Key Tenets

Independence: We are an unbiased third party and pride ourselves in providing an objective point of view without the distraction of conflicts of interest. Our goals are aligned with your goals.

Relationship Management: We strive to achieve a deep understanding of your situation and, through our work together, a mutual respect. Our relationship with you is our first priority and, in our experience, having a strong relationship is fundamental to success.

Proven Expertise: You benefit from the collective experience of our principals. Our team-based approach provides access to the specialized expertise of each Synergy Financial Management professional.

Perspective: For over a decade we have provided financial services for clients through a wide range of market conditions. Our track record of experience continues to inform a prudent approach and long-term perspective.

Synergy Financial Management’s purpose is to fully understand your financial objectives, now and in the future, so we can help you build your business and grow your personal investments faster, safer, and with the assurance that your resolve will be crowned with success.

Our 4 Promises

We will:

  1. Increase your business’s value
  2. Minimize your taxes
  3. Keep you in control of your business
  4. Help you achieve your personal financial goals

Our Team

joe-smallJoseph M. Maas, CFA, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, CCIM, CVA, ABAR, CM&AA, is an unusual financial advisor because he is certified in so many areas of expertise. He has earned certificates from nine prestigious organizations, and, with over two decades of financial industry experience, his unique core specialty is providing comprehensive investment management services for individual investors, business owners, and financial advisors.
Mr. Maas holds a variety of world renowned professional designations; he is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder, which is the world’s most respected investment professional’s achievement. In addition to the CFA, Mr. Maas is a certified valuation analyst (CVA) and is accredited in business appraisal review (ABAR). Mr. Maas’ professional capability also includes being a certified merger and acquisition advisor (CM&AA) trained and experienced in buying and selling middle-market companies with revenues from $5 million to $500 million.
Mr. Maas earned his reputation as a Certified Finacnial Planner™ (CFP®), having fulfilled the requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and is also a chartered financial consultant (ChFC) qualified to provide comprehensive advanced financial planning.
Adding to Mr. Maas’ many skills are his specialties in life insurance and estate planning as a chartered life underwriter (CLU® and being a certified commercial investment member (CCIM™) with expertise in commercial and investment real estate. In 2000, Mr. Maas earned his Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) from The American College.
Mr. Maas established Synergy Financial Management as a 360-degree financial services boutique, providing a variety of solutions under one roof. With a team of capable and broadly experienced financial advisors, Synergy provides a complete mix of integrated financial services.
Expert in many fields, Mr. Maas is a member of numerous professional organizations; he has participated as a guest lecturer for the Washington State Bar Association and taught corporate finance as an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University. He also studied finance in Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand.
In his personal time, Mr. Maas enjoys traveling with his wife and children and serving local charities.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design), in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
John Angelo Flavin, ChFC®, CFP®, CLU®, CCIM™, AIF® is a Managing Principal with Synergy Financial Management. In this role, John coordinates the efforts of Synergy’s other team members in executing the financial planning and investment process. Because of his excellent attention to detail, every client’s financial plan is assured of successful implementation.
Mr. Flavin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College where he earned both academic and athletic scholarships. After completing a postgraduate program in Baltimore, Maryland, John moved to Seattle and began his career in the financial services arena. Mr. Flavin holds the CFP, AIF, CLU, ChFC, and CCIM designations, as he is always looking to grow professionally to better serve his clients.
He enjoys speaking at industry conferences on topics ranging from client relations to 401(k) planning techniques. He has been quoted in several national investment industry publications such as Investment News and the Wall Street Journal.
In addition, Mr. Flavin is very active locally and internationally. He has served as the past Finance Council Chairman for a local parish, volunteers with various high school programs, and coaches wrestling at a local MMA gym where is also an active participant in their jiu jitsu program.
Internationally, he and his family have established schools, health care centers, and built homes for the poor in Nicaragua since 1989. He is an accomplished classical violinist, and has played since the 3rd grade.
Mr. Flavin’s true passion is spending time with his three younger children with his wife, Shannon. You can often find them running from one activity to another, as they enjoy their family time together.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design), in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Connie L. Peterson is Synergy Financial Management’s office manager and communications backbone. Connie is responsible for supporting the team by acting as a liaison between team members, other professionals, vendors, and clients. Further, she is responsible for coordinating and disseminating reports, research, and other information to all interested parties. It is her smiling voice you often hear when calling our offices.
Connie has 25 years of experience in client service, which allows her to excel at getting the job done. Further, her experience has provided her with extensive knowledge of several major financial institution’s back office systems and has given her the ability to diagnose bottlenecks and solve issues quickly. The Synergy Financial Management planning team and its clients greatly benefit from Connie’s operational experience and efforts.
Mark Girouard, MBA, is a business valuation and merger and acquisitions consultant for the Synergy Financial Management companies. For Synergy Business Valuation + Consulting, LLC, Mark specializes in all aspects of the valuations process. For Synergy Mergers + Acquisitions, LLC, he assists clients with marketing, business analysis, user decision analysis, and transaction management.
Mark has an MBA in Finance from Boston College and a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With over ten years of global experience in Corporate Finance, Corporate Development, and Investment Management, Mark has worked on a variety of valuation assignments, M&A deals, divestitures, dispositions, and strategic plans. Moreover, Mark’s career as a Financial Manager has provided him with an expansive set of skills that range from Treasury operations at Pier 1 Imports to global real estate strategy for Verde Realty, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).
Alex Kopelevich, CFA, brings over 14 years of professional investment experience. Prior to joining Synergy and co-founding Rowan Street Capital, Alex was a Portfolio Manager at a privately held investment advisor, where he was responsible for managing in excess of $300m in client assets. Previously, he spent 8 years as a Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst at U.S. Trust Bank of America. He started his career as a Portfolio Analyst at Bank of New York Mellon. Mr. Kopelevich received his B.S. degree in Finance from University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business) in 2000. He holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Alex is a sports and fitness fanatic. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, weightlifting, martial arts, ice hockey and skiing.