Our Advisors

Our Advisors

We’re here to help you pursue your overall financial goals and guide you through the complexities of planning for your future. Using our client-centered approach, we seek to help you design a framework that allows you to pursue financial security during the next phase of your financial life. Our staff is always ready to address your concerns, answer your questions, and put you at ease. 

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Kevin Arculeo

Financial Advisor

Business experience

  • Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
  • 2003–2009: Financial Consultant, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia
  • 2001–2002: District Manager, Birch Telecom, Duluth, Georgia
  • 1999–2001: Senior Account Manager, Online Insight, Atlanta, Georgia

Certifications, designations, and degrees

  • BBA, 1990, Marketing, University of Georgia

Personal interests

  • Enjoy spending time with family, fly-fishing, fishing, golf, and the outdoors

Specializing in

  • Personal financial planning for retirement
  • Retirement income strategies
  • Wealth preservation strategies
  • Tax management strategies Investments
  • Estate planning strategies
  • Protection planning/family security
  • Education funding

William Wade Hatcher, CFP®, AIF®

Managing Director, Wealth Manager

Business experience

  • Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
  • 2000–2008: Financial Consultant, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia
  • 1989–2000: Consultant, Health Care, specializing in orthopedics, Atlanta, Georgia

Certifications, designations, and degrees

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary®
  • BS, 1985, Finance, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
  • BS, 1985, Management, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Personal interests

  • Enjoy outdoor activities, including golf, bike riding, and scuba diving

Community service

  • Dunwoody Methodist Church, member, Dunwoody, Georgia
  • Atlanta Athletic Club, member, Duluth, Georgia
  • University of South Carolina Association of Baseball Letterman, member, Columbia, South Carolina

Areas of focus

  • Personal financial planning for retirement income strategies
  • Investments
  • Estate planning
  • Charitable giving techniques

Harsh "Harry" Mehra, ChFC®, CRPC®, AIF®

Managing Director, Wealth Manager

Business experience

  • 2009–Current: Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
  • 2003–2008: Senior Financial Consultant, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia
  • 1998–2002: Financial Consultant, American Express Financial Advisors, Alpharetta, Georgia

Designations and degrees

  • Chartered Financial Consultant®
  • Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary®
  • MBA, 1981, hotel management
  • Oberoi school, affiliated with Cornell University, Delhi, India

Notable accomplishments

  • Million Dollar Roundtable, 2003–2007*

Areas of focus

  • Insurance (life, health, LTC)
  • General financial planning
  • Investment advice:
    • Tax sensitive
    • Socially responsible
    • Alternative investments
  • Estate planning strategies
  • Charitable giving
  • Retirement planning:
    • 401(k)
    • Pensions
    • IRAs

*Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) is an independent membership organization of life insurance and financial service professionals. Membership levels are based on commissions, premiums, or fees generated within a year from investment and insurance products. Members must apply annually and pay a fee. Members must be in good standing of a Professional Association which has met the following criteria: in existence at least 2 years, have 100 or more members, must be a nonprofit organization, must have a code of ethics and an effective means of dealing with breaches of its code. Members must also adhere to the MDRT Code of Ethics. Working with this advisor is not a guarantee of future financial results. Investors should conduct their own evaluation. For more information, please visit https://www.mdrt.org/.

David E. Ward, CFP®, MBA

Managing Director, Financial Advisor

Business experience

  • 2009–Present: Financial Advisor and Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®
  • 1997–2008: Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia
  • 1988–1996: Regional Financial Consultant, General Electric Capital Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia

Certifications, designations, and degrees

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner
  • Financial Planning Association member
  • Five StarSM* Service Award recipient*
  • MBA, 1988, Finance and Real Estate, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
  • BS, 1983, Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 2,852 Austin wealth managers were considered for the award; 592 (21 percent of candidates) were named 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

Personal interests

  • Attending sporting events, golf, billiards, movies, reading, and coaching

My business vision
(What am I trying to accomplish for the families I work with?)

To positively influence the history of a few select families by applying excellent, client-centered advice that creates a mutually beneficial and enjoyable long-term relationship. 

Business mission 
(How do I plan to accomplish my vision?)

  1. David plans to positively influence the history of a few select families by:
    • Understanding that every family has unique needs, values, and goals
    • Helping you make smart, well-informed decisions about your money . . . ultimately providing you with greater financial independence, confidence, and security
  2. David plans to deliver client-centered advice by:
    • Realizing that families want unbiased financial planning advice from an experienced professional. By affiliating with Commonwealth Financial Network, David is in a position to offer a full spectrum of investment options free of any proprietary company products.
    • Putting clients' interests and objectives first in all situations
  3. David plans to create a mutually beneficial and enjoyable long-term relationship by:
    • Not taking himself too seriously but realizing that a family's finances are a serious subject
    • Disclosing risks and costs, as well as benefits, in advance
    • Continuing to create and nurture an atmosphere of openness and trust
    • Maintaining a profitable business enterprise

Benefits of using a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM

A financial planner helps you:

  • Set realistic financial and personal goals
  • Assess your current financial health by examining your assets, liabilities, income, insurance, taxes, investments, and estate plan
  • Develop a realistic, comprehensive plan to meet your financial goals by addressing financial weaknesses and building on financial strengths
  • Put your plan into action and monitor its progress
  • Stay on track to meet changing goals, personal circumstances, stages of your life, products, markets, and tax laws

Why use a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional?

