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Eric Negron, AWMA®

CEO | Wealth CFO

Eric Negron, AWMA®

CEO | Managing director | Wealth CFO

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything you need to know about me you would have learned in kindergarten… I like to color outside the lines. I was born in Germany, as my dad was stationed there as an officer in the Army. I grew up in a great and loving family that instilled discipline, hard work, commitment, insatiable curiosity, laughter, and a lot of love.

I came to the Wealth Management industry after I completed a rigorous training program inside of a bank’s management trainee program. At the time, I wanted to wear nice suits every day to work, have a flexible work schedule, and build a relationship with clients that would span multiple generations. I always tell people I grew up in the business because I started at such a young age. The ability to serve our clients and their families while building a lifetime bond has been one of the greatest surprises and life-fulfilling elements that financial advising has provided.

Over the years, I have had many titles, from Vice President to President’s club member. Prior to starting Forefront, I was the President of a billion-dollar bank’s wealth management group. In 2016, we launched Forefront Wealth Partners with a passion to provide exceptional and personalized advice to our family members (most folks refer to them as “Clients”). It was paramount to build an environment where every team member was a good human being first and foremost and they just so happen to also be brilliant and passionate professionals.

My number one life goal is to leave the world better off than the way I found it. I propose to do this through our work at Forefront, but also in every interaction I have whether it be an email, or phone call, a prospective client meeting, a meaningful life conversation with a team member, a handwritten thank you note, or any interaction I am a part of.

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If you had an extra hour to yourself in the morning, how would you spend it?
I would use my extra hour to enjoy a great cup of coffee, read a great book, maybe go for a short walk, and spend some time thinking about all the things I’m grateful for in my life.

What’s the most likely place people could find you on a Saturday night?
Family game night…you can find me and my wife and our children gathered around the dinner table playing uno or connect four, laughing and deeply competing.

Which would you pick: Living on the beach or living near the mountains?
Do I have to choose…? I think I’d figure out how to have both a beach house and a place in the mountains.

Imagine being approached by a genie who offers you three wishes. What might those wishes be?
I would wish for great health for me and my family, I would wish for happiness, and I would wish for wealth to be able to provide for my family and also to help those less fortunate.

If you had the ability to travel back in time, what’s something you would tell your 18-year-old self?
Find mentors sooner and maintain an ongoing relationship with them. People would have the skills, jobs, and attributes of life you would like to have our emulate are invaluable. Having mentors who genuinely care about you and who can help you navigate through life’s challenges is life-changing.

What are your top 5 book recommendations you think everyone should read?

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo
  3. The 5 Love Languages by Doctor Gary Chapman
  4. The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn
  5. Any and every book by Author Patrick Lencioni
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Amy Colton, MBA, CDFA

Managing Director of Women in Confidence | Wealth CFO

Amy Colton, MBA

Managing Director of Women in Confidence

Wealth CFO

Amy@forefrontwp.com | (512) 617-1984 ext 103

"Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. And I will choose how the story ends.” 

- Brene Brown

At the age of 16, I entered the workforce and immediately started saving my money. Even at this early age, I realized the importance of accumulating money and the freedom it gave me to do the things I wanted. By the time I finished graduate school I had financed two trips to Europe and paid cash for my first car. While my savings provided many wonderful opportunities, I didn’t realize how my understanding of money and my ability to invest would have such a tremendous impact on my life until things didn’t go quite as planned. 

I had no idea my successful habits were preparing me for future life challenges. 

I entered the corporate world with IBM, where I spent the next 20 years. During this time, I experienced 2 careers changes, 3 marriages, 3 divorces, and 4 geographic moves. My life was a series of transitions. Little did I know that in 2008 I would face the biggest financial challenge when I lost my job and was unemployed for 2 years. Although this was difficult, it could have been devastating.

Each time a change occurred in my life I was able to manage these life-altering challenges simply because I understood what I had and how to manage my money. This gave me greater confidence during these transitional times. 

Confidence that my friends did not have. 

I watched my friends go through similar experiences.

But, because they didn’t understand their financial affairs these transitional events became life-changing, and not for the better. That’s when I realized my true calling in life. 

