Our Team

 

 

David A. Hjorth, AEP®, CLU®, ChFC®, Partner*
California Insurance License #0435847

Client Adviser

David is Founder and Executive Director of DH Financial & Insurance Services Since 1972,  He develops plans for clients that help crystallize their objectives and provide a long-term vision matching their life's passions, priorities, and purpose.

David is certified as a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He also holds the designation of AEP, which reflects advanced estate planning training and experience, and belongs to several professional organizations. David is also a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table**, and is a lifetime member of Top of the Table.

David has spoken to many public and professional groups:

  • In March 2014 and 2016, he was asked by his peers to speak at the CEO Summit at the University of La Verne on the subject of Business Exit Strategy Planning. 
  • He spoke at a Financial Planners "Summit" in August 2015 sharing his then 44 year financial planning career regarding his experiences - "Purpose & Passion" in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • In May 2016, Dave and Nick worked with The Nautilus Group creating an ICON series video, “Seamless Succession of Your Practice”. 
  • David has spoken to many agent/adviser offices throughout the country on the subject of "Life Lessons".

He has written and published several different articles on various aspects of financial, business, charitable and estate planning.  David co-wrote an article with his son and business Partner, Nicholas D. Hjorth, CPA, CLTC and Attorney, Jon Gallo, which was published in California Estates & Trusts Quarterly Magazine in the Summer 2011 issue titled  “Pipe Dreams Can Come True: Gifting Opportunities….”  He also co-wrote another article with Attorney Jon Gallo which was published in Estate Planning Magazine titled "Why Part of Your Estate Plan Ought to be Crummey and Defective."

David has been a member of the San Antonio Community Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. He was previously the Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee and a member of the San Antonio Community Hospital Finance Committee. He and his family have established the David and Mary Hjorth Family Endowment Fund which supports a number of Upland charitable endeavors.

David is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University of Pomona, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science. Cal Poly is where he met his wife Mary (also a Cal Poly graduate).  They have been married since 1970. Dave & Mary raised their children, Nick and Joanna, in the city of Upland and they feel fortunate that both of their children are growing the DH Financial family business into a second generation.


Nicholas D. Hjorth, CPA, CLTC, Partner*
California Insurance License #0E08770

Client Adviser 
Phone: (909) 981-4951 x12

Nicholas is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Accounting and additional studies in the Leadership Sequence. He develops plans for clients that help crystallize their objectives and provide a long-term vision matching their life's passions, priorities, and purpose. Prior to joining DH Financial, Nick worked as an Auditor and Senior Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York, New York. He primarily focused on auditing and financial statement analysis for Fortune 500 Companies, large nonprofits, and initial public stock offerings. He has since become a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, is a Certified Long Term Care consultant, and also holds the Series 7 and 66 security licenses. He spends a great deal of time each year in continuing education endeavors to stay abreast of trends in the financial marketplace.

Since joining DH Financial & Insurance Services in 2002, Nick has specialized in working with successful individuals, along with families and business owners to make smart, strategic financial decisions in the areas of lifestyle and family protection, estate and legacy planning, continuity and business exit planning, as well as, charitable giving. He is very passionate about his career as a financial advisor. Nick has qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table since 2004**.  He was named to the "Top 40 Financial Advisors under 40" in REP. Magazine's January 2013 issue.

Nick has spoken at many professional events throughout his career.  In August 2015, he was a panelist at a Financial Advisor Summit Meeting in Las Vegas, NV discussing the subject of “Learning the Language of Sales”. In September 2016 Dave and Nick worked with The Nautilus Group creating an ICON series video, “Seamless Succession of Your Practice”.  Most recently he shared his knowledge at the Fall 2016 Coaching Series in Dallas, TX for various financial advisors that have the desire to strengthen their operations.

Nicholas, his wife, Anna, and children Noah, Mia and Cecelia are active members of St. Philip’s The Apostle in Pasadena, California where they currently reside. He is an active traveler, avid bicyclist, and very involved with local charities.


