With over 200 years of combined experience, our firm understands the complexity of financial issues and how strategic financial planning can enhance your future. We take great pride in the work that we do and truly value the relationships that we have with our clients. To learn more about our team, please click on the bios below.
Kevin Du Pree , CLU®
Private Wealth Advisor
Kevin brings more than 25 years of experience in the wealth management industry to DJM Financial, where he focuses on providing comprehensive planning to individuals and their families. He customizes each plan to meet his clients’ specific needs, which may include strategies designed to help maximize their assets before and during retirement, retirement distribution, education planning, survivor planning, asset allocation modeling and estate planning. In addition, he works with businesses to offer solutions for succession planning, executive compensation, and qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
Kevin joined Northwestern Mutual after graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. in political science, and he has since enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career. He started out as a Financial Representative in 1992 and later became the District Managing Director in Irvine. From 1997 to 2005, he led one of the top field offices and was recognized as the leading field director at the firm. In 2006, he partnered with Mike Jacob to begin building the firm that is now known as DJM Financial, and his extensive knowledge and experience in management, training, supervision and development have contributed to its success.
Kevin and his wife, Evelyn, live in Irvine with their three children, Kolton, Kailah and Kendall. In his free time, Kevin enjoys an active lifestyle that includes biking, traveling, skiing and golfing, and he has coached soccer, basketball, football and baseball for his kids’ teams for nearly 20 seasons. He is also involved in his community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation of Orange County, the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County and Pacific Chorale.
Mike is an experienced Wealth Management Advisor and passionate leader of the firm. He partners with families, entrepreneurs and attorneys to create customized personal and professional financial plans that utilize the expertise and resources of DJM Financial at each step along the way. He strives to develop strategies that can support clients for multiple generations. With his holistic approach, Mike’s aim is to alleviate his clients’ stress about their finances and provide confidence in their future. Mike’s favorite moments during the planning process are deploying new concepts and strategies that significantly impact the long-term legacy of his clients’ assets.
Mike began working at Northwestern Mutual in 2000 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in business institutions from Northwestern University. In 2006, he partnered with Kevin Du Pree, and they have since established DJM Financial. They have focused on building a firm of highly experienced and credentialed individuals in order to lead their clients through life’s major decisions and events.
Mike grew up in Mission Viejo as a competitive swimmer, ultimately completing his career as a co-captain of his collegiate team. He now lives in Irvine with his wife, Christa, and their two daughters. Outside the office, he and his family like to spend time visiting extended family on the East Coast and going on local adventures together. He also enjoys sharing his passion for ocean sports and snowboarding with his children. Mike has become involved with JDRF, a nonprofit organization that funds Type 1 diabetes research, after his daughter was diagnosed with the condition, and his family also supports the PADRE Foundation, a local organization for Type 1 diabetes education and outreach.
As a seasoned advisor with DJM Financial, Tim specializes in guiding investors toward achieving and preserving financial independence by integrating asset management with comprehensive financial/legacy planning. Tim develops close relationships with clients, meeting with them regularly to review all of the moving parts of their financial/legacy plan.
Tim brings more than 35 years of experience to the firm. He started his practice in 1985, with many of his clients from the early years remaining active relationships today—a longevity he attributes to the attention they have received, as well as the progress and clarity of their financial planning. Tim earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional designation from the American College, Pennsylvania, after having completed his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, Illinois, and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC). He continually studies to stay current in all of the aspects of his field.
Tim resides in Irvine and has enjoyed living in Southern California for 45 years, having ventured west from New Jersey, his home through high school. He is the father of two daughters and grandfather to two granddaughters. His interests cover a wide spectrum that includes traveling to unusual places throughout the world, photography, reading (especially history and philosophy), writing, hiking the many trails of Irvine, and improvising on his 7’ grand piano. Tim has a particular interest in music, serving on the Board of Directors for Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. He also created and hosts a concert series featuring some of the most talented young musicians in Orange County. But most of all, Tim enjoys a hearty and stimulating conversation on just about any subject with friends, family and anyone who desires the same.
