Shawn A. Monty, AIF®
Shawn has been providing wealth management, retirement income planning, and retirement plan consulting services for over 30 years. Shawn is the managing partner of Financial Strategies Retirement Partners, which he formed in 2007 along with Al Gilbert. Licensed in the mutual fund industry since 1985 and the insurance industry since 1988, he holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation and is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative with Commonwealth Financial Network®. He holds the FINRA Series 6, 26, and 63 securities registrations through Commonwealth while also being the OSJ for the branch office. Prior to forming FSRP, Shawn founded Financial Strategies in January 1995.
Shawn graduated from Bryant College (now Bryant University) in 1985, earning a BS in business administration with a concentration in finance. He has served in a number of capacities on the boards of Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, Bedford Friends of Recreation, and the Financial Planning Association of Northern New England. A lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Shawn has resided in New Boston since 1996 with his wife, Marylouise. Their adult son, Michael, lives in Charleston, SC.
Shawn Monty is proud to have been recognized as a Leaders Level advisor for 2017—a distinction based on annual production attained by just 7 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.
Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Leaders Level advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Leaders Level advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.
Shawn is a Five StarSM award winner for New Hampshire in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018*
*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 739 New Hampshire wealth managers were considered for the award; 89 (12 percent of candidates) were named 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.
Al Gilbert, AIF®
Al has more than 25 years of experience in the retirement plan consulting and wealth management field and holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation. Al is a partner in Financial Strategies Retirement Partners, which he co-founded with Shawn in 2007. Before forming Financial Strategies Retirement Partners, Al served as vice president and managing director of RSM McGladrey Retirement Resources and as area vice president for ADP Retirement Services.
Al holds the Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P™) designation administered by the Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Executive Education. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer for The Plan Sponsor University (TPSU). He holds the FINRA Series 7, 26, 63, and 65 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network and is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative with Commonwealth. Graduating from University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business in 1990 with an economics degree, he resides in Hollis, New Hampshire, with his wife, Liz, and children, Josh and Ella.
Sarah Kenda, AIF®
Sarah joined FSRP in April 2018. She has spent nearly 20 years in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FSRP, she worked for several investment management companies. Most recently, she was a Senior Regional Vice President at Salient Partners which specializes in liquid alternatives and hard asset investing. She began her financial services career at Federated Investors as a marketing manager. Sarah’s responsibilities continued to expand to include building relationships with financial advisors and assisting with asset allocation recommendations. She enjoys providing investment education and helping individuals prepare for retirement and other life goals.
Sarah is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative with Commonwealth Financial Network® and holds the FINRA Series 7, 66, and 24 securities registrations. She earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation in 2018.
Sarah graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Communications from Bentley College. Currently, she resides on the seacoast with her husband, Steve and son, Eddie.
Client Service Manager
Debbie joined Financial Strategies as an administrative assistant in September 2001 and transitioned to Financial Strategies Retirement Partners when it was formed in 2007 as a client service manager and office manager. In these roles, Debbie assists in the administrative areas of the wealth management, retirement income planning, and retirement plan management aspects of our practice. She also manages the daily operations of the office.
Prior to joining Financial Strategies, Debbie was employed with a legal practice and with IBM in Burlington, Vermont. After she and her family moved to New Hampshire, Debbie continued working in the legal community until she joined Financial Strategies. Debbie lives in Bedford with her husband, Chris, and has two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, bike riding, family vacations at the beach, cooking, and reading.
Forrest Butler, AIF®
Financial Advisor and Retirement Plan Consultant
Forrest joined FSRP in October 2010. He is a retirement plan consultant and financial advisor, helping both businesses and individuals achieve their retirement planning goals. With over 8 years of experience in the retirement industry, Forrest specializes in helping companies with every aspect of providing a retirement plan as a benefit to their employees. He services over 75 401(k) plans, and his work has helped to grow the 401(k) side of the business at FSRP. He enjoys working with individuals, providing a framework for reaching their retirement goals and/or objectives, whether it’s within their company sponsored plan, or on their own.
Forrest recently earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation. He is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative with Commonwealth. He holds the FINRA Series 6, 65 and 63 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network.
Forrest graduated from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Business Administration and Management in 2008. He currently resides in Newfields, New Hampshire, where in his spare time he enjoys running, golfing, and snowboarding.
Retirement Plan Associate
Erica joined the FSRP team in February 2016. In her role as a Retirement Plan Associate, she is vital to making sure the day-to-day retirement planning tasks are met. She is responsible for quarterly report generation and all retirement plan meeting preparation.
Before joining FSRP, Erica worked in commercial real estate development. She currently lives in the area with her husband, Brian, and son, Alec. As fairly new residents of New Hampshire, Erica and her family enjoy exploring the different places The Granite State has to offer.
Retirement Plan Associate
Jeff joined the team in April 2014 and works with Al Gilbert in the 401(k) marketplace. Prior to joining FSRP, he worked for ADP Retirement Services, where he spent 17 years working with small and medium-size companies to determine the retirement plan solution to best meet their needs. Jeff began his career in 1980 with The Travelers Insurance Group and subsequently worked in various sales and service capacities with Sun Life and Mercer.
Jeff and his wife, Tina, live in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where they enjoy traveling, golfing, spending time on the Cape, and skiing our New England mountains in the winter.
Client Service Associate
Michele joined the FSRP team in January 2019. In her role as a Client Service Associate, she works with both individual wealth management and corporate retirement plans clients. Michele has diverse experience in investment management, trust & private banking services, along with property management and non-profit organizations. Her knowledge and experience in financial services and client relations makes her a valuable asset to the entire FSRP team.
Michele lives in Kensington with her husband Stuart and they have two adult daughters. Michele is committed to her community and is active within her church. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking and kayaking.