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Replacing Doubt with Drive

So you remain in control of your wealth, and your future.

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Jeff Paustian

CEO

Jeff Paustian

CEO

503-446-6450
jpaustian@jgpwealth.com


*Relationship minimum: $3 million


Jeff co-founded JGP Wealth Management in 2001 and is responsible for much of the innovation behind our team’s investment strategy and service-oriented approach. He is an advocate and enjoys the individually-focused problem-solving that is required to serve each JGP client’s unique financial needs. His drive is to take care of people, and he appreciates the intimacy shared with clients, as well as the opportunity to contribute to helping them realize the life they want to live.  

Nominated by our clients and his peers for his professionalism, Jeff was recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager* by Portland Monthly Magazine, as well as a Premier Wealth Advisor** and Top Wealth Manager by The Portland Business Journal.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Jeff began his financial career with U.S. Bancorp in 1989. He later moved on to become a senior vice president and professional sales manager at Merrill Lynch, where his duties ranged from training new advisors and executing day-to-day portfolio management to developing and implementing business plans for the Oregon market.

Jeff formerly served on the Children’s Cancer Association, Arlington Club and Central Catholic High School Endowment board of directors. Additionally, he is a mentor for the Harrington Family Foundation Scholarship Program, as well as a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and Irvington Club. Married for over 30 years and a father of four who enthusiastically supports his children’s many activities and interests, Jeff enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and being outdoors.

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2. What motivates you to work hard?

I want JGP to be the best! I have a drive to really take care of the people we serve.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy most about your relationship with them?

The intimate nature of the problems we address and the meaning that comes from how we help others.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

1. Our mission is helping those we serve to confidently live the life they want.

2. We do what we say.

3. We finish what we start.

4. We employ the Golden Rule and treat others with respect - how we would want to be treated.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

I read an article and was struck by how much our work matters to the people we serve.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? A long, difficult hike!
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Ben Franklin
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? Every Sunday we host Family Dinner and this grand event would include guests ranging from my Grandmother, Charlie Munger, Ben Franklin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eddie Vedder, Phil Knight, John Wooden, and of course, Molly and our family.
  • Do you collect anything? Wine.

*The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not: A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy; E. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com.

**Over 5,000 direct contacts and over 40,000 indirect contacts were made to seek participation and/or nomination of participants in the Premier Wealth Advisor Program. The number of individuals contacted varies based on the size of the local market. NABCAP uses a methodology that it has created that includes both quantitative and qualitative criteria including, but not limited to financial planning, education, experience, and compliance record. NABCAP contracts with Rank Premier Advisors to administer its evaluation process. NABCAP's evaluation and ranking program (including the evaluation and validation process and the list of NABCAP Premier Advisors) is an independent third-party assessment based on objective, unbiased questions ("Program"). The Program is structured to ensure a comprehensive and objective evaluation of financial advisory practices. NABCAP's methodology includes, but is not limited to (i) average assets per client, (ii) average number of clients per advisor, (iii) financial advisor to support staff ratio, and (iv) financial advisor and support staff credentials/designations. For more information on NABCAP's methodology go to nabcap.org. Premier Wealth Advisors do not pay a fee to be included in the final list of NABCAP Premier Wealth Advisors. The overall evaluation score of a wealth manager may not be representative of any one client's evaluation. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by NABCAP or The Portland Business Journal. The rating is not indicative of the Financial Advisor's future performance.

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Kevin D. Sanger

COO, President

Kevin D. Sanger

COO, President

503-446-6450
ksanger@jgpwealth.com


*Relationship minimum: $1 million




Kevin is a co-founder and managing partner at JGP Wealth Management and has been successfully managing money since 1996. Kevin takes pride in his ability to ascertain his clients’ deepest values so he can better meet their unique — and often complex — financial objectives. His JGP teammates admire his integrity and dependability: “Kevin is the most ethical guy I’ve met and he is always willing to make the hard decision.” 

As chief operating officer, he is responsible for maintaining the high-quality service and efficiency that define JGP Wealth Management’s business practices. His career began at Merrill Lynch. In 2001, when JGP Wealth Management was established, he fulfilled his mission of creating a thriving, Portland-based practice that is committed to the highest standards of ethics and rooted in the idea of always putting client needs and interests first.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Kevin has a degree in finance from the Mendoza School of Business. Married and a father of four, he resides in Northeast Portland. In his free time, he enjoys golf, Portland’s live music scene and keeping up with the Fighting Irish.

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1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I’m experienced and have been around a lot of different financial situations. I’m committed to our clients’ well-being and success.

2. What motivates you to work hard?
  • Positive outcomes and generating tangible results
  • Offloading the stress of financial planning
  • Troubleshooting
  • Creating concise and organized solutions
3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

Problem-solving. Taking complex issues and developing concise, simple and executable solutions.