As a financial advisor, I wanted to create an environment that encouraged every woman to get their financial house in order. I wanted women to be able to make decisions from a place of strength and not fear. I wanted women to feel they could move forward with confidence in a more optimistic and positive way so that they could choose their destiny and not be a victim of circumstance. 

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What’s the most likely place people could find you on a Friday night?
At home cooking dinner with my life partner, my step-daughter, and her daughter.

Which would you pick: Living on the Beach or living near the mountains?
Living on the beach would be my first choice. There is something very calming about water. Since I lived in Boulder CO and already had my mountain experience, I would choose living on thebeach.

Imagine being approached by a genie who offers you 3 wishes. What might those be?
Good health because it is so essential to do everything in life.

Happiness because a positive outlook on life is so important
Enough wealth to afford the lifestyle I want to live.

What drives you to do the work you do?
I want to be a mentor/guide for women going through major life changes – the death of a loved one, divorce, and sudden inheritance are just a few. I want to help them gain knowledge in areas they may not have access to. I want to make sure they are on a good financial path for the next chapter of their life.

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Chad Rixse, CRPS®

Director of Financial Planning | Wealth CFO

Chad Rixse, CRPS®

Director of Financial Planning | Wealth CFO

chad@forefrontwp.com | (512) 617-1984 ext 106

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." 

- Jim Rohn

Growing up, I never thought I'd find a career helping people with their money, let alone define it as a calling or higher-purpose in my life. I always leaned towards medicine as a kid and I told anyone who would listen that I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. But, life had other plans for me.

I almost ended up here by accident, believe it or not. After I graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, I was lost. I had no idea what I wanted to do or which direction to head in. I just knew two things: 1. I needed to make money and, 2. I wanted to help people. 

At that point in my life, my mom had already been a financial advisor with the same company for almost twenty years. She had encouraged me many times in the years leading up to that to consider the financial services industry as a profession. She always told me that I'd make a great financial advisor because I had the right heart and personality for it, but I never paid much attention to it because I wanted to be a doctor!

But after college, I already had more than $50,000 in student loan debt and medical school felt too far out of reach for me. So, when the opportunity came around to apprentice under my mom, I said "why not?" 

That was more than six years ago now. After three years working with my mom, I caught the entrepreneurial bug and decided to venture out on my own. Since 2017, I successfully launched two independently-owned financial planning firms in both Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK.

In April 2019, I was given a wonderful opportunity to partner with Eric Negron and Amy Colton here at Forefront Wealth Partners and to build what we have established today: a firm focused on positively impacting people's lives and providing them the confidence and clarity they need to navigate life's major decisions.

Today, I have an immense amount of gratitude in my heart to be in a profession of which I am head-over-heels in love with. I am also tremendously grateful to be constantly surrounded by so many wonderful, inspiring, and uplifting people.

My burning desire in life is to positively impact peoples' lives and leave this world a better place than I found it.

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If you had a million dollars to spend, what would be the first three things you would buy?
My wife is Mexican, I am fluent in Spanish, and we both love to travel so I would definitely spend a good chunk on visiting all the places in the world we've never been. I'd also buy a Tesla (because I love sports cars), and I'd buy an RV so we can road trip and camp comfortably anywhere. 

What’s the most likely place people could find you on a Saturday night?
I'm a total sucker for the NBA 2k video game franchise because I'm a huge basketball fan and can often be found playing hours of that on a Saturday night.

Which would you pick: Living on the beach or living near the mountains?
I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and still live here today, so definitely mountains! I love the snow and downhill skiing in the wintertime.

Imagine being approached by a genie who offers you three wishes. What might those wishes be?
This probably sounds too cliché, but I’d wish for perfect health, an unlimited travel budget, and more peace and love in the world.

If you had the ability to travel back in time, what’s something you would tell your 18-year-old self?
Stay away from student loans!

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Ken F. Main, CPA PFS, CRPC

Director of Tax | Wealth CFO

Ken F. Main, CPA PFS, CRPC

Director of tax| Wealth CFO

ken@forefrontwp.com | (512) 617-1984

"When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never, Never, Never give up." 

