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PBS Wealth Partners

Welcome to the Rockefeller Global Family Office

At PBS Wealth Partners, we understand the value in building strong relationships with each one of our clients.  We prioritize communication and encourage our clients to be proactive in asking questions relating to their financial planning. In doing so, our team develops customized investment solutions and plans curated to help clients meet their goals.

We believe relationship management is a team effort. Leveraging our combined experience and diverse skill sets allows us to remain nimble and resourceful when it comes to servicing our clients’ requests.

Being a part of Rockefeller provides us with the opportunity to offer our clients unparalleled services, uncommon investment opportunities, a seamless digital platform, and access to premier lifestyle advisory platform.

PBS WEALTH PARTNERS 

424-600-7920

23 Corporate Plaza Drive
Suite 246
Newport Beach, CA 92660

“Our team understands that developing in depth relationships with each one of our clients and their families results in our delivery of sophisticated and tailored investment solutions that address their goals and objectives.”

Alpesh Patel, CPFA, CRPC®, Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor

At PBS Wealth Partners our team is committed to understanding our clients objectives and through our hands-on approach we develop dynamic wealth management solutions that help enable them to achieve their goals for generations to come.

ALPESH PATEL, CPFA, CRPC®

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor
APatel@rockco.com
(949) 736-5950

MATTHEW BIRKETT, CFP®, CPWA®, CPFA

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor
MBirkett@rockco.com
(949) 736-5951

HAI DANG, CPFA

Team COO
HDang@rockco.com
(949) 736-5953

CHRIS IWAMASA

Associate Vice President, Senior Client Associate
CIwamasa@rockco.com
(949) 736-5954

JOY GONZALES

Client Associate
JGonzales@rockco.com
(949) 736-5955

With the resources of Rockefeller Capital Management, we’re able to serve our clients’ every financial need.

JOSEPH ROBERTS

Head of Wealth Strategy

TIMOTHY LAFFEY

Head of Tax Policy & Research Advisory

ELISABETH "LISI" MADDEN

President of Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A.

DAVID O'LEARY

Head of Insurance & Annuities

With PBS Wealth Partners and Rockefeller Capital Management, our mission is to serve you and your family. We are confidantes, counselors and navigators, dedicated to managing the complexities of family and wealth. 

CHLOE DUANSHI

Head of Quantitative Research & Portfolio Construction

JACKIE KLABER

Head of Opportunistic Investing

JIMMY CHANG, CFA®

Chief Investment Officer, Rockefeller Global Family Office

BURT MILLS

Head of Structured Products

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A leading private wealth practice...
Customized Investment Strategy Design

We diagnose and evaluate your financial situation and design a tailored investment strategy for you, combining long-term goals and near-term opportunities.

Portfolio Management & Optimization

We manage your complete financial ecosystem including tax & estate planning, insurance, retirement entities, and your investments.

Investment, Tax, & Legal Advisor Coordination

We work with your CPA to manage your investments in a tax-efficient manner and coordinate with your attorneys to help plan your estate, structure business transactions, and manage charitable donations.

Risk Management

We align your portfolio with your tolerance for risk and monitor your allocation for unexpected behavior in multiple market conditions.

Cash Management, Optimization, & Access

We handle all cash activity and cash equivalents including loans, banking products, and mortgages.

Ongoing Monitoring & Performance Analytics

We provide you with a high level of transparency through advanced analytics and regular meetings with our team.

merged with holistic advisory and family office services.
The Rockefeller difference is our combination of holistic and specialized services, designed to complement customized wealth planning and advisory.
  • Financial Accounting & Bookkeeping
  • Trust & Estate Planning
  • Tax Efficient Planning & Preparation
  • Family Legacy & Governance Advisory
  • Bill payment
  • Philanthropic advisory
  • Human Resources Services
  • Cash flow and liquidity planning
  • Next Gen Financial Education

Rockefeller Capital Management provides strategic advice to ultra-high-net worth families, family offices, individuals and corporations. Families that own businesses or are interested in purchasing a business can come to Rockefeller Capital Management for thoughtful, tailored advice on whether to sell a business, sell a portion of a business, purchase a business or grow an existing business.

Rockefeller Capital Management also works with corporations seeking customized, innovative solutions and independent advice on strategic transactions. Our focus is to deliver exceptional results for our clients through flawless execution and to help clients achieve their strategic goals.

Rockefeller Capital Management provides securities activities and services through Rockefeller Financial LLC, its registered broker-dealer, member FINRA, SIPC.

