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Eric Negron, AWMA®

CEO | Managing Partner | Wealth Advisor

Eric Negron, AWMA®

CEO | Managing Partner | Wealth Advisor

Eric J. Negron, AWMA® is the CEO and Founder of Forefront Wealth Partners. Previously, he served as Vice-President & Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial where he provided clients with comprehensive financial planning and advice. In addition, he served as Vice-President & Financial Advisor for Colonial Brokerage a division of Colonial Bank where he served as the financial advisor for private banking.

Prior to entering the wealth management industry, Eric worked as a banker for 3 years in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Eric is originally from Fort Myers/Naples area of Florida, where he attended Florida Gulf Coast University to study Finance and Economics. Eric Negron is a Graduate of the College for Financial Planning where he completed the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor™ designation that focused on the financial planning needs of high net worth individuals. He has three beautiful children James Joseph (6) and Landon Luis (4), and daughter Sophia Rosa (2).

In his spare time Eric enjoys spending time with his family, taking his kids to the park, playing golf, reading, running, basketball and cycling with friends. His community involvement includes: serving as a committee member for the First Tee of Austin, as a member of the Knights of Columbus, and serves as an advisor to the Nick Lefevre Community Youth Fund of Dripping Springs.

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Amy Colton, MBA, CDFA

Managing Director of Women in Confidence | Wealth Advisor

Amy Colton, MBA

Managing Director of Women in Confidence | Wealth Advisor

Amy Colton, MBA, CDFA is the Founder and Director of Women in Confidence for Forefront Wealth Partners. Previously she was an Insurance Advisor for New York Life Insurance where she provided her clients with advice around life insurance and long term care insurance.

Prior to entering the wealth management industry, Amy worked as an executive for IBM for over 25 years.

Amy is originally from Michigan, where she received a Bachelors or Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State. Amy moved to the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas from New York City. Amy is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and completed this prestigious credential through the Institute For Divorce Financial Analysts.

In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with friends, walking, playing golf, reading, and drinking good wine. She is passionate about helping children, she serves in a leadership function for the Center for Child Protective Services.

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Christine Engler

Partner | Wealth Advisor

Christine Engler

Partner | Wealth Advisor

Christine’s passion is creating a sense of confidence and peace of mind for the clients she serves. She believes that wealth encompasses all aspects of life including finances, time, relationships, and spirituality. When a person feels secure in their financial life it frees them up to gain wealth in the other aspects of their life creating a legacy of positive impact for generations.

Christine is a native Texan who has called Austin home since 2002. Christine currently serves as a Wealth Advisor for Forefront Wealth Partners and is also a licensed Mortgage Advisor with Thrive Mortgage. Prior to financial and mortgage advising, Christine was a licensed professional engineer. She earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M, and applies the same kind of attention and detail that it takes to design multi-million dollar water resource development projects to her work as an Advisor.

In addition to her drive to serve her clients, Christine believes in the importance of serving her community. She has worked as a volunteer for her sons’ schools and her church. She is a past board member of the Friends of the Austin State Supported Living Center, where she helped create the Spooktacular 5k and Fall Festival. These two key events became the organization’s annual flagship fundraising events. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband, two sons, friends and family.

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Lauren Mulligan

Client Service Director
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Christopher Amores, MPA, CSPO

Chief Technology Officer
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Carley Beyer

Chief Brand Officer
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Aaron Gilman, CFA, CFP®

Chief Investment Officer

Aaron Gilman, CFA, CFP®

Chief Investment Officer

Aaron is Chief Investment Officer for Independent Financial Partners and Forefront Wealth Partners. In his role, Aaron conducts analytical research and due diligence for all investment types, portfolio analysis and construction, constructs client proposals and retirement plans, and defined contribution plan reviews and recommendations.

Aaron’s expertise is in estate planning, retirement planning, investment management and insurance planning. Prior to joining IFP, Aaron was a financial advisor for high net worth individuals at Koss OlingerFinancial Group in Gainesville, Florida.

Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Real Estate from the University of Florida. Securities registered since 2008, he currently holds his Series 7, 24, 63 held through LPL Finanicial and 65 registrations with IFP.

Aaron holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation through the CFA Institute. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and a member of the Financial Analysts Society of Tampa Bay, The Financial Services Institute and the Financial Planning Association.

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Pete Nunley, CFA, MBA

Director of Asset Management

Pete Nunley, CFA, MBA

Director of Asset Management

Peter is the Director of Asset Management for Independent Financial Partners  and Forefront Wealth Partners. In that capacity, he assists in conducting due diligence for investments, provides assistance to advisors with investment-related tasks, runs regression analyses using economic variables to attempt to predict market returns, assists in the surveillance of Schwab, Fidelity, and TD Ameritrade accounts, and much more.

Prior to joining IFP, Peter served as a Business Analyst for Citigroup's global custody business in Tampa, Florida. He also worked as an Operations Analyst for Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Operations department in New York City.

Peter graduated summa cum laude from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a bachelor's degree in Operations Management. Additionally, Pete earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida's Hough Graduate School of Business in April 2013.

Peter currently holds his Series 7 with LPL Finanicial and 65 registrations with IFP. Peter also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. 

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Hessum Zangenehour

Director of Trading

Hessum Zangenehour

Director of Trading

Hessum is the Director of Trading at Independent Financial Partners and Forefront Wealth Partners. In this role, Hessum strives to ensure the best execution of all trades executed within accounts managed by IFP Wealth Management and Forefront Wealth Partners. Hessum monitors account balances and ensures a smooth transition into IFPWM’s model portfolios. Hessum is also a member of IFP’s Investment Advisory Committee.

Hessum started his investing career in 1998, where he traded for his own personal accounts. In 2007, Hessum began working on a variety of quantitative trading projects with privately held firms and individual clients. Additionally, Hessum was an early investor in Bitcoin, and setup a small OTC trading group until late 2012.

Hessum graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Hessum is currently a Level II Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate.

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Jayne Alford, CFP®, CLU, C.H.F.C

Managing Director of Insurance

Jayne Alford, CFP®, CLU, C.H.F.C

Managing Director of Insurance

As Managing Director of IFP Insurance Group, Jayne Alford works closely with Forefront Wealth Partners to help serve clients. With 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jayne opens and guides cases to successful solutions for Forefront Wealth Partners clients. Her knowledge combined with access to in-house case design experts, underwriting and national technical support keep her current and relevant.

Jayne speaks, trains, and advocates for allied professional relationships.

Jayne is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and life and series 6 licensed professional. She serves as Director on the National Board of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, chairing the Diversity Committee, a Foundation Committee member and former National Advisor to the Society of Financial Service Professionals – Tampa Chapter.

She is married to John Melchinger, The Marketing Coach™, a pioneer in target marketing financial services. In her spare time, she writes and performs original wedding ceremonies for couples as a Notary and Wedding Minister.

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Kelle Schnabel, CLU

Insurance Services Specialist

Kelle Schnabel, CLU

Insurance Services Specialist

As the specialist in the Insurance Services area, Kelle works with Forefront Wealth Partners to obtain quotes, conduct policy reviews, achieve needed licenses and answer questions. Kelle has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of the financial services industry. Kelle is currently working toward her ChFC designation and has experience in both sales and services of insurance and mutual funds.

A native of Tampa, Florida, Kelle is married and has two daughters in college. An avid Florida State University graduate, she and her family are active in the music program at their church and function as statisticians for a local professional soccer club.