Christopher A. Schipske, CPA, CFP®
Chris chose the career path of financial advisor due to his desire to help others achieve their financial and investment goals. His holistic financial plans incorporate tax, estate, and retirement planning considerations, earning him a reputation for providing sophisticated planning solutions.
Chris’s extensive knowledge, experience, and continuing education enable him to build a strong financial future for his clients. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and Certified Public Accountant, Chris holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses. Prior to establishing Athlon Wealth Advisors, he was the president and founder of the independent firm Platinum Financial Group. Early in his career, Chris gained invaluable public accounting experience and was an analyst for two mutual fund companies. He graduated from Salisbury University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Chris has been published in various periodicals and formerly co-hosted a weekly financial radio show. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and golfing.
Mike was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, but was raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Loyola High School (Towson, MD) in 1971 and the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) in 1975. Upon graduation from the Academy in 1975, he was commissioned an active duty Naval Officer and served five years active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard combatant ships.
Upon leaving the Navy in 1980, Mike began his career in the financial services industry as an investment broker with Merrill Lynch. Since that time he has worked for the BGS&G Companies as president of its investment subsidiary, Alex. Brown & Sons and New York Life Insurance Company. He became an independent financial advisor in 1994 with the formation of his previous firm, Community Pride Wealth.
As an independent financial advisor, Mike works with individuals, couples, their families and friends. His services include financial planning, investment counseling and personal lines insurance.
Mike works with clients in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and throughout the country. He lives in the Canton section of Baltimore City and has been active in numerous charitable and civic organizations.
Director of Compliance
Cindy serves as the Director of Compliance for the firm, making her an advocate for our advisors by providing compliance support. Cindy began her career as an Administrative Assistant with Jim Guy, the first Executive Vice President of Cambridge Investment Research, and his wife and business partner, Helen Guy. With over 18 years in the industry, her knowledge is extensive! Prior to joining the financial industry, she worked for the Department of Defense (DoD), a DoD contractor, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Cindy enjoys spending time with her three children and two grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, and taking care of the animals on her small farm in Carroll County.
Director of Operations
Dawn joined our team in 2012, serving as our Director of Operations. As the initial point of contact for our clients, her approachable, easy-going personality enhances the client experience. Dawn has an extensive background in direct client assistance at Nordstrom, honing a style that helps her quickly understand clients’ needs.
Dawn has perfected the art of organization and prioritization during countless hours of volunteer work with the local Little League, Girls Athletic Association, and Parent Teacher Association. She is an avid sports fan, holding particular affection for the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles.
Director of Client Services
Erin joined us in 2012 and quickly gained a reputation for her “can-do” attitude and drive to tackle even the most complicated projects. As the Director of Client Services, she enjoys assisting our advisors in the client planning process.
Erin previously worked at a major insurance company, bringing with her knowledge and experience in many aspects of insurance including claims, reviewing existing policies, and writing new policies. She currently holds Property and Casualty Producers and Life Insurance Producers licenses.
Erin resides in Annapolis with her husband and their dalmatian, Max. When Erin isn’t enjoying downtown Annapolis, she is passionately baking. Homemade chocolates are her specialty!
Trading and Support Operations Assistant
Christopher joined us in 2012 as our Trading and Support Operations Assistant. He administers the areas of investment research and trading and regularly manages the Investment Strategy Committee meeting between offices. Christopher’s quiet demeanor and desire to help others has proven to be an asset to our team and will serve him well as he furthers his career.
Christopher is currently a full-time student majoring in accounting at Towson University. He recently graduated from the Community College of Baltimore County. When he’s not working or attending class, Christopher spends his free time rooting for Baltimore’s Ravens and Orioles.
Contact us today to speak with one of our team members or to schedule a consultation.