About Us - Cravitz Financial & Insurance Solutions

I’m Ryan Cravitz!

I’ve been working in the financial industry for 24 years now. My passion is helping people who are serious about their financial future simplify their financial lives and retire with confidence and peace of mind.

My Story

Ryan Cravitz, RICP®

President & Founder

I am an independent Financial Advisor who's passionate about providing holistic retirement planning services for retirees and pre-retirees. We provide strategic income planning, insurance planning, tax planning, investment solutions, and portfolio management. I value an education-based relationship with my clients; I want to make sure you feel empowered to make informed financial decisions that will help you reach your unique financial goals.

In 2011, after a decade spent working at some of the biggest names in the financial planning industry, I realized I would have the greatest impact by opening my own independent financial firm. That has allowed me to continue my work of helping friends, neighbors, my community here in Orange County, California, and other families all over the country achieve financial independence.

I am dedicated to ongoing education. I am a graduate of San Diego State University and hold a Bachelor's degree in political science. I have also obtained the Retirement Income Certified Professional® designation from the American College of Financial Services. The RICP® designation signifies a financial advisor has advanced education, and specialized knowledge to help you navigate all the complexities involved in helping you plan a secure and sustainable retirement.

Throughout the year, I conduct Retirement Planning workshops to help people sort through the complexities that come with retiring, and I help them build a roadmap that will ensure they can retire with confidence. I also host a podcast called Candid Conversations: Retirement Talk with Ryan Cravitz. We discuss all things retirement from Social Security, income planning, investing, taxes, and more.

I was born and raised in southern California, and currently live in Newport Beach. When I'm not designing financial plans you can find me playing beach volleyball, and spending time with my wife Racheal and our six-year old son Cody.

Strategic Alliances:

Dean Zayed, JD, LLM, CFP®

Dean is the founder and CEO of Brookstone Capital Management LLC (BCM), a SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

BCM has forged strategic relationships with independent investment advisors around the country who affiliate with BCM as Investment Advisor Representatives (IARs). In this capacity, the IARs are able to utilize BCM’s vast money management experience and infrastructure. This allows the IARs to provide their clients with BCM’s professionally-managed portfolios. As an independent firm, BCM is able to utilize a large array of investment options and vehicles, to create robust model portfolios that span varying levels of risk. BCM, through its network of IARs, provides comprehensive financial planning including asset allocation, retirement planning, education planning and portfolio management and is committed to offering a one-source solution for the management, growth, and preservation of its clients’ wealth. 

Dean received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Northwestern University. He completed the Business Institutions Program, the Undergraduate Leadership Program and was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society. Dean received his Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He received his Masters degree in Taxation (LLM) from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dean is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and holds the Illinois insurance license for life, health and long-term care.

Dean Zayed, JD, LLM, CFP®

CEO, Founder Brookstone Capital Management

Mark DiOrio, CFA

Mark DiOrio joined Brookstone as the Chief Investment Officer in 2015. In his role, he leads the firm’s investment committee and drives the firm’s investment policy, framework, and portfolio construction methodology. He oversees the portfolio strategy group that provides recommendations on strategic and tactical portfolio design. Mark directs research on external managers and develops internal strategies. He produces and presents content for advisor training, a weekly Market Watch update, and the firm’s quarterly market reports.

Prior to joining Brookstone, he was responsible for launching and managing a boutique investment subsidiary of a publicly traded regional bank holding company. While there, Mark ran a global tactical asset allocation strategy and accumulated an 8 year GIPS® compliant track record. Mark has nearly 20 years of investment industry experience, including 10 years of multi-asset class portfolio management. He has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Mark received his MBA from Benedictine University, his BA from Eastern Illinois University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mark is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago.

Mark DiOrio, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

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