It is the mission of Ballast Point Financial Planning to empower 1 million young professionals to live vibrant lives by aligning their personal core values with their finances.
We will partner with you to work through the financial stressors in your life. We believe that education is empowering, so we will be your partner to help you understand the financial challenges you face in your life so we can make an informed decision together. We will help you gain control over your finances, feel like you have some financial breathing room, and ensure you are making smart decisions with your money.
Methodology: The number of lives impacted in this chart includes clients, meetings with prospects, attendees at seminars, blog readers, and podcast audiences. The major spikes are from an interview on the XYPN Radio Podcast about Shawn’s first year in business and when he was a guest contributor to Michael Kitces' Nerd's Eye View blog also about his first year in business.
Shawn's Professional Story
After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Economics, Shawn was unprepared to manage his own personal financial life. Credit scores, emergency funds, and 401(k)s were all foreign concepts and he felt overwhelmed. When he started learning how to best manage his own personal finances, he was hooked. He knew he found his professional calling and personal mission. At the time, he was working for one of the largest institutional investment firms in the world and took it upon himself to prepare for a successful career transition into personal finance.
He earned the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner™) designation in 2010 to learn the fundamental skills of comprehensive financial planning, covering the topics of Insurance, Investments, Estate Planning, Education Planning, Cash Flow Management, and Retirement Planning. Shawn then worked for a variety of private wealth management firms to cut his teeth in client service and the soft skills of financial planning. Next, he earned his MBA from the University of Michigan - Ross School of Business (graduating with High Distinction) to learn how to run a successful business and scale financial planning.
He launched Ballast Point Financial Planning to be your accountability partner in achieving your financial goals and dreams.
Shawn's Personal Story
Shawn met his wife Jen when they were both undergraduates at UCLA - Go Bruins! They are both California natives and enjoy very active lifestyles. They live in the Bay Area and on the weekends you may find them running a local road race, camping in Napa Valley out of their Subaru, fishing, spending time with our nine nieces and nephews, skiing/snowboarding...pretty much anything outdoors. They also enjoy photography, travel, and ample amounts of sunscreen.
They love road trips and have driven across the country five times together. Shawn has visited 48 out of the 50 states, but still needs to hit Alabama and South Carolina.
Shawn is an avid runner and in 2017 he set a personal best time of 2:50:34 (6:30 min/mile) at the California International Marathon. To date he has completed 14 marathons including finishing 19th overall at the 6th hardest marathon in the world as rated by the Weather Channel.
Shawn loves spending time with his wife Jen, their son Jonah, their extended family, and friends, as evidenced by these pics!
Meet The Team!
Associate Financial Planner
Liz Plot is a Certified Financial Planning Pro, Chartered Financial Consultant, and an Accredited Financial Counselor®. Liz has been working with military clients for the past ten years to help improve their personal finance skills and encourage individual financial responsibility.
Liz enjoys helping clients identify their goals and coming up with actionable steps to achieve their dreams. She is happy to be a part of the Ballast Point Financial Planning team and looks forward to continuing to make a positive, lasting difference in people’s lives.
Liz has lived in 4 countries and 7 states and is currently living in Monterey with her husband and two little girls. In her spare time Liz enjoys traveling, kickboxing, cooking, and volunteering in her community.
Aggie Steiner, CPA
Aggie is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly a decade of experience in public accounting and taxation. After graduating from the University of London with a degree in Laws, she began her career with Deloitte in Hong Kong and later to PwC in San Diego and Baltimore.
After moving to Japan with her family in 2017, she started a tax consulting business helping expatriate clients navigate the tax code. She is excited to be part of the Ballast Point team and looks forward to providing comprehensive tax services to our clients.
Aggie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is currently pursuing the CPA/ PFS (Personal Financial Specialists) credential.
Aggie enjoys traveling with her family and she has visited 25 different countries. She is also an avid scuba diver and reader.
Gabbi Cerezo, MA
Client Service Associate
Gabbi Cerezo is a Client Service Associate and is currently studying to become a Certified Financial Planner®. Previously, Gabbi obtained her teaching credential and MA in Education from UC Davis. She taught middle school English, history, and math for 2 years.
Gabbi has had a passion for personal finance since high school and enjoys mixing the emotional with the technical side of financial planning. She is excited to join the Ballast Point Financial Planning team and find a new way to make a positive impact in people’s lives by continuing to teach, except now about personal finance.
Gabbi is currently living in Pleasant Hill, CA. She has also lived in Georgia, Missouri, Germany, and throughout California (San Jose, Torrance, Elk Grove) during her dad’s career in the US Army. In her spare time, you will find Gabbi hula dancing, hiking, reading, or listening to a podcast on personal finance.