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Joel ShapsManaging Director
Eric LewisManaging Director
Tony BlagroveManaging Director
John HanWealth Adviser
Lois SpringsteenDirector of Operations
Jacob LoosleSr. Relationship Manager
Elyse CostanzoRelationship Manager
Chris PiegaPortfolio Specialist
Joel Shaps, CFP®, CIMA®
Joel Shaps oversees operations, client relations, business development and strategic planning for the United Capital office in Silicon Valley. With more than 40 years of experience in client service, enterprise management, mergers and acquisitions, Joel is a resource of knowledge and experience, which he shares with his staff and each of his clients.
Prior to joining United Capital, Joel purchased Bedrock Capital in 2001 after having been a client. He immediately began putting his own spin on things, hiring a top-notch professional team to support his vision. The result: Bedrock Capital Management evolved into a full-service comprehensive wealth management firm. In December 2015, Bedrock joined United Capital Financial Advisers as its anchor office in Silicon Valley.
Joel has a history of success. He was just 24 when he was named a Vice President at Neiman Marcus. By 1990, Joel was running his own consulting business, which specialized in purchasing and accounts payable auditing for high-tech firms. The Shaps Group was named one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S. in both 1996 and 1997 by INC. Magazine. After selling the company to The Profit Recovery Group in 1997, he joined their management team as a Division President until he left to head up Bedrock Capital Management.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professional member of:
- The Financial Planning Association (FPA)
- Investment Management Consultants Associations (IMCA)
Joel is also involved in the community as a member of the following:
- Board of the Los Altos Committee Foundation
- Chair of the LACF Investment Committee
In his free time, Joel loves playing just about any sport, which mirrors his philosophy of living, “I think that life should have variety and be fun while offering challenge and excitement.”
Joel graduated from playing football and baseball in his youth to playing competitive squash, skiing and scuba diving as an adult. And many weekends, he can now be found at the golf course or bicycling around the valley. Joel lives in Los Altos with his wife, Sally, who was his high school sweetheart. When they’re not playing sports, traveling or sipping fine wine, they’re rooting for the San Francisco Giants and enjoying their two adorable grandchildren.
Eric Lewis, CFA, CFP®
Eric Lewis is a Managing Director at the United Capital Silicon Valley office. He revels in complex client portfolios. The more twists and turns the better, as far as he is concerned. Joel met Eric at a financial conference in 2001. After realizing that he was clearly the smartest guy in the room, Joel asked Eric to join him as a partner at Bedrock Capital Management, now the United Capital office in Silicon Valley. Eric’s intense intellect, experience and training are readily evident as he oversees client relations, tax planning and investment strategies for the office. Before joining Bedrock as partner, Eric held management positions at International Data Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and a division of Standard & Poor’s.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a CFA Charterholder and a CFP® certificant.
Eric grew up in New York, where he took every opportunity to learn from his father, who was an economist on Wall Street and worked in the regulatory division of the New York Stock Exchange. Visiting the NYSE as a small child, Eric loved the cacophony that echoed around the floor, and it instilled a thrill he remembers today.
Eric and his wife, Sheryl, love to soak in the people, culture, food, museums and architecture as they travel around the globe. It’s hard for Eric to choose a favorite venue, mostly because he can find something enjoyable to do wherever his travels take him. And with two grown sons, traveling together as a family makes any place a great vacation.
Eric also cares deeply about philanthropy, giving both his time and resources, (“giving in tax-advantaged, intelligent ways!”). He has served on the executive boards of the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School and Congregation Beth David, for which he currently serves as member of the legacy giving committee. Eric is also the chair of the investment committee for Hillel of Silicon Valley.
When Eric’s not working, traveling, volunteering or hanging out with his family, he likes to hike and cycle the beautiful trails around the Bay. Always on a quest to learn, Eric notes, “I’m more knowledgeable today than I was yesterday but less knowledgeable than I will be tomorrow.”
Tony Blagrove, CFA®, CFP®
- Portfolio Manager, Bedrock Capital Management (later United Capital Silicon Valley), Los Altos, California
- Portfolio Analyst, Bedrock Capital Management, Los Altos, California
- Financial Analyst, Symantec, Mountain View, California
- Summer Intern, Smith Barney, San Jose, California
- BS, Finance, Santa Clara University
- BS, Economics, Santa Clara University
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
- Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Began career in 2006:
Tony Blagrove is a Managing Director of the United Capital Silicon Valley office, where he both advises clients and manages portfolios for all of the clients of the office. He contributes his considerable intellect and energy to the United Capital Silicon Valley team, managing more than $360 million in assets. Tony specializes in analyzing and creating strategies around managing employer stock concentrations (stock options, restricted stock, pre-IPO stock, employee stock purchase plans, etc.) and their unique tax circumstances. Additionally, Tony is active in the Silicon Valley professional community, where he serves as Treasurer of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Silicon Valley. He is also a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Tony began his career at Symantec, where he worked in their corporate finance rotation program, revolving through the Treasury, Accounting and Corporate Development groups.
