Meet Your Team
Life is richer when you love what you do. That’s not only our hope for our clients, but the way we approach the planning process. We’re passionate about our work, and we continually seek opportunities to learn and grow—honing a team of highly skilled, technically competent professionals who are wholly committed to helping you achieve success. With multiple generations on our team and genuine enthusiasm for what we do, we’re prepared to serve you with unmatched excellence for years to come.
Robert brings to his clients over twenty-seven years of professional experience in the financial industry. Robert became a Wealth Management Advisor in order to help individuals, families and business owners navigate their financial state of affairs by creating and implementing long-term vision; thus allowing them to focus on the things in their lives that they're most passionate about and that matter most.
Robert feels the most important element of his career has been his desire to have a long-term positive impact on the lives of people he works with and for. His career with affiliated Northwestern Mutual has given him the opportunity to provide his clients with solutions and products that help them achieve their financial dreams.
Robert was born and raised in Evansville, IN and received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He moved to California approximately 35 years ago and now resides in Orange County with his wife Linda and two children, Taylor and Erica. His hobbies include snow skiing, tennis, golf, travel and philanthropic work.
Beyond his commitment and passion at work, Robert takes this same level of energy outside the firm oriented towards having a meaningful impact with his chosen philanthropies. He has been a Board member since 2005 with HomeAid OC, whose mission and vision is to end homelessness in Orange County, and continues to serve on a variety of committees. He is also the key intermediary with the Michael Chang Foundation, in support of the annual Michael Chang Tennis Classic, in which HomeAid is the main charitable beneficiary. Additionally, for over 15 years he has been responsible for leading a team of volunteers 4 times a year at Isaiah House in Santa Ana, where they purchase, prepare and serve food for 150 – 200 of our counties homeless population. He and Linda are members of Eastside Church in Anaheim and are part of the Dream Team which supports a number of global ministries and local compassions.
Brett brings over twenty years of professional experience in the financial industry spanning all levels of business and personal planning analysis. He became a financial representative so that he could make a more direct impact on the lives of individuals, families, and small business owners as they embark on the sometimes intimidating task of preparing their future. The long-term associations Brett has with his clients are core components of his business. Earning and preserving these relationships make Brett’s work fulfilling.
Brett currently lives in Rossmoor, CA with his wife Kimberly and three children, Kara, Cade, and Camille.
Faith and family are priorities for Brett and he is often found watching his active kids participate in soccer, football and singing. In his personal time he enjoys playing golf, reading, traveling with Kimberly and spending time with good friends.
Brett is a member of Seacoast Grace Church, Long Beach Yacht Club and Old Ranch Country Club.
Randy has been advising clients with Northwestern Mutual for over 40 years. His career has encompassed sales & sales management in Denver & Boulder, Colorado / Hartford, Connecticut / Los Angeles & Irvine, California. He specializes in financial planning, wealth management, & estate planning.
Randy received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and his MBA in Finance from the University of Denver. Over the years, he has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary, National Association Of Insurance And Financial Advisors, Hartford Hospital, Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center, Orange County Estate Planning Council, & Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club. He has been married to his wife Debbie since 1983 and has three sons & two grandchildren. Randy enjoys skiing, golf, tennis, biking, hiking, & travel.
Scott began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1997. With over 25 years of experience, he is passionately involved in helping others create a secure financial future. He holds Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation, the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation, a FINRA Series 7, 66, 63, and 6 registrations.
In 2005, Scott qualified as a Northwestern Mutual Forum member for the first time. This award recognizes representatives with the highest levels of productivity and outstanding merit. He has been awarded this exceptional honor every year since.
Scott joined the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) in 2019, a dynamic network of influential business owners. As a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), Scott aligns with a community of entrepreneurs focused on business growth, personal development and community engagement.
Scott grew up in Chicago, Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, from Illinois State University. He moved to California in 1997 and currently resides in Dana Point, with his wife Katie and their two daughters, Reese and Elle. Both of his daughters are very involved in sports and actively participate in cheer and soccer.
When Scott isn't at his daughters' cheer competitions or soccer games, he enjoys playing tennis and golf. Scott and his family are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Coto De Caza Country Club.
Brady grew up in Palm Springs until moving to Orange County to start his life as a college student. At Biola University, Brady followed his two biggest passions by studying business and actively participating in a variety of social clubs. A member of the Track and Field Team and as an Associated Students Senator, Brady's leadership abilities stood out from an early age. In 2015, he graduated from Biola with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management.
Brady's background in business and lifelong interest in finance - paired with his affinity for people - inspired him to start a career in financial services. Prior to graduating from Biola, Brady started the next chapter of his life at Northwestern Mutual as a part of their nationally ranked internship program. Today, Brady is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and operates as a Wealth Management Advisor with Luminate Wealth Management & Insurance Services.