6. How’d you get started in this industry? What attracted you to JGP?

Out of college moving back to Portland and wanted to work in the finance business. Fell in love with helping people achieve success.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Outdoors either golfing, hiking or listening to music.
  • Favorite ice cream flavor? Cherry Garcia.
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “Travel is the death of all prejudice.” — Mark Twain
  • Do you have a favorite family recipe? My wife’s pasta.


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Joseph P. Gross, CDFA®

First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor

Joseph P. Gross, CDFA®

First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor

503-446-6450
jgross@jgpwealth.com


*Relationship minimum: $500,000


Joe brings over two decades of experience in the financial industry to our clients.  As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), he has developed a unique set of skills to address the special financial issues of divorce.  As a former vice-president at Merrill Lynch, he is proud to have served as a professional development coordinator, providing mentorship and training for new financial advisors. 

Joe works hard to provide the very best service for his clients. He is tenacious about keeping clients on track with their financial goals and helping to see them through to the finish line. The team at JGP appreciate Joe’s confidence and the ease with which he communicates and interacts with clients. He is proud of the reputation JGP Wealth Management has earned since its establishment in 2001. 

Outside of his professional duties, Joe is involved with organizations close to his heart and enjoys being involved in the community. He is a former president and current board member of the ALS Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. He is also a long-time member The Multnomah Athletic Club.   In his free time, Joe enjoys fly fishing, spending time with his family and cheering on his Alma Mater, the University of Arizona.

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1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I am not one to let details slip through the cracks. I am dependable and help keep clients accountable for their own life goals.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

I want to be known for doing a good job and providing the very best service for our clients. My pet peeve is bad customer service, so I strive to provide great service.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy about your relationship with them?

My favorite clients value everything we offer, are engaged in the process and use all of our services. One client I’m thinking of has really stuck to the plan we have helped create. They are one of the most bulletproof clients because they’ve worked with us and listened to our advice. They appreciate what we do and are able to live more confidently and do the things they are passionate about.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like your teammates and clients to say about you?

We are unique in that we hold ourselves accountable and always put our clients first. We are great at helping our clients get over the finish line.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

I stared at the training program at Merrill Lynch in 1992. The hiring manager said he hired me because he liked my tie.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Fishing.
  • What would you sing on karaoke night? “NY, NY” by Frank Sinatra.
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? My mom.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Fourth of July.
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Jake Withnell, CPA, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Jake Withnell, CPA, CFP®

Financial Advisor

503-446-6450
jwithnell@jgpwealth.com


*Relationship minimum: $500,000


 

Jake has been with JGP since 2018. Prior to his joining the team, he worked primarily in the accounting field as a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG, auditing financial statements and assisting businesses and individuals with tax returns while working at Eide Bailly.  Jake utilizes this detail-oriented experience to now play a key role in JGP’s portfolio management process, building and analyzing financial models and conducting client cash flow analysis. 

Growing up in the Willamette Valley, Jake has deep roots in the Northwest. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Eastern Washington University.  He also played tight end for the Eastern Washington University Eagles, all while earning four-time Big Sky Conference First Team All-Academic honors. Jake brings this same athletic work ethic and dedication to his clients at JGP.

In his free time, Jake enjoys many of the outdoor activities the Northwest has to offer. When he’s not outside, he likes to volunteer with the Children’s Cancer Association, Family Building Blocks and New Avenues for Youth.  

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1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I am passionate, willing to go the extra mile, and focused.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

Bringing value to the community.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

I love the client interactions and “stress testing” of the financial plans. I get excited when I have 4 or 5 meetings in a day and I am able to work with the best advisors in the industry. It is a team atmosphere every day I come into work.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy most about your relationship with them?

My grandfather has been a mentor for me my whole life. He pushed me to find my own passions and has supported me every step of the way. I have enjoyed stepping into an advisor role in his life and returning the service he has always provided me.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

The number one thing I hope we are known for is operating ethically and with respect. I hope our clients emphasize our community involvement and our willingness to serve others.

6. How’d you get started in this industry? What attracted you to JGP?

I was fortunate enough to connect with Jeff and Kevin while still attending college and they encouraged me to read and learn as much as I could about the financial markets. I did not know until recently, but Kevin sent me the Wall Street Journal and The Economist for two years while I still attended school. That act of kindness had a positive impact on my professional development.

What attracted me to JGP, was during my first meeting with Kevin, he pointed out a typo that was within my initial introduction email. He did not take it easy on me during that interaction and showed me what being a true professional was all about. Rather than being intimidated, I was attracted to the frankness and immediately thought, “How can I work for someone like this?

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? I love to travel and get out of town on long weekends. Family beach house in Seaside is a favorite.

  • Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse or drive a car? Car all day…a supercharged car.

  • Do you have a favorite quote? “The single most important distinction in life is to distinguish between an opportunity to be seized and a temptation to be resisted.” — Rabbi Sacks

  • Have you ever had a surprise party? My claim to fame is throwing the best surprise parties. Waiting for someone to return the favor…

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Shannon Jones, CFA, CFP®

Senior Portfolio Manager, Financial Planning Consultant

Shannon Jones, CFA, CFP®

Senior Portfolio Manager, Financial Planning Consultant

sjones@jgpwealth.com


Shannon joined JGP Wealth Management in 2018 from Atlanta, GA as the senior research and planning analyst, working in key areas such as portfolio management, capital market assumptions and financial modeling. As the head of our investment committee, she oversees trading and is an intricate part of the team.  

