Les’ extensive investment experience, coupled with decades of teaching financial concepts, has helped forge a presentation style that makes even the most complex investment strategies easy to understand. As a result of Les’ unique, lifestyle-oriented outlook on investing, he is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer, having also been a former instructor for John Carroll University’s preparatory classes for the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) exam.
A leader in his field, he is currently appearing on Fox8 Noon News as a financial expert. He also appeared for several years as a financial correspondent on the television show “Golden Opportunities”, aired Sunday mornings on NBC Channel 3 WKYC. Les has been frequently cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Inside Business, Sun Herald, and Westlife.
Since 2006, Les has been extensively researching the topic of Behavioral Investing. His book, Money Brain, takes an in depth look at Behavior Investing not just from an academic point of view, but also incorporates 30 years of first hand experiences. The book helps reveal some of the reasons why you may feel like your subconscious has a mind of its own when it comes to making important choices that can have dramatic impact not only on your current savings, but also your retirement nest egg.
Les is Chief Executive Officer, and along with his wife Debra, is founder and co-owner of Szarka Financial, a financial services firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Holding dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing from Cleveland State University, Les is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and a Registered Securities Principal through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
As a result of his unique, lifestyle-oriented outlook on investing and his broad investment experience, coupled with decades of teaching financial concepts, Les has forged a presentation style that makes even the most complex investment strategies easy to understand. He is a frequent local and national guest speaker, as well as a lecturer at several universities. Les is available to speak to your group. Please contact him for further information.