Brady currently resides in Huntington Beach with his wife, Marisa, whom he met through his work at Northwestern Mutual. Together, they have 2 daughters - McKinley and Michaela. During his free time, he can often be found traveling with family and friends. Additionally, Brady and Marisa are involved in their community and church, Rock Harbor.
Christine joined the team in 2007. Her primary responsibilities include portfolio construction, securities analysis, planning analysis, and client servicing. Christine graduated from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. She holds her FINRA Series 7, Series 63, California Life and Health license, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification. Christine lives in Irvine but routinely visits the Bay Area where she’s originally from.
Anthony started his financial services career in 2007 with Ameriprise Financial, and joined our team in 2011. A graduate of California State University Fullerton, Anthony received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Minor in Computer Science. His primary responsibilities include client reviews, case management and analysis, as well as coordinating operations for the team. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 66 and California Life and Health Licenses. In 2011 he earned the designations CLU®, ChFC® & CFP®.
Anthony currently resides in Garden Grove with his wife Ryza, his two sons Nathaniel and Jace, and his two dogs Bella and Teya. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, seeing movies, and watching his favorite team the Los Angeles Lakers.
Roy brings over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. He earned his degree from Loyola Marymount University and holds a series 7, 66, and 24 Securities License. In 2012, he earned his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation. He spent 18 years at Franklin Templeton Investments where he held various roles including College Planning Specialist and Sr. Advisor Consultant. After many years in the corporate world, Roy joined Grimm Bissell Wealth Management because he recognized his true passion is to help individuals and families pursue their life long goals. His primary responsibilities include portfolio construction, case analysis and client reviews.
Roy was born in Bangkok, Thailand but grew up in Southern California where he met his wife, Florence, in 2001 while she was visiting from France. He currently resides in Corona, CA with his wife Florence, and his two daughters, Sophie and Elisa. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and experiencing all life has to offer. Occasionally if time permits, he can be found on the golf course or attending his daughter’s basketball tournaments.
Michelle joined the team in 2015. Her primary responsibilities include providing exceptional client service and coordinating all insurance underwriting processes. Michelle graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Michelle currently holds her FINRA Series 7, Series 66, and her California Life and Health Licenses. She currently resides in Carson and loves to read, work out, and hang out with friends in her free time.
Joseph joined Northwestern Mutual early in 2020 as a Financial Planning Analyst with the Grimm Bissell Team. He prides himself on delivering high quality customer service and learning more about every individual that he works with. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Psychology and been in the Financial Services Industry for over 5 years. Joseph loves experiencing different cultures, food, and wine from all over the world with his lovely wife, Bianca.
Jessica Guidi joined Northwestern Mutual in 2005, as a Client Services Representative. With 20 years of experience in the industry, Jessica directs all individual and institutional account implementation and service transactions for clients' accounts, in both investment relations and risk management areas of the practice. Jessica holds California Life and Health, Variable, Long Term Care and General Securities Series 7, Series 6 and Series 63 Licenses. Jessica has lived in the Temecula Valley for over 15 years and has recently married her best friend and combined families.
Nicholas Green began his career at Northwestern Mutual in 2021 as a Financial Representative in Irvine. He enjoys solving problems and is driven by his desire to help clients achieve their personal and financial goals. Nicholas joined the Luminate team in 2023 to increase his reach and impact more clients. He currently holds his California Life and Health as well as his General Securities Series 7, Series 6, and Series 63 licenses. Prior to Northwestern Mutual, he spent 15 years working in the wine industry, most recently for an Italian importer in New York City. He and his family moved from New York to Orange County in 2021. When he isn’t working, he enjoys playing with his two children (Edie and Anderson) and trying to make his wife laugh.
Markie began working for Luminate Wealth Management in 2019 as a financial planning analyst intern. In 2021, she graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in mathematics and since joined the team as a full-time service advisor. Markie prides herself on being well-rounded in the industry, but she is especially passionate about working in investment operations. She is continuing to expand her knowledge in wealth management and aims for more certifications to assist clients in the future.
Markie currently resides in Huntington Beach. She enjoys snowboarding, surfing, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog (Maggie).
Irene joined our team as an Associate Financial Representative in 2015 and has over thirteen years in life insurance and financial planning. Previous to Grimm Bissell Wealth Management, Irene worked many years in mortgage industry as an underwriter and loan processor. Irene’s primary goal is to ensure your client experience, focusing on client relations, scheduling, marketing & event planning, and insurance servicing.
