PBMares Wealth Management, a division of PBMares, LLP, has hired Shelly Braden and Kurt Johnson to help increase the firms’ footprint across the region.

“We are expanding our team to better serve our clients’ increasing needs,” said Rob Klingensmith, managing director of PBMares Wealth Management. “Shelly and Kurt have strong backgrounds in wealth management and their experience will help our clients better plan for their future prosperity.”

Shelly Braden, Wealth Advisor (Newport News office). Braden is a certified financial planner and joins the firm after serving as a Registered Investment Advisor in Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor’s in business management from Belmont Abbey College and her master’s in financial planning and taxation with a concentration in estate planning from Golden Gate University.

Kurt Johnson, Senior Wealth Advisor (Harrisonburg office). Johnson is also a certified financial planner and carries the FINRA Series 7 & 63 and VA Life and Health Insurance Licenses. Prior to PBMares, he worked at TIAA and Fidelity Investments as a financial advisor. He earned his bachelor’s in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University and his master’s in Higher Ed. Administration from the University of Alabama.

PBMares’ wealth management team is comprised of Certified Public Accountants, Certified Financial Planners, and Registered Investment Advisors who specialize in customized investment management and financial planning and are a member of the BAM Alliance, a community of national independent wealth management firms.