I earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Florida State University. As a financial services professional, I earned a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and I am an active member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) where I serve on the South Region Board.
I founded Bienvenue Wealth, LLC in 2010 to offer fee-only wealth management services to successful business owners, Gen X professionals, and their families. My career-long history in financial services includes an 11-year stint owning my own company, M.G. Rivas Financial Inc. where I represented clients on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) trading floors in Chicago. It was working on the floor that I learned to thrive as an independent customer advocate, earning a global reputation for my high ethical standards. My international experience as Vice President of BNP Securities USA, a division of Banque Nationale de Paris included running the firm’s fixed-income, derivatives, and equities desks worldwide. I quickly became an expert in the options field, providing international clients with informed advice on equity and fixed income futures and options to help reduce risk exposure. I has also held positions at Dean Witter Reynolds and at Cargill Investor Services.