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  • Wheelchair accessible elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom
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  • Mask required
  • Staff get temperature checks
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    As we continue to respond to the impact of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of SEIA employees and clients are of the highest importance. We have instituted the following policies for all SEIA offices and continue to rely on guidance from state and local authorities and the CDC to navigate the ongoing pandemic.
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Thomas C. West
CLU®, ChFC®, AIF®
Senior Partner
Thomas C. West

Thomas C. West

CLU®, ChFC®, AIF®
Senior Partner
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Thomas C. West, CLU®, ChFC®, AIF® is a Senior Partner in SEIA's Virginia office. Tom has a robust wealth management practice that emphasizes cash flow in all stages of retirement with an emphasis on planning and asset management for families facing the challenge of health-related dependency due to disability, illness, or death. Tom also has significant experience in issues related to suitable and ethical financial strategies pertaining to incapacitated seniors.

Tom has been in the investment management and insurance business for over 25 years and was honored as a 2017 Signator/John Hancock Hall of Fame inductee*. Tom has been interviewed by periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investment News, and New York Times which profiled his practice in 2013. He has also been published multiple times in peer-reviewed professional journals on best wealth management practices involving seniors facing health-related dependency. Tom is the creator of Lifecare Affordability Plan® a proprietary healthcare and financial planning offering from SEIA. Tom regularly educates financial professionals, attorneys, tax professionals, and geriatric care managers on the most appropriate financial planning techniques for families facing long-term care decisions.

Tom's community service in aging services has stretched for decades as well. Tom currently serves on the board of the Jewish Council for the Aging and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Goodwin House Inc. He previously served in leadership positions on the boards of Insight Memory Care Center and the National Capital Alzheimer's Association. Tom lives in Falls Church, Virginia, along with his spouse.

Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1992. Additionally, in 1994, he received both a Master of Business Administration, Finance, and Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Tom earned a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) certification from The American College in 2000. He has been a Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) since 2002. In 2011, Tom earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. He is also a licensed insurance agent (VA Ins. License #575925).

*The Hall of Fame was an elite group of financial representatives of former broker-dealer Signator Investors, Inc. and the John Hancock family of companies. To be included in the HOF, inductees need to qualify for the Achieving Client Excellence award 15 times. The ACE award is granted to the top 250 advisors each year based on total weighted premium from the sale of both proprietary and non-proprietary protection and wealth products. No other factors are considered. Third-party rankings and recognitions are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client's evaluation.
Glenn McGregor
CFP®, AIF®
Advisor
Glenn McGregor

Glenn McGregor

CFP®, AIF®
Advisor
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Glenn McGregor, CFP®, AIF® is an Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. Glenn is dedicated to engaging in a comprehensive financial planning process to help clients grow, retain and distribute their wealth according to their goals.

Glenn has over 15 years of experience in financial planning and investment management. Before joining SEIA, Glenn was a Senior Wealth Manager at USAA where he managed the client relationships of the organization's DC area executives, board members, and high-profile members. Glenn lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and two daughters. Outside of work, Glenn enjoys football, soccer, travel, and the Boston Red Sox

Glenn graduated from The George Washington University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Archaeology. Glenn earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in 2009, after completing the professional education program through the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He holds the Series 7, Series 66, and Life & Health Insurance licenses (VA Ins. License #570814). Glenn earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary®(AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility.
Robert Papa
CFP®, RICP®, AIF®
Advisor
Robert Papa

Robert Papa

CFP®, RICP®, AIF®
Advisor
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Robert Papa, CFP®, RICP®, AIF® is an Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. He has extensive experience in cash flow management, retirement planning, budgeting, and sophisticated portfolio analysis. Robert works with clients to develop investment strategies and financial plans that are truly tailored to their specific needs.

Robert is passionate about developing long-term client relationships and directing his clients to solid, strategic, financial, and investment options, enabling them to meet their current and future goals. He believes that financial guidance starts by getting a complete understanding of a client's situation now and planning for their ideal future. But just as importantly, Robert explains what to expect in the future and how best to prepare and cope when it happens. He takes pride in having real conversations about future possible outcomes for his clients and their families.

Robert has worked in the investment and financial planning industry for over 25 years, including 11 years with Charles Schwab as a Vice President, Financial Consultant. Robert currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland along with his wife, son, and energetic dog. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and cheering on all the DC-area sports teams.