John Han, CIMA®
John Han's role as a Wealth Adviser with United Capital is to develop and maintain client relationships through comprehensive financial planning and personal wealth management. He is responsible for guiding clients through the process of evaluating and executing financial strategies to achieve their financial goals, such as Retirement Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning and Portfolio Allocation.
He began advising clients over 13 years ago as a Financial Adviser with American Express and has held various positions, from Portfolio Manager at Excelcia Capital Partners to Vice President at Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) through the Investment Management Consultants Association in conjunction with the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
When he is not in the office, John enjoys mountain biking and golfing. He lives in San Jose with his wife and two boys.
Lois Springsteen, CFP®, EA
Director of Operations
Lois Springsteen serves as the office's Director of Operations. No stranger to technology, she previously managed several software development efforts for the Air Force Satellite Control Network, first while at Unisys Corporation as a project manager and later at The Aerospace Corporation as a project engineer.
Lois holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences from California State University, Chico. She received a Personal Financial Planning Certificate from The University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2004 and earned the CFP® designation later that year. She is also an Enrolled Agent, licensed to represent clients before the IRS.
Lois is an active participant in the sport of randonneuring (rahn doe ne ring) long-distance cycling and a longtime volunteer for Randonneurs USA (RUSA). She is a founding member of RUSA and holds the distinct honor of being the only American woman to have completed the Paris-Brest-Paris Grand Randonneé seven times. PBP is held once every four years, with the most recent event in August of 2015. The course runs from Paris to Brest and back again (1240k) with a time limit of 90 hours.
Lois is passionate about using her cycling and fundraising skills to help others as well. A portion of the more than 150,000 miles she has put on her bike has been in support of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, for which she has raised over $230,000 since 1996. The Silicon Valley UC team has generously supported this effort over the years.
Jacob Loosle, CFP®
Sr. Relationship Manager
Jacob Loosle started working in the Financial Services industry when he joined Bedrock Capital, now the United Capital Silicon Valley office, in 2013. He is a graduate of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a minor in Personal Financial Planning. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, which means he has met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, successfully completed financial planning coursework and passed the CFP® Certification Examination.
As a Senior Relationship Manager, Jacob works closely with clients to help them coordinate all aspects of their financial lives such as retirement planning, tax planning, investment planning, estate planning and insurance planning. His past work experience has provided a vast array of expertise in working with people. He has served as a debt collector, a door-to-door salesman and a missionary for his church.
Jacob is a transplant to Silicon Valley, having grown up in Logan, Utah. Most of his free time is spent playing basketball, tennis, traveling with his wife and supporting his favorite sports team the, Golden State Warriors!
Elyse Costanzo began her career in the financial industry in 2012 when she worked for a boutique firm that specialized in retirement planning. She joined Bedrock Capital in 2014 with the intention of expanding her experience in the field. With the transition to United Capital, she is now in the process of pursing her CFP® certification. Elyse is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and minored in English.
As a Relationship Manager for the United Capital Silicon Valley Office, Elyse supports the advisors in all aspects of wealth planning. She also manages onboarding process for all new clients and facilitates client development throughout the process.
Elyse is a professional member of:
- The Financial Planning Associate (FPA) of Silicon Valley
Aside from work, there are a few other things Elyse is passionate about: sports (she’s a big fan of Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants), animals, exploring the outdoors and fishing! Elyse and her husband, Mike, love traveling to the many beautiful lakes and national forests of California. Some of their favorite places to visit in the state are Inyo National Forest, Yosemite National Park and Mammoth. Spending time on the water is her absolute favorite, whether she’s casting out a line or just sitting at the edge of a dock, enjoying the scenery. Her home away from home is at a lake house in Groveland, where she and her husband can fish, play golf, barbeque and relax all they want.
As Portfolio Specialist, Chris Piega focuses on trading, investment research and portfolio management for the United Capital Silicon Valley office. He serves on the Investment Committee for the office and manages their projects and initiatives. He also provides guidance and oversight in other areas, including client service, new client onboarding and operations. Chris has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, with previous roles involving trust custody, alternative investments, trade operations, tax reporting and business analysis.
Prior to joining Bedrock Capital Management, now United Capital Silicon Valley, Chris was an associate at First Republic Private Wealth Management. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University with a concentration in Finance. Prior to pursuing a career in financial services, Chris worked in IT and telecommunications.
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