Matt’s approach to holistic financial planning is client-focused above all else. He works hard to understand what’s most important to his clients and what they wish to accomplish before creating their financial plan. His priority is to take care of his clients and their families through financial guidance customized to their lifestyle, goals and values. He has his California Life & Health Insurance license and his Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses. Matt started his career at Northwestern Mutual in 2012 and has since worked diligently to become an impactful leader within DJM Financial. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Long Beach State University.
Matt is an Orange County native. He grew up and still lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Katie, their sons, Devin and Caiden, and their daughter, Madelyn. Matt enjoys a simple lifestyle spending quality time with his family outside of work. His hobbies include coaching his kid’s baseball teams and attending baseball games. While his wife is a Dodger fan, Matt grew up loving Chicago sports, so he and his kids root for the Cubs. He and his family are grateful to live in a family-oriented community with access to a wide variety of outdoor activities. They enjoy exploring to the beach, the mountains and nearby parks together.
Patrick has been helping clients build and maintain their financial security for more than two decades. Since joining DJM Financial in 2019, he has contributed to the team’s depth of wealth management resources and expertise, having guided and coached hundreds of clients toward their goals across a broad range of market environments. Patrick has a particular focus on pre-retirement and retirement distribution planning, which are essential to help create peace of mind that his clients are prepared for the financial responsibilities that lie ahead and well positioned to pass on a legacy to the people and causes they care most about.
To expand his knowledge on behalf of his clients, Patrick has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and Retirement Income Certified Professional® designations. Before joining Northwestern Mutual, he worked for a Fortune 500 chemical company specializing in water treatment consulting. Previously, Patrick served in the United States Air Force as an officer for eight years, achieving the rank of Captain. In this role, he managed ballistic missile and space launch programs. Patrick is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he played on a nationally ranked football team that was subsequently inducted into the Air Force Academy Hall of Fame.
Patrick and his wife, Maria, are the parents of three boys. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing his Catalina 27 in Dana Point Harbor, cruising around south Orange County on his electric bike and going out to dinner with friends.
As an Advisor at DJM Financial, Nic meets with clients to learn about their financial circumstances, objectives and priorities. He then oversees the creation and implementation of customized plans designed to guide them toward financial independence. His goal is to alleviate his clients’ financial stress and allow them to do what they enjoy the most, while providing them with a framework for accomplishing their financial goals.
Nic began his career with our firm after college as an analyst in 2009. He holds the Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses and the California Life and Health Insurance license. Nic graduated from California State, Fullerton with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.
Nic grew up in the Easy Bay area of Northern California and now resides in South Orange County with his wife, their twin boys and their daughter. Although he spends most of his free time with his family, Nic also enjoys playing golf, going to the beach and volunteering in his community through his church.
Elicia’s primary role is to deliver exceptional service and strategy to our clients with qualified/non-qualified plans. She is available to support the execution of trustee meetings, education/enrollment meetings, investment due diligence, guidance/support and enhance overall satisfaction with a client’s retirement plan. Elicia gives clients the knowledge, support and confidence they need to meet their advisory responsibilities and create a more successful outcome for their retirement plan.
Elicia has extensive knowledge in working with business owners and HR professionals to facilitate better overall management of their retirement plans with respect to understanding advisory responsibility, administration, fee structure, investments and design. She has strong relationships with TPAs and recordkeepers to create successful plans based on the goals and needs of our clients. Additionally, Elicia has a deep knowledge of plan implementation and start up, payroll integration, benchmarking, vendor reviews, plan transitions, tax efficiency strategies, etc.
Elicia resides in San Clemente with her husband Johnny and three children - Drake (9), Mackenzie (8) and Cole (6). She loves the outdoors and being active - camping, beach days, running in the hills with her dog, yoga, snowboarding, and watching the kids play every sport imaginable.
