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John Angelo Flavin, ChFC®, CFP®, CLU®, CCIM®, AIF®Founder & Managing Principal
As a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF), John has extensive experience and practical education in all aspects of financial planning and financial services.
John has been awarded outstanding achievement awards from the Cascade Association of Life Underwriters and as Broker of the Year at a previous firm. John enjoys sharing his knowledge at industry conferences on topics ranging from client relations to 401(k) and 403(b) planning techniques. He has been quoted in several national publications, including Investment News and the Wall Street Journal.
John graduated with a BS from Boston College where he earned both academic and athletic scholarships, and completed postgraduate work in Baltimore, Maryland.
John volunteers with several local organizations, and he and his family have helped build schools, health care centers, and homes for the poor in Nicaragua since 1989.
John is an accomplished classical violinist and active in jiu jitsu. But his true passions are alligator wrestling, singing off key, and laughing with his three young children, and creating a future with his wife, Shannon.
Shannon Flavin, CPA, MBAOperations Principal
Shannon manages business operations and assists with regulatory compliance for Aspire Capital Advisors. She works closely with the Aspire team to help ensure that every client receives personalized service.
Shannon began her career with Deloitte in Denver and recently was a manager of internal audit for a Fortune 50 telecommunications company. She holds a BS in accounting from Boston College and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Seattle University, and is a certified public accountant.
Shannon regularly volunteers at her children’s school and with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, where her baking talents and sense of humor come in handy.
Jennifer PalaciosClient Relationship Specialist
Jennifer Palacios is Aspire Capital Advisor’s Client Relationship Specialist. Jennifer is committed to building strong client relationships and delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction. Her keen attention to detail and ability to multitask keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes.
Jennifer has a degree in Interior Design from Highline College and comes to Aspire from the design industry. In addition to having top-notch computer and administrative skills, Jennifer utilizes her artistic talents in creating presentations and marketing content for the firm.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jennifer is passionate about hiking and exploring the mountains. When not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and her close-knit family. Jennifer is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Ony PiusChief Investment Officer
Ony is a key member of the portfolio management team for Aspire Capital Advisors, leveraging extensive investment experience toward helping clients realize their financial goals. With more than ten years of experience in financial services, Ony has helped build successful investment portfolios for both institutional and retail clients.
After earning his BA from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Ony worked for top-tier investment banks including Barclays Capital, Wells Fargo, and BNY Mellon. Most recently, Ony served as an institutional investor for a healthcare company, where he managed assets exceeding $20 billion across multiple asset classes and strategies.
Ony lives in Seattle with his fiancée, Sasha, and their speed-crawling baby. Like Johnny, Ony also does jiu jitsu and wrestling, which can make staff meetings very entertaining.
Mike Gardner, MBAFinancial Planning Consultant
A seasoned CFO and business consultant, Mike offers deep expertise in financial management for mid-sized organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and a broad business background in industries that include high technology, manufacturing, distribution, retail, education, and healthcare. He offers particular expertise in strategic and financial planning.
Mike earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Boston University. He has worked with Arthur Andersen in Boston and he has co-founded and operated his own successful high tech ventures.
More recently, Mike has served in leadership and advisory capacities for several for-profit and non-profit entities in the Seattle area, where he lives and kayaks with his wife Jennifer and their two children.