Shannon is someone you can rely on for well-researched and accurate information.  Starting in the industry in 2005, she most recently worked as an associate wealth manager at BNY Mellon Wealth Management, where she was responsible for the management of high-net-worth client portfolios and relationships. Her prior experience also includes time at Fidelity Investments and Bank of America.

Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in finance and M.B.A. from Florida State University. She is a lifelong learner and holds her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation.

Shannon enjoys running, pilates and hiking with her husband, Chris. They also enjoy craft beer and wine tasting. Shannon is an avid sports fan, but is most passionate about soccer and FSU sports. Being new to Oregon, she and her husband look forward to discovering everything the area has to offer.

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I’ve been in the industry for almost 15 years. During that time, I’ve had the good fortune of working with and learning from very intelligent and experienced colleagues who have mentored me and helped me prepare for this role.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

I love learning and have a constant drive to challenge and improve myself.

4. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients and community to say about JGP?

I’d like JGP to be a well-respected firm, known for always doing what’s right for the client. I want people to see us out in our community and know we are committed to making Portland a great city to live in.

5. How’d you get started in this industry?

I was in college working on my finance degree and I had a friend who knew a vice president at Bank of America. I ended up getting hired at one of the branches and from there transitioned into the Wealth Management field.

6. What attracted you to JGP?

I was looking to move out of the corporate world (and out of Atlanta). The energy of all the employees and their genuine care for clients and each other drew me into the culture of the firm.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite sports team? My favorite sports team is Atlanta United.
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? Audrey Hepburn.
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau
  • Do you have a favorite family recipe? My grandmother’s chocolate meringue pie.


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Ryan Coffee, CFP®

Financial Planner

Ryan Coffee, CFP®

Financial Planner

rcoffee@jgpwealth.com



Before coming to JGP, Ryan was a financial manager at Opus Agency, a brand events and marketing agency based in Portland. In that role, he worked directly with external clients to help them understand where their money was going, making sure they were staying on budget for large, multi-million dollar events. He enjoyed the challenge of communicating complex financial information and building relationships with clients. 

He is currently in the process of finishing his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. He is looking forward to putting some of what he’s learned so far to work at JGP. Ryan graduated from Miami University with bachelor’s degrees in finance and Spanish. A lover of the outdoors, he spent a year in Peru traveling, hiking and working on his Spanish before moving to Portland in December 2016.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys hiking, climbing, reading, cooking, and spending time with his wife and dog. He recently trained for and completed his first triathlon. He also volunteers with Save First Financial, an organization dedicated to financial wellness and coaching. 

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I am new to the industry, but learning quickly. I’m pursuing my CFP® certification to improve my skills as a financial planner. I’m currently doing a lot of work with eMoney, modeling out clients’ financial situations and ensuring they’re on track for an awesome retirement.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

I’m a big learner, and I feel like this industry is perfect for that personality. There is always more to learn. I also really enjoy the direct impact this job has. Many jobs feel disconnected from the final results. In this job, it’s very easy to see the connection your work has with a client’s financial wellbeing, which is really motivating.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone in the office. Everyone is really friendly and brings their own unique insights and strengths. It has also been cool to feel things starting to click and also being able to apply the things I’ve learned in my classes to my job.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

I feel like trust is the most important thing to be known for. Our clients know that no matter what the financial markets are doing or what’s happening politically, we are always looking out for their best interests.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

I moved over fairly recently to this side of the industry. I’ve always been interested in personal finance and wanted to take that passion to help other people. I enrolled in CFP® classes through the University of Portland and was introduced to Jeff and Kevin. I’ve been working at JGP for a short period and love being able to apply my knowledge to real-life situations.

7. What attracted you to JGP?

It was important for me to work for a company that focuses on its clients and growing its employees. I was really impressed by how important it is to Jeff to make sure JGP feels like a family and that people want to stay here for a long time.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Drinking coffee, hiking with my wife and dog and ending the day with some good food and wine or beer.
  • Favorite sports team? Portland Trail Blazers.
  • If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? My head says pizza, but my heart says bahn mi.
  • Have you ever had a surprise party? Yes, my wife totally surprised me with a birthday party last year. She got me good, and I was totally shocked.


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Kendra Biller

Senior Client Service Advisor, Associate Financial Advisor

Kendra Biller

Senior Client Service Advisor, Associate Financial Advisor

503-446-4354

kbiller@jgpwealth.com


*Relationship minimum: $350,000




Kendra is among the best in the business. She is passionate about ensuring our clients’ experience is unsurpassed. She accomplishes this by actively engaging with clients throughout the investment planning process. She takes responsibility for proactively coordinating communication with our clients at times when there are complex financial and business service relationships. 

