About Us

we are the Santa Barbara financial planning experts!

Pacific Wealth Strategies Group, Inc. is a Santa Barbara financial advisor / wealth management firm and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), serving high net-worth families, from our offices in Santa Barbara and Porterville. Our objective is to provide proactive wealth management and financial planning strategies to our clients, with a focus on risk mitigation, tax efficiency, investment management and family legacy planning. As financial planners, PWSG’s Advisors are experienced, knowledgeable and specifically trained to guide clients and their families through their economic lifecycles. We aim to help clients maximize efficiency, control, and safety in the management of their wealth. We deliver this promise with the highest level of professionalism, due diligence, accessibility, and commitment.

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As a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), we partner with Charles Schwab Institutional Services Group, a leading custodian, offering a wide range of investment products and services, leading technology and full-service client support.

As a member of the First Allied independent advisor network, PWSG leverages the talents of over 400 nationally renowned experts and administrators in the areas of asset management, pension design and administration, and insurance solutions.

Our direct access to this spectrum of expertise, administrative capabilities and technology provides us with a tremendous advantage over other small firms.

Our clients receive the customization and attention of a local wealth management and financial planning firm, and the resources of premier national financial services organizations.

Teams

SANTA BARBARA TEAM
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Jefferey D. Brookshire

CFP®

Jeff Brookshire has been in the Securities industry since 1997, beginning his career as a Registered Representative with Edward D. Jones and Co. in Santa Barbara, California.

In April, 2002, Mr. Brookshire made the decision to become an Independent Registered Representative and left Edward D. Jones and Co. Since that time Mr. Brookshire has run his business independently, partnering with firms such as First Allied Securities, Inc. and Charles Schwab Institutional Services Group.

In September 2007, Ms. Neil and Mr. Brookshire began their own Registered Investment Advisor, Pacific Wealth Strategies Group, Inc. (PWSG). Mr. Brookshire is the owner and President of PWSG.

Mr. Brookshire specializes in strategic asset management with an emphasis in Estate Planning and Tax Analysis.

In 1993 Mr. Brookshire graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Economics. In 2002 Mr. Brookshire earned the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Mr. Brookshire holds the following licenses: Series 4, 7, 24, 51, 63 and CA insurance license # 0C18534.

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Erin J. Neil

MBA

Erin Neil has been in the securities industry since 1998, beginning her career as a Financial Advisor with Prudential Securities, in Phoenix, Arizona. In February, 2007, Ms. Neil relocated to Santa Barbara, California and expanded her retail practice. In September 2007, Ms. Neil and Mr. Brookshire began their own Registered Investment Advisor, Pacific Wealth Strategies Group, Inc (PWSG). Currently Ms. Neil is a Investment Advisor Representative with PWSG.

Prior to founding PWSG, Ms. Neil worked as a specialist in Alternative Investments and Due Diligence, specializing in real estate, oil and gas, commodities, hedge funds and 1031 Exchange products.

From 2003-2005 Ms. Neil worked as a Risk Management Specialist for equities, fixed income and options trading for TD Waterhouse working in both San Diego and New York City.

Ms. Neil is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Women’s Studies. In 2006 Ms. Neil completed her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Neil holds the following licenses: Series 4, 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, 66 and CA insurance license # 0G61889.

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Graham S. Guess

CWS®, CDFA™

Graham Guess has been an independent advisor since 1999, partnering with financial planning firms that serve high net-worth business owners and health professionals. Currently he is an Independent Investment Advisor Representative with Pacific Wealth Strategies Group, Inc. and an Independent Registered Representative with First Allied Securities, Inc.

In addition to his background in comprehensive wealth management strategies for high net worth individuals, Mr. Guess specializes in customized retirement plan solutions for small businesses and corporations.

Mr. Guess graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1994 with a combination Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Politics/Environmental Science. He was also a member of the college’s nationally-ranked men’s basketball team.

Mr. Guess earned the designation of Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS®) from Cannon Financial Institute in March 2007. He earned the designation of Certified Divorced Financial Analyst (CDFA™ ) from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts in 2011. Mr. Guess holds the following licenses: Series 7, 63, 65, and CA insurance license #0B66317.

He is a member of Rotary, guest speaker for the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, and is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Santa Barbara County.

Mr. Guess is a fan of Dave Ramsey, and serves as a SmartVestor Pro for the Santa Barbara area.

PORTERVILLE TEAM
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Mark Shoemaker

Mark Shoemaker originally began his career as a podiatrist in Porterville, California. Dr. Shoemaker eventually limited his podiatry practice to part-time and entered the securities industry in 1994. Dr. Shoemaker began his career as an Independent Registered Representative based as a satellite office in Porterville, California with Baraban Securities out of Los Angeles, California. Since that time Dr. Shoemaker has run his business independently, partnering with firms such as First Allied Securities, Inc. and Wells Fargo.

Dr. Shoemaker attended Porterville College in Porterville, California; University of the Pacific in Stockton, California; and University of California in Berkley, before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Science and a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 1981 from The College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, California. Dr. Shoemaker holds the Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses as well as a California insurance license 0E36776. Dr. Shoemaker is married, has three children and resides in Springville, California.

Dr. Shoemaker’s Employment History is as follows:
07/2010 to Present-Investment Advisor Representative, Pacific Wealth Strategies Group, Inc.
01/2003 to Present-Reed, Shoemaker, Brookshire, Inc.-President, Porterville, CA
04/2002 to Present-First Allied Securities, Inc.-Registered Representative, San Diego, CA
04/1982 to Present-Part time private medical practice-Podiatrist-Porterville, CA

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Gary Reed

Gary Reed has been in the securities industry since 1994, beginning his career as an Independent Registered Representative based as a satellite office in Porterville, California with Baraban Securities in Los Angeles, California. Since that time Mr. Reed has run his business independently, partnering with firms such as First Allied Securities, Inc. and Wells Fargo. Mr. Reed graduated from Porterville College in 1966 with an A.A. in Business Administration. In 1969, Mr. Reed graduated from California State University in Fresno, California with a B.S. in Business Administration.

In 1969, Mr. Reed graduated from University of La Verne with a Master’s degree in School Management. In 1980, Mr. Reed partnered with his father in an Oil & Gas Investment business, Reed & Reed Enterprises. Mr. Reed was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors Community Colleges of California in 2006. Mr. Reed was also appointed to serve on the Foundation Board of the California Community Colleges in 2010.

Mr. Reed served on the Tulare County Retirement & Pension Board from 1986 to 1994; then was reappointed in 2008 and continues to serve on the Tulare County Retirement & Pension Board. In the past, Mr. Reed has served on numerous boards including the Board of Supervisors in Tulare County, Porterville City Council, Sierra View District Hospital Board of Directors and President of Porterville Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Reed’s Employment History is as follows:
01/2003 to Present-Reed, Shoemaker, Brookshire, Inc.-Financial Consultant, Porterville, CA
04/2002 to Present-First Allied Securities, Inc.-Registered Representative, San Diego, CA
02/1980 to Present-Reed & Reed Enterprises-Partner/Business Manager-Porterville, CA

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