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Joel Shomaker, CFP®, PPC™

Director of Wealth Management

Joel is the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional for Retirement Benefits Group, Irvine.  He has been a trusted advisor to both company sponsored retirement plans and high net-worth individuals in the Orange County area since 1998.  Along with the CFP® designation, Joel holds the designation of Professional Plan Consultant(PPC™), both of which signify a commitment to on-going education and service excellence in both Comprehensive Financial Planning and Qualified Retirement Plan Services.  He is often invited to speak or participate in financial education seminars and events in Orange County.

As an advisor to Qualified Retirement Plans, Joel seeks to limit exposure to fiduciary liability for his plan sponsors and educate their employees about opportunities for a successful retirement.  These goals are achieved through defendable and repeatable processes in regards to plan design assistance, investment monitoring and reporting, participant education and investment concepts discussion, and plan benchmarking and fee transparency.

Joel has developed a high level of skill in comprehensive financial planning strategies over the last 14 years. His specific areas of focus include Retirement Income Strategies, Wealth preservation, Asset Allocation including Alternative Assets, Complex Estate Planning issues, Insurance & Risk Planning, Life Change Financial Guidance, Budgeting and Cash-flow analysis.  His career success can be directly attributed to his honesty and integrity as well as his ability to understand and educate his clients, help them clarify and prioritize their financial goals, and implement a plan of action that most efficiently helps them achieve those goals.

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Joel resides in Rancho Santa Margarita with his daughter Maya.   Joel believes in a high level of physical and mental fitness that culminates in numerous activities such as mountain biking, weight training, scuba diving, hiking, shooting, archery, chess, and reading books on business and personal enrichment.  Community involvement entails a close relationship with the Council on Aging, and various outreach programs.  Much of his free time is spent attending or assisting with his daughters karate and guitar lessons or helping coach her soccer team.


  • Joel earned his bachelors degree in Finance from Cal State University of Fullerton where he graduated on scholarship for his published work in the Academic Journal of Finance on the Structural Inefficiencies and Correlations of International Emerging Markets to the US Stock Market.
  • Joel has earned various designations over the years and currently holds the designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional(CFP®) and Professional Plan Consultant (PPC™).
  • CA Insurance Lic. #0C67170

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