Kendra joined JGP Wealth Management in 2015, bringing with her almost two decades of experience in the industry to the team. Her teammates appreciate her accountability and willingness to share her seasoned knowledge.  

A graduate of the University of Idaho, Kendra has spent most of her life in the Portland area. Married with one daughter, she is a strong supporter of the Oregon Humane Society and SOLVE. She also volunteers in her daughter’s classroom as often as possible. Kendra and her family enjoy traveling, wine tasting in the Pacific Northwest, cooking at home and taking long walks in their neighborhood.

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1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

My commitment to helping them resolve issues.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

Clients’ satisfaction.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

Working with clients to find solutions to their problems and helping them make everyday living easier.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy most about your relationship with them?

There are two relationships that come to mind. Both families have demanding schedules and daily lives, but they always manage to show kindness and humor when we work together. They take full advantage of the services we offer and appreciate all we do to make their lives easier.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

I’d like clients to be saying, “JGP really hears me and has my best interest at heart.”

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

It was a fluke. The size of the firm, commitment to clients and the passion for the work!

Fun Questions
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? My dad.
  • Do you have a favorite family recipe? Corn cakes.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Good Friday.
  • Do you collect anything? Street change walking to work. A quarter is a big day.


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Ceri S. Cundiff

Operations Team Leader

Ceri S. Cundiff

Operations Team Leader

503-446-6450
ccundiff@jgpwealth.com


Providing memorable customer service is Ceri’s specialty, as she truly feels a passion for helping people. Ceri leads the operations team, oversees marketing projects and helps plan client events and workshops. 

Ceri has been in the financial industry since 1999. The majority of this time has been working for JGP Wealth Management. Over the past two decades, she has spent time at Merrill Lynch, First Union, Wachovia, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo and now Fidelity.  Her responsibilities are concentrated on building and maintaining client relationships.  As operations team leader, she is enthusiastic about making sure JGP’s clients always have a very positive experience. 

In her free time, Ceri volunteers with the Children’s Book Bank. She is also actively involved with her daughter’s elementary school. She enjoys reading, traveling to warm and sunny places and cooking for friends and family. As a lifelong Oregonian and graduate of the University of Oregon, she loves cheering on the Ducks and Blazers.  

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I’ve passionately spent my career servicing and helping clients achieve their financial goals. I believe these experiences have led me to lead our operations team. Clients can have confidence that we are making every decision with them in mind.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

To be the best I can be and to help others.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

I love the variety my position holds. We have such a strong, experienced operations team. I enjoy our meetings together, where we spend our time creating or improving an existing process. I also love the chance to interact with our clients at our workshops or community events.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy most about your relationship with them?

We have a lot of really great clients. There is one couple we’ve worked with for many years who are now retired, active in the community and spending time with their family. I love hearing what new activity or class they are taking — from gardening and yoga to rebuilding small machines, they are an inspiration and such kind people. I love that their relationship has extended to their now adult children.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

I want JGP to be known for our class, integrity and passion for taking care of our clients.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

I started at Merrill Lynch with Jeff, Joe and Kevin in 1999 after graduating from the University of Oregon. I was excited to have a job right out of college and thought it would be a good idea to have an understanding of the financial industry for myself, even if the job didn’t last. I guess it was meant to be since I’ve returned to JGP three times now.

The people are what keeps attracting me back to JGP. The leadership that Jeff and Kevin provide is motivating, and their encouragement to grow and learn continues to be a part of everyday life at JGP. The support we show each other makes this a place you want to be a part of.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? On a sunny beach with my husband, Mike, and daughter, Audrey.
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Laugh. Continue to learn. Play with abandon. Appreciate your friends. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? My mom.
  • Do you have a favorite family recipe? My grandmother’s stuffing recipe.
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Jonathan Laws

Senior Client Service Associate

Jonathan Laws

Senior Client Service Associate

503-446-4384
jlaws@jgpwealth.com



Jon plays an integral role in JGP’s operations team.  He is a primary contact in our new client onboarding process and assists in the execution of our investment strategies. One JGP teammate said, “He very much has a can-do attitude and isn’t afraid to do the hard work. I don’t ever wonder if something is going to get done. I know if I ask something of him, he will get it done.”  

Jon is the definition of dependable. He has earned a reputation among our clients as someone who can take something complex and find a solution. A native Oregonian, he enjoys a range of outdoor activities, including boating, camping and hiking. He is a Nebraska football fan and enjoys supporting his son’s hockey team by traveling all over the Pacific Northwest with them. Hanging out with his family and dog are his desired ways to spend his free time. 

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I am service-oriented and can be trusted to get the job done. Good service is very hard to come by, and I want to be known for the service I provide. I like to find the missing link and leave no stone unturned. I want to be known for doing the right thing and for being principled.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

People showing me appreciation and recognition for a job well done.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

I like talking and interacting with clients. I like taking something complex, finding a solution and putting pieces of the puzzle together. I like doing things other people don’t like to do or won’t do.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy most about your relationship with them?