Irene currently resides in Dana Point with her two son’s, Ryan (18) in college and Will (16) who is in high school. Her daughter Morgan (21) is currently serving in the Navy, attending school and will be applying to transfer to a UC school later in Spring 2020. Both Ryan and Will have been active playing water polo since they were very young. In Irene’s spare time she enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling and just hanging out with her kids, family and friends.
Gigi was born and attended college in the Philippines. She moved to California in 1991. She and her husband, Arnold, have been married for 26 years and currently lives in Lake Forest, California with their two daughters, Danielle Louise (25), a Biology Graduate at SFSU, and Alyssa Keiko (18), a Communications major. She and her family are big foodies and enjoy trying different kinds of food, especially when travelling. Gigi used to have a home-based business where she customized cakes, cupcakes, and an assortment of other desserts. She also enjoys cooking for family and friends. Three years ago, she started a tradition of decorating her family Christmas tree with different themes that are always planned a year in advance.
Gigi joined the team in May of 2021 and has been in the financial industry since 2000. Prior to Grimm Bissell Wealth Management, she worked as a Life and Annuities New Business Case Manager for six years. She specializes in coordinating all aspects of insurance underwriting and has extensive experience in customer service. She currently holds a California Life & Health License.
Irene is the account manager of our insurance operations. She has been a member of Northwestern Mutual since 2015 and has extensive experience in client relations, insurance and financial underwriting. Irene has her bachelors degree in psychology. In her free time, Irene crochets and enjoys spending time with her husband, baby girl, and Maltipoo puppy Lily.
Irene holds California Life and Health licenses.
Jessica joined Luminate Wealth Management as a Service Associate in 2023. Her primary responsibilities include providing exceptional client service and helping to manage new accounts.
Prior to Luminate she held various roles in mortgage banking and operations. Jessica enjoys helping others and taking on new challenges.
She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but grew up in Arizona. She currently resides in Irvine with her spouse Joe and their Saint Bernard mix, Mozart. She loves traveling, spending time with friends and family, and trying new hobbies.
Emily joined the team in January 2023 as Client Service Coordinator. She comes from a background in Sales Support within the solar industry where she oversaw managing dealers’ schedules and bringing in new clientele.
Emily is currently attending the University of LA for her bachelor’s degree in health science. She resides in Corona with her two cats Mia and Milton, and her Australian shepherd Benny. Her hobbies consist of: going on hikes overlooking the beach with her fiancé, trips to Hawaii and parasailing, trying new restaurants and most of all spending time with family.
Joe came to the Orange County area to study applied mathematics at the University of California, Irvine, after which he began his finance career with JPMorgan Chase. Joe has performed every role within the firm which gives him unique perspective as Chief Operations Officer. He is responsible for keeping the firm running smoothly, expanding our ability to deliver the highest level of advice and guidance, and ensuring all team members are relentless in the pursuit of professional growth to better serve clients.
In addition, as a Portfolio Manager he is responsible for guiding our asset allocation strategy, in-depth investment analysis, and mutual fund due diligence. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and is a full member of the CFA Institute and CFA Societies of Los Angeles and Orange County. Joe lives in Irvine with his wife Jennifer and daughter, Rey.
Jian joined Grimm Bissell in 2021. Prior to joining the team, Jian worked for a wealth management firm creating strategic and tactical portfolio for individuals, non-profits, 401k plans, and institutions with focus on adding value through manager selection and asset allocation.
Jian graduated with a Master’s in Economic Analysis and Policy from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester with a M.S. and B.S. with highest distinction in Chemical Engineering, and a B.A. with highest distinction in Economics.
At both work and in the community, Jian is strong advocate for the educational, family, and financial institutions, which help individuals and families achieve socioeconomic mobility. He has served on the Meals on Wheels and Visiting Nursing Service programs of Rochester to fight senior isolation and hunger.
Jian and his wife Eunyoung live in Orange County with their three children, Anna, Ethan, and Evan. They enjoy skiing, traveling, and exploring different cultures through food.
Kevin joined the team in 2021. He earned his MBA in 2019, at Concordia University Irvine. His primary focus is on process improvement and internal reporting. Prior to join the firm, he worked at Concordia University Irvine as a data analyst bridging the gap between processes and data.
He currently resides in Irvine, where he enjoys his daily walks with his dog, Panda, and hanging out with his wife, Debbie, and son, Sirius Black. When not at home, he enjoys Disney as much as possible by going on trips to places such as: Tokyo Disney, Disney World, and Disney Cruise’s Marvel Day at Sea.
Fernando is a graduate of Chapman University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He began his finance career with JPMorgan Chase in 2011. Prior to that, he was a veteran in the mortgage industry. His primary responsibilities include client onboarding, client service, and review preparation.
Fernando resides in Irvine with his wife Jennifer, his son Andrew, and his daughter Ava. He enjoys traveling, watching football, and spending time with his family.