A CFP® professional is an individual who has a demonstrated level of financial planning technical knowledge, experience in the field, and holds to a client-centered code of ethics. 

Four Es to becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

  • Education: CFP® practitioners develop theoretical and practical financial planning knowledge by completing a comprehensive course of study at a college or university offering a financial planning curriculum registered with the CFP Board of Standards. 
     
  • Examination: CFP® practitioners must pass a comprehensive two-day, 10-hour CFP® Certification Examination that tests their ability to apply their financial planning knowledge in AN integrated format. Based on regularly updated research of what planners do, the CFP® Board's exam covers the general principles of financial planning, insurance planning and risk management, employee benefits planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. 
     
  • Experience: CFP® practitioners must have a minimum of three years' experience working in the financial planning process prior to earning the CFP® mark. As a result, CFP® practitioners have demonstrated a working knowledge of counseling skills in addition to their financial planning knowledge. 
     
  • Ethics: As a final step to certification, CFP® practitioners must pass an ethics review and agree to abide by the CFP Board's Financial Planning Practice Standards and a strict code of professional conduct, known as the CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. The Code of Ethics states that CFP®practitioners are to act with integrity, offering professional services that are objective and based on client needs. 
     
  • Recertification: It is also necessary for every CFP® certificant, once certified to complete a recertification every two years. Those seeking to maintain their certification must attain a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education in order to stay current with developments in the financial planning profession and to better serve their clients. Two of these hours must be spent studying the CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility or Planning Practice Standards.

Find out more: http://www.fpaforfinancialplanning.org/

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Who might benefit?

Professionals

  • Description:< >Established and successful sales representatives, marketing executives, engineers, operations management, vice presidents, and CEOsWorks for a major company or regional officeOutgoing and respected in his or her community40+ years oldHappily married, strong family valuesFriendly, helpful, open-minded, and influentialRecently changed companiesRecently promotedWants to have the option to retire within five yearsWill retire within the next 12 monthsRecently was offered or accepted a buyout or early termination packageYoungest child recently graduated from collegeInterested in starting his or her own businessWants to plan for the endowment of a long and comfortable retirement, with no compromises in lifestyle
  • The ability to make a meaningful legacy to a much-loved church, school, charity, or other institution
  • To intervene meaningfully in the financial lives of one's children, during one's lifetime, and/or in the form of legacies
  • Interested in learning about the options available to create a savings plan for children's/grandchildren's education
  • The capability to provide care for self or parents in the later years

Retirees

  • Description:< >Worked at a large company with at least 20 years' seniority or owned a business55–75 years oldMay be consulting at his or her former company or may have started his or her own businessLikes to socializeLikes to volunteerHappily married, strong family valuesFriendly, helpful, open-minded, and influentialRecently retiredRecently sold his or her businessRecently widowedApproaching or recently turned 70 years of ageRecently accepted a buyout or early termination packageWants to plan for the endowment of a long and comfortable retirement, with no compromises in lifestyle.
  • The ability to make a meaningful legacy to a much-loved church, school, charity, or other institution
  • To intervene meaningfully in the financial lives of one's children, during one's lifetime, and/or in the form of legacies
  • Interested in learning about the options available to create a savings plan for children's/grandchildren's education
  • The capability to provide care to self or parents in the later years

Successful Entrepreneurs:

  • Description:< >Owns an established, highly successful business or franchiseRespected in the communityIn business for more than 10 years50+ years oldHappily married, strong family valuesFriendly, helpful, open-minded, and influentialInterested in preparing a business succession planExperienced the death of a spouse or other close family memberWants to sell businessWants to plan for the endowment of a long and comfortable retirement, with no compromises in lifestyle
  • The ability to make a meaningful legacy to a much-loved church, school, charity, or other institution
  • To intervene meaningfully in the financial lives of one's children, during one's lifetime, and/or in the form of legacies
  • Interested in learning about the options available to create a savings plan for children's/grandchildren's education
  • The capability to provide care for self or parents in the later years

Financially Independent, Single Women

  • Description:< >Family orientedOutgoing and socialYoung at heart45+ years oldOpen to learningRecently divorcedRecently widowedRecently accepted a buyout or early termination packageRecently changed companiesRecently promoted to a higher level of responsibilityWants to have the option to retire within five yearsWill retire within the next 12 monthsWants to plan for the endowment of a long and comfortable retirement, with no compromises in lifestyle
  • The ability to make a meaningful legacy to a much-loved church, school, charity, or other institution
  • To intervene meaningfully in the financial lives of one's children, during one's lifetime, and/or in the form of legacies
  • Interested in learning about the options available to create a savings plan for children's/grandchildren's education
  • The capability to provide care for self or parents in the later years
Vista Seal
 

David Ward is proud to have been recognized as a Vista Club advisor for 2019—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 25 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Vista Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Vista Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Laurie Dingeldey

Client Services Manager for Kevin Arculeo

Lisa Stammer

Office Manager for NPWM and Client Services for Wade Hatcher

Brooke Scott

Business Manager of Marketing and Development for Harsh “Harry” Mehra