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Financial Professionals
Richard E. Shaw, PhD, MBA, EA, CFP
Founder & CEO /Financial Advisor
Areas of expertise:

Wealth Management, Ownership Benefit Strategies, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, Pension Plans, Captive Insurance.

Pageant affiliations:

I work with participants and sponsors to help prepare participants and their families for their financial security for today, tomorrow and their future.

From 1984 until the present, he has focused on zero-tax and employer benefit program issues, of concern to individuals and corporations with incomes from $500,000 to $10,000,000 per year.
Continuing to develop new and unique structures for wealth accumulation from 1980 to the present, he is called upon to lecture to CPAs, Attorneys and Financial Planners on a National Scale.
Drawing upon his ESOP experience of the 1980s, he developed ESOP strategies that even in today’s competitive market still wins the acclaim of many large and medium sized accounting and law firms.

Professional affiliations

National Association of Enrolled Agents
California Association of Enrolled Agents
Board of Certified Financial Planners

Education

PhD – Finance & Income and Estate Planning – Employee Benefits – magna cum laude
MBA – Finance & Accounting, magna cum laude
BA -Queens College, New York
Personal

Richard has two daughters and four grandchildren. He has been a pilot for over 30 years and has piloted his own twin-engine aircraft for almost as long. He is an avid snow and water skier. His desire to achieve excellence is reflected in his everyday life.

Speech topics

Proper Retirement Planning Leads to Tax Free Distributions.
Remove Wealth from Your Corporation Tax Free.
Income Tax Strategies that help you Accumulate Greater Wealth.
Adventures in Real Estate.
Advanced Income Tax Planning Techniques.
Tax Strategies for Your High Net Worth Clients.
“Qualified Markets” – Advantages in Proper Planning of S Corporation ESOP’s in Accumulating Wealth, Providing Asset Protection and Wealth Transfers to Your Family and Key Employees.

Speaking experience

One of the nation’s leading authorities on ESOP planning for the affluent, Richard consistently earns highest audience ratings as a frequent speaker and trainer at professional meetings and events for local, regional, and national groups of affluent business owners, and wealth advisers – including accountants, attorneys, investment advisers, and insurance professionals.

Professional experience

Principal – Shaw Financial Services, Inc. Principal – The Wealth Alliance, Inc.

Over 40 years experience providing wealth, estate, and charitable planning for multi-million dollar estates through national wealth planning organizations and financial service companies. Owner benefit strategies are of a primary concern in his practice and his unique methods of creating wealth in the financial community was a primary factor for his outstanding achievement in obtaining his PhD in Finance and Tax.

Blakely Lawrence Sanford, EA
Senior Tax Accountant

Blakely Sanford has been a practicing tax accountant since 1973. He sat and passed the enrolled agents examination as administered by the US Department of Treasury on his first attempt. Blake’s services include small and medium business accounting and financial statement preparation, income tax planning and preparation, audit representation and tax compliance for individuals, estates, partnerships, corporations and non-profit organizations. Blake received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin. His post graduate courses include: Business Law, Income Tax Law, Estate and Trust Tax Law, Corporate Tax Law, and Business Management from the following universities: University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, Golden Gate University, Los Angeles, California, and University of Minnesota, St Paul, Minnesota. Blake holds Enrolled Agent Certificate No. 31314, with the United States Department of the Treasury.

Professional affiliations

National Association of Enrolled Agents
California Association of Enrolled Agents

Area of expertise:

Taxation for individuals, estates, partnerships and closely held businesses; tax compliance issues and audit representation.

Before joining Shaw Financial Services, Inc. Blake had the opportunity to be a Senior Tax Software Developer at Commerce Clearing House (CCH), then the premier tax software provider. Blake then served as Director of CCH’s Midwest Service Center in Minneapolis. As a Senior Tax Accountant for Shaw Financial Services, his services include small and medium business accounting and financial statement preparation, income tax planning and preparation, audit representation and tax compliance for individuals, estates, partnerships, corporations and non-profit organizations.

Continuing Education:

Blake continues to advance his studies and is currently working on his MBA. Current courses include updates of income tax law changes, Review of corporation, S-corporation and LLC tax returns, Ethics in tax preparation and representation, Section 1031 like-kind exchanges, Pension plans for small businesses, Retirement planning, Alternative minimum tax issues, Bankruptcy tax issues, Offers in Compromise, Decedent’s final tax return issues, Estate, Trust and Gift tax issues, Fiduciary tax returns and IRS Representation, audits and appeals.

Personal

Blake’s understanding of geology has led him into a respected arena of his fellows.

He is an avid miner and spends almost all of his time in the desert of California and Baja, Mexico.