Built on the simple idea that doing the right thing earns trust

 

Our multi-talented group of advisors came together to improve and enhance what it means to be an advisor in this day and age. Our diverse group is aligned with one mission - to understand you and your goals, and provide a way for you to reach them. Our firm is built on the idea that doing the right thing earns trust over time.

We believe there is a better approach to wealth management that can produce better outcomes for our clients. We invite you to discover how we can partner with you to achieve your goals. 

 

Executive Team

 
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Education

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School B.S. in Economics

President | Chief Compliance Officer

Jonathan Rugg, CFA

Jon oversees the investment selection, research, and asset allocation decisions. He is a voting member of the Investment Committee. Jon received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance, Real Estate and Marketing. He is a CFA Charterholder.  He currently sits on a Board for the CFA LA chapter. Prior to joining the firm Jon worked in real estate private equity for Urdang Capital (now CenterSquare Capital).

Jon has written articles for Institutional Investor and InvestmentNews and has been a long time participant in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Philadelphia. In his free time he enjoys traveling, snowboarding, cooking, and beach volleyball.                                                                                       

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Chartered Financial Analyst

  • Board Member, CFA LA Chapter

  • Non-profit Board Member

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Education

Boston College, Law School, J.D.

University of Pennsylvania, The College , B.A. in Economics

Vice President | Director of Research

Cyrus Amini, Esq., CFA

Cyrus co-manages the investment selection, research, and asset allocation decisions. He is a voting member of the Investment Committee. Cyrus received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, is a Member of NY State Bar Association, and is a CFA Charterholder. Prior to joining the firm Cyrus worked on the High Yield Credit trading desk at Bank of America.

He has written articles and been mentioned in US News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor, Yahoo Finance and Money Magazine. Cyrus completed his first Ironman 70.3 race and enjoys soccer, traveling, reading and skiing in his free time. 

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association, Member

  • Chartered Financial Analyst

 
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Education

California State, Northridge, MBA

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. in…..

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Series 65 license

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Sternberg, MBA

Lisa joined Charlesworth & Rugg, Inc. in 1983. With over thirty years experience in the investment management field, she is responsible for portfolio trading, operations management, client reporting and implementing compliance procedures. She received a B.A. degree from UCLA and an M.B.A. from CSUN.

In her free time Lisa enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and spending time at the beach

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Series 65 license

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Education

University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, MBA

California State, Long Beach, B.A. Finance

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Chartered Financial Analyst

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™        

Principal

Shawn Hsieh, MBA, CFA, CFP®

Shawn leads the firm’s advanced financial planning and family office team. He is also a voting member of the Investment Committee where he participates in investment selection, research, and asset allocation decisions. Prior to joining C&R, Inc., Shawn was part of City National Bank’s Private Banking division working with ultra-high-net-worth clients. In addition to his private banking experience, Shawn worked at Prudential’s Non-Qualified Pension division developing plans and strategies for Fortune 500 Companies. Shawn received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is both a CFA Charterholder and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Outside of work Shawn enjoys tennis, traveling, snowboarding, motorcycle riding and volunteering in his local community.

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Education

University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D in Economics

University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. in Economics

Accreditation & Affiliations…?

  • CFA Institute, member

  • CFA Society of Los Angeles, Member      

Founder | Consultant

Don Rugg, Ph.D.

Dr. Rugg founded Charlesworth & Rugg, Inc. in 1976. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA and has served on the faculty of UCLA, Santa Clara, and Pepperdine Universities. Before founding Charlesworth & Rugg, Inc., he was an economist for Rand Corporation. Dr. Rugg is a non-voting member of the Investment Committee and primarily focuses upon the firm’s research and portfolio management activities. 

He has authored "The Dow Jones Irwin Guide to Mutual Funds" and "New Strategies for Mutual Fund Investing." He is a member of the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Los Angeles. In his free time, Dr. Rugg enjoys playing tennis, hiking, golfing and spending time in the Sierras.

 

Leadership Team

 
 
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Education

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, B.S. in Business Administration

University of California, Los Angeles, Certificate in Personal Financial Planning

Director, Wealth Management (Private Wealth)

Jamie Rugg

Jamie oversees firm wealth management and financial planning, participates in investment analysis and research and firm operations. Prior to joining the firm, Jamie led operations and strategy at a technology startup and held numerous management positions in operations, training and development at Nordstrom. She received her B.S. from the Marshall School of Business at USC. Jamie is a candidate for CFP® certification, has successfully passed the CFP exam, and completed UCLA's certificate program in Personal Financial Planning.

Outside of work Jamie enjoys hiking, traveling, yoga, reading and volunteering at a local Los Angeles hospital. 

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • CFP® candidate    

  • Financial Planning Association, member

  • Series 65 license        

David Fitzgerald  | National Account Manager

Education

Ohio University, B.S. in Economics

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Director, Business Development (National Account Manager)

David Fitzgerald, CIMA

David is responsible for firm marketing, recruiting and communication. Before joining Charlesworth and Rugg, David was with JPMorgan's Asset Management division where he focused on building the client base for their ETF business. Prior to JPMorgan he was a Senior Associate with New York Life's MainStay Investments, before which he worked as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch in Pennington, New Jersey. He received his B.S. in Economics from Ohio University where he played on the hockey team?.

Dave resides in NYC with his wife and enjoys playing hockey, traveling, and all Pittsburgh sports teams. 

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA)           

 
 
Thomas Murphy  | Vice President, Corporate Services, East Coast

Education

Caldwell University, B.S. Finance and Economics

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Series 63, 65, 7 licenses 

VIce President, Corporate Services, East Coast

Thomas Murphy

Tom oversees C&R’s east coast Corporate Services division. Before joining the firm, Tom worked as a private banking advisor for Merrill Lynch. Tom held multiple financial advisory roles at Merrill before joining the firm’s Private Banking division in 2012. Working on one of the largest and most tenured teams, he focused on the continued expansion of their team’s corporate services and wealth management businesses. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Tom served as an Advisor at John Thomas Financial. He received his B.S. in Finance and Economics from Caldwell University.

In his free time, Tom enjoys baseball, golf, snowboarding and traveling.          

Aaron Morris  | Vice President, Corporate Services, West Coast

Education

California State University, Northridge, B.A. in Economics

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF)   

  • Board Vice-Chair, SF Community Health Center, Community OUTreach Alliance

Vice President, Corporate Services, West Coast

Aaron Morris, AIF

Aaron oversees C&R’s west coast Corporate Services division and is responsible for assisting business owners in expanding their operations by focusing on employee retention and attrition, mitigating risk and utilizing tax saving strategies. Prior to joining the firm, Aaron managed the Corporate Services Department at American Financial Network and was a Senior Client Relationship Manager in Prudential Retirement Services serving high net worth clients. Aaron received a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Northridge and he is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF).  He currently serves as the Board Vice-Chair for both the San Fernando Community Health Center and the Community OUTreach Alliance.

In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis, traveling, scuba diving, gardening and cooking.

David Yoshioka  | Financial Advisor

Education

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, MBA in Finance

University of Illinois, B.A. in Finance.

Accreditation & Affiliations

  • Series 65, 7 licenses   

Senior Financial Advisor

David Yoshioka, MBA

David has been a part of the team since 2001, and his primary responsibilities are in client liaison services and business development. David has broad experience as an executive in the insurance, accounting and finance industries and was previously President of Heritage Insurance Group. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business.