Robert received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 1995. In addition to having his Series 7, Series 63, Series 65, and Life & Health Insurance licenses, he earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in 2014, after completing the certification education program at The American College of Financial Services®. In 2019, Robert earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF&®) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility, and has been a Retirement Income Certified Professional®(RICP®) since 2016. He is also a licensed insurance agent (MD Ins. License #168802).
Levene LeBlanc
Associate Advisor
Levene LeBlanc

Levene LeBlanc


Associate Advisor
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Levene LeBlanc is an Associate Advisor in SEIA's Virginia office and works with Tom West in the practice's Financial Planning and Investment Management services. She assists with financial planning, client experience, and portfolio management.

Previously, Levene worked at Morgan Stanley as an associate financial advisor and at Stone Street Capital as an account executive. Her volunteer experiences include teaching English, grant writing, and educational outreach at the Bradley Free Clinic and the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC. Levene lives in Maryland.

Levene received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hollins University in 2017. Levene holds securities licenses 7 and 66. She is currently studying for her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification after completing the certification education program at The American College of Financial Services®. Levene is also working toward her Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary360.
Services
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How is SEIA different?
    Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC (SEIA) is a Registered Investment Advisory firm offering Investment Management and Financial Planning Services tailored to the unique needs of affluent individuals, institutions, and corporations. We provide an advisory partnership focused on helping achieve long-term financial goals and objectives.

    Given that we are held to a fiduciary standard, we keep your best interests always at heart. Our team of experienced professionals address your unique goals and objectives with a customized investment, estate, or financial plan. Our commitment to successful wealth management is built upon deeply-rooted and meaningful client relationships.
  • What is SEIA’s approach to investment management?
    SEIA’s six-step asset management process helps ensure that your financial goals and objectives are met:
    1. Determine investor needs
    2. Assess risk tolerance
    3. Review asset allocation
    4. Implement strategic plan
    5. Rebalance and monitor portfolio
    6. Comprehensively report

    Strategic Macro Allocation
    After calculating the range of probabilities for a specific risk tolerance, SEIA can determine which combination of assets might provide your best risk-adjusted return. Results are then analyzed to create an “Efficient Frontier” curve that highlights the appropriate mix of assets at a given level of risk. Strategic Macro Allocation provides guidelines to “buying low and selling high”* through rebalancing portfolio assets that have gone up in value against assets that have either retraced or stagnated, helping bring the portfolio back to the optimal allocation.

    Tactical Micro Allocation
    By employing Strategic Macro Allocation and Tactical Micro Allocation strategies, SEIA can potentially capture additional value by managing allocation shifts within a business cycle. These strategies also help prudent investors take advantage of shorter-term tactical trends that may favor various asset classes, sectors and industries.
     
    *Investing involves risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. They are methods used to help manage investment risk. Rebalancing can entail transaction costs and tax consequences that should be considered when determining a rebalancing strategy.
  • What can I expect as a client of SEIA?
    SEIA combines its foundation in investment management and financial planning with advanced advisory services to create a truly customized client experience. Our holistic wealth management process includes the oversight and stewardship of all elements of your financial life. Along with our commitment to navigate the potential growth of your wealth, we help protect and preserve your estate by managing risk, developing efficient tax strategies, and planning for the distribution of your legacy.
  • What is a fiduciary financial advisor?
    A fiduciary must put your best interest above their own. A financial advisor who is a fiduciary has an ethical duty to recommend the best investments for you. Fiduciaries have a bond of trust with clients and must avoid conflicts of interest. If your financial advisor does not have a fiduciary duty to you, they may be able to recommend investments or products that pay them a bigger commission over ones that would be the best fit for you, which could cost you more.
  • Why do I need a financial advisor?
    Financial advisors are professionals who advise their clients on decisions related to wealth management and personal finance. This can include assessing your current financial situation and goals, developing a comprehensive plan that addresses your major areas of concern, providing ongoing advice as unexpected financial issues arise, setting up investment accounts and investing funds for you, and much more.

    Financial decisions can often be time consuming, overwhelming, and emotionally taxing. Having an unbiased financial advisor to assist with these decisions can be extremely valuable.
  • What is non-discretionary investment management?
    Signature Elite is a non-discretionary custom investment management platform designed for the high net worth individual. We incorporate a holistic investment management process collaborating with your tax, legal and other professionals to help meet your overall wealth management needs. The combination of Strategic Macro and Tactical Micro Allocation strategies with a third Dynamic Allocation Strategy creates your personalized Core-Satellite Portfolio.

