About Regency

Regency Investment Advisors (Regency) is everything you look for in a financial advisory firm.  We are a US Securities and Exchange Commission Registered Investment Adviser, providing portfolio management and financial planning since 1993. We are fee-only, avoiding the conflicts of interests that can exist when advisors take commissions; our fees are simple and transparent. We’re large enough to offer all the services you or your company need, yet small enough to know you personally and give you the time and attention required to help you reach your financial goals.

Regency’s Story

Regency Investment Advisors was started by a local niche bank, Regency Bank, in 1993 to serve the investment advisory needs of its clients. Back then, many banks provided a commission-based broker in the lobby who was affiliated with an outside investment services firm.  Regency Bank decided that the best way to help their customers invest was not by simply selling investment products on commission, but rather by building relationships and finding a way to be on the same side as the investor.  Back then the fee based, Regency model was an emerging concept in Fresno.  Regency spent its first 11 years owned by 3 different banks/holding companies, but with ownership changes becoming a distraction, Regency realized it was in the best interests of its clients to become independently owned.  After a sale in 2004, Regency found itself owned by three of its long-term employees: Daniel Ray, Stephen Guinn and Marci Deck.

At the end of 2013, fellow employee Chris Comstock was invited to become Regency’s fourth principal and another coworker, Judson Myers, became Regency’s fifth principal in 2015.  Regency’s Board of Directors consists of Daniel, Stephen, Marci, Chris and Judson, along with outside members Robert Longatti, former Senior Vice President for Fresno First Bank, and Mark Prendergast, Principal and Director of Tax Strategies for Inspired Financial, LLC.  We believe our experience operating as a subsidiary of publicly traded banks has ingrained in us valuable disciplines that are characteristic of larger firms.  At the same time, our independent structure allows us to be more flexible, responsive and directly accountable to our clients.  In our opinion, this offers our clients the best of both worlds.

Our Timeline

  • 1993 – Regency begins as a wholly owned subsidiary of Regency Bank; Marci Deck joins Regency
  • 1995 – Daniel Ray joins Regency
  • 1998 – Stephen Guinn joins Regency
  • 1999 – Regency becomes a subsidiary of California Bank & Trust
  • 2002 – Regency sold to County Bank’s parent company
  • 2004 – Regency is sold and becomes independently owned by its long-term employees Daniel Ray, Stephen Guinn and Marci Deck
  • 2007 – Judson Myers joins Regency
  • 2008 – Chris Comstock joins Regency
  • 2013 – Regency celebrates its 20th anniversary; Chris Comstock becomes Regency’s fourth owner
  • 2015 – Judson Myers becomes Regency’s fifth owner

Get to know our team

Daniel Ray, CFP®

President and Client Advisor

One of the five principals of Regency, Dan is a Fresno native and has been in the financial services profession since 1991. In addition to serving as President, Dan works as a Client Advisor to individual, business and non-profit clients. He is a member of the Portfolio Management Team, which handles ongoing evaluation of existing holdings and investment selection.

Dan and his wife, Karen, enjoy cycling, skiing, music, reading, history and traveling the world, as well as wine touring, tasting, and collecting. They have three children: Sydney and Lauren, who are in college, and Aaron who is in high school. Dan’s entire family has been involved in bringing the iCanBike program to the Fresno-Clovis area. This program helps individuals with developmental disabilities learn to ride a bike. More recently Dan and Karen have focused on establishing a local program of the Best Buddies Organization. Best Buddies’ mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for socialization and employment.

Certifications

Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®)
Investment Management for Fiduciaries

Affiliations

Fresno Estate Planning Council, member and past President
Mennonite Brethren Foundation, member and Chairman of the Board.
Fresno Pacific University Seminary Committee
City of Fresno Fire, Police and Public Employee Boards (Former member of the investment committee)
Central California Mennonite Residential Services (Former board member and President)
Exceptional Parents Unlimited (Former board member and President)

Education

California State University, Fresno, B.S., Cum Laude

Stephen Guinn, CIMA®, AIFA®, AIF®

Vice President and Client Advisor

Steve joined Regency in 1998 and is one of its principals. He has over 20 years of experience in the investment and financial industry. In addition to his role as a Client Advisor, Steve is a member of the Portfolio Management Team. His focus is investment planning and the fiduciary aspects of money management.

Steve and his wife Sandy enjoy traveling to various destinations, including an occasional NASCAR race. They also enjoy volunteering with Make-A-Wish. Steve has two children, Allison and Matthew.

