Retirement Strategies and Investments, Inc.An Independent Firm
 
Retirement Strategies and Investments, Inc.
706 North Wilcox Street
Castle RockCO 80104
Phone: 303-721-9100
Fax: 303-253-9816
Toll-Free: 800-777-5433
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Securities are offered through
RAYMOND JAMES
FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. 
Member FINRA / SIPC

About Us

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Leslie W. Winegarden, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Financial Advisor
Toll-Free: 800-777-5433

A 35 year veteran of the financial services industry, Les Winegarden's designations include CLU® and ChFC® from The American College, and the highly regarded CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification from the College For Financial Planning. CERTIFED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification is hard-won, but to Les the effort was worth it. It's a great way for his community to identify financial planners who are committed to competent and ethical financial planning. As recently mentioned on the front page of The New York Times, individuals authorized by the CFP® Board to call themselves CFP® professionals have completed the established and rigorous education, examination, experience and ethical requirements of the CFP® certification process.

Les Winegarden has been delivering solid, objective financial counsel that has earned his clients' trust and help to enrich their lives. Combining extensive knowledge of the industry and principled leadership, Les doesn't simply find one of many strategies that might suit you - he helps you to create a strategy that is yours alone. One that addresses an array of possibilities. Les earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

He has completed the following the FINRA exams: Series 6 (Investment Company/Variable Contract Products), Series 7 (General Securities), Series 22 (Direct Participation Programs), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 26 (Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Limited Principal), and Series 63 (Uniform Securities State Agent).

Les has been a guest speaker at Retirement Seminars for Early Retirees of U.S. West/Qwest Communications and AT&T, in addition to Private Retirement Planning (PRP)Workshops for the Accounting and Medical Professions throughout Colorado. A resident of Colorado since 1972, he currently resides in Castle Rock.

 

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Carol Lawson
Director of Operations

Carol's career encompasses two decades of experience in the investment and insurance industries. She joined Retirement Strategies & Investments, Inc. in 1992 as an Administrative Assistant. She serves as Director of Operations and is responsible for all aspects of client service and management. She has passed the following FINRA exam: Series 6 (Investment Company/Variable Contract Products) license as well as life, health and variable annuity licenses. She is currently working on completing her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Born and raised in Colorado, Carol enjoys being outdoors.  She is an avid hiker and love photography. She currently resides in Parker with her husband and daughter. 

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Gretchen Ludwig
Research Associate
Registered Representative, RJFS

Bio Coming soon

About Raymond James

In 1962, Bob James set out to build a different kind of financial services firm – one that put people, planning and principles first. And now, more than 50 years later, Bob's different kind of firm is one of the leading independent financial services companies in the United States.

Raymond James has grown to become a well-respected, widely recognized multinational firm with distinct business units that serve a variety of clients, from individuals and small business owners to municipalities and major corporations.

Milestone spotlight

October 19, 1987: Black Monday. While other firms closed their trading desks to minimize internal losses, Raymond James kept its desks open to meet clients’ needs. Because of Raymond James’ agency-based business model and commitment to client service, this was our first, last and only unprofitable quarter since the firm went public.

We can be sure the markets will change over the next 25 years, and that our industry and firm will continue to evolve. What won’t change is our commitment to the values that have driven our success.

Hear what Tom James, our executive chairman, had to say about the accomplishment of 100 consecutive quarters of profitability achieved in early 2013.1

By the numbers*

  • Over 6,200 financial advisors
  • More than 2.5 million client accounts
  • Over 2,500 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas
  • Approximately $479 billion in total client assets

It’s been our privilege for more than 50 years to support the goals of our clients and to give back to the communities in which we live and work – and we look forward to continuing to do so for many, many years to come. To take a “scroll” down memory lane, explore our history at RAYMONDJAMES.COM.

*As of 4/23/2014

1Past performance is not indicative of future results. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell Raymond James Financial stock.

 

Raymond James financial advisors may only conduct business with residents of the states and/or jurisdictions for which they are properly registered. Therefore, a response to a request for information may be delayed. Please note that not all of the investments and services mentioned are available in every state. Investors outside of the United States are subject to securities and tax regulations within their applicable jurisdictions that are not addressed on this site. Contact your local Raymond James office for information and availability.

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