Eric spent five years at FP Transitions, primarily as a Valuation Analyst and a Senior Enterprise Consultant. During that time, he made his mark supporting hundreds of internal stock transactions as part of our succession management team. He then transitioned to Act-On, a SaaS company where he had the chance to work with both of his younger brothers. There, he was regularly recognized as team leader.

 

Ultimately, though, Eric found his way back to FPT, drawn by the opportunity to tap into our internal growth channels, our robust external partnership, and the legacy knowledge of our team. Today, he helps our clients achieve sustainable long-term growth, supporting them from onboarding on. 

 

Eric delivers solutions tailored to each client — including bespoke equity-based valuation and best-in-class peer group benchmarking — to help them drive both top and bottom-line performance. His favorite part of the job is helping clients solve even the most challenging entity puzzles.

 

When he’s not helping our clients and their organizations thrive, Eric dedicates much of his time to Be The Match, the national bone marrow registry, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He doesn’t just volunteer with these groups; he also regularly advocates for them as a speaker.

 

Fortunately, Eric does find some downtime for himself, too. He loves exploring new camping with his wife, hitting new breweries, and venturing out to Bend and Hood River with his buddies. You might find Eric fly fishing, playing some basketball, shooting trap, or squeezing in a round of golf.

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Siena Harris

Analyst

 

Siena loves hiking, skiing, and traveling. Fun fact: she hiked 100 miles along the Cornwall Coast in England with her mother.  

 

Born and raised in California, Siena moved to Oregon to pursue her education at Oregon State University (OSU) where her father was an alumnus. She majored in finance and minored in leadership at OSU. During her time there, she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and a member of the Finance Club and Real Estate Club, both sponsored by the College of Business. In her senior year, she received a Writing Intensive Curriculum Culture Writing Award for her paper on business ethics.

 

After graduating with her B.S. in finance, she traveled through Europe to celebrate, making stops in major cities in Italy, Austria, and Germany. While in Siena, Italy, the city she was named after, she attended the Palio, the famous horse race that happens twice a year.

 

Impressed by FP Transitions’ collaborative and creative work environment, Siena joined the team as an analyst. She appreciates that her role uses her degree and strength as a problem solver. She enjoys analyzing cash flow and creating customized succession plans that fit the individual needs of the client. By modeling each clients’ cash flow, compensation reports, and equity pathways, her work supports our comprehensive consulting, making it possible for clients to make informed decisions.

 

Outside of work, she can be found reading, cooking, watching The Food Network, and walking her cat, Beau. What cat doesn’t like a good walk?

Siena Harris

 

Matt Safko

Analyst

 

For Matt, a natural born musician and talented chef, variety truly is the spice of life.

 

Growing up with a father in the U.S. Air Force, Matt has lived on both coasts and in many states in between. His interest in food, music, math, and psychology runs deep, and his parents (musicians themselves) fostered his love of music as well as his interest in psychology, each having earned their degrees in the subject. Forever intrigued by the human condition, Matt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Montana and he still believes it is the most important discipline for any profession.

 

Pursuing his many interests, Matt started cooking in restaurants at age 14 and kept working through college. After graduation, his natural cooking talents had him running a kitchen in Florida and living on the beach. He eventually left Florida to cook at a resort in the woods of Idaho where he later met his wife. After two years without internet or cell phone service in the Idaho woods, the two moved to Oregon where he immersed himself in the Portland restaurant scene.

 

After several years of working long hours in food service, Matt set his sights on finance. With a lifelong love of numbers and a passion for economics, he enrolled in business school at Portland State University and graduated with an M.S. in finance. After studying investments and the history of Wall Street, he realized that what he actually loved about the food industry was the entrepreneurial spirit of the restauranteurs.

 

As a member of our analytics team, Matt draws on all of his experience and education to build financial pro forma models for our clients. When he’s not working, you can find him rocking his Martin guitar or Flatiron mandolin and exploring nature with his wife and three kids.

Matt Safko

 

Cindy Prater

Consultant

 

Cindy propels our Northwestern Mutual advisors toward their ideal outcomes, leveraging her extensive expertise, multiple certifications, and insider knowledge.

 

Cindy joins our team with a long list of accolades and a dedication to serving our clients with Northwestern Mutual. She’s well-suited to it, having worked for Northwestern Mutual for more than two decades.


Before moving to Milwaukee and joining that team, Cindy earned her paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree from the Central New Mexico University and her Bachelor of Science in technology management from the University of Phoenix. After moving to Milwaukee in 2003, Cindy earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She’s also certified in project management, technology training, and as a master coach.

 

In Milwaukee, Cindy spent more than 20 years working with Northwestern Mutual, finishing out her time there as their Director of Practice Management.

 

She was drawn to FP Transitions by the opportunity to have a versatile role that engages her leadership with Northwestern Mutual. Here, Cindy’s extensive experience and her knowledge made her a natural fit to help design and build opportunities for our Northwestern Mutual advisors.

