About Me


Mission Statement

My mission is to help you build upon your success as you pursue significance. I am committed to building a community where members live with purpose, passion, and fulfillment, whether that is the first or second half of your life.Together, we can create a personalized wealth management plan that balances your short-term needs with your most important future goals.

Wealth management is critical to truly enjoying the second half of life. Once you decide on your path to a fulfilling future, I will help you develop and implement a plan that creates value while allowing you to pursue continued growth and to leave a legacy.


Richard J. Ward, CFP®

Richard Ward holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification and has a passion for helping people find their purpose in life. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Richard believes in taking a holistic approach to creating a financial portfolio that offers fulfillment and possibilities.

Richard is First Vice President/Investments at Stifel and is committed to helping you build upon your success as you pursue significance. Many clients he works with are Baby Boomer business owners and executives who are considering a transition out of the business world, or financially secure pre-retirees who have little interest in traditional retirement and are looking for guidance for the second half of their life.

Richard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA, and his CFP® certification from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He holds Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent), and Series 65 (Investment Advisor Representative) licenses as well as a Life/Health/Variable Insurance license.

Richard is very active in his community and has supported countless non-profit organizations both locally and nationally. He has personally learned that some of the greatest rewards in life are earned while helping others grow, thrive, and prosper and continues to live his purpose on a daily basis by helping others.

Richard has published a book entitiled Redefining Retirement: Finding Purpose and Passion for Your Second Half.

Richard currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors for Center Club Orange County, as well as the OC Chapter Board of Advisors in Philanthropy and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Community Impact. Richard serves on the Board of Directors of OneOC, and chairs their Volunteerism Advisory Council.  He advises at the OC Community Foundation through its Impact Phailanthropy Council.   Richard is a member of the Financial Planning Association, International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, UCLA Alumni Association, UCLA Chancellor's Associates, and the UCLA Foundation.

Richard is a lifelong resident of OC and has lived in Irvine for 25 years; his father, James E. Ward, was mayor of Santa Ana from 1977 to 1979. Richard has three grown children and lives with his fiancé Dita Shemke. His hobbies include golf, travelling, movies, and concerts.

*CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ or CFP® certification awarded by the College for Financial Planning.


Investment Management

High-quality strategies and customized, goals-based planning provide a framework that seeks to mitigate risk while preserving and growing your wealth. Learn more...


Financial Planning

I believe in taking a holistic approach to creating a financial portfolio that offers fulfillment and possibilities. Learn more...


Retirement Planning

Together, we can create a personalized wealth management plan that balances your short-term needs with your most important future goals. Learn more...


Philanthropic Planning

Personalized wealth management strategies that make an impact both in the local and global community, regardless of what stage of life you are in. Learn more...


Why I'm Different

I believe the formula for creating fulfillment in life is: Vision + purpose + passion = significance, and I can guide you through how to pursue this at your unique stage of life.

The “you” at 30 is not going to be the “you” at 50. Constructing a flexible investment strategy helps you prepare for life's twists and turns while enjoying all of the wonderful experiences life has to offer.


About Stifel

Stifel is a full-service wealth management and investment banking firm, established in 1890 and based in St. Louis, Missouri. The Company provides securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services through its wholly owned subsidiaries to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities.

Stifel has established itself as one of the nation's leading wealth management and investment banking firms by understanding our clients' goals and dreams, and creating personal wealth management plans to achieve those goals.

My clients' interests are paramount, and for 130 years, Stifel has contributed to the success of clients by building upon a foundation of trust and understanding.