Our Team At TTG Financial, Inc
Jim Kotagides Co-Founder and President MBA, BS, MRFC, Investment Advisor Representative
Co-founder of TTG Financial, Inc. Jim has a B.S. in Economics from the Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Michigan and has merited the designation of Master Registered Financial Consultant. He has studied and analyzed the Stock Market and the Economy since the mid-seventies, during which time he formulated several of the statistical relationships which aid in the day to day management of clients’ accounts.
“The study of the Economy is both my passion and my avocation. It is a never ending learning process.”
Jim developed the methodology of investing known as Enhanced Portfolio Analysis, a proactive portfolio management process by which fundamental and technical analytic techniques are combined in a uniquely comparative model, balancing risk and return, with the ultimate goal of optimizing portfolio returns for each individual client. The process is statistical and sometimes quite complex, but the outcome is a clearer understanding of the relationship between risk and return.
“By combining disciplines we can present a clearer and consistently more relevant allocation for each and every client.”
Jim Evans Co-Founder and Vice President CFP, QPA, QKA, ChSNC, Investment Advisor Representative
Jim Evans has been in the financial services business for 35 years. He began his career with Northwestern Mutual/Robert W. Baird in 1985 where he served as life agent and stock broker. From December 1989 to September 2006 he was a stock broker and branch manager for Park Avenue Securities in Canton, Ohio. His responsibilities included compliance, asset allocation strategy, marketing and accounting. Simultaneously from December 1989 to September 2004 he founded and was president of Western Reserve Pension Services, Inc. His duties included managing pension assets, discrimination testing, feasibility studies and general operations. He sold Western Reserve in September 2004, but continued his duties for Park Avenue Securities. In October 2006, he co-founded TTG Financial. He has served as a principal for TTG Financial from October 2006 to the present. His broad responsibilities including compliance, accounting, trading and asset allocation modeling. He has three Professional Designations; Qualified Pension Administrator in May 1992 and Qualified 401(k) Administrator in July 2002 issued by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and the Certified Financial Planner designation issued by the Board of Certified Financial Planners in October 2005. Jim also recently received the Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation form the American College. Jim and his wife Jill live in Northeast Ohio. They have two children and three grandchildren.
“Few investors, or advisors for that matter, understand the risk inherent in their investments. Our team approach quantifies risk and relates it to returns in a way that is both clear and actionable.”
Nina Shreve Office Manager
Nina joined our team at TTG as an administrative assistant, but her customer service and organizational skills quickly led her to grow into the position of Office Manager. Whether you are calling on TTG in person or on the phone, it is her mission to make you feel welcomed and cared for.
Joining the Team in 2007, Nina brings a wealth of administrative experience to the firm while working closely with our financial advisors to facilitate the opening of new accounts and process withdrawals and/or additions. She excels in handling all customer service requests, as her boundless attention to detail is regularly noticed and appreciated by our clients.
When not in the office, Nina likes to spend time with her husband and five sons.
Morgan Hood Investment Advisor Representative
Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University with a degree in Actuarial Mathematics. She helps with the administration of 401(k) Plans, Trading, Account Analysis, Strategy and much more. She has recently passed the first part of the QKA certification, the national standard for all professionals working with 401(k) retirement plans. She plans to complete the final stage of the QKA certification by the end of the year. The first of many certifications in her future.
Morgan lives in Louisville and enjoys staying active in the community. She likes to work out, spend time with friends and family, and play golf with her husband, Bryce.
She is excited to be part of the TTG team and is looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of the firm’s clients!
Sue Vargo Administration
Sue handles many of our day to day tasks for our team including answering phones, preparing new account paperwork, assisting in marketing campaigns and general client account servicing. She is cooperative, helpful, always pleasant and here to assist our clients any way that she can.
Sue lives in North Canton with her husband Mike. They enjoy spending time with friends and trips to visit their daughter in Columbus and son in North Carolina. She enjoys walking, biking, playing pickle ball and many other activities in and around the North Canton area.