Meet the Trajan Wealth Team

Despite our decade of experience, our full service team actually starts with you, our client. Starting on a foundation of mutual respect and understanding, we dedicate the time needed to listen to your goals and educate you on the options. As a boutique firm, we have the ability to customize the portfolio to meet your own unique goals.

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“I enjoy what I do and attempt to show it in every interaction.” — Jeff Junior

Jeffrey B. Junior

President, CEO

Jeff Junior has spent nearly two decades in the financial services profession helping individuals and couples in or nearing retirement better understand and prepare for the challenges associated with the ever-changing financial landscape. He holds his Series 65 and Life & Health licenses and has a proven track record of helping clients successfully align assets with objectives to leverage and manage investment portfolios that will weather market fluctuations. A well-known speaker in the greater Phoenix area and an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Jeff frequently hosts public educational workshops in the community on a variety of financial and retirement topics. Jeff is a decorated Desert Storm veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served in a Marine Expeditionary Unit. Obtaining his degree in 1997 from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, he immediately entered the financial services and insurance sector. Jeff has served corporations large and small in roles such as financial advisor, vice president, senior partner, and now president of Trajan Wealth. Jeff’s high degree of knowledge and training has earned him numerous noteworthy awards, including membership in the Circle of Honor Society. Additionally, he has been quoted in articles published by The Boston Globe, CNBC, Reuters, Yahoo! Finance, Morningstar, and countless others.

Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He is actively involved with several local non-profit organizations, their HOA, and their church. Whenever possible, he remains optimistic about trying to improve his golf game.

Ernest J. C'DeBaca, JD, LLM, CFP®, ChFC® 

Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel

Ernest J. C’DeBaca (Ernie) has been assisting individual and organizational clients since 2000 in all aspects of securities law and compliance, corporate law, estate planning, and tax law.  He received his bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and an MBA in finance from Webster University.  He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his LL.M. (Securities) from the Georgetown University Law Center. Ernie also holds both the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designations.

While in private practice, he focused on assisting clients in complying with the various federal and state laws and related rules governing public and private investment companies, investment advisers, securities broker-dealers, and issuers of securities. He has extensive expertise in all areas of regulatory compliance, as well as providing assistance to clients in preparation for regulatory examinations and the preparation of compliance policies and procedures.

Prior to returning to private practice, Ernie held various positions within global asset management and other financial services firms, including in-house counsel roles and progressively more expansive compliance leadership roles, including serving as Chief Compliance Officer. He began his legal career focusing on tax law, trust administration, and estate planning. He also served as an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kevin M. Churchill, CFA, CFP®

Chief Investment Officer

As the Chief Investment Officer, Kevin brings over 20 years of investment experience to the team. Throughout his career, he has worked in several investment management roles including; building an investment platform with 20+ years of developing Strategic Asset Allocation models and conducting Investment Policy Committee meetings to evaluate Tactical shifts to the Strategic Models.

He spent over 5 years as a Separately Managed Accounts(SMA) portfolio manager for an S&P 1500 portfolio with 6 portfolio sleeves to build out Large, Mid and Small cap value and growth, growing assets from seed portfolio of $30,000 to over $80 million. Additionally, he has been conducting manager research for over 10 years in asset classes including: Equities, (U.S. Large, Mid and Small Cap, International Developed Markets, Emerging Markets and Frontier Markets), Fixed Income, (Government, Investment grade Municipal and Corporate, Senior Bank Loans, Emerging Market Debt and Global High Yield), and Alternative Investments, (Long/Short Equity, Long/Short Fixed Income, Global Macro and Managed Futures).

Kevin earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute after passing rigorous exams demonstrating a breadth of knowledge in investment management. Additionally, he has earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation broadening his skill set in working with Private Wealth clients.

Kevin earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science/Business from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and also has a Master’s of Science in Finance from Seattle University. He and his wife live in Scottsdale and enjoy golf and the outdoors

Ron is an active listener, is light hearted, and loves to laugh. When not working for his clients, you may find him locally hiking one of the many mountains or traveling with his wife to the beach.

Ron Darling MST, CPA®

Director of Tax Services

Ron is a Certified Public Accountant, CPA and is a full time employee and Director of Tax at Trajan Tax. With a Master's degree in Taxation from Long Island University, he applies law and theory into your unique and possibly complicated tax situation. Through education, Ron will work hard to teach you the benefits that exist and how to take advantage of them now and into the future.

Ron believes in being the “voice of the client” and ensures that your tax and regulatory concerns are addressed with your best interests in mind. He will not only answer questions, but will help you learn what you don’t know and position your investments for a healthier and possibly a safer retirement.

Tami Hampshire

Chief Marketing Officer

Tami is a seasoned marketing professional with management, media buying, account, and event management and sales training in her background. Tami was Director of Sports Marketing for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. She has managed sales and marketing teams and been instrumental in the development of several businesses. Tami was featured in Forbes magazine as a Premier Woman in Business in the December 2010 issue.

