James D. Schwartz, CFP®, CDFA™, RICP®
With over 20 years in the financial services industry, Jim joined Strategic Wealth Advisors, LLC after running an independent financial planning firm. He also taught community college courses on various financial planning topics. Prior to his financial career, Jim served in the US Air Force for twelve years as an A-10 and F-16 fighter pilot flying more than forty combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia as well as instructing student pilots at the former Williams Air Force Base in Mesa, Arizona
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. While taking graduate coursework he was sponsored by the Small Business Administration and the University of West Florida to provide financial consulting to small local businesses.
He also earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™), and Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®) designations and is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
He has been quoted in Money Magazine and the The Arizona Republic and has been featured on ABC 15 News. Jim regularly speaks around the Valley on the topics of maximizing Social Security retirement and survivor benefits and the financial issues facing bereaved spouses.
Spearheading our Widowed Community Services, Jim specializes in working with individuals during and subsequent to a transition period such as divorce or the loss of a spouse. He is particularly skilled in his ability to guide his clients through difficult decisions while ensuring the stability of their finances.
Jim is the founder of Widowed Community Education and Support Services Inc. (WCESS), a non-profit dedicated to helping individuals who have lost a spouse or partner. One of his initiatives for the widowed community is the establishment of four widowed-to-widowed grief support groups in the Phoenix area. Jim has also organized several weekend conferences for the widowed community.
Jim enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, reading, photography and taking road trips.