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Meet the Team

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Awards
2024 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, created by SHOOK Research. Presented in April 2024 based on data gathered from June 2022 to June 2023. 23,876 were considered, 8,507 advisors were recognized. Not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Click here for more award information.

Valerie R. Leonard

CEO, Financial Advisor

valerie@everthrivefinancial.com

Award-Winning Financial Advisor

Valerie's commitment as a leader in the financial industry & retirement community has spanned nearly two decades and has earned her numerous recognitions throughout the United States.  Her mission is simple: to help people be the best they can be by making the most of their financial resources, relationships and time. Valerie's client-first approach has long differentiated her from her peers and has helped her clients work toward reaching and exceeding their goals.

Experienced & Knowledgeable

Valerie holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation. This professional certification demonstrates Valerie's commitment to acting in her clients' best interests and using prudent investment processes. Valerie is also a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA). This credential shows Valerie's specialized knowledge, experience, and commitment when working with retirement plans. Valerie is a proud member of The Financial Planning Association and Retirement Plan Advisory Group. Additionally, the time she spent serving on the Retirement Advisory Council at Commonwealth Financial Network allowed her to use her forward-thinking ideas to propel the retirement industry forward.

At Home

Valerie is blessed to have an amazing husband and is the proud mama of three kiddos. "I've laughed so much harder since they were born and I understand the meaning of grace and true joy thanks to motherhood." Rob, Valerie and their children enjoy road-tripping in search of new places to explore, fish, or play golf and they often can be found cooking together as a family when they're home.

Investing For Impact

Valerie generously shares her time and talent with several non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the Budget & Finance Team at Westwood Baptist Church and previously served as the Chair of the Budget & Finance Team at Westwood where she and her family are members and are actively involved in various church ministries.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Evangel Classical Christian School. Additionally, Valerie and her husband, Rob are actively involved with Doulos Partners, a non-profit organization that empowers indigenous leaders around the world to advance the Kingdom through evangelism and discipleship and Valerie and Rob also support Kevin Derryberry Ministries.

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Awards
2024 NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams, created by NAPA. Presented in March 2024 for the previous year. All NAPA members with over $100 million in defined contribution assets under advisement made the list. 452 Advisors were recognized. Not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Click here for more award information.

Jamie Kertis

Retirement Plan Specialist, Financial Advisor
Creating Successful Retirement Plan Outcomes

jamie@everthrivefinancial.com

As a retirement plan specialist, Jamie is passionate about working with business leaders and human resource professionals to design, implement, and manage a total benefit strategy. She helps companies design retirement plans that not only represent the best interests of their employees, but also plans that attract and reward top-level executives. Jamie serves as a liaison between company executives and product providers. She assists with the implementation of committees, analyzes and recommends plan investments, and reviews plan operations. Additionally, Jamie works with individuals and provides financial and investment advice to help them achieve their goals.

Designations

Jamie holds her Qualified 401(k) Administrator, QKA, designation through the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, which signifies her qualifications as they pertain to the complex issues of qualified plan design, testing, administration, and Plan Advisors that require a continual education around and appreciation of best practices concerning plan menu design and investment due diligence. She also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) as awarded by Fi360 and the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designation as awarded by the National Association of Plan Advisors®.

What Else To Know About Jamie

"I live and work in sunny Mobile, Alabama, with my wonderful husband, Daniel, and our two amazing daughters, Kate, Claire, and gregarious, energetic son, DJ. As a family, we enjoy taking advantage of the outdoors and can often be found playing in the sand at the beach, exploring trails at our national parks, or splashing in our pool. We are avid sports fans, especially football, and spend fall Friday nights cheering on the Baker Hornets and Saturday mornings encouraging the Buckeyes! I feel incredibly fortunate to have a career which affords me the opportunity to impact the retirement futures of so many hardworking people while also getting to be a room mom, cheerleader, and amateur home cook for my family."

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Awards
2024 NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams, created by NAPA. Presented in March 2024 for the previous year. All NAPA members with over $100 million in defined contribution assets under advisement made the list. 452 Advisors were recognized. Not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Click here for more award information.

Summer Broadhead, CPA, CFP®

Certified Public Accountant, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
From Tax Returns To Investment Returns

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Summer focuses on ensuring clients have an exceptional experience when working with our firm. She provides service and on-site education to corporate 401(k) plan participants and also works with a select group of individuals and families to make sure their money is working hard for them and they’re on-track to meet their financial goals.

In her 7.5 year career working for a Top 50 public accounting firm, she gained experience in many industries including real estate, manufacturing, insurance, and healthcare. Summer is a Certified Public Accountant and has a strong background in tax return preparation and review, tax planning, tax notice resolution, estimated taxes, and customer service.

Your Numbers. Her Passion.

Summer's experience contributes to the tax strategies and holistic approach our firm offers to clients. In addition to income, investment, gift, and estate tax planning, Summer provides clients investment management and comprehensive financial planning services to help them clarify and prioritize their goals, plan for retirement, make the most of their investments, save for college, protect their family in the event of a premature death, and achieve their financial hopes and dreams.

Enthusiastically Giving Back

Summer currently serves as Treasurer of the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Junior Board and participates in fundraising activities supporting ovarian cancer research.

Away From The Office

Summer and her husband, Zane, were recently blessed with their precious firstborn, Henry. He is the first grandchild on both sides and loves smiling every chance he gets. Summer's family loves life outdoors, whether it is spent on the lake or at the beach, especially when they are surrounded by their family and friends.

Gina Korn

Client Service Assistant

Jessica Dolly

Marketing Director

Rachel Stennett

Executive Assistant
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