The person and the team you decide to hire to manage your finances and help you achieve your goals should be someone you trust and like.
John Benedict has been in the investment industry since 1998 where he started at American Express Financial Advisors. In 2007, he opened his own RIA and merged with John Salomon in 2010 to co-create J2 Capital Management. He has combined his talents and passion in statistics and technical analysis to create J2’s tactical strategies, managing them since the beginning of the organization. John is a graduate of Central Michigan University and is married to wife Janine with three children Jack, Alexis and Saraphina.
His thoughts have appeared in the “Wall Street Journal”, moneyshow.com and Investment News. John Benedict in the past has been a member of both NAAIM (National Association of Active Investment Managers) and the MTA ( Market Technicians Association). He is a frequent contributor in the media discussing markets and technical analysis. John was a contributor in the book “The StockTwits Edge: 40 Actionable Trade Set-Ups from Real Market Pros” (Wiley Trading, July 2011).
John Salomon has been a practicing CPA since 1985. In 1998, he added portfolio management and financial planning to the tax and compliance services offered to the clients of his CPA practice. In 2002, he earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. As the CFO of J2, John uses his past experience of running a small practice to guide practice management decisions at J2. John’s technical abilities are especially useful when helping J2 clients in the areas of financial and tax planning, cash flow management as well as tax preparation. John is a graduate of Michigan State and is a resident of Troy with his wife Michele with whom he has been married for over 25 years. They have three children: Emily, Nicholas and Aidan.
Lisa has been with J2 Capital Management since the start, helping meet the needs of J2 Capital Management and its clients. She is the steady rock at J2 that greets clients and helps with all client issues and concerns. You will find Lisa as kind and helpful as they come.
Lisa began her career as an office manager for the 1,300-member Celebration Church. It was her responsibility to coordinate all business operations, promotions and special events. Lisa was recognized for her excellent people skills, organizational and administrative abilities. From there, Lisa was recruited by White Funeral Homes, Inc. to manage and administer all daily operations, telecommunications, payroll and legal filings for five Metroplex locations. After four successful years in the mortuary science business, Lisa moved to the financial planning field with J2 Capital Management. Lisa is an avid golfer. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Nick is the newest member of J2 Capital Management. He was raised in Troy and attended U of D Jesuit before obtaining his degree in Business from Hope College and his MBA from Grand Valley State. Nick’s role at J2 will be assisting clients with financial planning as well as tax planning and tax preparation. He especially enjoys working with younger families as they start building for their financial future.
Outside of work, Nick is an avid runner and golfer. During his college days he ran track and cross country and earned All-American status on the Grand Valley track team.
Amy Gideon has a diverse background and has spent many years moving around the United States while her husband, Wes, served in the military. Amy graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She started her career at Child Protective Services in El Paso, TX, but frequent moves and the addition of three wonderful children into their family pushed pause on her career. As her children, Aiden, Eli, and Avery, are now older and her husband has settled into a role as Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve, it is the perfect time for her to rejoin the workforce.
Amy also has experience working as a substitute teacher and a staff member at her local church. She’s ready to take on this new role and serve J2’s clients with the same heart and work ethic her mom brought to the job.
When she’s not working, you can find Amy enjoying her family, exercising, or spending exorbitant amounts of time at the ball field supporting her son who plays travel baseball.