- Winston Churchill

I grew up in New York to a middle-class Catholic family until my dad lost his job in the late 50's and I went from attending a small private Catholic school where I felt at home to a racially segregated public high school in New York. I hated it and it didn't take long for me to start skipping school and failing my classes. Finally, at age 16, I decided I had enough and dropped out to work for a year until I was old enough to join the Navy.

The Navy came with great promises of schooling that would be more suitable to my skills and chance to see the world. Nonetheless, neither of those things happened as I thought, so went I left the service I began by attending Pace University in NYC as a student in their CPA program.

After graduation, I went on to get hired by Diamond International Corporation working in their tax department. From there, I moved onto Pan American World Airways, and then finally Public Accounting, where I specialized in personal income taxes and handled specialized tax audits that our clients needed.

Since then, I have earned my CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR® designation from the College of Financial Planning; I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and their Personal Financial Planning Membership and Tax Division, and I have been awarded the PERSONAL FINANCIAL SPECIALIST (PFS) Credential by the AICPA, which is a credential only granted to CPA’s who also possess considerable experience in financial planning as well. Currently, less than five thousand out of more than 350,000 CPAs nationwide hold the PFS Credential.

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If you had a million dollars to spend, how would you spend it?
Now that I am older and have learned a thing or two, I wouldn't spend it and would invest instead.

What’s the most likely place people could find you on a Saturday night?
At home with my beautiful wife of 48 years watching TV.

Which would you pick: Living on the beach or living near the mountains?
Without a doubt the beach!

Imagine being approached by a genie who offers you three wishes, what those be?
I would wish for my wife to have the best life for the rest of her life, that my daughter would live to be old like me and that my grandson would have a great education.

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Elise Abrego

Director of Client Success

Elise Abrego

Director of client success

elise@forefrontwp.com | (512) 617-1984

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." 

- Winston Churchill

My biggest passion in life is people. I have always been drawn to anything that creates a sense of community or family, helps others, and makes an impact in people’s lives big or small. When I first went to college it was not a surprise to anyone that I chose Hospitality Management as my major with an emphasis on event planning. It seemed to be a perfect fit for my love of helping others and for my organizational skills. However, during my first couple of years in college, the effects of the 2008 crash hit my family hard. Jobs were lost, savings were depleted, and soon my parents had to short sell their home and leave California altogether.  

Those events hit me hard and created a shift in me. I knew I never wanted to be in a position to lose everything, I never wanted to be dependent on how the market was perceived to be doing, and I wanted to help others avoid what my family experienced. I moved to Arizona to lower my expenses, somehow talked my way into a full-time corporate banking job, and enrolled at ASU to get my degree in finance from the WP Carey School of Business. My switch to finance confused EVERYONE I knew, and many people tried to talk me out of it saying that I would hate being a number cruncher and not interacting with people.  

Knowing that was probably true, I was determined to find a finance career that allowed me to interact with people and help them plan for their future. A few years later I landed an internship with a financial advising firm and thought my future was set. They were a reputable firm and everyone there was making a lot of money, but what I quickly realized was that the passion for them was behind the “sale” of a new client and the commission earned, not by the people they were helping. After a summer of cold calling “up-and-coming” professionals, I turned down the job they offered and spent the next seven years in Health Insurance and Employee Benefits. I was completely jaded by my experience and thought the world of wealth management and financial advising was not for me.

All of that changed when I met Eric Negron and saw what he, Amy Colton, and Chad Rixse were building at Forefront Wealth Partners. It was exactly what I had hoped to find all those years ago when I made my switch to Finance, and I quickly jumped on board. I love being part of a team where “clients” quickly turn into family and the mission to positively impact others and help set them up for success no matter what life brings is an obsession.

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If you had an extra hour to yourself in the morning, how would you spend it?
I would enjoy the quiet of no kids being awake with a hot cup of coffee while reading my devotional in peace, followed by a Peloton ride.

What’s the most likely place people could find you on a Saturday night?
At home with my husband and five kids either playing games around our table or cuddled up on our couch for a movie night.

Which would you pick: Living on the beach or living near the mountains?
The mountains are beautiful, but growing up a Southern Californian girl, I will always choose the beach!

