He is the author of Better is Better (Classic Day Publishing, 2011), which explores an approach to financial decision-making based on what is most important to each person rather than simply defaulting to “more is better.” Jim graduated with a BS degree in Computer Science from Whitworth University and an MS degree in Financial Services from the American College.
He has achieved the designations of Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. An avid pilot, Jim flies as a volunteer for Angel Flight West delivering patients and medical supplies to and from remote areas and for LightHawk in support of various environmental projects.
He also enjoys windsurfing, back-country skiing, fly fishing, and any gathering involving food and wine. He lives with his wife, Carla, on Mercer Island.
Travis has adopted a true Pacific Northwest lifestyle. In his spare time he is likely to be found sailing, skiing, cycling, or swimming. He is an avid traveler and has visited over 30 countries on five continents.
Travis and his wife, Chelsea, live in Kirkland where they can often be found hosting various combinations of friends, neighbors, and family members at their home. They are enjoying the thrill and challenge of raising three young children.
She shapes the quality of service that the firm provides to ensure that clients feel simply ecstatic that they have chosen to work with the Smith/Richards Group.
After years cheering on their daughter, Maura, through club and collegiate athletics, Lori and her husband, Michael, are emerging empty-nesters. Instead of the softball field, they now spend their time hiking, cycling, and photographing the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Some of Michael’s stunning photographs adorn the walls of the Smith/Richards Group offices.
Originally from the Southwest, Lori graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Economics and is licensed in both securities and insurance.
Hayley attended Seattle Pacific University and graduated with Honors from the business school with a double concentration in both Finance and International Business. Hayley has received the designation of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from the American College and participated in the lay counseling certificate program at The Seattle School. She is a firm believer that one should always be learning. Hayley has also applied her industry knowledge, creativity, and passion for helping others by developing a money management skills curriculum for an orphanage in Uganda.
When not at the office, Hayley enjoys a life full of adventure with her husband Brian. They love to spend their weekends doing the things they love—skiing (water and snow), backpacking, exploring a new city or spending quality time with their friends & family. Growing up a classically trained Ballerina, Hayley is also known to find every opportunity she can to dance.
brings 38 years of industry experience to the Smith/Richards Group. Originally starting at agency level, Chris was hired by the firm in 1998 and currently specializes in new business and policyholder service on life, disability income, and long term care insurance.
Chris’s people skills, empathy and communication shine through her daily interactions with clients and co-workers, and she enjoys being a part of such a supportive and genuine team.
A “people person” through and through, Chris is passionate about spreading positivity and sharing her Christian beliefs.
joined the Smith/Richards Group in 2020 with a degree in Finance and Information Systems from Washington State University. Colin both serves a select group of clients and works in a team with other financial professionals at SRG. Colin previously served as a paraplanner at the firm and continues to receive mentorship from multiple partners of the firm in an apprentice-style arrangement.
Colin is eager to learn and in addition to full securities licensing he has also earned a professional degree in Paraplanning. Outside the office, Colin spends his time in Seattle and loves to get outside and enjoy the PNW or watch some of his favorite Seattle sports teams. Colin grew up in the Seattle area and maintains a wide network of local friends and family.
Josiah was born outside of Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the St. Louis metro area. Josiah graduated from Hickey College with a B.A. in Applied Management with an emphasis in Accounting.
Josiah now lives in Port Ludlow with his wife Jennifer and their children Jaxson and Zoey. Josiah and his family are enjoying the Pacific Northwest and exploring everything it has to offer.
spent nearly 10 years at Russell Investments working in institutional asset management, partnering directly with leaders of corporations, endowments, and foundations prior to joining the Smith/Richards Group in 2023. While he possesses a deep understanding of how to develop custom investment solutions for his clients, his passion is to integrate a more personal, holistic approach to the process.
Hailing from Boise, Chris moved to the Seattle area to attend Seattle Pacific University, graduating with Honors and degrees in both Theology and Communications. Chris also acquired his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation to expand his technical expertise.
While out of the office, Chris can be found running the many hills of Seattle, volunteering on community boards and committees focused on urban development, and testing the limits of his kitchen as he enjoys playing amateur chef and bartender for family and friends alike.
Chris and his wife, Sarah, also spend much of their time wrangling their young daughter, cheering on the Trailblazers, and weekending around the many sites of the San Juans.
has been with the Smith/Richards Group since 2016. With a passion for finance and a master’s degree in Adult Education, Leann is skilled at presenting information in a clear and concise manner to help clients better understand their financial position and planning.
Leann lives in Bellevue with her husband, Roland, and their two young children. Leann loves cooking and delights in baking with her daughter. As a family, they enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, reading, and constructing LEGOs.
has been with the Smith/Richards Group since early 2019 after working for 15 years as a Physical Therapist. She is currently working as an assistant to Hayley Hill, and enjoys the challenge of working in a new field.
Sue’s big shift in career started after she chose to stay home after the birth of her second child. During that time, she learned bookkeeping, working part time in collaboration with a friend, and involved herself deeply at her children’s school. She has held board positions during her son’s preschool years as well as at their current elementary school’s PTA.
Sue grew up in Houston, Texas and earned her masters of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She moved to Brooklyn, NY after her schooling to practice physical therapy and fell in love with the city. She stayed for 14 years and worked in a variety of settings, including Harlem Hospital. She later took on an administrative role with the Visiting Nurse Service, where she learned to balance the needs of a large, evolving client base.
She loves exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, reading, discovering new restaurants and local wineries, and spending time with her husband and two active boys.
joined the Smith/Richards Group in 2020. After a rewarding career in Education, Danu is thrilled to be part of SRG, working closely as a team with Travis Mann and supporting his client base.
Danu grew up in Oakland, California. While a California girl at heart, she is happy to call the PNW home. She attended Gonzaga University and earned her Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University. Danu lives in Kenmore with Riley, Luke, and Lucy- her teenage twins and beloved mutt. She loves to travel (especially where there is sunshine), attends her kids’ soccer games, and explore new restaurants and coffee shops.
joined the Smith/Richards Group in 2022. She is an integral part of the operations team and focuses on opening and maintaining investment accounts. Her goal is to ensure an excellent experience for clients — from arranging complex account transactions to fostering a welcoming environment as clients enter the office.
Laura currently supports multiple teams at the firm to help deliver an excellent client experience.
Laura grew up in the Seattle area and is happy to be staying close to family and friends. Laura enjoys going to concerts with friends, spending time camping in the summer, and going snowboarding in the winter. While Laura enjoys staying busy, she can also be found baking or reading a good book.
joined the Smith/Richards Group in 2019 as part of the operations team. She helps ensure that clients have the smoothest experience possible while setting up and maintaining investment accounts. Leah graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Prior to joining SRG she worked in the behavioral health industry where she assisted psychiatrists and psychologists to improve the quality of their patients’ lives. Leah strives to incorporate this care into her work at SRG, where she enjoys working closely with clients helping them to implement changes to their financial picture that will help them to achieve their long-term goals. Leah lives on Mercer Island with her cat Louie and is an avid animal lover. She enjoys game nights with her family and adventuring to new restaurants with friends.
fully retired in early 2020. After a successful career that spanned over 40 years his legacy will be felt for generations throughout both the clients he served and the firm he co-founded. Many of his original clients are still served by the next generation that he helped to build.
Kirt and his wife Shelley recently moved full-time to a small town outside of Palm Springs, CA. Along with their faithful pup, they can be found traveling up and down the West Coast in their Airstream trailer.
*MassMutual is the marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (Springfield, MA 01111-0001).