We design financial plans and strategies and proactively follow up to ensure that they are fully implemented. We treat our clients the way we want to be treated.
Our investment style is based on low cost core strategies paired with tactical professionally managed portfolios aligned with your time horizon and risk tolerance.
We use award-winning technology to track and monitor your assets and investments to help you make good financial decisions no matter where you happen to be.
By taking a holistic approach to all of your financial assets, we provide strategies to help you create an ideal financial future.
As an independent firm, we build institutional-style investment portfolios based on your risk and time horizon.
We provide you with asset allocation and investment choices, so you can make sure all of your investments are aligned to help you accomplish your goals.
Sometimes it is not about increasing your assets, it is about protecting them. We provide insurance solutions to help make sure that your family is protected.
We work with plan sponsors to manage retirement plans, provide fiduciary services, and coordinate employee education.
Keeping your best employees can be difficult. We help employers offer executive compensation plans to help you retain your high-ranking employees.
We advise the investment committee, manage the investment process, and prepare quarterly compliance reports for self-funded plans.
We work with you to develop investment policies that help fund the mission of your organization, manage investments, and document the distributions.
Joe Smalley’s mission is to make sure that our entire team is focused on helping clients align their values with their money. He always seems to be thinking about the big picture and what is next.
Joe’s background is in private wealth management, retirement plan management, and portfolio design, but he didn’t start out in finance. After graduating from Albion College, Joe moved to Hollywood to be an actor and writer. After only landing bit parts (if you blink, you won’t even see him in For The Boys), he returned to Michigan and worked on political campaigns. But in the early 1990s he was offered a job at a large brokerage firm. Five years later, Joe created his own fee-based wealth management firm. In 2008 he founded Sustainable Folios, the first firm in the country to offer risk-based models using Socially Responsible Investments. Later, he formed an employee benefits firm specializing in retirement plan management. Joe holds the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 through Commonwealth Financial Network, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation, and the Professional Plan Specialist designation.
Joe is passionate about giving back to the community. He has been on the finance committee of the Lansing Community College Foundation, the board of the Lansing Symphony, the board of the Capital Area Humane Society, the Financial Counsel of a statewide political organization, an officer of the East Lansing Rotary Club, the treasurer of his church, and is currently the Chair of the State Officer’s Compensation Commission, which recommends the salaries of the governor and the other officers for the State of Michigan.
Joe enjoys golf and tennis. He and his family live in Lansing with Magglio, who can often be found holding court in the Lansing office.
Rachel Lubahn was blessed with a servant’s heart. Whether it’s planning events, volunteering with nonprofit organizations, making time for coffee chats, or helping others reach their goals, Rachel’s passion for bringing a smile to people around her is unmatched. For this reason, she is perfectly suited to provide outstanding customer assistance to all our retirement plan, endowment fund, and workers’ compensation fund clients. Her concierge-level service involves an attention to detail that can address an impressively wide range of services. From having a check cut from your account, to finding a caterer, tracking down tickets to your favorite event or having your boat winterized, Rachel is here to help.
As a former Big Ten Women’s Golf champion at Michigan State University, Rachel knows how to harness her energy to achieve success both on and off the golf course and continues to make good use of those skills in the financial services industry.
When she is not working her magic, connecting with clients, she and her daughters enjoy living in East Lansing nice and close to the MSU Dairy Store.
Magglio is a calming influence on all who visit the office, with the possible exception of the mail carrier. He specializes in wagging, sleeping, and looking out the window.
With a lifelong passion for solving problems and working with numbers, Ryan found himself drawn to the world of finance. Since earning his management degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, Ryan has spent the past 10 years in client service and investment management. With his financial services background, he is perfectly suited for the Paraplanner position at Smalley Investments, focusing on personal wealth. His critical role is to provide the behind-the-scenes magic that our clients rely upon, including helping Advisors build wealth plans, investment research, re-balancing, meeting preparation, and coordinating the follow up and implementation that is often necessary after meetings. Ryan brings a can-do attitude and strong work ethic to the office every day.
Ryan and his wife Bethany have two children and are active members of their church. They are passionate Spartans, holding season tickets for football and basketball. Ryan is also the company golf ringer, being the only team member to break 80.
Mo Parisian brings her unique set of talents to the Smalley Investment team as the Office Coordinator. As a lifelong Lansing resident and former figure skater, began her career coaching and growing the figure skating and hockey programs in the Lansing area. She has spent the majority of her time in ice rinks - Lansing Ice Arena and Suburban Ice E.L. - but in recent years, she has also been a nanny for triplets and worked for an insurance agency. Working with people, especially in a customer service capacity, is her passion. She thrives on organizing and creating a welcoming atmosphere wherever she goes and is thrilled to bring her skills to the Smalley Investments team.
Away from the office, Mo enjoys her home life with her husband, Toby, and her two sons, Evan and Blake. She is an avid reader and an author with two published novels, and is always working on another project.
Commonwealth was ranked “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2018 Financial Advisory Satisfaction Study*, and has been ranked as a Best Place to Work in both Boston and San Diego. While they have more than 850 home office employees throughout the country who support us, here are the bios of the folks that we work most often - members of the research department, and the retirement plan department. I think you will agree, there is a lot of talent on this team.