In her free time, Tami enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Corbett has been married for 13 years to his beautiful wife Jennifer and has two great children: son Wesley (10) and daughter Sydney (3). He lives in Cave Creek and enjoys the small town feel in a big city like Phoenix.

Corbett LaDuke CFP®, CWS®

Investment Advisor Representative

Corbett is a seasoned financial advisor who has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry. Before joining Trajan Wealth, those 20 years were spent with Charles Schwab & Company in which he managed over 400 clients. In addition to that experience, he brings with him both the Certified Financial Planner and Certified Wealth Strategist designations. Corbett has worked in various areas of Charles Schwab & Company and has a very robust knowledge of wealth management and financial markets.

Corbett was born in Colorado and attended high school and college in Hawaii. Since he was a small boy, Corbett has had an interest in the financial markets. After he graduated from the University of Hawaii with his BS in International Business, he worked with his father who was a CPA who assisted him with his very first investment in the markets. This ignited a spark that would fuel his passion for the financial services industry.

When Mike is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his kids’ sports, barbecuing, traveling, and is frequently spotted on the hiking trail or golf course.

Mike Wilson

Investment Advisor Representative

Mike comes to Trajan Wealth experienced in assisting pre-retirees and retirees devise and implement their personal retirement strategy. Mike is originally from Maryland where he graduated with honors from Towson University and earned his B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Finance.

Mike began his financial career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers while obtaining his degree and specialized in mutual fund and bank audits. Mike has held multiple director level roles after PwC. During his tenure in financial services, he has educated financial advisors, developed investment case scenarios for clients, and trained other consultants to provide similar expertise. Mike currently holds his Life & Health Insurance license and Series 65.

Joshua B. Manwaring

Investment Advisor Representative

Josh Manwaring loves helping people achieve their retirement goals by helping them create a crystal clear path to a secure independent retirement.

Through the years, he has educated thousands of investors who are retired or preparing to retire how to use trustworthy financial strategies to confidently navigate around common mistakes. As life changes, so should the investment strategies clients employ.

Unlike a large Wall Street wire house, Josh is proud to be an independent advisor with Trajan Wealth. With Trajan Wealth, he is not limited to a handful of pre-packaged financial products that are touted as “one size fits all.”

He starts by understanding his client’s goals and dreams, then helps them build a step-by-step plan, with plenty of flexibility to account for life’s unexpected twists.

Josh earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Idaho State University and his general business degree from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho). Over his 20-year career, he has worked for some of the country's largest banks and financial institutions, including Chase Bank and Penn Mutual. He is a fiduciary advisor for his clients.

Josh loves living in Gilbert with his wife, Joni, and their four children, Jaden, Morgan, Sahara, and Crew. He coaches youth football and soccer and is a leader in a local Boy Scouts of America troop. He also enjoys golf, tennis, camping, traveling, and hiking.

Outside of the office, Josh enjoys an active lifestyle and spending time with his wife Tracy.

Joshua Cooksey

Investment Advisor Representative

Originally from Indiana, Josh moved to Arizona in 2006 to attend college and exchange the dreary Midwestern climate for the beautiful Arizona sunshine. After graduating, he obtained his life and health license and spent four years working as an agent helping clients plan for their retirement needs, medical costs, and final expenses.

In an effort to expand his role and provide more comprehensive service, he went to work completing the Series 65 test. Upon obtaining his securities license, he joined with Trajan Wealth in 2015. Josh works diligently to help his clients utilize safe money strategies for protecting their assets and preserving their wealth in order to meet their retirement income needs. He also helps clients obtain business loans and position life, health, and disability insurance appropriately within their portfolios.

While she takes great pride in giving the best service and advice possible to her clients, her true joys in life are her husband and their three adorable boys.

Laurie A. Turley

Investment Advisor Representative

Born and raised in Sarasota, FL, Laurie officially entered the business world after graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Finance in 2000. Previously, she obtained her state insurance licensure during her senior year and started as a college agent for a life company headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. Simultaneously, she completed an internship in commercial lending with a bank in Florida. She added several state and regulatory licenses to her repertoire over the next couple of years, including her Series 7 and 66, to broaden her capabilities.

Laurie spent six years dually employed by the investment division and retail side of two banks. She joined Trajan Wealth in the summer of 2009 and has since added Property & Casualty licensure in addition to having become actively involved with Trajan Wealth as an Investment Advisor Representative.

Altogether, Laurie has nearly 15 years of experience in the insurance, retirement planning, and banking industries.

Chris Mehling

Case Manager

Ianina Semtchina

Director of Operations

Nicole Hyslop

Executive Assistant

Trajan Wealth

Trajan Wealth helps our clients prepare for a successful future through financial options that are best for your lifestyle. Speak to our financial team today about your future goals and how we can help.

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