Joel works directly with clients in an advisory role to help them think critically about their financial objectives, identify potential obstacles to their success, and create clear and actionable steps toward achieving their goals. He has particular expertise in the areas of nonqualified executive benefits planning, as well as complex business and estate planning.
Joel started his career in financial services in 2016 when he joined Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative, and he came to DJM Financial in 2018 as an Advisor. Previously, he earned a J.D. and briefly practiced law before making a career change into the financial industry. He began his professional life as a minor-league baseball player for the Florida Marlins. Joel holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designation and the Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses. He graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in business administration and from Western State College of Law with a J.D.
Joel grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and now resides in Irvine with his wife, Mirranda. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, skiing and spending time with his friends and family.
Jim specializes in portfolio strategy and design for DJM Financial, applying his extensive investment background to help strengthen the planning, insurance and advisory services provided by the firm. He works with clients as they develop customized investment portfolios and helps them understand the rationale behind their portfolio construction, to help give them confidence that their investments are aligned with their goals. In addition, Jim leads the firm's Investment Committee, helping to shape investment perspectives and strategies at the firm.
Prior to joining DJM Financial, Jim worked at PNC Wealth Management to advise high-net-worth families and individuals in building investment portfolios designed to help them meet their financial objectives. Previously, he spent more than 15 years as a Senior Portfolio Manager and ran two top-tier growth and large core equity mutual funds at Federated Investors—the Federated Capital Appreciation Fund and the Federated Mid Cap Growth Strategies Fund, with more than $2.5 billion in assets—and he was twice listed among Barron’s Top 100 Money Managers. While at Federated, Jim helped launch several other equity funds, managed a team of 10 research analysts and served on the Equity Operating Committee. He started his career trading Treasury notes and bonds at PNC Bank with the bank’s proprietary account, which was followed by the opportunity to do private equity and debt credit analysis at Westinghouse Credit Corp.
Jim has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which is the highest distinction in the investment management profession indicating a strong understanding of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. He graduated with a B.S. in business administration from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jim has four kids and lives in Dana Point with his wife, Tess. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and squash.
My specializes in coordinating the overall financial planning process for the team’s clients, including the construction and analysis of their plans. She also serves as a case manager to coordinate work flow, case preparation for client meetings and post-meeting task delegation.
My began her career at Northwestern Mutual in the downtown Los Angeles office in 2008 prior to joining DJM Financial in 2013. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter® and Certification in Long-Term Care® designations, the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses, and the California Life and Health Insurance license. My attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with a B.S. in biology.
My was a long-time Los Angeles resident prior to moving to Orange County. She now resides in Tustin with her husband and their two children. On the weekends, My enjoys spending time with her family, trying out new restaurants and organizing her house. In her free time, she is always interested in learning more about the economy and discovering new strategies to be smart with her money.
Steve is responsible for the creation and implementation of financial plans. He spends much of his time consulting with clients and getting to know them individually, becoming a partner in helping them achieve their goals. He also oversees all investment and insurance analysis. Steve places high value on providing exceptional client service and brings a positive attitude to the firm. He holds his Series 6, 7 and 63 securities registrations and his California Life & Health Insurance license.
Steve graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2011, he taught English in Thailand for one year. He then became a Financial Representative and ran an independent practice. After forming a close relationship with Kevin, who has been his family’s Financial Advisor for more than 20 years, he joined our firm in 2016. His hope is to make a meaningful impact on our client’s lives.
Steve is a Southern California native. He grew up in the South Bay and now lives in Hermosa Beach with his wife, Kelley and their son, Logan. Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and barbecuing. He also enjoys playing and watching sports, and rooting for the Dodgers.