If you had the ability to travel back in time, what’s something you would tell your 18-year-old self?
Don't settle for anything! Keep searching for those who share your vision and passion in life, and if you can’t find them, don’t be afraid to break the mold and shake things up!

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Debra Bigler

Director of Business Development

Debra "Deb" Bigler

Director of business developmen

deb@forefrontwp.com | (512) 617-1984

"I've got vision while the rest of the world's got bifocals." 

- Butch Cassidy

I grew up in a very small community in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY.

Friends were miles away phones were attached to the wall with party lines.  Imagination and reading were the best forms of entertainment.  

The assassination of JFK was the first tragic event I remember in my life and it significantly opened my eyes to a lot of things, including sexism. Our class was at recess when the teachers started crying.  I questioned one of my male classmates and he said we have a new president Lyndon Johnson because JFK had been shot.  My response was  “Oh no … and I hope she (our new president) does a good job” He called me stupid because Lyndon is a man and girls can’t be president.”  From there it seemed “can’t“ was never going to be in my vocabulary again. 

In the 1980s, my husband and I decided to relocate to South Florida with our 2 young daughters, and I started my financial career with EF Hutton & Co. There, I was part of a team that developed, marketed, and sold several types of Private Placement and Direct Investments within the firm and I promptly felt I had found my path.  My direct supervisor was a phenomenal mentor and incredible influence on me, and 8 years later I moved with him to an investment banking firm specializing in corporate finance where I spent the next 28 years.

Over the years, I was promoted to the firm's first female sales representative and Executive Director.  I had the privilege of working with, training, and promoting many young women and men within the firm who have continued on to many successful careers since. I found my time there and that mentorship I was able to provide one of the major highlights and most fulfilling experiences of my career.

Now, I am thrilled to be a part of Forefront Wealth Partners and their talented team of top-notch people who all share a passion for serving others and putting their clients first.

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Where would you most likely find me on a Saturday night?
Home with my husband of 47 years and one of our grandchildren staying over the night trying to stay awake so they can watch Saturday Night Live with us. 

Imagine being approached by a genie who offers you three wishes. What might those wishes be?
Sounds corny, but I truly want world peace. 

If you had the ability to travel back in time, what’s something you would tell your 18-year-old self?
Travel internationally as much as possible to gain a better understanding of the world, of different cultures, ideas, and ways of life.

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Christopher Amores, MPA, CSPO


Chris Amores, MPA, CSPO

Chief Technology Officer

chris@forefrontwp.com | (512) 617-1984

"It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It's about how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!" 

- Rocky Balboa

Being born and raised in New York to a large Ecuadorian-American family, my roots were always close to home while still living the American culture. Some important life lessons I learned from this experience include: how to be very patient with people (especially at the dinner table!), how to keep an open mind to different perspectives, and always be helpful and welcoming towards others.

I earned degrees from both CUNY and St. John's University where I studied technology and telecommunications. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I decided to obtain my MPA at CUNY Baruch School of Public Affairs and focus on government and non-profit organizations. 

After my MPA, I went on to spend close to 20 years with the Higher Education Technology Organization providing services ranging from technical support to leading implementations of enterprise-level systems. From there, I decided to branch out on my own and build my own IT consulting agency where I had great opportunities to work in many business organizations ranging from manufacturing to wealth management and assist them with IT support, business services consolidations, and business expansions.

For the past few years, I have been the full-time Chief Technology Officer here at Forefront Wealth Partners and feel very lucky to be a part of this amazing organization. I am drawn to the mission and vision of this organization, and its obsession with providing clients the best client experience they can using implementing creative and innovative business processes and technology stacks for both advisors and clients of the firm.

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What your favorite travel destination?
I've been to Barcelona and Paris before and would love to visit again or even live there someday. I love the people, the culture, and the architectural masterpieces.  

What is your favorite hobby?
I moonlight as a professional Karaoke singer! I have been singing since I was in diapers.

If you had an extra hour in the morning for yourself, what would you be doing?
I would use the time to go for a run, meditate, and journal.

If you inherited a million dollars, what would you do?
I would invest the money in the hopes of using it someday to give myself and my family more choices in life.