Certifications

Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®)
Accredited Investment Fiduciary Auditor (AIFA®)
Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®)

Affiliations

Vice President and board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central California
Fresno Estate Planning Council


Education

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. in Psychology

Marci Deck, CFP®

Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Administrator

Marci began with Regency in 1993 while still in college and is one of its principals. Through her career she has gained valuable background in many areas including experience as a Trust Officer. Marci handles Regency’s CFO and corporate related functions, oversees all administration and, as Chief Compliance Officer, works to ensure actions by Regency are in line with the standards set forth by regulators and securities laws.

Marci’s husband Todd is a principal in Clovis Unified School District. They stay busy with their elementary age triplets and all of their sports and activities, as well as their dog, Duke.

Certifications

Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®)

Education

California State University, Fresno, B.S. Business Administration Magna Cum Laude
Cannon Trust School, Graduate

Chris Comstock, CFP®, AIF®, CRPS®

Client Advisor

Chris came to Regency in 2008 and is now one of Regency’s principals. In his role as Client Advisor, Chris works directly with individual and business clients, and is responsible for all aspects of Regency’s multiple participant retirement plans. His day to day activities include meetings with plan sponsors and providing participant education.  He is a member of the Portfolio Management Team.

Chris’s wife, Bree, is President of Ashwood Construction, Inc.  They are busy with their young children, Haley, Keegan, and Finn. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working with various charities.

Certifications

Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®)
Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®)
Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistTM (CRPS®)
Series 65

Affiliations

Fresno Rugby Football Club
Saint Agnes Men’s Club

Education

St. Mary’s College of California, B.S. Business Administration

Judson Myers, CFA, MBA

Chief Investment Officer

Judson joined Regency in 2007 and is now one of its principals. Prior to joining the firm, he gained 6 years of experience in the investment and financial services industry. Judson is responsible for investment analysis and research, creating client reports and directing the daily account management and trading functions. He also oversees Regency’s Portfolio Management Team and is responsible for all of the investment data reviewed in the meetings.

Judson and his wife, Luci (a high school math teacher) have five children and are regularly involved in various school and church activities, as well as sporting events. Judson enjoys playing, working, camping, and just having fun with his family.

Certifications

Chartered Financial Analyst®

Affiliations

CFA Society San Francisco

Education

Utah Valley University, B.S. Business Administration
California State University, Fresno, MBA – Finance emphasis

Kelly Carey

Administrative Director

Kelly joined Regency in 2015. She handles all account administration and service related issues and assists Marci with compliance and corporate functions.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys running and being outdoors. Her favorite activity is spending time with her yellow lab at Carmel Beach.

Affiliations

Fresno State Delta Gamma Alumni

Education

California State University, Fresno, B.S. Business Administration

Jeremy Whitt

Portfolio Administrator

Jeremy joined Regency in 2015.  He is responsible for back office operations, trading, maintaining compliance reports and assisting Judson with research.

Outside of work, Jeremy keeps himself busy by reading, composing music, and spending time at the gym.

Education

Heald College, Associate in Applied Science Degree, Emphasis in Accounting

Alexander Amundson

Servicing Advisor & Paraplanner

Alex joined Regency in 2015 and dedicates his time to assisting Chris provide investment education to participants in retirement plans, managing the client review process, creating financial planning reports and assisting with presentations and seminars. Alex is studying to obtain his Certified Financial Planner™ degree.

Alex spends most of his time away from work being active in the outdoors or spending time with his wife Courtney. He grew up in the foothills east of Fresno on a cattle ranch and loves to spend time in that area whenever he can get a chance. If some sort of outdoor activity isn’t in the cards for the weekend an early morning session at the gym will work. Alex is looking forward to a future with Regency.

Certifications

Series 66

Affiliations

FLYP (Fresno Leading Young Professionals)
Financial Planning Association

Education

California State University, Fresno, B.S. Business Administration

Denise Price

Administrative Assistant

Denise welcomes all clients whether on the phone or in person, assists everyone in the office in a variety of matters and overall helps the office run smoothly.

Denise was born and raised in the Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two granddaughters (and has a grandson on the way). She also loves her cats. She has a grown daughter in Fresno and son and daughter-in-law in San Diego.

Education

SJVC

Breanna Tamayo

Client Service Specialist

Breanna joined Regency in 2017 and will assist the Advisors in meeting our clients’ servicing needs, including reaching out to schedule review appointments with the Advisors and manage the entire review process.

In Breanna’s spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. Breanna also loves to travel as often as possible.

Education:

Fresno Pacific University, B.S. Business Marketing

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