Who We Are

Our team members represent an impressive array of expertise in areas that matter to you—financial planning, market analysis, portfolio construction, and estate planning to name a few. While each of our values and strengths are colored by life’s unique experiences, we all share the belief that our business is about you as much as it is about your portfolio.

Wealth Management & Financial Planning

We identify individual investor needs to provide a more tailored financial experience. Our strategies are personalized to encompass multiple facets of your financial picture to help maximize your success over time.

Harmon A. Kong
Co-Founder, Chief Wealth Manager
CFP®, AIF®

Rhonda L. Ducote
President, Principal
AIF®

Landon M. Yoshida
VP-Wealth Management, Principal
CRPC®, AIF®

Mark K. Iwamoto
Co-Founder
MBA

Christopher A. Whitaker
Financial Advisor
CFP®, AIF®

Joshua J. Garland
Financial Advisor
ChFC®, AIF®

Megan E. Schwab
Associate Financial Planner
Passed CFP® Exam

Cole N. Ducote
Associate Financial Planner
AIF®, CFP® Candidate

Investment Management

We are CFA charterholders, or are on the path to becoming one, who work with you to develop and execute an effective, comprehensive investment plan. Our various strategies are suited to meet life’s many goals.

Benjamin C. Lau
Chief Investment Officer, Principal
CFA®

Jennifer N. Olson
VP-Finance
CFA®, CFP®, CIPM®, AIF®

Jose V. Rendon
Portfolio Administrator
CFA® Level 1 Candidate

Andrew M. Ochoa
Portfolio Administrator
CFA® Level 1 Candidate

Kenneth L. Wolin
Portfolio Administrator

Client Services

We offer a concierge level of service, making ourselves available to our clients to answer any questions and help solve any problems, no matter how big or small. Our team collaborates with our Wealth Managers, Financial Planners, and Custodians to ensure the needs of our clients are consistently met.

Shawn L. Covarrubias
VP-Client Services
AIF®

Lindsay M. Duran
Client Service Specialist
 

Sunni D. Allen
Administrative Assistant
Passed AIF® exam

Michelle Campos
Administrative Assistant
 

Kellie Chou
Administrative Assistant
  

Designations We Have

When dealing with your finances, you want to ensure that you partner with someone you trust and who has the competence necessary to handle your financial needs.

CFP® (CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™)
CFP® certification is the standard of excellence in financial planning, recognized for its high standard of professional education; stringent code of conduct and standards of practice; and ethical requirements that govern professional engagements with clients. We believe in “leading with planning”, that is why we have CFP® professionals in each of our Wealth Management, Financial Planning, and Investment Management Departments.

CFA® (CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST)
The CFA® designation is a mark of distinction. As a globally recognized credential in the investment management profession, the charter demonstrates strong foundation in advanced investment analysis, financial expertise, and real-world portfolio management skills, underpinned by ethical conduct and high standards of practice. One of the benefits of working with us is that our CFA® charterholders are in-house, making them more accessible to you at any time.

CRPC® (CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR™)
Our in-house CRPC® professional helps you navigate your pre-and post-retirement needs. They help design optimal retirement income streams, including asset management for retirement, making the most of your social security benefits, and bridging any gap in your retirement income. They also guide you through health care options and achieving tax and estate planning objectives in retirement. Our in-house professional has deep knowledge in retirement plans and NUA (Net Unrealized Appreciation), which helps most of our clients in the Industrial Retiree Services.

ChFC® (CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT)
The ChFC® designation stands as a distinguished certification in financial planning and requires more courses than any other financial planning credential, including extensive education and application training in all aspects of financial planning, income taxation, investments, and estate and retirement planning. Our in-house ChFC® professional has extensive experience in risk management such as insurance and annuities; a great resource for our aging clients who need long-term care policies.

AIF® (ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY)
Being a fiduciary means serving the best interests of our clients. We work with investors and plan sponsors to help them achieve their financial goals. Institutional clients partner with us to fulfill their fiduciary duties. At Apriem, we require our staff to get the AIF® designation to make sure that everyone executes prudent fiduciary practices to serve, grow and protect our clients’ assets.

CIPM® (CERTIFICATE IN INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT)
CIPM is the leading designation for performance evaluation. The CIPM curriculum prepares for effective investment risk/return evaluation, manager selection, and investment reporting based on the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) standards. As a GIPS®-compliant firm, our in-house CIPM professional ensures our firm- wide commitment to honest, consistent, and ethical performance reporting practices are executed.

To read more about these designations:

For more information about Apriem’s:

  • Staff Professional Designations, read our Form ADV Part 2B https://www.apriem.com/client-resources/disclosures/
  • GIPS® Compliance https://www.apriem.com/gips/
    • GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute has not been involved in the preparation or review of this report/advertisement.
    • Apriem Advisors (“Apriem”) is a registered investment adviser with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
    • Apriem claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). The firm’s compliant presentation and/or the firm’s list of composite descriptions are available upon request. Please send requests to Rhonda Ducote at rhonda@apriem.com or send us a mail at 19200 Von Karman Ave., Ste. 1050, Irvine, CA 92612.
    • Apriem has been independently verified for the periods December 31, 2010 through December 31, 2020. The verification reports are available upon request. Please send requests to Rhonda Ducote at rhonda@apriem.com or send us a mail at 19200 Von Karman Ave., Ste. 1050, Irvine, CA 92612.