Who We Are

Our team at The Blosser Reeder Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors is dedicated to providing holistic, goals-based wealth management solutions to a select group of entrepreneurs, executives, business owners, successful individuals, family offices, and institutions.

As private wealth managers and trusted advisors, the Blosser Reeder team draws on our unique skills and extensive experience to provide holistic advice, independent thinking, and innovative solutions to help our clients preserve, build and manage their wealth for generations to come.

Wealth preservation is an area of particular emphasis. We help clients manage the risk from the corrosive effects of inflation, taxes, market volatility. We combine our unique experience and customized approach with the resources of Wells Fargo & Company, affiliates of Wells Fargo, and other strategic partners to find the solutions to meet each client's unique needs.


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Richard Blosser

Managing Director - Investments

Richard joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2015 from UBS Private Wealth Management, where he worked as Managing Director in their Century City office since 2008. Prior to UBS, Richard worked for 16 years in the Private Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. Richard received his M.B.A. from the John E. Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Prior to attending business school, Richard worked in the investment banking department of Salomon Brothers and in fixed income trading at MKI Securities in New York.

Richard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton in 1986, where he played college football, and serves as a member of the Alumni Schools Committee of Princeton. Now Richard is the team's leader and founder and he serves as the lead relationship manager for The Blosser Reeder Financial Strategies Group.

Richard lives in Westlake Village, CA with his wife Pam and their four children, Caitlin, Kelsey, Robbie, and Molly. Richard is an avid golfer and also enjoys spending time skiing and fishing in Montana with his family.

2018 Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor

  • 2019 ranked #21 in Southern California1 
  • 2018 ranked #29 in Southern California

Barron's – America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors2

  • 2019 ranked #37 in California
  • 2018 ranked #52 in California
  • 2016 ranked #37 in California
  • 2015 ranked #33 in California
  • 2014 ranked #22 in California

2013 - Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors3

Barron's – America's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors2

  • 2013 ranked #29 in California
  • 2012 ranked #29 in California
  • 2011 ranked #32 in California

Barron's - America's Top 1002

  • 2008 ranked #24 nationally as one of the top 100 Financial Advisors
  • 2007 ranked #37 nationally as one of the top 100 Financial Advisors
  • 2006 ranked #25 nationally as one of the top 100 Financial Advisors
  • 2005 ranked #22 nationally as one of the top 100 Brokers
  • 2004 ranked #24 nationally as one of the top 100 Brokers

 


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Ryan Reeder

Managing Director - Investments

Ryan began his career in financial services in 1997 at Smith Barney. He later spent nine years at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown and eight years at UBS Private Wealth Management before bringing his experience and expertise to Wells Fargo Advisors in 2015.

Helping clients understand and interpret complex financial concepts relevant to their situation is one of Ryan's most important priorities. Wealth creates not only unique opportunities but also impactful challenges that require careful consideration and professional guidance. Ryan's focus on quality, not quantity, builds confidence and trust among his client families.

Ryan holds licenses for life, accident, health insurance and variable annuities. His educational background includes earning his B.A., Business, University of La Verne.

Barron's – America's Top 1200 Financial Advisors2

  • 2013 ranked #82 in California

On Wall Street4

  • 2013 – Top 40 Financial Advisors under 40 ranked #22

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Thomas Birk

First Vice President - Investments

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Tom provides advice and guidance to high net worth individuals, hedge funds and institutional managers in excess of $5 billion.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2016, he spent four years at Credit Suisse Private Bank where his coverage team provided guidance and trading for a $1.2 billion managed futures Fund and he was regarded as a valuable advisor to Senior management. He also was part of an Advisory council at Credit Suisse regarding new alternative products on the platform.

His career also includes working at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Bank of New York Mellon and IBM. At Lehman, he was a Senior Platform Officer, and was responsible for negotiating contracts with asset management companies.  He also helped create the first customized Structured Note of its kind during the market turmoil of 2001.

His educational background includes attended the University of Wisconsin before finishing his B.A. degree at the University of Minnesota in Political Science and Speech/Debate.

Tom and his wife Lisa, a University of Southern California graduate, split their time between homes in Westwood and La Quinta, California. They are involved with numerous animal rescue charities and enjoy the outdoors, including hiking, cycling and playing golf.


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Tyler Durand, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Tyler began his career in financial services in 2007 at UBS Private Wealth Management while earning his MBA Finance from the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business. He joined Wells Fargo Advisors, along with the other members of The Blosser Reeder Financial Strategies Group, in 2015.

Tyler's focus is holistic estate planning, asset allocation analysis, tax planning5 and business development. He is also responsible for product research and client technology. Using a goals based approach, he helps build customized investment plans for high-net-worth individuals and families. Working as part of the team, he draws on the exceptional breadth of knowledge and experience to help build plans that address each client’s goals for wealth management, business succession, legacy/next generation wealth and estate planning.

He earned the CFP® certification and also holds his licenses for life, accident, health insurance and variable annuities. His educational background includes earning two B.A.s, in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting and French, at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Tyler lives in Playa Del Rey and enjoys traveling, cooking, playing golf, hiking and boating.


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Valerie Najarian

Financial Consultant

Valerie focuses on client service and administration. She is the team's primary client relationship contact, ensuring a positive client experience.

  • Began her career in financial services in 1989
  • Joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2015
  • Earned her B.A., Business and Humanities, Golden Gate University
  • She holds Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses

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James Likes

Financial Consultant

James is primarily responsible for the team's portfolio reporting and client technology, as well as client service and trade execution.

  • Began his career in financial services in 1999
  • Joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2015
  • Earned his M.B.A., Case Western University, 2007
  • Earned his B.A., Finance, University of Oregon, 1999
  • He holds Series 7, 9, 10, 31, and 66 licenses

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Carrie Velasco

Financial Consultant

Carrie focuses on equity, fixed income syndicate and options trading. She is well versed in restricted stock transactions and alternative investments.

  • Began her career in financial services in 1999
  • Joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2015
  • Earned her B.S., Business Administration and Economics, Cal State University, Los Angeles
  • She holds Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses

1 Ranking algorithm based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criteria.

2 The rankings are based on data provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included in the rankings were assets under management, revenue produced by the firm, regulatory record and quality of practice. Investment performance isn’t an explicit component.

3 Rankings are based on data provided by investment firms. Factors include assets under management, experience, Industry certifications, and compliance record. Investment performance and financial advisor production are not explicit components.

4 The OnWallStreet 40 under 40 ranking is not an endorsement and is based strictly upon assets under management and trailing twelve-month production. The ranking is not indicative of past or future investment performance.

Wells Fargo Advisors is not a tax or legal advisor.

A holistic approach to wealth management

Wealthy families, entrepreneurs, and business executives have complex, broad-based, multidimensional needs. The Blosser Reeder Financial Strategies Group evaluates each client's unique goals and employs the right match of resources, experience and service to help meet the personal needs and investment requirements of our clients.

Our resources, technology and organizational structure are nimble and allow us to tailor our services to meet our clients' specific financial goals and objectives. In an effort to reduce the complexities of managing substantial wealth, we rely on a network of strategic professionals to assist us in delivering our promise to clients. We call this an "open architecture" approach to wealth management where we are focused on utilizing sound resources to help solve every client's wealth management needs.

In the end, our model helps us be true stewards of your wealth by always acting in your best interest.

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