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Mike Schafer
President, CWA
Financial Advisor, RJFS

Michael (Mike) Schafer is President of Creative Wealth Associates and is a registered investment advisor representative and financial planner with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Although that may sound like a mouth-full, Mike is known for his ability to explain in simple terms what others sometimes spew in industry-speak and intimidating undertones.

He has earned this reputation through his 20+ years in the financial services industry. Beginning his career with Fidelity Investments in 1993, Mike then moved to McDonald & Co., where he directed the mutual fund research and portfolio design group. He joined Raymond James in 2000.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Mike received a dual major in 1992, with a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business. Mike also attended Xavier University and John Carroll University where he concentrated on a master’s in business administration (MBA) program in finance. He received his MBA in 1997.

Mike currently holds the following licenses and designations:

  • Series 9/10 – General Securities Sales Supervisor
  • Series 7 – General Securities Representative
  • Series 63 – Uniform Securities Agent State Law
  • Series 65 – Registered Investment Advisor
  • CMFC – Charter Mutual Fund Counselor
  • Ohio Life Health & Annuity Insurance License

Mike lives in Bay Village, Ohio, with his wife, Amy, son Evan, and daughters, Abby and Sophie. In addition to participating in family events, including coaching basketball, Mike’s hobbies include running, boating, fishing and auto-racing. He is a member of the Bay Village Men’s Club. He and his family are members at the St. Raphael’s Church in Bay Village.

 

Dominic J. Giovannazzo
Financial Advisor, RJFS

Dominic J. Giovannazzo is a registered investment advisor representative and financial planner with Raymond James Financial Services, member FINRA/SIPC.

Dominic is a native of Elyria, Ohio where he graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Xavier University and received a B.S.B.A degree in Marketing from the Williams College of Business in 1999.

Mr. Giovannazzo has been in the Financial Services Industry for 17 years.  He started his career with The CGM Funds in Boston, MA where he was directly responsible for the retirement services division.  Dominic then moved back to Ohio and worked for AXA Advisors where he gained knowledge of life insurance and annuities.  Prior to joining Creative Wealth Associates, Dominic was a financial advisor with Advantage Financial Services Group in Elyria, OH.

He currently holds the following licenses and designations:

  • Series 7 – General Securities Representative
  • Series 66 – Uniform Combined State Law
  • Ohio Life Health & Annuity Insurance License

Dominic lives in Bay Village, Ohio with his wife Emily and four children.  Dominic’s hobbies include fly-fishing, hunting, camping, coaching and volunteering.  Dominic is a member of the Bay Village Men’s Club where he served as president in 2012-2013.  He and his family are members at St. Raphael’s Church and Dominic is a member of the Parish Finance Council.

 

Jackie Biben
Client Service Manager

Jackie’s role is to handle all of the administrative aspects of our client relationships.  She takes care of all new account paperwork, transfers, distributions, client relationship system, scheduling, and our compliance-related issues. Jackie has worked with Mike since August 2001.

Jackie lives in Twinsburg, Ohio, with her husband, Kevin, son Bradley, and daughters, Jennifer and Jessica. Jackie is very involved with her children’s activities, and her personal hobbies include exercising, reading, and walking her two dogs, Buster and Caroline. As a family, they love the beach and spending time together. They are also members of SS Cosmas and Damian Church in Twinsburg.

 

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