  • Differentiated, independent advice for entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Execution across private and public companies owned or operated by our clients
  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital raises
  • Real estate advisory
  • Sports franchise advisory

Rockefeller Asset Management offers equity and fixed income strategies across active, multi-factor passive, and thematic approaches that seek outperformance over multiple market cycles, driven by a disciplined investment process and a highly collaborative team culture. Drawing on the intellectual capital built over the past 40 years, Rockefeller Asset Management offers investment solutions integrating ESG research and a constructive engagement approach.

Equity Strategies
  • We offer global, U.S., and non-U.S., thematic dedicated environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) equity strategies for institutions and individuals. A core differentiator of Rockefeller’s approach is our well established practice of constructively engaging shareholders in a way that drives long-term value creation across portfolios and improves ESG standards globally.
Fixed Income Strategies
  • We offer a range of tax-exempt and taxable fixed income strategies, serving high-net worth and family office clients. Our fixed income investment process employs an analysis of macro-economic conditions complemented by fundamental credit research set within a sophisticated risk management and portfolio construction framework.

We are pleased to offer our clients and their families special access and privileges through a handful of thoughtfully vetted and selected partners – each preeminent providers in their respective fields – providing highly personalized support on how to simplify, navigate, and elevate modern life.

Private Aviation
• A unique private aviation platform designed exclusively for Rockefeller Capital Management Clients

Private Health Advisory
• Proactive health and wellness support, travel/emergency contingency 24/7 and complete management of any health concern.

Personal Security
• A total security solution tailored to each client and location, assessing their needs and goals.

Emergency Travel Services
• The world's leading organization providing medical, security, evacuation, travel risk and crisis management services.

Art Advisory
• With access to specialists in art and collectibles globally, experts will provide guidance through the sales and acquisition process.

Next Gen Advisory
• Career and life coaching for emerging professionals, as well as health and wellness resources for young adults.

Elder Care
• A unique benefit that can help with everything related to aging, elder care or special needs.

Virtual Specialty Care
• A virtual specialty care platform that leverages sophisticated technology to curate access to a network of leading doctors across 48 US hospitals for expert insights on specific health concerns.

Once in a Lifetime Experiences
• Almost any “bucket list” wish can be fulfilled for Rockefeller clients with VIP-savvy concierge experts who can pave the way to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, whether meeting global stars, participating in iconic events, or realizing other long-held dreams.

Unique Travel Experiences
• A leading travel concierge service that offers exclusive planning and booking for Rockefeller clients seeking unforgettable vacations. Clients have access at member-only rates to unique settings and destinations with family privileges.

Purpose-Driven Wine Platform
• A leading wine-appreciation platform offering a single source for Rockefeller clients interested in fine wines, insider offers and access to unique experiences. Clients can obtain allocated, reserve, library and collector-level wines. Through the Rockefeller Live Well Do Good Membership Program, a portion of profits go to support The Ocean Foundation.

Cyber Security
• An exclusive boutique company with a proven history of providing elite cyber-protection services for all digital security needs of individuals and their families to eliminate the risk of cyberattacks.

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ALPESH PATEL, CPFA, CRPC®

ALPESH PATEL, CPFA, CRPC®

MANAGING DIRECTOR, SENIOR FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor

 

Alpesh joined Rockefeller Capital Management in 2021, as Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor. With over 20 years of Financial Services industry experience, Alpesh works with High-Net-Worth Individuals and Business Owners to establish customized and dynamic wealth management solutions. He primarily focuses on investment management, lending, and estate and wealth planning services. Alpesh understands the value associated with truly understanding the individual objectives of his clients and understanding their goals. He is committed to establishing an appropriate financial strategy, provide sound advice, and proactively connect with clients on the progress they are making together. Alpesh has also been named to Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors 2021*.

Alpesh prioritizes revisiting the wealth management plans that have been established for his clients periodically to help ensure they remain aligned with your overall financial objectives.

 

*For more information about the selection criteria for each award, please consult the sponsor’s website.  Rankings, ratings and recognitions should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor, are not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results or client service.

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MATTHEW BIRKETT, CFP®, CPWA®, CPFA

MATTHEW BIRKETT, CFP®, CPWA®, CPFA

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor 

 

Matthew has a deep understanding of the financial needs of entrepreneurs and business owners – from growing and financing a business to succession strategies, and all the other complexities often associated. He is committed to developing in depth relationships with each one of his clients. He takes the time to listen and learn about each individual and their respective financial situation and goals, enabling him to provide customized financial solutions and plans.