I enjoy working with clients who are engaged in their investments and have an interest in what we do.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

We know about our clients and their families. We do an exceptional job of listening and getting to know our clients; we truly care. Lots of firms say this, but we really do it and I think it separates us from a lot of other teams. Everyone here is 100 percent committed.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

I started as a bank teller in 1999 at Wells Fargo. The movie, “Family Man”, sparked my interest in the investment industry. I’ve always been good at math and with numbers. After working at a retail branch for a few brokers, I become frustrated with how little the advisors knew about their clients and how they ran their business. I was introduced to Kevin by a colleague and could instantly tell JGP’s values were aligned with mine. They were running their business the way I felt it should be done: with the client at the forefront.

Fun Questions
  • If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Could I just be Superman?
  • Do you have a nickname? Jonny Laws.
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? With my son, Barrett.
  • Do you have a favorite family recipe? My mom’s monkey bread.


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Salle Smith

Senior Client Service Associate

Salle Smith

Senior Client Service Associate

503-446-4478
ssmith@jgpwealth.com


Salle joined JGP Wealth Management in 2018 as a senior client service associate. She began her career in the financial services industry in 1995 as a financial advisor, yet she found her passion within client service, operations and account management.  

Salle plays an important role as a part of the operations committee. She assists with answering administrative questions and interfacing with clients’ professionals. You will find Salle to be thoughtful and organized, delivering concierge-level service to our clients.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge. Her favorite things to do outside of the office include cooking and entertaining and participating in the various arts events around Portland, as well as giving back to the community by volunteering at the food bank. She is a dog lover and enjoys having fun with Ruby, who has become a welcome mascot at JGP. 

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1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

That I can be tenacious. I’ll do whatever it takes to make their financial lives easier, and I’ll take the time to explain everything so they really understand.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

I set high standards for myself, and I like the feeling I get when a job is done well.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

Interacting with my teammates, creating ways to be better at what we do and providing the best possible service to our clients.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy most about your relationship with them?

My favorite interactions with clients are those where the client takes our lead and follows through with their homework, which in turn allows me to do my best for their financial situation.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

That we always put the client first and go above and beyond their expectations, delivering the ultimate client-centric experience for a financial firm.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

Back in the dark ages, my father thought I should be a CPA, but accounting wasn’t where I excelled. So, I became a financial advisor and over the years, I realized that the service side of the business was where I felt at home and happy.

7. What attracted you to JGP?

The opportunity to create and grow the BEST financial firm was very attractive. After 20+ years at a large wirehouse/brokerage firm, I desired flexibility and respect.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Curled up on the couch with a good book and my dog at my side.
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “What goes around comes around.”
  • If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Invisibility.
  • What’s your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving.
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Jami Cline

Client Service Associate

Jami Cline

Client Service Associate

971-257-6438
jcline@jgpwealth.com

As our client service associate, Jami’s dedication to JGP’s clients plays a crucial role in helping them live their best lives. Jami is known for her drive to exceed clients’ service and support expectations. You can count on Jami to be ready with a smile and genuine care while providing her trademark prompt and efficient service.

Jami is an asset to our team with more than 10 years of client service experience and a can-do, team player attitude. When she’s not digging into her work or connecting with clients, Jami can be found enjoying the beauty Oregon has to offer, hiking, finding great restaurants, and dreaming about vacationing in the Galapagos and experiencing the wonder of its sea life.

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want your clients to know about you and your strengths regarding your position with JGP?

I enjoy being part of a team and supporting my coworkers in any way possible so that our clients can live the life they dream about.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

I have high standards for customer service and support and I am motivated by my own desire to exceed those standards in my daily interactions. I also deeply value a genuine connection with our clients while providing top-notch service.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to doing when you come to work?

Tackling whatever I have on my plate! I enjoy supporting a team with whatever that takes. If my team feels supported, I am content! I look forward to giving high fives again one day!

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy about your relationship with them?

One of my favorite past clients kept me on my toes. He was a force to be reckoned with that had high expectations but also the most welcoming conversations. We always got down to business, ensured we had everything we needed, and then he’d go on and on about his grandkids or ask questions about what new adventure I was up to that weekend. I loved the mix of both serving his practical needs while also building a relationship.

5. What would you like to be known for at JGP? What would you like your teammates/clients to say about you?

I enjoy creating relationships in everything I do. The team works better when we know each other well, and the same goes for clients. I like developing a deeper understanding of their lives and what makes them tick so I can tailor my support to help them.

6. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/ community to say about JGP?

In addition to client care, I’d say accountability. When JGP says they’re going to do something, you know the entire team is working to get it done.

7. Why should a prospective client work with JGP?

In everything I have seen so far, the dedication this company shows to its clients is unparalleled. The amount of time that is spent building processes and systems, as well as the dedication given to finding the right team to work together is notable. When people work together well, and systems are in place, it makes for a much more enjoyable experience for all involved, especially the clients!

