Li has 21 years of experience trading and serving high net worth clients.
Li Chang, CFP®
Principal & Founding Partner
7Summit Advisors, LLC
NFLPA Registered Player Financial Advisor
As principal and founding partner of 7Summit, Li Chang, CFP® manages the firm and guides asset allocation and wealth management services. Li has 21 years of experience trading and serving high net worth clients. Most recently, he acted as strategist and wealth management advisor at KAM Advisors, ranked #1 among the “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Firms” in FA Magazine, July 2011. Prior to joining KAM Advisors, he served as Financial Consultant and Relationship Manager to wealthy investors at E*TRADE Securities and E*TRADE Capital Management, where he held Series 7, 55 and 66 licenses. Li has trading experience with two proprietary trading firms, and he started his investment career as a trading assistant on the Pacific Stock Exchange.
Li earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, is a UCLA Anderson School of Management Riordan Fellows Program alumnus, and was named Owner / Manager of the Year by the UCLA Anderson School Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is a CFA level III candidate. A Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Li earned his Certificate in Personal Financial Planning with distinction from UCLA Extension, and Certificate in Financial Management for the Family Office from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.
He serves on the Guggenheim RIA Advisory Board, is a NFLPA Registered Player Financial Advisor and served on the STOP CANCER Board.
Li was chosen to serve on the Guggenheim RIA Advisory Board due to the strength of his commitment to excellence and influence within the financial services industry. As a member of the advisory board, Guggenheim becomes an important collaborator with 7Summit Quality of Thought, allowing Li to leverage the collective experience of these peers and to access and contribute to Guggenheim Investments’ intellectual capital, product development and risk management expertise.
Sona Shahinian conducts research on listed companies, maintaining securities’ data spreadsheets and gathering expert opinions on economic and market trends.
Sona has 7 years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing most recently in securities research. She started her career in financial services as a senior teller at Bank of America and transitioned into serving high net worth clients through an internship as a technology analyst intern with the OFK Wealth Management Group, Private Wealth Advisors at UBS Financial Services.
Currently, she is pursuing an MBA degree at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Sona earned a BS, with honors, in finance from California State University, Northridge. She graduated magna cum laude and was inducted as a lifetime member into Beta Gama Sigma, the International Business Honor Society. She is also a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles and is a Level III candidate in the CFA program. Sona received the Equity Research Analyst Certificate from Analyst Solutions, which is vetted by the CFA Institute as a CE Approved Provider. Since 2014, she has also volunteered as a content curator for CFALA’s bimonthly e-Newsletter.
Private Client Services
Janice Cam handles operational responsibilities including GIPS verification and performance reporting. Janice has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing in portfolio accounting and reporting for high net worth clients and institutions. Janice previously held the position of Senior Associate, Operations at Research Affiliates, LLC. While there, Janice was responsible for client accounting and reporting, as well as operational duties that included performance measurement and composite maintenance in accordance with GIPS standards, trade settlement, proxy voting and corporate actions. Prior to Research Affiliates, Janice was the Operations Manager at Saddle Peak Asset Management, LLC where she executed all aspects of the company’s operational functions in conjunction with client billing and office management. Before joining Saddle Peak Asset Management, Janice worked at Pacific Financial Research Inc. as an Institutional Client Accountant. Earlier, Janice worked as an Investment Associate at Fiduciary Trust International of California.
Janice graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics/International Area Studies.
Individuals on the Advisory Board do not provide investment advice, directly or indirectly, to the clients of 7Summit Advisors.
UCLA Anderson School of Management
George Abe is a lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He also serves on the board of advisers for UCLA’s Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.
After completing an M.S. in Business, Quantitative Methods at UCLA in 1971, George joined Computer Sciences Corp, a defense contractor providing timesharing services —now known as cloud computing. He later signed on at Cisco and became the first product manager for data over cable products. In 1997, Cisco published Abe’s book, Residential Broadband. He then was a Venture Partner at Palomar Ventures, a VC firm in Santa Monica. Abe circled back to his alma mater when he joined UCLA’s technology transfer office and in 2003, was invited to teach entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on business planning, deal terms and team building. In addition to his work at UCLA, Abe serves on the board of advisers for Biotech Connection, Los Angeles.
Cynthia Harrington, CFA
Sagespring Associates LLC (SA)
Sagespring Associates LLC provides behavioral consulting and coaching to the asset management industry. SA offers two products that provide behavioral solutions for investors as well as for asset managers in managing their investment talent.
Cynthia Harrington is the founding CEO of Team(You), a behavioral management program for schools. SA’s clients are asset managers with AUM between $100 million to $5 billion as well as institutional investors, consultants and family offices with ongoing due diligence on managers. Cynthia was cited as one of the “fifty prominent authority on performance measurement”. She holds the designation of chartered financial analyst (CFA). An award winning journalist, over four hundred of her articles are in publications such as CFA Magazine, Fraud Magazine, Accounting Today, Financial Engineering News, and Journal of Accountancy. She co authored two textbooks: Corporate Finance for the CFA program, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ course on Financial Statement Fraud. Prior to launching SA, Cynthia founded and managed Harrington Capital Management, a SEC-registered large cap value manager. Her firm followed a large cap value style, using a market behavioral model for timing of purchases and sales. Before that, she advised the high net worth and small institution market at Piper Jaffray and Bear Stearns. She is a member of the CFA Institute and is a member of the Advisory Council of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.
Moore Real Estate Group
Matthew Moore is a designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) and holds a California Certified General Appraiser’s License and California Real Estate Broker’s License. He has extensive experience in commercial real estate valuation, acquisition, management, and development. Matthew founded Moore Real Estate Group in 2004, and has presided over its expansion to 3 regional offices in Southern California with clients including over 60 commercial banks, government agencies/municipalities, law firms, and private estates.
Matthew is a qualified expert witness in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern California Real Estate Research Council at Cal Poly, Pomona where he has also lectured in the finance, real estate, and law department. Matthew holds a B.S. from CSU Pomona and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
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ACA Group (“ACA”) is a leading provider of regulatory compliance products and solutions, cybersecurity and risk assessments, performance services, and technology solutions to regional, national, and global firms in the financial services industry. ACA Performance Services provides GIPS® verification and consulting services to investment managers around the globe. ACA Group handles more than 1,000 clients, including 49 percent of the verified firms listed in the top 100 managers of institutional assets worldwide as ranked by Pensions & Investments magazine with offices located in Jacksonville, Boston, Chicago, and New York City. ACA Group acquired Ashland Partners & Company, LLP’s GIPS verification and performance practice in June 2017. The team of more than 40 professionals moved from Ashland Partners to ACA Group, making it the largest group of GIPS professionals in the world solely dedicated to GIPS verification and related services.