Prior to joining Rockefeller, Matthew spent over 10 years at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Matthew is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., as well as a Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®), Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA), and a designation from the College for Financial Planning. Matthew has also been named to Forbes Top Next Gen Advisors Ranking for the last four consecutive years*. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a B.S. degree in Business with focus in Accounting. In 2000, Matthew was drafted and signed by the Detroit Tigers in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

 

*For more information about the selection criteria for each award, please consult the sponsor’s website.  Rankings, ratings and recognitions should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor, are not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results or client service.

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HAI DANG, CPFA

HAI DANG, CPFA

Team COO 

 

Hai has been in the financial services industry since 1997. Prior to joining Rockefeller in 2021, he spent 10 years with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Hai’s primary focus is on developing wealth management strategies and plans for high net worth individuals, their families and their businesses to help put them on a path towards reaching their goals. Hai is committed to providing customized wealth management solutions to all of his clients.

• First, he takes the time to meet with clients to understand and review their current financial situations and establish their preferences and goals.

• Second, he puts together suggested guidance for asset allocations designed to reflect each client’s income and expectations regarding future value creation.

• And finally, he is consistently in touch with his clients regarding their current plan and potential opportunities.

Hai graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and earned an M.B.A. from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. During his spare time he is a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement of Orange County. He and his wife reside in Irvine, with their two children. Hai enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and playing tennis.

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CHRIS IWAMASA

CHRIS IWAMASA

Associate Vice President, Senior Client Associate 

 

Chris joined Rockefeller Capital Management in 2021, prior to that she spent 7 years with the team at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. She began her career in 1997 as a bank teller, worked her way up through sales in retail banking and after completing her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine, took on the role of managing a Banking Center for Bank of America in Newport Beach. From there she began working with High Net Worth clientele as a Premier Client Manager which led her to her role with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

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JOY GONZALES

JOY GONZALES

Client Associate 

 

Joy graduated with a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in 2019. After graduating, Joy began her career in the financial industry with Bank of America as a Relationship Banker in Newport Beach. She then had the opportunity to join PBS Wealth Partners as a Client Associate and started at Rockefeller Capital Management in 2021. Joy’s focus is building a strong professional relationship with clients and is responsible for providing a high level of service in operational and administrative areas. She currently resides in Irvine and enjoys staying active and spending time with family and friends.

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CHLOE DUANSHI, CFA®

CHLOE DUANSHI, CFA®

Head of Quantitative Research and Portfolio Construction

 

Chloe Duanshi is the Head of Quantitative Research and Portfolio Construction at Rockefeller Capital Management.

In this role, she is responsible for developing broad capital market outlooks – strategic and tactical asset allocation guidance – for the Rockefeller Global Family Office. Chloe also works with advisors and clients to construct bespoke multi-asset portfolios, utilizing both traditional and alternative investment strategies.

Prior to Rockefeller, Chloe was a cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley, where she specialized in asset allocation and portfolio construction for ultra-high net worth individuals, single family offices, endowments and foundations. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Chloe worked at BNP Paribas, where she was responsible for structuring custom leverage solutions for hedge funds within the equities and commodities derivatives space.

Chloe received her B.S. degree, manga cum laude, from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and M.A. degree in Mathematics from Columbia University. Chloe is a CFA charter holder.

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JOSEPH ROBERTS

JOSEPH ROBERTS

Head of Wealth Strategy

 

Joseph Roberts is a Managing Director, Head of Wealth Strategy at Rockefeller Capital Management in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Rockefeller Capital, Joe worked for Zeke Capital, a National Multi-Family Office, and Abbot Downing, Wells Fargo’s Family Office. Joe started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Private Financial Services Consulting Group. Joe has spent his career advising families of unique wealth on their financial needs, including fiduciary administration, tax, wealth transfer and risk mitigation.

Joe is a member of the State Bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. Joe earned a J.D. and Masters in Taxation from Villanova University, and B.A. from the University of South Florida.

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ELISABETH “LISI” MADDEN

ELISABETH “LISI” MADDEN

President of Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A

 

Elisabeth “Lisi” Madden is a Managing Director and President of Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A at Rockefeller Capital Management. She is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Prior to joining the Rockefeller Trust Company, Lisi was an associate with Milbank LLP for seven years, focusing on estate planning and administration of trusts and estates. Lisi holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. She also holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and an Advanced Certificate in the field of Estate Planning from New York University School of Law. Lisi is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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JACKIE C. KLABER

JACKIE C. KLABER

Head of Opportunistic Investing

 

Jackie C. Klaber is a Managing Director and the Head of Opportunistic Investing at Rockefeller Capital Management. She is a member of the Management Committee, the New Products Committee, the Manager Selection Committee, and the Rockefeller Capital NextGen Leadership Council. Jackie is responsible for sourcing and structuring differentiated alternative investment opportunities for the firm’s clients.

