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Maria St. John

Client Associate

Maria, one of our Client Associates, is an invaluable member of the GDS Wealth Management team. Her positive attitude helps create a welcoming environment in our office, and she plays a key role in delivering a remarkable experience to every client. Maria emphasizes that building a relationship with clients is one of the most important aspects of her job; she genuinely enjoys interacting with and getting to know our clients, and strives to exceed their expectations and provide the highest level of service. If you have any questions, reach out to Maria! She is incredibly knowledgeable and will be happy to direct you to the resources you need.

Born in the Philippines, Maria’s family moved to Los Angeles when she was 1. Maria received her degree in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona, and worked in the hospitality industry for several years. While working in the hospitality industry, she discovered her passion for building strong connections with people and providing excellent customer service. In 2015, she and her family moved to Texas, and Maria joined the GDS team and entered the world of personal finance. She currently lives in Lewisville with her daughter, Tricia.

Maria enjoys reading suspense novels, especially Andrew Gross and Nicholas Sparks’. If you have any authors or books to recommend, be sure to share them! Maria also loves practicing yoga, making arts and crafts, and spending time with Tricia. They love going to concerts – the most recent one they attended was Kane Brown’s, and it was a great one!

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations, more than 5,000 advisors received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors for more info.

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