Joanna L. Denny, CLTC
California Insurance License #0E14779
CA Notary Public, Commission #1722309

Director of Operations
Phone: (909) 981-4951 x13

As a second-generation family member, Joanna joined DH Financial & Insurance Services in January 2006. As Director of Operations, she concentrates her expertise on assuring continuous efficiency in the firm. As a significant relationship manager in the operation, Joanna works closely with our DHF Team to assure that our commitment to continuous first class service to our clients is consistently realized. She is a Licensed Service Assistant responsible for the development and management of the company's high quality service operation and client experience, including accounting, compliance, and human resources; manages all aspects of a plan assuring every detail is completed in a satisfactory manner, and in a time frame acceptable to the client.

Joanna graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a minor in Leadership Studies. In 2007, Joanna obtained both her CA Notary License and her CLTC Designation.

Joanna and her husband, Chris, enjoy spending time with their children, Abigail and Andrew, especially at the "Happiest Place on Earth"- Disneyland!


DeDe Dowens
CA Notary Public, Commission #2213883

Project & Marketing Associate
Phone: (909) 981-4951 x10

DeDe began at DH Financial & Insurance Services in June 2010. In her role as Project & Marketing Associate,  She is responsible for assisting in the creation and management of long-term consulting and marketing plans. She also provides up-to-date information for our clients’ consulting and portfolio plans and excels in building business relationships.

DeDe was raised in the Inland Empire area of Rancho Cucamonga. She graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1986 with a B.S. in Business Administration.  She has one daughter and enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening and doing volunteer projects with her church in the areas of Outreach and Education.


Tia Kaufman

Executive Administrative Associate
Phone: (909) 981-4951 x14

Tia joined DH Financial in April of 2013.   In her role as Executive Administrative Associate, she is responsible for managing client communications and provides administrative support including scheduling and maintaining appointments, work flow organization, travel arrangements and meeting coordination.

Some of Tia’s passions include literature and fine arts. She is currently attending the University of La Verne to obtain her bachelor’s degree.

 

Julie Benjamin

Client Service Associate
Phone: (909) 981-4951 x18

As our firm's Client Service Associate, Julie provides expertise to support and manage a client's service experience assuring every detail is completed in a satisfactory manner and within a timeframe acceptable to the client.  

Born and raised in Montana, Julie graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with specializations in Economics and Management, and brings 20 years of business and client services experience.

Julie enjoys outdoor activiites, volunteering at church, and spending time with family and friends, most important of which is her husband, Gabe. 


Luc Ceci
California Insurance License #0K06399

Associate Financial Adviser & Registered Service Assistant
Phone: (909) 981-4951 x20

After spending two years as a registered representative with New York Life, Luc joined DH Financial & Insurance Services in January 2017 as an Associate Financial Adviser and is in charge of data compilation, diligent case analysis, and investment analysis for our clients.

Luc graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May 2017 with a B.A. in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration.  He currently holds his Life and Health, Series 7, and Series 66 Licenses.

He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports of all kinds (including ice hockey!), reading, and serving in his church.


Deborah Sweetland, LUTCF, CLTC
California Insurance License #0F55932

Underwriting & Client Service Associate
Phone: (909) 981-4951

Debbie joined DH Financial & Insurance Services in January 2018. Before joining our team, Debbie has had a long career in the financial services industry that started in the banking and real estate sector, then moved into being a financial advisor and registered representative.

As our firm’s Underwriting & Client Service Associate, Debbie provides expertise to support and manage a client’s underwriting and service experience assuring every detail is completed in a satisfactory manner and within a time-frame acceptable to the client.

Debbie is married with five boys and has lived in Alta Loma since 1984. Her joys in life include family, being a soccer mom, camping, and volunteering at the Lewis Playhouse.

**MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.