    Special Situations
    • Diversification around Concentrated Positions
    • Tax-Loss Harvesting Opportunities
    • Strategically Unwind Concentrated Positions
    • Consideration of Legacy Assets
    Portfolio Customization
    • Individual Stocks and Bonds
    • Illiquid and Liquid Alternative Investments
    • Access to Institutional Class Investments
    • Laddered and Barbell Bond Strategies
     
    Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. They are methods used to help manage investment risk.
  • What is the Private Client Group (PCG)?
    Our private client group is tailored to the needs of affluent clients who entrust SEIA with managing over $5 million of assets. As part of the SEIA Private Client Group, clients have special access to customized financial solutions, services, and events.
  • What is the Signature Allocation Series (SAS)?
    Signature Allocation Series (SAS) is a discretionary model platform engineered for various time-horizons and objectives to meet a client’s personalized investment needs. Using an open-architecture platform, these models incorporate multiple asset classes, investment styles, and investment vehicles.

    The investment strategy employs both Strategic Macro Allocation and Tactical Micro Allocation capturing opportunities within the business cycles.

    The portfolio is professionally monitored on a continuous basis. SEIA will automatically rebalance/reallocate investments in accordance with the Investment Policy Statement.
     
    Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses. They are methods used to help manage investment risk. Rebalancing can entail transaction costs and tax consequences that should be considered when determining a rebalancing strategy.
  • What is the Signature Fund For Giving (SFFG)?
    Philanthropy is a long-standing pillar for the employees of SEIA. In our mutual recognition of the importance of giving back, we came together as a firm to pool our resources in support of children’s causes. The SEIA Signature Fund for Giving helps support local youth who represent tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.
  • Does SEIA offer socially responsible investment strategies?
    SEIA understands that sound investment advice and allocating investments based on one’s values are not mutually exclusive. Together, values-based investing can achieve both goals. Investors can ‘do good’ with impactful investments to promote sustainable conditions achievable through three main tenets—the Environment, the Society, and Corporate Governance (ESG). Your values can dictate your portfolio, and SEIA can help guide you through the process.
  • What are the key types of investments?
    There are many types of investments, but some of the most popular are:
    • Stocks: an investment in a specific company
    • Bonds: a loan to a company or government
    • Mutual funds: a pool of money from many investors that employ a professional manager to invest across a large number of investments all at once
    • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs): Similar to a mutual fund in that it’s a pool of money from many investors that invests across a large number of investments all at once, but trades on an exchange and can be purchased or sold throughout the day
  • What are the key components of financial planning?
    There are many elements of a financial plan:
    • Financial goals: What you want to accomplish in the short, medium, and long-term
    • Net worth statement: An itemized list of your assets and your debts
    • Budget and cash flow planning: An assessment of where your money is going over the course of time
    • Retirement plan: Understanding your retirement goals and assessing your readiness to retire
    • Emergency funds: Making sure you set aside enough cash to cover essential living expenses in the event of the unexpected
    • Insurance coverage: Important to protect in the event of an unexpected event. This can include health, disability, auto, homeowners, renters, and life insurance
    • Estate plan: This can include a will, trust, healthcare power of attorney, and financial power of attorney
  • What are the key steps in risk management?
    Here are five distinct methods, or strategies of dealing with risk:

    1. Risk avoidance: Avoid those high risk activities in your life that, should they happen, would be catastrophic to your personal financial plan. Examples of these activities would be speeding, dangerous sports, smoking, etc.

    2. Risk retention: To personally assume the risk, in essence self-insuring. In this case the risk must not impose a substantial financial or non-financial threat to you. For example, “I do not insure my life because I have no debts or obligations,” or “I forego long-term care insurance because I believe I have enough in financial assets and cash flow to pay out-of-pocket for this type of medical care.”

    3. Risk reduction: There are two sub strategies to this method: Loss Prevention and Control, for example: use of fire and burglar alarms, air bags, and smoking and weight control programs. Risk reduction can also involve minimizing risk by using an insurance company that uses the law of large numbers to maintain their solvency.

    4. Risk sharing: In this strategy one assumes a limited degree of manageable risk and transfers the balance of the risk to one or more organizations. For example, I choose a high deductible health plan that would require me to pay the first $5,000 of any major health bills, but would then pick up 100% of the cost after that. This risk sharing agreement allows me to cut my monthly insurance premiums by 40%. I can cover the $5,000 in risk and hope that over the long run my reduction in premiums justifies the risk of having to pay $5,000 out-of-pocket.

    5. Risk transfer: I transfer risk completely to a third party in consideration of an insurance premium. Life, disability, and liability risks are often dealt with in this way.
  • What’s the difference between a will and estate plan?
    Along with a trust, healthcare power of attorney, and financial power of attorney, a will is an important part of an estate plan. A will outlines your wishes for the assets you own at your passing. It allows you to name the people you’d like to leave something to upon your death. In most states, without a will, your assets will follow a process called probate, in which the state determines how your assets are distributed based on state law. A will allows your assets to skip the probate process and be distributed as you wish.
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