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Financial Management Strategies, Inc.
9050 Sweet Valley Drive
Valley View, Ohio 44125
(216) 642-1099


People do make the difference.  At Financial Management Strategies, Inc., our Advisors have earned a reputation for their knowledge in the investment, financial planning, and insurance areas.  The corporate staff, Associates and outside advisors possess a variety of advanced degrees and designations that are listed below.  To learn more, hover over each designation for a detailed description.

  • Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM (AAMS®)

  • Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®)

  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)

  • Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC)


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  • Chartered Advisor for Senior Living® (CASL®)

  • Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®)

  • Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®)

  • Chartered Mutual Fund CounselorSM (CMFC®)

  • Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®)

  • Chartered Retirement Planning SpecialistSM (CRPS®)

  • Juris Doctor (JD)

  • Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow (LUTCF)

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Each year, all of our Associates and staff are required to participate in both industry and in-house continuing education programs.  Many are in pursuit of advanced industry certifications and designations. This enables everyone within our organization to keep up-to-date with products, laws, technology, and planning techniques that help better serve the needs of our clients.  All Associates hold the appropriate securities and insurance licenses in compliance with all Federal and State regulations. 


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Mr. Knox is President of Plancorp, Inc. and Financial Management Strategies, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser, and he also is a Branch Manager for Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, a broker/dealer, and a registered investment adviser....

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Mr. Elliott is the Vice President, Portfolio Manager, and Director of Financial Planning for Financial Management Strategies, Inc. (FMS). Prior to joining our organization, Mr. Elliott was a financial planner with McDonald Investments,...

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Carl’s area of concentration is working with institutional investors to assist them and their investment committees manage their organization’s capital market assets. This process usually begins with a review of the Investment Policy...

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Chris du Laney

Financial Advisor



In his many years in the financial services industry, Chris du Laney has focused his practice on helping clients meet their goals for retirement and then managing those resources throughout their retirement years to enable them to...

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Mr. Edkins is both an Associate and Principal of Financial Management Resources. Steve has over 30 years experience in the financial services and business consulting areas. He works to help individuals and business owners better...

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Ms. Ellinger joined CenTrust Wealth Management, Inc., as Vice-President after working for six years as a financial advisor with another national firm. She has six year’s experience working with individuals and closely held business in...

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Mr. Lane joined our firm after working as a Financial Advisor, Advisor Coach, and District Manager for a national financial services company for nearly eight years. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Cleveland State University...

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Mr. Linden is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio and began his career shortly after graduating from Kent State University in 1988, with degrees in Business Management and English. Austin entered into the financial services industry...

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Mr. Mawby is a Retirement Plan Consultant specializing in the design, implementation, and ongoing compliance oversight for all types of qualified retirement plans. Bill is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He began his...

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Margie Maxel began her career in the financial services industry after receiving her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Marketing from the University of Dayton. While in school, she had the opportunity of living and studying in Asia where she...

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Mr. Novack is a senior advisor and Registered Representative. Geoff has over twenty years experience in helping individuals and business owners better understand the complex financial issues they face and providing practical solutions...

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As Sales Manager for the firm, Mr. Price is responsible for the recruiting, training, and market development for new Associates with the organization. Prior to joining our company, Matt worked both as a coach to financial advisors and...

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Mr. Randall has over twenty-five years experience working with business and individual accounting and tax clients. In addition, he has over seven years experience advising on investments, life insurance and long term care insurance...

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Melissa Reider has been a professional in the securities industry for over 30 years. After studying at University of Cincinnati/Conservatory of Music, she began her financial career at the prestigious firm, EF Hutton, where she managed...

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Mr. Stauffer has over 6 years’ experience working with individuals and closely held businesses in the financial and investment planning areas. He provides investment advisory and planning services as an Investment Adviser...

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Mr. Wiggins has worked for nearly 20 years as a portfolio manager and financial advisor for several large financial institutions and broker-dealers. He is the founder and currently serves as the President of CenTrust Wealth Management,...

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Cindy Evans

Life & Investment Business Manager



Debra Lewis

Operations Manager - CenTrust Wealth



Leslie Such

Retirement Plan Coordinator

Sharon Zirkle

Office Manager and Individual Healthcare Specialist (over 65)