8. Why should someone apply to work at JGP?

If your priorities are to help people and families grow and be part of a team that enjoys spending time together, JGP is the place to be. The leadership of JGP values people and their mission. They invest in people to ensure the team keeps moving forward.

9. How’d you get started in this industry?

I worked at a small commercial bank in Eugene that also had a family financial planning office. When the financial planning arm of the bank left to start their own company, I was asked to join them. I am still grateful for that chance as my eyes were opened to an entirely different world in financial services. It has been incredibly rewarding to assist in the growing opportunities for families and their future.

10. Pick a teammate who exemplifies each of these qualities:

  • Passion - Jeff
  • Dependability - Jon
  • Accountability - Sarinah
  • Integrity - Salle
  • Confidence - Ceri


Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Hiking! I love the beautiful hikes Oregon has to offer. The anticipation of the hike, beginning of the ascent, the journey to the top, feelings of accomplishment in the end, as well as the recovery. It’s a process, and it’s amazing what we can do when we set our minds to it.
  • Favorite dessert? Peach Pie. There is something about a peach pie that makes me feel complete at that moment.
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • What's your favorite zoo animal? Monkeys! I love all of them, especially the big ones.
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Sarinah Gigliotti

Client Service Associate

Sarinah Gigliotti

Client Service Associate

971-257-6383
sgigliotti@jgpwealth.com


Sarinah joined JGP Wealth Management in 2021 shortly after moving to Portland from San Diego, CA. Before joining JGP, Sarinah learned the ropes of the financial industry at LPL Financial. She supported advisors and their clients with technology training and day to day operational support.

With experience showcasing industry technology, Sarinah brings her skills to the JGP Tech Committee which is responsible for staying current on internal software while maintaining data security. She enjoys finding ways to create efficiencies through technology to better serve clients.

Sarinah holds a BA in Psychology with Honors from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is still passionate about mental healthcare and spends time volunteering with a crisis text line to provide free mental health resources and crisis intervention. In her free time, Sarinah also enjoys the outdoors as well as reading, brewing beer, and relaxing with her husband and dog. Since moving to Portland, Sarinah has been hiking regularly and is always on the lookout each weekend for new trails and brews.

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths regarding your position with JGP?

I am diligent and thoughtful in my work and am here to make each interaction with JGP enjoyable and simple. I enjoy breaking down complex issues and presenting them in a way that is easy to understand.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

At JGP, every person has a significant role in supporting our clients. Being accountable to the people I work with motivates me to do my best. Everyone here gives 100% and raises the bar to be our best possible selves at work.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to doing when you come to work?

The best part of my job is hearing updates about how our clients are doing. Each of us has an important role to play at JGP and seeing client’s living out their dreams and being a part of that is extremely rewarding.

4. What would you like to be known for at JGP? What would you like your teammates/clients to say about you?

I’d like to be known for being dependable and reliable. I want my teammates and all clients we work with to feel like I will go the extra mile for them.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/ community to say about JGP?

I want JGP to be known for confidence and dependability. I want our clients to leave every interaction with us feeling comfortable, taken care of, and supported.

6. Why should a prospective client work with JGP?

JGP has the knowledge and scope to help with every aspect of wealth management and planning, while also providing a top-notch service experience. We are honest, dependable, and love to share in our client’s wins and victories in life. JGP treats each client like family in the best possible way.

7. How’d you get started in this industry?

Began as a short-term contract employee at LPL Financial working within business development to assist with large advisor onboarding. Found I had a knack for the industry and stayed!

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Relaxing with my husband and dog – preferably outdoors hiking or spending time in the backyard with a good book and a beer.
  • If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have? Having the ability to fly would be amazing, but I would really love to always have exact pocket change for whatever I am purchasing no matter the price. Pocket change as a superpower is less flashy, but more functional.
  • Do you have a favorite family recipe? Pumpkin pie – my grandfather was a baker and passed down the recipe to my mom. I try to make it at least once a year.
  • What was your first job? Assistant preschool teacher
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Cindy Brown

Executive Administrator

Cindy Brown

Executive Administrator

503-446-6450
cbrown@jgpwealth.com 



Cindy is the friendly voice and warm smile that clients first hear and see when interacting with JGP. She reflects JGP’s commitment to hospitality and provides the welcoming atmosphere that JGP is known for. 

She has spent the last 20 years in customer relations and office management in the healthcare industry. In fact, many of our JGP Wealth Management teammates have known and worked with her for a number of years.   

Born and raised in Portland, OR, Cindy is the mother of two boys and enjoys spending time with them and her granddaughter. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, cooking, listening to music, watching sports and spending time at the beach.

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?
  • Generally the first point of contact.
  • Manage the team calendars.
  • Good at multitasking.
  • Very intuitive.
2. What motivates you to work hard?

