We firmly believe that through our experience, sorting out financial complexity starts with a simple (K)onversation.

Our first orientation meeting together entails a conversation focused on your current situation. Together, we, at empiriKal partners will discuss your near and long term plans and goals, from a personal as well as financial perspective. We review and discuss the process used to create a plan unique to your lifestyle, along with an overview of your organization, professional advisors and my background and experience as a financial advisor.

Creating a comprehensive road-map lets you and your financial professional fully analyze the many different options that you must consider before making your final decisions. The key to a successful journey is for you to have an opportunity to study the impact, both short and long term, of the decisions that you are considering. This initial conversation is the first step of the planning process. It is followed by:

  • Gathering financial data
  • Development of a personal/corporate financial plan
  • Orientation to the fundamentals of investing 
  • Development of a recommended Investment Portfolio
  • Implementing an Education Model
  • Ongoing portfolio management and service

At empiriKal partners, we believe our teamwork approach adds a broader perspective to all we do and provides increased benefits to our clients.

Areas to be addressed:

  • Rule 144, stock options and long-term corporate or key-man investment disciplines.
  • Retirement investing and distribution strategies
  • Estate conservation issues
  • Risk management analysis

Example Q&A's:

  • Can I retire early?
  • Are my investments working hard enough?
  • What’s a good approach for college savings?
  • What are the elements of a sound estate strategy?
  • Do I have enough life insurance for my family?
  • Is my companies 401K Plan competitive?

empiriKal partners has helped many people just like you with similar issues and concerns with a combined experience of well over twenty years. We can help you create an approach that is designed to address your individual situation.


Norma K. Thompson

HR/Executive Assistant

(480) 652-7472

I assist  financial advisors by providing sales and servicing support, along with opening new accounts, and processing paperwork/marketing and creativity behind website design and enhancements. Working with all team members and departments.

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Eric W. Harding


(480) 558-6167

I graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in Finance and have spent over 25 years in the financial industry. My career began at Merrill Lynch and then spent the last fourteen years at Wells Fargo Advisors before starting my...

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Travis Salley MM

Senior Investment Advisor/CCO

(702) 271-3265

Prior to joining empiriKal partners, I was a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and than later Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Erick Schenkhuizen

Senior Investment Advisor/CIO

(858) 245-6779

I wanted to help my clients with objective guidance and advice that they needed. I wanted to help them find meaningful purpose and direction beyond planning just for retirement. Providing that meaningful lifetime compass is the...

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Mark Post MBA

Investment Advisor/CGO

(580) 928-7363

I was born in Denver, Colorado and lived in Pueblo until 2007. I moved to a small town in western Oklahoma called Sayre where I went to high school, graduating in 2012. Upon graduation I moved to Salina, Kansas where I went to school...

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Edward Vela MBA

Investment Advisor/DFP

(925) 300-8805

Edward Vela has 13 years of wealth management experience working with high net worth investors in the Bay Area. Edward has recently relocated to Los Angeles to expand his career in Southern California, where he is originally from....

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Buddy Kosic CLU/ChFC

Senior Investment Advisor/DOI

(912) 398-3363

Creative self-starting Sales Management Executive with extensive experience in developing and training individuals in consultative sales techniques to acquire meaningful, profitable, and loyal client relationships. Successful selling...

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Alex Corriere MBA

Investment Advisor

(678) 708-2619

Alex began his career in financial services prior to completing his formal education and brings over twenty years of experience, having served individuals and organizations from all walks of life across the United States. He holds an...

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Quincy Caldwell

Investment Advisor

(713) 907-0433

Investment Advisor Representative for Institutions, Business Owners, Equity Shareholders, families, and working professionals. Extensive Security and Fixed Income Analysis background catering to Income and Growth opportunities along...

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Chris Monzon

Associate Investment Advisor: Estate Planning

(623) 377-4566

I was born and raised near Camp Penlton in sunny San Diego, CA. I come from a career military family, with my father being a US Marine and my mother being in the US Army. From a young age, my parents instilled in me the importance of...

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Sam Hill

Associate Investment Advisor

(828) 551-2159

I recently relocated to Southern California with my wife and young son. Prior to joining empiriKal partners, I worked in Investment Banking for over 10 years at firms including Morgan Stanley, Perella Weinberg Partners, and Oppenheimer...

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Paul Ingrassia

Director of Publications

(631) 921-1274

Paul Ingrassia ( is a two-time Claremont Fellow: he was the Jack Roth Charitable Foundation John Marshall Fellow for 2022 and a Publius Fellow in 2020. Mr. Ingrassia graduated from Cornell Law School...

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