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ince our founding in 2008, Monarch Wealth Strategies has been dedicated to designing, shepherding, and safeguarding the legacies of our clientele. We left the corporate world to create a boutique firm employing a complete financial planning methodology, embracing contrarian perspectives and alternative investments, and championing an open architecture investing approach.

Our mission is to go beyond responsiveness to anticipation in order to deliver the exemplary service our clientele deserve. To optimize financial success, we ensure clients receive the time and scrupulous attention essential to developing a custom, effective wealth strategy. We educate every client on how wealth should serve, rather than complicate life.

Our firm has no proprietary investments and embraces third party performance reporting. We want to ensure our clientele know the guidance and information we provide is objective, accurate, and unencumbered by conflicts of interest.

Our clientele are a diverse group whose wealth originates from various sources. Each client has unique circumstances, as well as a distinct investment philosophy, philanthropic intentions, and life goals. Our clientele span multiple generations and we are proud of our ability to comprehend and fulfill the needs of each.

Although our practice began in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, we have grown to serve clientele worldwide.
















our TEAM

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  • Brian Johnson, AIF
  • Kimberly Horn
  • Simon Livingston
  • Burt White
  • Jeffrey Buchbinder
  • John Canally
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Aaron J. Clark, President & Chief Executive Officer



aron Clark is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Wealth Strategies. In addition to providing financial guidance to clientele, he is responsible for the direction, strategy, and focus of the firm. Prior to co-founding Monarch Wealth Strategies, Aaron provided comprehensive financial planning to high net worth families while working at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. He holds a Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. Being passionate about protecting his clients and advocating positive change in the financial industry, Aaron was a member of the Financial Abuse Specialist Team for Santa Barbara County. After serving on several nonprofit boards, he is currently involved with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and the Music Academy of the West. His greatest passions are world travel, tennis, and classical music. email   Email AaronFINRA BrokerCheck

Brian T. Johnson, Chief Operating Officer



s Chief Operating Officer of Monarch Wealth Strategies, Brian Johnson is responsible for making sure the organization runs smoothly. His primary focus is working closely with clientele to craft and execute financial solutions to help attain their life goals. Brian has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional. He began his career at A.G. Edwards & Sons and was eventually recruited to Monarch Wealth Strategies in 2008, where he played a critical role in the launch of the firm. Brian is a devoted husband who enjoys spending time with his family, bowling, reading novels, and being outdoors. email   Email BrianFINRA BrokerCheck

Kimberly S. Malesky, Director of Client Relations



s Director of Client Relations for Monarch Wealth Strategies, Kimberly Malesky oversees the delivery and implementation of financial plans for high net worth clients. Kimberly has extensive experience working with academic professionals, engineers, and widows. Before joining Monarch Wealth Strategies, she was a financial planner at Mission Wealth Management for seven years. Prior to that assignment, she provided investment advice to clients through her role as a financial consultant at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. She earned her MBA and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. Kimberly is an alumna from the Katherine Harvey Fellows program. She actively volunteers at the Music Academy of the West and is a mentor for her local CASA chapter. She is also a member of the Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary Club. In addition to competing in triathlons, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. email   Email KimberlyFINRA BrokerCheck

Simon J. Livingston, Business Development Consultant


imon Livingston consults with Monarch Wealth Strategies at the business development level. He is the founder of SJL Enterprises, a business strategy and consulting firm. Prior to starting his own company, he worked as a financial advisor with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from UCSB.

Simon enjoys volunteering for his local community. He has donated his time to multiple nonprofits, including UCSB Affiliates, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Channel Islands YMCA. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, reading, writing, and meditation.

*Simon Livingston is not affiliated with Monarch Wealth Strategies or LPL Financial.

Burt White, Director of Research & Chief Investment Officer


s Managing Director of Research and Chief Investment Officer, Burt White is responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the LPL Financial Research platform. He provides day-to-day oversight of the Research team, which focuses on providing financial advisors with unbiased investment research about mutual funds, separate accounts, alternative investments, asset allocation strategies, financial markets, and the economy. He is also regularly sought after to speak to the national media—including CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, and others.

