Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He then entered the United States Air Force where he served for ten years as an officer and F-16 fighter pilot.
While serving in the Air Force Charlie shared his passion for personal financial planning by administering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University to his fellow military service men and women. After his ten years in the Air Force, Charlie wanted to begin a new career helping others understand and thrive in personal finance so he earned his Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning from California Lutheran University. Charlie also earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional designation in 2012. In addition, Charlie was hired by Southwest Airlines in 2007. After flying commercially for 13 years, Charlie jumped at the opportunity to take the VSP (Voluntary Separation Program) in 2020 to focus on helping his clients.
Charlie’s joy in life is to truly understand each client’s unique situation and their family’s goals and dreams for the future. His goal is to take the worry out of personal finance. He works hard to be worthy of his clients’ trust, providing absolute transparency, a high level of integrity and objective advice. His prior life and work experiences as an Air Force officer and pilot have helped him understand the discipline, knowledge and leadership it takes to be an effective financial advisor for his clients.
Charlie enjoys watching his three girls grow up, (much too fast), spending quality time with his wife Leisa, reading, and taking care of the horse farm with any time left over.
Kevin Gormley, CFP®, CPA, PFS
Kevin specializes in working with high-income earners who need assistance in managing company incentive plans, maximizing their investments, and minimizing taxes. He also specializes in cash flow planning for pre-retirees and retirees, and helping them make planning decisions regarding their Social Security benefits.
Kevin holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) professional designations. Kevin is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Tennessee.
In addition to Leading Edge Financial Planning, Kevin was an Adjunct Professor and taught a Personal Finance class at Maryville College for the J term in January, 2016 and January, 2017. Teaching financial concepts and helping younger people get off to a great financial start is something Kevin enjoys!
Kevin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), and is a Board member on the East Tennessee Financial Planning Association (FPA).
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. He was a four-year letter winner in football, played club Rugby, and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He received his Master of Science in Accounting (MaaC) with a focus on public accounting in 2012 from Strayer University. Prior to working in financial planning, Kevin spent 18 years in Pharmaceutical Sales, Training and Management.
Kevin lives in Knoxville with his wife, Jade, and their two sons.
Ben Dickinson, BSBA (Econ)
Financial Client Service Specialist
After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Business Administration with a focus in Economics, Ben began working in staffing managed services for technology and finance firms in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2019, Ben returned to the Knoxville area to pursue a career in the Financial Services industry. Ben is passionate about providing excellent client service and expanding Leading Edge Financial Planning’s client service offerings.
Ben recently became a registered Investment Adviser representative and is excited about transitioning into an advisor role. In his time away from finance, Ben enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching the Tennessee Vols games, traveling, and playing golf.
Jason Reagan, CFP®, MSCE
Chief Investment Officer
Originally from Annandale, VA (just outside Washington, D.C.), Jason earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. Jason was an Army ROTC scholarship cadet at UT and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation. After completing the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Ft Leonard Wood, MO, he joined the Army Reserve and obtained his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and began work as a consulting engineer.
During this time, Jason developed a passion for flying, earning his Private Pilot license in 1994. He later decided to leave his engineering career, and in 1999, Jason applied for a branch transfer. He joined the Air Force Reserve where he went to Air Force Pilot Training and flew the C-5 Galaxy and other aircraft. He retired as a Lt Col in 2018 after 25 years of total service.
During his time in the military, Jason developed a strong interest in the financial markets and financial planning, in particular. He completed the Certified Financial Planner certification program at Rice University in Houston, TX in 2012 while on active duty orders. After completion of his orders in 2013, he moved to TN and worked as a financial advisor at a large brokerage firm and earned his CFP designation in 2016. He later left that firm as he wanted to work with an organization where he could be a true fiduciary. Jason found that opportunity with Leading Edge Financial Planning.
Jason lives in Wears Valley with his wife, Jill, and their 2 children, where they try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. They own a Beech Debonair which he uses for personal travel and animal rescue flights. Jason is also currently a pilot for NetJets.
Robert Eklund, BS (Legal Studies)
Rob is a Southwest Pilot and soon to be retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He grew up working on his family’s ranch in Colorado and went to high school in Alaska. In 2000, he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies. Rob has served over twenty years in the Air Force, ten years on active duty, and over ten in the Reserves. During his military career he flew the C-130 while stationed in Germany and the KC-10 in California. Rob has accumulated over 700 hours of combat flying hours and participated in multiple Operations. He was hired by Southwest Airlines in 2013 and became a staff officer at USNORTHCOM’s Domestic Operations Division in 2016. While holding this position as an Air Planner, Rob helped areas recover from Hurricane disasters; specifically, he was called to active duty to aid in recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.
While studying at the Academy, Rob discovered his enthusiasm for the study of personal finance and investing. As his military service comes to a close, he is excited to combine his passion for helping and protecting others with his enthusiasm for personal finance. This culminated in 2020 with Rob passing the Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor Law Exam and joining the Leading Edge team as a fiduciary advisor. A fiduciary’s role comes naturally to him as he enjoys helping people whether that benefits him or not. Rob knows the tremendous trust clients place in their financial advisors, and it is his goal to grow that trust through the highest level of transparency and integrity. In his personal life, Rob married up to the love of his life and has been married for 18 years. He is overwhelmingly proud of his son, whom he recently donated a kidney.
Mark Covell, MBA, BSME
Mark is a dynamic and versatile financial planner with eighteen years of professional experience in aviation and finance. A former Marine Corps fighter pilot (retired Major) and current American Airlines pilot; Mark has joined Leading Edge Financial Planning to help others discover what is possible in their lives and create a pathway to reach what is most important to them.
After growing up in South Florida, Mark studied Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and then joined the Marine Corps. He flew the F/A-18 Hornet on active duty and then the C-12 King Air in the reserves, while also serving as an Aviation Safety Officer for multiple commands. After active duty service, he earned his Master in Business Administration at the University of California, San Diego. While working on his MBA, Mark discovered opportunities to improve outcomes and reduce risk in the Healthcare industry. He worked in consulting and then marketing for multiple spine surgery medical device companies. Using risk management and safety concepts from aviation, he collaborated with surgeons to create new products and procedures to reduce medical errors during surgery and improve patient outcomes. Mark is now focused on improving lives as an Investment Advisor Representative.
He lives in South Lake Tahoe, CA with his wife Adriana raising one young daughter. When not helping clients or studying to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, you can find Mark outdoors with his family, skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Lisa Rosenthal, BSBA (HR & M)
Chief Operating Officer
Lisa is the motivating force behind our business operations. She is responsible for keeping us on track and providing comprehensive business support to Leading Edge Financial Planning.
Lisa graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Marketing. She has worked as a human resources generalist, marketing associate and project manager for many years before coming to Leading Edge. Lisa is an organization zealot and never saw a spreadsheet she didn’t love!
Originally from Colorado, Lisa has lived all across the country as the wife of a Marine Corps pilot. Her husband is now retired from the military and works for the airlines. They have established their home in Wisconsin where they live with their two children and a loveable, Fox Red Labrador Retriever and a slightly less-lovable tortoiseshell cat. When not behind the computer you can find Lisa hiking, gardening, reading, watching her children in theater productions as well as cheering from the sidelines of their sporting events.