I am motivated to make people happy and cultivate relationships. I love all aspects of building relationships; I find it very rewarding.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

I love interacting with clients, as well as my co-workers. I feel good when I can do things for others and help make their lives easier.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy about your relationship with them?

One client called in shortly after I had joined JGP, and I answered by saying my previous office’s name. I apologized and explained my previous employer was a dental office. He thought it was funny, laughed and said, “Well now you’re working for Dr. Dollars”.

So, now when I talk to him, we always laugh about it and he will call for Dr. Dollars. It is nice to be able to build relationships with individuals and have a laugh together as well.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

That we are warm and caring and not like other firms. Clients aren’t just a number or a dollar amount to us; we have solid relationships with our clients, as well as their families.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

I worked in a dental office for 20 years prior to joining JGP — Jeff, Kevin and Joe were my patients. After leaving the dental industry, I got a call from Jeff letting me know that they needed an office manager, and they would love to have me on the team! It’s a big leap from dentistry, but I am so happy to be here.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Being at the beach, hiking, gardening or spending time with family and friends.
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”
  • What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.
  • Do you have a nickname? Cindy Lou.
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Karen J. Comfort

Operations Project Manager

Karen J. Comfort

Operations Project Manager


After a three-year break from the financial industry to raise her two sons, Karen rejoined the JGP team in 2018 to assist with special projects. Karen’s attention to detail and industry knowledge are two of the many things people appreciate about her. She has over 15 years of industry experience, six of which have been with JGP. Karen’s ability to prioritize and work quickly and efficiently make her a valued member of our team.

A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Karen got her start in the financial industry after college, beginning with an internship where she worked for her family’s financial advisor.  Karen enjoys working in a team atmosphere, which eventually led her to JGP Wealth Management. In her free time, Karen and her husband enjoy playing with their boys, going to Timbers games, playing recreational league softball and reading.  

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths?

I am diligent, work with integrity and strive to complete tasks accurately and efficiently.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

I like the challenge of new and unique client situations, but I also like to provide consistent service for our existing clients.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to most when you come to work?

My coworkers are my favorite part of coming to work. I also love to catch up with clients and hear about their lives.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy most about your relationship with them?

One couple in particular lives in my neighborhood, and I have enjoyed getting to know them through work and outside of work. They are genuine and good people. They are a pleasure to work with and are appreciative of the services that JGP provides for their family.

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/community to say about JGP?

I would like JGP to be known for excellent and consistent client service. I would like our clients to say the same.

6. How’d you get started in this industry? What attracted you to JGP?

I did an internship with our family’s financial advisor that turned into a full-time job after graduating college. I wanted to work for a group that provided excellent client service and went the extra mile for their clients.

Fun Questions
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “Loving people well means living with constant interruptions.” — Bob Goff
  • If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Mindreading and the ability to move at super speed to get things done quickly.
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? My mom.
  • What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas — I love finding the perfect present for someone.
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William Paustian

Associate Advisor

William Paustian

Associate Advisor

503-446-6450
wpaustian@jgpwealth.com


Before moving back to Portland and joining JGP Wealth Management in 2020, Will worked in San Francisco as an Account Development Representative at Dealpath, a SaaS company supporting top commercial real estate investment and development firms.  In 2019, Will was recognized as Rookie of the Year, awarded annually to the top new sales representative. 

Will graduated from the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College and the Lundquist College of Business studying Finance and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Economics.  He also spent six months in the U.K., studying behavioral economics at the University of Oxford. He attended the University of Oregon as a recipient of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship.  During his four years at the University of Oregon, he served as the student trustee on the Universities Board of Trustees.  In the summer of 2018 Will also worked as an Intern with Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis in the Financial Advisor Practice Consulting Group.

Some of his interests include music, traveling, fishing, hiking, and Duck football.  

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths regarding your position with JGP?

I will do whatever it takes to help those in my life. I am a hard worker, a quicker learner, and eager to make an impact.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

The drive to be the best at what I do.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to doing when you come to work?

Having only been in my role for two months at the time of writing this, my experience is relatively limited. That being said, my favorite part of my job is hearing about the daily positive impact we have on the lives of our clients. Being able to help clients confidently life the life they want inspires me to get up and work hard every day.

4. What would you like to be known for at JGP? What would you like your teammates/clients to say about you?

I would like teammates and clients to say that:

  1. I do what I say I am going to do
  2. They can count on me to get things done on time and with the highest quality
  3. I am the best at what I do
  4. I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong or when I make a mistake

5. What would you like JGP to be known for? What would you like our clients/ community to say about JGP?

JGP cares about more than just the financial wellbeing of our clients. We care about the whole picture including things such as the emotional, familial, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of our clients. We are there for our clients through thick and thin.