Jackie previously worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection division, where she was responsible for sourcing and diligencing a range of alternative investments over time, including in hedge funds, private equity, and credit. Jackie also served as a Business Unit Manager and as a Member of the Data Science Committee.

From 2012-2014, Jackie worked at Citigroup with the management team of the Investment Banking division. Prior to these roles, she graduated from Yale Law School / Yale School of Management, where she completed a J.D./M.B.A. and served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. She has experience at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Covington & Burling LLP, and the Yale Investments Office.

Jackie received a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Brookings Council as well as a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Board of the Yale Law School Fund.

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DAVID O’LEARY

DAVID O’LEARY

Head of Insurance & Annuities

 

David O’Leary is a Senior Vice President and the Head of Insurance and Annuities at Rockefeller Capital Management. In this capacity he manages the insurance, annuity, private placement, long term care businesses, as well as the property and casualty and commercial insurance partnerships.

Prior to joining Rockefeller, David was Vice President, Wealth Strategies Group, at Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company, responsible for the annuity business, private placement insurance, and led a nationwide team of specialists responsible for various insurance businesses. Prior to joining Ayco in 2009, he served as a Regional Vice President at the Equitable Life Ins. Co. responsible for distribution in the state of Maryland and as an Advanced Markets Attorney.

David is a trustee at Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.

He is a Cross and Crown, magna cum laude graduate from Boston College’s Honor’s Program, received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, and MBA from the Boston College Carroll School.

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JIMMY C. CHANG, CFA®

JIMMY C. CHANG, CFA®

Chief Investment Officer, Rockefeller Global Family Office

 

Jimmy C. Chang, CFA®, is the Chief Investment Officer of the Rockefeller Global Family Office. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and is a Chartered Financial Analyst®.

Jimmy has spent more than 18 years with Rockefeller. Prior to becoming the Chief Investment Officer in 2020, Jimmy was the Chief Investment Strategist and a Senior Portfolio Manager at Rockefeller Asset Management, where he co-managed several equity strategies and had oversight of the Fixed Income group.

Before joining Rockefeller in 2004, Jimmy was a Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Strategist, and Senior Technology Analyst at the U.S. Trust Company of New York, where he led technology equity research and co-managed a technology fund. He previously served as a Senior Marketing Representative and an Advisory Systems Engineer at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) from 1985 to 1994, where he was responsible for client relationship management, business volume, and profit attainments at major international financial services and banking accounts.

Jimmy earned an M.B.A. in Finance/International Business from New York University and a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union.

He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. He serves on the Investment Committee of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

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TIMOTHY LAFFEY

TIMOTHY LAFFEY

Head of Tax Policy & Research Advisory

 

Timothy Laffey is Head of Tax Policy & Research Advisory within the Global Family Office at Rockefeller Capital Management. In his role, Tim partners with colleagues across the organization in strategically advising clients with executive compensation, private equity, and multi-state taxation issues, as well as guide them through the implications of tax regulations while advising on tax strategies. He is also responsible for supporting our Family Office tax teams as well as setting tax policy for the Family Office.

Prior to joining Rockefeller, Tim was a Senior Vice President and Senior Wealth Planner in Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Regional Wealth Planning group and was a practicing attorney in the Personal Law group of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He has spent his entire career counseling and advising ultra-high net worth clients in all aspects of income, estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax planning, as well as business succession and philanthropic planning. Tim started his career in the Private Client Advisors group of Deloitte Tax. 

Tim earned his accounting degree from the University of Scranton, magna cum laude, and his J.D. and Masters of Law in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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BURT MILLS

BURT MILLS

Head of Structured Products

 

Burt Mills is Managing Director and Head of Structured Products at Rockefeller Capital Management. In his role, Burt works with Clients and Advisors to deliver Structured Solutions in the form of Structured Notes and other derivative based solutions. Burt Joined the firm in June of 2019 where he has led the platform build out and offering of Structured Products. He is a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Prior to Joining Rockefeller, Burt spent 15 years at Merrill Lynch in product Sales and Origination roles.  At the time of his departure, he was a Director on the Structuring and Origination Desk for derivative based solutions. He resides in Huntington, Long Island with his wife and three children.

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