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.
It’s Justin’s goal to build meaningful relationships on a foundation of trust and transparency. He believes in establishing clear and achievable financial targets for his clients. This process includes developing personalized strategies that help navigate risks and identify opportunities. Having been in the financial services industry since 2005, Justin’s well prepared to assist in all aspects of investment management, retirement planning and insurance.
Justin was born and raised in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University. He now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife (Gabby), their two sons (Maxwell and William) and beloved bulldog (Porterhouse). Justin enjoys exercising, traveling, food and wine, almost all sports and spending time with his friends and family.
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.
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.