With more than 20 years of diverse investment operations experience, Peter oversees the firm's investment practice operations. He is responsible for managing and reviewing portfolios daily, identifying potential tax consequences, and providing technical assistance to the team regarding portfolios, tax strategies and qualified plans. He also helps integrate and develop investment strategies based on new tax laws and policies on the state and federal levels.
Peter joined Northwestern Mutual in 2000 as an Investment Operation and Trading Desk Manager. Later, he transitioned to Branch Office Compliance Officer and joined the team in 2006. He graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea, with a degree in international trade.
Peter grew up in Hollywood and lives in Irvine with his wife, Christine. Outside the office, he enjoys traveling, discovering new places to eat and working on projects around the house. In addition, Peter is involved with giving back to his community and donates blood and plasma frequently to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Veronica oversees qualified retirement planning for business owners and manages the 401(k) business for the team. With 20 years in the financial services industry, she offers a unique skillset and extensive experience that enhance her ability to create holistic financial plans for businesses. In addition, she maintains a client-oriented approach to financial planning that underpins her excellent customer service and drive toward exceptional results.
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Veronica worked in the fashion industry before choosing to enter the financial world. She joined Northwestern Mutual in 2001 and became a member of the firm in 2003. She holds the California Life and Health Insurance license, Long-Term Care Insurance license, and Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses. Veronica pursued a degree in design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and later attended California State University, Long Beach, where she majored in business administration and marketing.
Veronica grew up in South Bay and now resides in Huntington Beach with her husband, Tim. She enjoys playing tennis and hiking in her free time, and she remains passionate about fashion design, continuing to engage in the industry by following luxury brands and watching her favorite fashion shows.
Sarah serves as a liaison between clients and different departments within the DJM firm. She works to establish open lines of communication, ensures timely follow-up to client inquiries and requests, and assists with financial planning software.
Before joining DJM Financial in 2020, Sarah spent six years providing administrative and operations functions for wealth management teams at UBS Financial Services, where she was recognized with a leadership award. She has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designation, and she graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in economics.
An Orange County native, Sarah enjoys art history, fashion and travel in her free time.
Grace is responsible for supporting the team’s lead advisors with case preparations and client meetings, and she assists in building out comprehensive financial plans that align with clients’ time horizons and priorities. She is dedicated to building long-term client relationships based on providing optimal service that meets their needs.
Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Grace worked as a professional baker and eventually opened her own bakery, Moyo, in Pasadena. She attended the University of California, Riverside, where she studied chemistry, and earned a diploma in baking and patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles. She holds the California Life and Health Insurance license.
Grace was born and raised in Walnut, California. She currently lives in Costa Mesa with her husband, Larry, and their daughter, Riley. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, baking and cheering on the L.A. Rams.
Thomas oversees all business and firm operations to ensure clients receive a high level of service consistently across all areas of the firm. With a background in corporate-owned life insurance and nonqualified executive benefit planning, he also partners with the firm's advisors and their corporate clients to develop business planning strategies.
Thomas began his career at Northwestern Mutual in 2007 as a Financial Representative intern. Shortly after transitioning to a full-time registered Financial Representative role, he joined a consulting firm where he helped oversee service operations as the firm quadrupled in cash value insurance assets under management over a period of seven years. He subsequently joined DJM Financial in 2016. Thomas earned a B.S. in business from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.B.A. from Averett University. He holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses and the California State Life and Health Insurance license.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Thomas and his wife, Amanda, now reside in Long Beach, where they enjoy taking advantage of easy access to the outdoors. Thomas is an automotive and travel enthusiast, as well as an avid college basketball fan, cheering on his alma mater’s team from 3,000 miles away all season long.
Corey leads the risk management department at DJM Financial and specializes in underwriting and client support. Her goal is to lead clients through the underwriting process as smoothly as possible and handle their service requests knowledgeably and efficiently. With more than 20 years in the financial industry, she is able to provide clients with a high level of guidance, meet their expectations and offer resolution.
