It all began in 2009. In the midst of a major financial crisis, Bryan Sullivan walked away from his career at UBS to start Vellum Financial in San Luis Obispo, CA. That same year, Eric Patton and Jon Dubravac founded Avant-Garde Advisors in Centennial, CO.
Although the founders were separated by a thousand miles, they shared the same desire to put clients first. Their firms approached that goal from different angles. Vellum focused on building a team of “best-in-class” subject matter experts. Avant-Garde assembled a state-of-the-art technology stack to deliver exceptional client service — and to provide back office support to other advisors with a similar client-first philosophy.
As both firms grew, the founders stayed in touch to share their wins and challenges. Over time, they realized that they were better together. The new combined firm, WealthSource, was built on a solid foundation of Vellum’s investment and financial planning expertise, Avant-Garde’s state-of-the-art technology, and a joint commitment to do the best for every single client.
We were founded on the principle that people deserve financial advice that benefits them, not their financial advisor. Every aspect of our business is built around guiding you toward the financial security you long for.
We recognize that the world changes every day. We are committed to growing our team, our methods, our technology, and our understanding, to help you live a life of wealth — no matter what life throws at you.
The best things in life are worth fighting for, and that includes our clients’ prosperity. We work tirelessly to uncover and equip you with the best solutions you need to reach your goals.
Your finances are your business (they just happen to be our business, too). We strive to include you in every step of our process to ensure you know and understand the choices you make.
WealthSource is guided by an experienced and passionate team that believes there’s a better way to deliver financial advice. These professionals share an unyielding commitment to offer more, learn more, and help our firm and our clients face the future with confidence.Meet Our Team
Since 2011, Carl has primarily focused his career on working with clients in the investment, banking, and financial planning industry to help them achieve their personal and business goals including those around retirement, education, risk management, and estate planning. Focusing on personalized and comprehensive financial planning, Carl works with a diverse group of clients on understanding their needs and goals and translating their objectives into concrete financial advice. Working with clients on navigating the complicated world of personal finance, Carl enables clients to understand how they can achieve their goals efficiently and confidently.
Carl joined WealthSource from American Financial Network Advisory Services, LLC (“AFN”) where he led the financial planning team beginning in 2018. In 2019, while at AFN, Carl received the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation which focuses on empowering investment professionals to serve their client’s best interests.
Prior to joining AFN, Carl worked in New York, most recently preparing comprehensive financial plans for a Wall Street advisor. In 2016, while in New York, Carl received his Certified Financial Planner™ designation. As a CFP® professional, Carl has received rigorous training in personal finance and is committed to upholding its fiduciary standard.
Prior to moving to New York, Carl worked in the Canadian investment and banking industry primarily in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta.
Carl graduated from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario in 2010.
The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
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David has a passion for helping to improve peoples’ financial lives and advising clients on their financial futures.
Prior to joining WealthSource, David was a Workplace Planning Consultant with Fidelity Investments. He worked with 401(k) participants and helped hundreds of clients define their key retirement goals and explore appropriate strategies to reach them. His focus was primarily on savings, income, and cash flow management in the years leading up to retirement.
Previously, David was a Financial Advisor with Bank of the West, with clients throughout Northern Colorado. He specialized primarily in income planning through strategies involving investing and annuity solutions to help generate steady retirement income.
David graduated from Colorado State University, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Charterholder and member of CFA® Society Colorado. Outside of the office, David enjoys playing golf and following Denver sports. He lives in Parker, CO with his wife and their two dogs.