6. How’d you get started in this industry?

While I studied Finance and Economics in college, my first experience in the industry came as an intern for Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis, Missouri. From there I was hooked and knew this would be the industry I ended up in

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day?Hiking the Gorge with family and friends followed by lunch and a beer at Sugarpine Drive-in
  • Favorite sports team? Oregon Ducks football and the Portland Trailblazers.
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” –Roger Staubach
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? The Dalai Lama, John Wooden, or Lady Gaga
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Emma Priser

Associate Advisor

Emma Priser

Associate Advisor

503-446-6450
epriser@jgpwealth.com


Emma joined JGP Wealth Management in 2020, she spent the four previous years managing Class A real estate in downtown Portland, building relationships with key tenants and members of the Portland community, and leading commercial space improvement projects while working for TMT Development.  Most recently she served as Property Manager for their premier properties.  In 2019, Emma was selected for TMT Development’s President Award, and in 2020 she was awarded the honor of being selected as a recipient for the International Institute of Real Estate’s 30 under 30.  Prior to TMT, Emma worked at UBS Financial from 2014-2016 where she served in various roles throughout the firm. 

Emma holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from the University of Portland.  She is also a licensed real estate agent in the state of Oregon.  Her focus on organizational communication and global leadership drove her to spend a year studying abroad in Austria, traveling and experiencing other cultures.

In her free time, Emma supports the Ronald McDonald House, New Avenues for Youth, and the Children’s Cancer Association.  She enjoys running, paddle boarding, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her husband Tait, and their dog, Goose.  

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths regarding your position with JGP?

I am reliable, work with intention, and am thoughtful about my approach.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

Helping clients feel heard, respected, and supported in their goals.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to doing when you come to work?

I greatly value building relationships and finding solutions! If I can make someone’s day a little bit easier or better, then I feel instant gratification.

4. Tell me about one of your favorite clients. What do you enjoy about your relationship with them?

I enjoy hearing from clients how they are living the lives they want to live, whether it be camping, traveling, or celebrating the birth of their grandbaby. It brings me joy to know that we can play a part in helping them plan and achieve their goals.

5. What would you like to be known for at JGP? What would you like your teammates/clients to say about you?

My dedication and willingness to go the extra mile for my team and clients.

6. Why should a prospective client work with JGP?

We hold ourselves to the highest standard. Our clients are our top priority and will always be honest and prioritize their best interest.

7. How’d you get started in this industry?

I began building a foundation for financial advising at a young age watching my family in the industry. I spent some time working at another financial services firm and then spent four years working in commercial real estate. Both companies were heavily focused on helping clients and tenants achieve their goals. I knew I found the perfect balance when I joined JGP. Their mission is something I’ve lived by my entire life and the work we do is important.

Fun Questions
  • Do you have a favorite quote? “It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.” Nelson Mandela
  • What would you sing at Karaoke night? “That Don’t Impress Me Much” Shania Twain
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Have you ever had a surprise party? I am difficult to surprise, but my husband threw me a surprise party a few years ago and flew a bunch of friends in from out of town. It was fantastic!
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Andrew Bennison

Associate Advisor

Andrew Bennison

Associate Advisor

503-446-6450
abennison@jgpwealth.com


Andrew joined JGP in June 2021 during his final year of law school at Pennsylvania State University. He completed his MBA in finance in 2020, also from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the team, Andrew worked in corporate finance for a large multinational firm headquartered in the Northwest where he gained invaluable experience in financial statement analysis and modeling.

Andrew’s diverse range of experience provides unique value to JGP’s portfolio management process and enables him to serve a wide array of client needs.

Andrew grew up in Northeast Portland and attended Central Catholic High School. He graduated cum laude from Syracuse University in Philosophy/Logic. Andrew also ran Division I cross-country and track, receiving ACC honors in track and capping off his career with a team national title win in cross-country.

Andrew enjoys a good book, golf in the summer, skiing in the winter, and spending time with his dogs and family year-round.

Learn More About Me

1. What do you want clients to know about you and your strengths regarding your position with JGP?

Stamina and discipline. I won’t rest well until every stone is turned over for our clients.

2. What motivates you to work hard?

You sleep a lot better at night after a hard day’s work.

3. What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you look forward to doing when you come to work?

I love that to be excellent at my job, I must grow intellectually, emotionally, and interpersonally every day.

6. Why should a prospective client work with JGP?

We are truly invested in helping our clients reach the goals they’ve dedicated their lives to. I think that mission cuts through all the noise out there to what really matters.

7. Why should someone apply to work at JGP?

Finding a place that genuinely wants you to be fulfilled is incredibly unique.

8. How’d you get started in this industry?

I knew I needed to pursue my passion for investing. So, I made a list of everyone in the industry I could think of over 50 and still passionate about their work. Jeff made time to talk and the rest is history.

Fun Questions
  • Favorite way to spend a free day? Early morning coffee and crossword (my Mom’s routine) followed by a round of golf (my Dad’s routine), grilling, and an after dinner walk with the dogs.
  • If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have? Hands down, no sleep. Imagine how much you could accomplish! Of the traditional powers, time travel. Investing would be so much easier!
  • If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would it be? Any of the constitutional framers. So many issues could be resolved!
  • Dream travel spot? Playing Augusta National Golf Course.