Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Handford Financial Strategies was founded in 2002 by Kevin and Jennifer Handford. After working with a nationwide investment and insurance firm for 12 years, Kevin and Jennifer saw the wisdom in starting their own company, free to advise clients in a truly nonproprietary and independent manner. With the mission of providing aboveboard service, the Handfords strive to improve the quality of life for their clients by helping them achieve their financial goals. Handford Financial Strategies partners with Commonwealth Financial Network®, a truly independent broker/dealer and 10-time recipient of Investment Advisor magazine's prestigious Broker/Dealer of the Year award. Handford Financial Strategies acts objectively and without pressure to promote a particular product or strategy. In addition to Kevin’s 28 years of experience, he also holds CFP®, ChFC®, CFS®, and AIF®certifications. Ben Wright holds the CFA® certification, and Susanna Walker holds her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional certification. Susanna has dedicated her significant talents to Handford Financial Strategies for more than five years, and Ben for more than one. They were recently joined by Nick Bogart, a paraplanner. The firm also has numerous tax, legal, investment, and insurance experts helping to design the right strategies for clients, including attorneys, CPAs, and CFAs through Commonwealth Financial Network. Handford Financial Strategies is located at 28 Blackwell Park Lane, Suite 202, Warrenton, VA  20186.

 

 

Kevin Handford, CFP®, ChFC®, CFS®, AIF®, RICP®

Owner, Senior Financial Planner

A 1990 graduate from the Virginia Military Institute, Kevin is originally from upstate New York. He earned his BA in economics and has 28 years of financial industry experience. Kevin has also earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Chartered Financial Consultant®, Certified Fund Specialist®, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary® certifications and registrations.

When he's not in the office, Kevin enjoys cooking and running. He competes in mountain races in McCall, Idaho, where he and his family spend the summer months.  Kevin and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters. In 2013, Kevin joined the board of trustees for Wakefield School, where his girls currently attend. He serves as the chair of the Compensation, Benefits, and Personnel Committee. 

Jennifer Handford

Financial Advisor

Jennifer graduated from Portland State University with a BS and MS in political science. Following graduation, she moved east to Washington, D.C., and pursued a career in financial planning. She holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, and her life and health insurance licenses. She is a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network® (member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser) and a member of the Financial Services Institute. Jennifer is knowledgeable in the area of estate planning and is involved with the legal aspects of planning, as well as the probate and administration of clients' estates.

In addition to working with Handford Financial Strategies and raising three daughters, Jennifer is the published author of three acclaimed novels: Daughters for a Time, Acts of Contrition, and The Light of Hidden Flowers.

 

 

Ben Wright, CFA®

Financial Analyst

With more than 12 years of experience in the financial industry, Ben Wright is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder. He earned a BS in Business Administration and Economics from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Prior to joining Handford Financial Strategies in February 2019, Ben was an analyst and the head of research services for a boutique investment research firm that specialized in helping institutional investors improve their long-term investment performance. He gained significant experience in researching a diverse array of investment opportunities and strategies. Originally from Roanoke, Ben now lives in Fairfax with his wife, Jennifer, and their pet rabbit, Jasper. Outside of the office, he enjoys exploring historic places, learning, and working out at the gym.

 

Susanna Walker, FPQP™

Financial Assistant

Susanna grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and moved to Warrenton upon completing college and getting married in 2008. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and then earned a master's in education. She and her husband, Matt, love living in Warrenton, where he is a seventh-grade civics teacher at Taylor Middle School. Susanna taught high school math for several years before joining Handford Financial Strategies in March 2015. She enjoys knitting, cooking, and frequenting local wineries in her free time. You can find her pouring wine at LaGrange winery in Haymarket, Virginia, on the weekends.

Nick Bogart

Paraplanner

Nick joined our team at Handford Financial Strategies in March 2020. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in finance and a focus on financial planning. His passion for financial planning and his desire to help others have made him a great addition to the team. In his spare time, you can find him playing volleyball, board games, or enjoying a good TV show. Otherwise, he is enhancing his skills in financial planning or learning a language.