FinanceForward, LLC is the culmination of months of hard work resulting in the merger of two firms: Young & Company Wealth Management Strategies and Joseph Klein Associates. Tom Brown, Cinnie Goldberg and Kalen Baxter bring almost 80 combined years of experience advising their clients in the areas of financial, estate, insurance and investment planning. We have all known each other for many years and share a common bond: the understanding that the continuity and succession of our business enterprises are as important as the care extended to our clients.
By sharing common values and combining resources, FinanceForward will be a stronger firm able to provide you, our clients, advice and service for many years to come.
There will be no disruption in the service you receive nor will any action be required of you. There will be no changes to your accounts except that you will see a new logo on statements and correspondence.
Our phone number and address will remain the same; however, we do have new e-mail addresses that we will now be using. No need to worry if you forget the new e-mail address, our old ones will be forwarded to us. Look for our combined presence in our current Annapolis and Towson offices.
We are always excited to hear from you and hope you like our new look.
We are passionate about the partnerships we form with our clients—going above and beyond in seeking out the best options for creating, maintaining and protecting wealth. We live in a world of tremendous uncertainty and change; therefore, our desire is for our clients to have financial clarity! Our goal, when working with each of our clients, is to provide the best financial leadership, which gives our clients financial confidence, now going forward.
Neil R. G. Young, CLU, ChFC, Managing Partner, Insurance Advisor
Neil R. G. Young founded Young & Company in 1989, specializing in group insurance benefits and business solutions. A Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, Neil is a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals and a former member of the Board of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council. His civic duties have been exemplary as an: International Rotary member – past President and District Assistant Governor; Center for Citizen Initiatives Board member (training 6,000 Russian entrepreneurs in 68 occupational fields); Children’s Guild Board of Trustees member; Pediatric Nursing Certification Board member; Library of congress Open World volunteer; and volunteer for global service projects on-site. He is a graduate of the Franklin & Marshall College, and a veteran of the United States Navy.
Elaine Shanley, CFP®, AIF®, CDFA® Partner, Financial Planner
Elaine Shanley joined Young & Company in 1998 and became Partner in 2003. She is proficient in all areas of wealth management and is licensed for life, health, disability, and long term care insurance. As a Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner, she holds ethics and professionalism in high regard. She has also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation for retirement plans as well as the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) designation, and is recognized as a Woman’s Choice Award recipient for 2014* Financial Advisor. Elaine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the College of Notre Dame, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Baltimore. Elaine is extremely community oriented, and involved as: an International Rotary member and past president; sits on the Board of Leadership of Anne Arundel; Board member of the Arts Council; and advocates for women’s financial empowerment after divorce through Second Saturday workshops and events.
*The Women’s Choice Award® by WomenCertified Inc. is a recognition award for advisors who provide quality service to their female clients. The Award is based on 17 objective criteria associated with providing quality service to women clients such as credentials, experience and a favorable regulatory history. Financial advisors may have paid a basic program fee to cover the cost of comprehensive review and client survey.
Thomas M. Brown, CLU
Thomas Brown joined Joseph Klein Associates in 1983. He oversees: estate, financial and charitable planning, insurance and medical underwriting. Tom is widely respected for his knowledge and caring for clients. Involved in a number of non-profit organizations, Tom sits on Planned Giving committees for a number of organization; holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Intellectual History from the University of Michigan; a Master’s Degree in the History of Science from The Johns Hopkins University; and is a Chartered Life Underwriter. He holds the Series 6 and 63 through LPL Financial and Series 65 through Joseph Klein Associates, LLC, as well as, Life and Health licenses.
Cynthia Klein Goldberg, CLU
Cynthia Goldberg joined Joseph Klein Associates in 1987 and specializes in investment management, wealth accumulation, retirement and college funding. Cynthia (Cinnie) is a trusted, caring advisor. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Education from The Johns Hopkins University, and is a Chartered Life Underwriter. Cinnie holds the Series 7 through LPL Financial and 66 through both LPL Financial and Joseph Klein Associates LLC; as well as, Life and Health Licenses.
Kalen D. Baxter, CFP®
Kalen Baxter entered the financial services industry in 1997 and joined Joseph Klein Associates in 2002. Kalen specializes in financial and investment planning and helps clients organize their financial affairs and implement strategies to meet their financial goals. He has held leadership positions with several local branches of national organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola College in Maryland, and is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional. Kalen holds the Series 6, 7 and 63 registrations through LPL Financial, as well as Life and Health licenses. He is registered as an Investment Advisor Representative with Private Advisor Group.
Michele M. Beernink
Michele Beernink is our Client Relations Manager. Michele joined Young & Company in 2008. She earned a B.B.A. in business economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University in Maryland. She is Series 6 and 7 registered with LPL Financial and has also earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation. Previously, Michele worked as an investment consultant for Mercer.
Barbara H. Glaze
Barbara Glaze is our Administrative Assistant. Barbara joined Joseph Klein Associates in 1990. She oversees all insurance processing and multiple aspects of client service and support, taking care of all the details behind the scenes—so when you need details and support with anything, she is your go-to-associate.
Kelly R. Shives
Kelly Shives is our Group Benefits Services Manager. Kelly joined Young & Company in 2011. With a considerable knowledge as an insurance specialist, Kelly focuses on servicing our client’s insurance needs. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, a Certificate in Human Resources and a Certificate in Business Communication.
Karin Rittenhouse is our Operations Manager. Karin joined Young & Company in 1994. She oversees the client database, accounting, human resources, agent licensing, and day-to-day operations of the company. She focuses on keeping the website content current and services group insurance needs.