 

In her role, Cindy acts as a liaison, a translator for industry jargon, a project timeline manager, a guide for compliance with Northwestern Mutual regulations, and more — all while serving as the primary point of contact for those advisors. She helps them through every part of the process in building their equity-based, transferable businesses while offering our clients top-tier service. From onboarding to valuation to legal, Cindy moves with our advisors along their unique journey.

 

When she’s not helping our Northwestern Mutual advisors succeed, you can find Cindy glamping in a state park in her fifth wheel or spending time with her youngest grandson, Atticus. Nerf guns, baking, building Super Mario Odyssey LEGO sets, and tossing water balloons are all on the table at grandma’s house.

Cindy Prater

Samantha Foster

SMP Coordinator

 

Samantha is a native Oregonian by way of Caldwell, Idaho.

 

Samantha is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a B.S. in political science. As an undergrad, she participated in speech, debate, and mock trials in preparation for law school, but altered her plans when she observed a poor job market for law graduates and explored other avenues for professional development. Prior to joining FP Transitions, Samantha managed national operations for a childcare center and preschool, fielding calls from parents across the country and managing projects for over 100 schools. She developed systems to track billing, coordinated scheduling, and addressed parents’ concerns when someone bit their child. While our clients don’t bite (usually) Samantha applies the same capabilities for our consulting teams and to ensuring our succession clients’ needs are met.

 

Among her goals, Samantha aims to streamline the Succession Management Program and maximize the use of technology to support the continuous improvement of FP Transitions’ service delivery. She is also looking forward to remodeling the home that she just purchased with her husband Jeff (who is not permitted to participate in the redesign, in any way). 

 

Hailing from the extreme rural east of the state, Samantha is pleased to settle in to the Portland area where running water and electricity are the norm, and while the traffic may not be great, stop lights are a sign of civilization. She is really moving up in the world!

Samantha Foster

Mallory Boutin

Consultant

 

As a world traveler who has a wide background in philosophy, public health, and business, Mallory brings fresh energy and unique perspective to all her work at FP Transitions.

 

Mallory was born and raised in Oregon, just a few minutes from our FPT offices. She headed to the east coast to establish a strong foundation in education, earning a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Wake Forest University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

 

Throughout her career, Mallory has been driven by a commitment to helping people. She worked as an infectious disease researcher and epidemiologist in Baltimore and ran a large neonatology research consortium in San Diego. Earning an MBA from Oregon Health and Science University helped pivot her focus from being a scientist to becoming a business leader. Mallory was drawn to FP Transitions by two things: our culture of intellectual curiosity and our emphasis on building relationships.

 

As a consultant for our Enterprise Consulting Team, she and her consulting partners work with clients who are starting out in the Strategic Assessment phase. She then provides continuity and guidance as clients move through the various phases of their engagements with FPT. Mallory gets excited about solving the puzzle that lies at the heart of each individual advisor’s or practice’s business problem. From there, she personalizes her approach to deliver the services they need while building a relationship that helps to support their success.

 

When Mallory isn’t working with our advisors, you’ll usually find her spending time with her husband, who is a naval officer, and their three small children. Her sense of adventure and eagerness to explore new places has led her to skydive in the Swiss Alps, motor canoe through the Ecuadorian jungle, and road-trip from northeast Maine to San Diego. Never one to back down from a challenge, she ran the 10-mile road race from Paris to Versailles twice. Oh, and she was five months pregnant both times.

Mallory Boutin

 

Mitchell McCauley

Consulting Programs Assistant

 

Mitchell’s college education, internships, and certifications have all perfectly poised him to support our FP Transitions team.

 

As a lifelong resident of the Beaver State — and a sixth-generation Oregonian, at that — it made sense for Mitchell to job-hunt close to home. That made him a natural fit to join our team in Lake Oswego, not too far from Tigard, one of his favorite parts of the state.


Proximity wasn’t the only thing that pulled Mitchell to us and set him up for success as a member of our FP Transitions team, though. For starters, he recently earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Portland.


During college, Mitchell started delving the industry through an internship at Financial Executives International (FEI). There, he learned from industry experts and saw the value-add of connecting financial leaders with each other and the right resources. He also took the initiative to become Bloomberg Certified, pushing himself through the self-paced program even while managing his studies in order to learn more about the financial markets.


Joining FP Transitions was a natural progression of Mitchell’s deepening engagement with the finance industry. He was drawn by our model of helping advisors thrive.


As our Consulting Programs Assistant, he gets the opportunity to help support some of our most meaningful relationships. Mitchell plays an integral role in setting advisors up for success, whether they’re planning for an M&A, building a succession plan, trying to retain top talent, or working toward another goal.

 

When he’s not helping our team and our clients, you can find Mitchell relaxing by reading or getting active. He loves playing basketball and heading out for a jog at a local park. When he needs fuel for his next endeavor, Mitchell whips up one of his favorite dishes: stir-fried veggies with teriyaki chicken.

Mitchell McCauley