MEET THE TEAM

The Elevage Partners team – financial planners, wealth management advisors and client service representatives – is here to help you live success.

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FINANCIAL PLANNER

Chris Beede

I’ve spent 39 years in the financial services industry, including 35 years in corporate finance and strategic planning before making a pivot to personal financial planning. I find financial planning tremendously rewarding because it puts the client’s interests first. My corporate experience taught me that the foundation of business success is a strong team commitment to building and consistently delivering a superior customer experience. Finding a way to combine these two elements is what motivates me when I work with Elevage Partners clients. As a big picture strategic thinker, I put my strong analytic skills and experience to work when financial planning. I am currently a candidate for CFP® certification and I have earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bucknell University.

Outside of the office, I enjoy golf, cycling and gardening. My wife and I have two adult daughters who currently reside on each coast. We reside in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Favorite Quote: “Wherever you go, there you are.”

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Chief Experience Officer

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Brian K. Case, CFP®

I’ve been in the financial services industry for 27 years and a Certified Financial Planner® since 2003. I started my own Registered Investment Advisor firm in 1999 to provide clients with unbiased financial planning advice and investment management. I love helping people figure out what success means to them and enjoy connecting people with the communities and resources that they need.

Outside of work, most people know me as “the bike guy” since I worked in and owned bike shops from age 13 to age 50. I used to race competitively, but no one remembers that! I met my wife through a business partner who was training her as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology. We have three boys and enjoy many outdoor activities together as a family. We enjoy cycling and hiking around our home in Somers, Connecticut, and spend as much time as possible skiing and cycling in the mountains around Salt Lake City, Utah.

Favorite Quote: ”Decisions equal destiny.” – Tony Robbins

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WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADVISOR

Chuck Copeland

I have more than 20 years of experience in financial services and joined Elevage Partners in 2012. I share the company's passion and vision for helping clients retire successfully. I hold a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Riverside, a master's degree in economics from Cal Poly Pomona. My goal is for Elevage Partners clients to be better off because of the work I’ve contributed to their financial plans.

Outside of work, I enjoy time with family, playing golf and tennis, and reading.

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CLIENT SERVICE ASSOCIATE

Nicole Devane

I joined Elevage Partners in 2021. I’m currently working on a bachelor’s degree in health science at the University of Hartford. In my role at Elevage Partners, I’ve discovered that I love being part of a team that helps people to understand the importance of financial stability, retirement preparation and managing their finances for long-term financial success.

When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy hiking, creative writing and physical fitness. I have a close, loving family in Springfield, Massachusetts, that includes two older brothers.

Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” –Gandhi

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DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

Brittany Fowler

I’ve been with Elevage Partners and one of its predecessor companies for 12 years. I work hard to play hard. I’m consistently working on ways to improve. I’m content but not complacent. I value relationships and have a commitment to keep my promises. I care about people who depend on me, whether that’s my family, friends or coworkers. I strive to be a good teammate because that’s the building block that makes a good team work. I earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Dixie State University.

Outside of the office, I enjoy coaching baseball and softball, throwing pottery, gardening, public speaking and emergency preparedness/self-reliance. My husband and I reside in Spanish Fork, Utah, with our son, two daughters, and cat Missy Moo.

Favorite quote:  “A man’s wealth consists in the number of people he loves and blesses, and who love and bless him in return.” – Heber J. Grant, seventh president of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES

Trish Griffee

I’ve worked at Elevage Partners since 2020, putting my communication, problem-solving and leadership skills to use as director of client services. Personal relationships and honesty are the top values I strive to cultivate and achieve daily. Being able to help others through honest work helps me accomplish this goal. I attended Utah Valley University and I’m also a certified professional photographer.

I enjoy trail running on trails in the Utah mountains and desert, watching my kids play sports and dance, as well as being in the outdoors. My husband and I live in American Fork, Utah, with our two boys and three girls.

Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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FOUNDER & CEO

Jeff Powell

After being in the financial services industry for more than three decades, I’m proud to have built a Registered Investment Advisor firm that, over the last 10 years, has helped clients navigate their individual life journeys, including a pandemic. We are growing, adding exceptional talent to the team and are poised for an exciting second decade. As the practical type, I get up each day contemplating the issues that need to be solved and think about how to best leverage our resources for efficient and effective outcomes. I surround myself with leaders and professionals with complementary skills, knowledge and perspectives. Together, with a broad spectrum of experience and viewpoints, we weave thoughtful and well-vetted decisions into the advice, information and service that Elevage Partners delivers to our valued clients and business partners. I hold a Series 65 license and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona, with an emphasis in portfolio theory and finance.

I enjoy golf, culinary arts, winemaking, hiking and serving as a student mentor with Students Rising Above. I reside in Reno, Nevada, with my wife Lori (who is president of Elevage Partners) and our two furry kids: a pair of Bernese mountain dogs.

Favorite Quote: “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

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PRESIDENT

Lori Powell

Throughout my career, I have been motived by the quest to help clients – especially women – make informed and confident decisions regarding their money. One of our company’s key responsibilities to clients is to create meaning about money and ensure understanding about the financial choices they make at any stage of their life journey. Understanding “why” is as important as knowing “how,” and I believe we best serve our clients when their “why” is well planned for. Prior to becoming president of Elevage Partners in 2021, I spent 35 years working in the corporate financial services industry. I’m a Certified Master Business Coach and hold a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington. I recently earned a master’s degree in professional coaching from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom, and I'm scheduled to begin a doctoral program in 2022.

When not in the office, I enjoy entertaining, reading, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, travel, gardening and solving puzzles. And now that my husband Jeff (Elevage Partners’ CEO) and I have moved to Reno, Nevada, I look forward to doing more hiking now that the Sierras are outside our back door. We have two furry kids, our Bernese mountain dogs.

Favorite Quote: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

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WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADVISOR

David Smith

I joined Elevage Partners in 2014 and I am aim to be your financial Sherpa, with the heart of a teacher. I enjoy taking a pile of paperwork and uncertainty and turning it into a stress-free retirement plan. I hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ashford University and my Series 65 license.

Outside of the office I enjoy golf, camping, fishing, hiking, biking and snowboarding. I reside in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

Favorite Quote: “Without love in the dream it will never come true.” – Grateful Dead

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WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADVISOR

Mark Zembo

The clients I work with all have stories and dreams to share – stories of the past and dreams of the future. As an advisor, I love hearing those stories and envisioning a new future chapter with them. I listen, ask questions and find common ground to begin that next chapter. My years of business coaching has taught me the best approach to creating your success is through a team approach – and since 2021 I have been part of the Elevage team after spending 23 years in the financial services industry. As your partner, the Elevage team will uncover opportunities and pitfalls, explain them and advise you in achieving what matters most. I want clients to remember me as someone who made a positive difference in their lives. I hold a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA from Ohio Dominican University. I’m also a Certified Business Coach, and I’ve nearly completed my master’s degree in professional coaching through Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.

I enjoy spending time with my four sons as they pursue their goals in school and sports. I’m also attempting to master the game of golf. I reside in Sunbury, Ohio.

Favorite Quote: “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”