Prior to joining LPL Financial in 2007, he served as a managing director and director of research for Wachovia Securities for 10 years. He started his financial services career on the buy side of the business as a research analyst for Thompson, Siegel, and Walmsley, a value-oriented asset manager. Burt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary.

*Burt White is not affiliated with Monarch Wealth Strategies.

Jeffrey Buchbinder, VP & Market Strategist



s Vice President and Market Strategist, Jeffrey Buchbinder is a member of the LPL Financial Research tactical asset allocation committee and is responsible for developing and articulating equity and general market strategy with a focus on sector analysis. He is the primary author of Market Insight, a quarterly review of the financial markets, and Portfolio Compass, a bi-weekly snapshot of LPL Financial Research’s views on the equity, fixed income, and alternative investment markets.

Prior to joining the Research Department in July 2003, he worked as an equity research associate for Sanford C. Bernstein in New York and Deutsche Bank in Boston. He has 17 years of investment experience. Jeffrey earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from Duke University and has obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

*Jeffrey Buchbinder is not affiliated with Monarch Wealth Strategies.

John Canally, Chief Economic Strategist



ohn Canally is Chief Economic Strategist at LPL Financial. In this role, he plays an integral role in the development and articulation of LPL Financial market and investment strategies. He has been quoted in many national publications, such as USA Today, Washington Post, and TIME magazine, and is a guest on national business television and radio, including NPR, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and FOX Business News.

Before joining LPL Financial, John served as Senior Investment Strategist at PNC Wealth Management and PNC Institutional Investments where he assisted in the asset allocation and portfolio strategy decisions for the firm’s $50 billion in assets under management. He began his career as a Research Associate in the Fiscal Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. John is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and The CFA Institute. He has a BA in Economics from Villanova University and attended Stern Graduate School of Business at NYU.

*John Canally is not affiliated with Monarch Wealth Strategies.

We have the repertoire to curate the ideal financial ensemble for you.



istening is where we begin each new relationship. In order for us to effectively be of service, we need to completely understand what you desire. After defining your personal objectives, we start with a complete audit and inventory of your financial picture. Only then do we draw upon our expertise to develop a plan appropriate for your exclusive situation. This may include cash flow, investment, retirement, estate, insurance, and tax analysis. The result is a wealth strategy that is uniquely yours and yours alone. Which client are you?

One of the great pleasures of wealth is the ability to contribute to society. Few people are in a position to establish the financial security of their heirs, let alone to make these lasting impressions. We will help you develop and implement a charitable plan integrated with your overall investment strategy, allowing you to give back wisely and shape your legacy the way you see fit.
You have spent a lifetime building your legacy for your future heirs, but estate taxes may potentially destroy multi-generational wealth. Remaining wealthy is equally as challenging as becoming wealthy. While a basic estate plan allows you to decide who will receive your assets upon your death, advanced and innovative transfer tax planning may enable you to pass additional wealth to your beneficiaries. We will work with your existing counsel and accountant to ensure a coordinated effort amongst your financial confidants.
Cash flow and financial independence are your most important priorities. By focusing on asset allocation and management decisions, we can help ensure your plan addresses long-term investment and retirement objectives. We embrace the proverbial endowment approach to investing, using alternatives for their potential risk dampening and diversification benefits. Using low and non-correlated assets, our portfolio asset allocations are designed to increase expected return without increasing risk or, conversely, to maintain risk while increasing prospective returns.
You are seeking total return and need help selecting which investments make sense for you. We employ a meticulous analytical process in evaluating a wide range of potential investment strategies tailored specifically for your particular investment objectives. The financial instruments we select for portfolios, whether public or private, are of institutional grade. For taxable investors, we structure the portfolio in a tax-efficient manner. Asset location should also be scrutinized as it has the potential to significantly impact a family’s balance sheet.
If you have something different in mind, perhaps we can help. Meeting your unique goals is our benchmark for success. At every step, we look beyond individual investments to consider your overall personal objectives so that no matter what the market is doing, you are properly positioned.

Monarch Wealth Strategies
1501 State Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Monarch Wealth Strategies

1501 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Phone: 805.564.0800
Fax: 805.564.0808

2222 S. Broadway, Suite B
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 805.614.4999
Fax: 805.614.4919

Email: info@mwsus.com

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