Meet the Team
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Judy established Lau Associates as a financial planning firm in 1985 and today serves as the Founder and Senior Financial Advisor. Her expertise includes personal financial planning, inherited wealth issues, the psychology of money, developing human capital, and facilitating family meetings.
For many years, Judy was active on the national level in the financial planning field. From 1991 to 1998, she served on the National Board of Directors for the Institute of Certified Financial Planners, finishing as Chairman of the Board in December 1998. She has served as a trustee for the National Foundation for Financial Planning and has been active on many community boards.
Judy received her B.S. in Education from Kansas State University, and her M.S. in Education from Portland State University. She has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, Forbes, Money, Time, and the Journal for Financial Planning. Judy has worked on programs for National Public Radio, been featured on NBC’s “Today Show” and CNBC’s financial programs, and recognized as one of the nation’s top financial advisors by such magazines as Worth, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, and Medical Economics.
With over 20 years of experience at Lau Associates, Jake currently serves as both President and Senior Investment Advisor. As President, Jake manages the business and chairs the firm’s Steering Committee, where he works with the leadership team to provide strategic direction for the business. As Senior Investment Advisor, he works with individual clients to help them grow their assets, reduce portfolio risk and meet their long-term objectives. He also heads the firm’s Investment Committee, which gives him the opportunity to share his expertise on investments and manager selection with our team to develop sound investment strategies for our clients.
Jake holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delaware and received the CMFC designation in 2008.
Cindy joined Lau Associates in 2002 as a Senior Financial Advisor and today also serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Cindy provides tax and estate planning advice to our clients, as well as recommendations for business succession, buy/sell agreements, option exercise strategies, and risk management.
Prior to joining Lau Associates, Cindy was the President and Founder of L. Peterson, P.A., a certified accounting firm, which provided income tax planning and preparation, estate planning and litigation support to individuals. Prior to June 1998, she was Tax Director for Truitt, Sarnecki & Associates, P.A.
Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and obtained her CPA designation in 1984. She received her CFP® license in 2005.
Jorge joined Lau Associates in 2004 and today serves as a Senior Financial Advisor. He brings to the firm over 29 years of experience at DuPont, where he held various business, marketing and leadership roles. Most recently, as a Managing Consultant for DuPont, his area of expertise was in helping businesses develop long term business and marketing strategies. Jorge has a strong international experience having lived and worked for extended periods of time in Mexico and Brazil.
Jorge holds an MBA from ITAM (Mexico City), a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UNAM (Mexico City), and received his CFP® certification in 2007. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Tom joined Lau Associates in 2011 and serves today as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer, working with Jake to guide the overall investment direction for the firm. He also serves as a Senior Investment Advisor.
Prior to joining Lau Associates, Tom founded Diamond Portfolio Advisors, LLC, a boutique investment management firm. Before that Tom had served as a Chief Equity Officer for Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles, a Senior Portfolio Manager with John Hancock Mutual Funds in Boston, and a founding member of John Hancock International Operations, working both in Boston and Hong Kong.
Tom graduated cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard College in 1982 and received his CFA® charter in 1993. He has been quoted in publications such as Barron’s, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and The Wall Street Transcript.
Michael joined Lau Associates in 2017. As a Financial Advisor at Lau Associates, Michael is engaged with clients on a regular basis to help them achieve their financial goals. He also plays active roles with our investment, operations and financial reporting teams.
Michael has been in the financial services industry since 1996. Most recently he was a Senior Financial Advisor with the Vanguard Group. At Vanguard, he worked with high net worth families providing wealth management advice.
Michael holds a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland and received his CFP® certification in 2008. He has written financial planning articles for Physician’s Money Digest, the Wilmington News Journal, and Vineyard and Winery Management.
Joel joined Lau Associates in 2015 as a Senior Financial Advisor. He brings to the firm over 20 years of experience in financial planning and wealth management, most recently as Vice President and Senior Wealth Planner at Janney Montgomery Scott (JMS) in Philadelphia. At JMS he advised high net worth families from around the country on issues and solutions relating to cash flow management, estate planning and tax planning. Prior to JMS, Joel held senior level positions with firms such as SEI Investments, PaineWebber and U.S. Trust.
Joel received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, received his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification in 2005 and his Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®) designation in 2009.
Laura joined Lau Associates in 1997 and currently serves as the firm’s Director of Planning and Chief Compliance Officer. Laura works with the Planning Team to develop our client offering, and she coordinates with the team to implement the client plan. As the Chief Compliance Officer, her role is to ensure that the firm is fulfilling its regulatory requirements and operating in the best interest of our clients.
Prior to working at Lau Associates, Laura worked as a tax accountant at a local CPA firm. She received her B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Tax from Widener University. She also obtained her CPA designation in 1990, her CFP® certification in 1995 and her PFS credential in 2012.
Scott joined Lau Associates in 2004 and today serves as Director of the Tax Group. In addition to the preparation of individual, business and trust tax returns, Scott provides tax advice to our clients and works closely with our advisors to provide integrated tax planning, preparation and related services.
Prior to joining the firm, Scott spent 16 years with a Wilmington accounting firm providing accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals and business clients. He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware and obtained his CPA designation in 1990.
Tim joined Lau Associates in 2012. His primary role today is the Tax Group Manager. He works with our team to prepare clients’ individual, trust, and business tax returns, and he supports our clients with their bookkeeping and cash flow needs. Tim is also our firm’s BillFree® Manager, providing our clients with bill payment and record keeping services.
Previously, Tim worked in the public accounting industry for six years, preparing financial statements, tax returns and cash flow analysis for both individuals and business entities. Tim received his B.S. degree in Business Studies from Stockton University in 2005. He obtained his Enrolled Agent (EA) designation in 2016.
Pam joined Lau Associates in 2005 and today serves as the Director of Client Services. Pam works closely with our clients, providing her expertise to ensure smooth operations and client support. She develops an understanding of the client’s needs beyond their account servicing requests and works with the team to develop new solutions.
Prior to joining Lau Associates, Pam worked for 14 years in the financial services industry, including nine years as an Operations Manager. Pam graduated magna cum laude from Wilmington University with her B.S. degree in Business Management in 2012 and M.S. degree in Management in 2015, and is a member of the International Honor Society for Business – Sigma Beta Delta.
Jenn joined Lau Associates in 2013 and serves as a Client Service Specialist. She works with our clients regarding their accounts and provides support to our advisors in meeting their clients’ needs. She also serves as the firm’s Operations Manager, and provides assistance to the investment, tax, compliance and bookkeeping areas of the business.
Prior to joining Lau Associates, Jenn worked at a local accounting firm as an administrative assistant for 11 years. She received her Associates degree in Office Administration from Delaware Technical and Community College.
B.J. joined Lau Associates in November 2000 and today serves as our receptionist and administrative assistant. She provides a warm welcome to our clients in the office and on the phone. B.J. coordinates all client meetings and handles many administrative tasks for the office.
Prior to joining Lau Associates, B.J. worked at Concordia Preschool and had her own in-home daycare. She received her Associates degree from Delaware Technical and Community College.