Corey joined Northwestern Mutual in 1999 and has built an extensive career in all aspects of the financial planning practice. She holds the California Life and Health Insurance license and the Certification in Long-Term Care designation.
Corey grew up in Huntington Beach and now resides in Irvine. Outside the office, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her son.
Sandra oversees the firm's marketing initiatives and coordinates marketing events to ensure the highest standards of client experience.
Sandra brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in marketing, operations and development to DJM Financial. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the Director of Special Events and Support Groups for the Pacific Symphony, and she also worked for a large insurance company for almost 15 years. Sandra has earned the Series 6 and 63 securities licenses, as well as the California Life and Health Insurance license. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in economics.
A lifelong resident of Orange County, Sandra loves Southern California for its sunny weather and access to the beach, mountains and everything in between. Outside the office, she enjoys doing yoga, traveling, cooking and reading. Sandra is very involved in her community and frequently volunteers with the Junior League of Orange County, CASA of Orange County and the Global Center for Women and Justice, a nonprofit organization through Vanguard University that advocates against human trafficking.
Kenny manages the day-to-day operations of the investment department. His primary focus is supporting client services by opening accounts, transferring funds, facilitating trades and providing account maintenance.
Kenny spent 25 years of his professional life in Tokyo working in the language acquisition field at Berlitz Corporation. In addition, he helped manage multiple schools throughout Tokyo and oversaw employee training. Kenny moved backed to the U.S. and joined DJM Financial in 2015. He earned a B.A. in social ecology with an emphasis in criminology from the University of California, Irvine and holds the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Kenny is the father of four children and lives with his family in Torrance, where he was born and raised. Outside the office, he enjoys exercising, watching Netflix and relaxing on the weekends with his kids.
Mariah works in the insurance department to provide underwriting support and client service. She helps facilitate the insurance process, assists clients with requests and inquiries, and works closely with the director of insurance operations to establish work flow and processes that ensure clients are being served as efficiently as possible.
Mariah began her career in the financial services industry as a receptionist at a wealth management firm, where she immediately took a liking to finance and chose to continue down this path. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is eager to gain further expertise both from studying finance and by working with the experts at DJM Financial. Mariah attended the University of Oregon, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
In her free time, Mariah volunteers at local food banks, attends concerts and finds local foodie hotspots to try. She is always searching for the best craft beer and enjoys wine tasting.
Victoria is the firm's primary contact for all client service needs, and she ensures that clients get connected to the right firm member for specialized service requests. In addition, she manages communication among firm members and supports DJM Financial’s referral and growth initiatives.
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2012, Victoria worked as an architect in South Africa for five years. After moving to the U.S., she spent five years working in real estate. Victoria holds the Life Insurance license and Certified in Long-Term Care designation, and she attended the University of Johannesburg, where she earned a B.A. in architecture.
Victoria was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and today she lives in Yorba Linda with her husband, Joshua, and their twin boys, Holden and Aiden. Inspired by the care and service that Orange County residents provide to their community, she volunteers locally through her church. In her free time, Victoria enjoys an active lifestyle that includes hiking, running and attending spin classes, as well as outdoor excursions with her family.
Christa leads projects focused on optimizing the team’s operations by leveraging her managerial and operational experience in the financial services industry.
Christa began her career at Deloitte & Touche and earned the Certified Public Accountant designation in 2002. She then spent more than 15 years at Capital Group, home of American Funds, where she served as a fund controller and most recently as an assistant vice president of investment operations. During her time at Capital Group, she managed various teams that supported the operations, financial reporting and tax strategies for several of the largest mutual funds in the world. Christa earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics and a minor in accounting with summa cum laude distinction from UCLA.
A native of Orange County, Christa resides in Irvine with her husband, Mike, and their two daughters. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with family, staying active, reading, and traveling to new places and historic sites. She is also passionate about education, advocacy and support for Type 1 diabetes (T1D), and is actively involved in JDRF and the local T1D community.