Meet Our Team

Karl H. Romero, AIF®, CFS

Karl H. Romero

Karl Romero, founder and CEO of Karl H. Romero & Associates, Inc., has proven his abilities to help clients manage assets through more than 40 years of market fluctuations. His knowledge and expertise have earned him the trust and respect of clients, peers and industry watchers for many years, and his individualized approach to investing has resulted in many loyal clients.

Karl is a Registered Principal with LPL Financial, and holds industry designations of Certified Financial Planner™ (among the first such designations conferred by the College for Financial Planning); Certified Fund Specialist (conferred by the Institute of Business & Finance); and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (conferred by the Center of Fiduciary Studies).

“Successful people rightfully demand the highest level of professionalism. They expect their financial advisor to be knowledgeable, hardworking and dedicated. The plan to build wealth and achieve financial independence must parallel their lofty standards.”
– Karl H. Romero, Founder and CEO, Karl H. Romero & Associates, Inc.

Spending the first three years of his adulthood serving in the US Army, Karl’s ‘choose your own destiny’ philosophy became apparent early. Having achieved the rank of Captain at age 23, he was charged with tremendous responsibility working in a nuclear warhead maintenance and storage facility. During his military service, Karl met a successful investment advisor and, upon his return to the US, started his investment career.

A Graduate of California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), Karl earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics. He was selected by CSULB’s school of business in 2002 as their alumni of the year, in recognition of his significant impact in the industry, leadership in the community and pride in being an alumnus of the college. He was also a member of the extension faculty at the University of California at Irvine.

In his leisure time, Karl enjoys photography, music, dancing and traveling, and is an avid car enthusiast.

Karl H. Romero holds registrations 7, 24, 63, and 65 through LPL Financial, as well as Variable Annuity, Life, and Health Insurance – CA Insurance license # 0418505

Greg Tobey

Greg Tobey

Greg Tobey joined Karl H. Romero & Associates in 2007. Today, he serves as our LPL Investment Consultant and account manager for our more than 500 clients. Greg brings his 18+ years of experience, nine of them as a financial advisor, to the firm.

Before joining Karl H. Romero & Associates, Inc., Greg provided oversight to more than 300 investment representatives for Royal Alliance.

Day-to-day, Greg evaluates and implements investment products and strategies, keeping a close watch on equity, fixed income and other financial markets. He maintains continuous contact with senior management of the companies in which we invest, as well as the managers of the investments in our client portfolios. Greg is also responsible for our asset allocation models and the periodic rebalancing of investments to conform to individual client risk tolerances.

Greg works closely with CEO Karl H. Romero to evaluate client needs, structure financial and investment strategies, select appropriate investment products, and assess how they will be applied to facilitate client financial objectives.

Greg originally hails from Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Political Science degree. He holds registrations 4, 7, 24, 63 and 65 through LPL Financial.

Ann Zander

Ann Zander

J. Ann Zander manages our office, helping staff and clients in countless ways. Her contributions range from answering simple client questions, to guiding them through complicated processes, or directing them to appropriate resources. As our resident client information encyclopedia, Ann is highly valued for her ability to – among other things – or retrieve exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.

Ann holds registrations 6 and 63 through LPL Financial.

Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez

Jason is Director of Client Relations at Karl H. Romero & Associates, Inc. He ensures our clients experience the highest level of customer satisfaction, managing interactive communications through social media and helping to organize client appreciation events. He joined the firm in 2013.

Jason acquired his passion for finance and marketing at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and served as graduate assistant for the finance and international business departments. He was also Vice President and Treasurer of the Masters of Business Administration Association, a network of business professionals. Jason led, and provided quantitative analysis for, the Student-Managed Investment Fund, in which he and his colleagues managed real money portfolios in order to develop a holistic understanding of portfolio management. His hard work and acumen earned him a place on the Graduate Dean’s List of University Scholars and Artists, and a lifelong membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students.

Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in Computing and the Arts from the University of California, San Diego. enjoys action sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding, not to mention cooking, traveling and music.