Meet The Team
The team behind Gregory Ricks & Associates is made up of qualified financial professionals who are passionate about helping individuals and families achieve their ideal retirements.
Gregory Ricks Founder & CEO
Gregory Ricks founded Gregory Ricks & Associates, Inc. with one goal in mind: To help clients realize greater wealth and financial security with the funds they worked tirelessly to save. Gregory helps people of all ages chart a direct path on the road to their best retirement. From guided planning strategies to tax-efficient wealth transfer planning, Gregory and his team deliver value to their clients.
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and a resident of New Orleans for 30+ years, Gregory is active in many community organizations. Gregory lives in Lakeview with his wife, Stacey, and their triplets, Luke, Lance and Emily. He informs listeners as the host of “Winning at Life with Gregory Ricks” LIVE on iHeart Radio News Talk 99.5 WRNO, iHeart Radio News Talk 104.9 WBUV and the iHeart Radio App from 7 to 8 p.m. on weeknights and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. In addition, SuperTalk Mississippi airs the third hour from noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Prefer to listen and watch? Go to Facebook LIVE or Periscope (GregoryRicks). Want full access? Download the “Winning at Life” app on your phone to connect to all things “Winning at Life!” Once you’re connected, pick up the phone, text or email to participate and get your financial questions answered.
Gregory and his team have a unique vision and ability to look forward and work with retirees to see their financial road ahead so they know where they are on their path, where they’re headed and their desired destination at any given point in time up to 10, 15 or 20 years or more out. Using a disciplined approach, they do the math to help ensure clients’ funds are using the right tools and doing the right jobs for the right period of time so they can overcome anxiety with a sound retirement plan that provides security, tax-efficiency and predictability.
Stacey Ricks Chief Financial Officer
Stacey Ricks has worked with Gregory Ricks & Associates since its incorporation and has played a pivotal role in its success. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Upon graduation, Stacey worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, a “Big 8” accounting firm. She has been in the accounting industry for 24 years. Although Stacey has served in many different capacities at Gregory Ricks & Associates, she is currently the chief financial officer, where her responsibilities include supervision of the accounting function.
In 2012, Stacey Ricks became the founder and director of Women Winning at Life, a program sponsored by Gregory Ricks & Associates that educates women on making informed and beneficial choices for themselves since the majority will be their family’s primary financial decision-maker at some point in their lives. The program stresses how the financial needs of women on their own are different than those of a married couple.
Stacey resides in Lakeview with Gregory and the family maltipoo. The triplets — Luke, Lance and Emily — are attending college at Louisiana State University (LSU). Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and traveling.
Nicholas Rohde Wealth Advisor
Nicholas obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a licensed insurance agent and has passed his Series 65 securities exam. Prior to joining Gregory Ricks & Associates, Nicholas’ professional career included banking and management. Joining the team in 2013, Nicholas is responsible for developing, servicing and delivering financial planning as well as the initial phase of client family plan design. He meets with retirees and pre-retirees to discuss investment strategies and helps to ensure that clients feel secure and stress free regarding their money. Nicholas assists in research regarding investment and financial offerings, market conditions and available products.
Nicholas lives in Destrehan with his wife, Mary, and enjoys spending time grilling by the pool with family and friends. He loves to travel and is a certified scuba diver. Nicholas plays guitar and trumpet, and performed with a national touring band through high school and college.
Cody Bennett Wealth Advisor
Cody moved to Louisiana and started working with Gregory Ricks & Associates in 2013. A native of Colorado, he attended Colorado State University for his undergraduate degree and received his MBA from University of Maryland UC. Cody has passed his Series 65 securities exam and his focus is working on a wide range of investment strategies. Cody assists Gregory with trading operations and market research. He finds ways to help make the company more productive by providing effective methods in its business operations. He is responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions and management of client service and organizational operations. He screens potential business opportunities by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements and financials.
Cody lives in Mandeville with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Kinley.
Brandon Blanchard Wealth Advisor
Native to the New Orleans area, Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans. Brandon gained experience in the accounting and financial sectors before joining Gregory Ricks & Associates in early 2018. He is a licensed insurance agent and has passed his Series 65 securities exam. Brandon works with clients to help develop and implement personal financial plans suited to their future needs for a comfortable retirement, as well as clients who are looking for sound investment strategies to help grow their wealth.
Brandon lives in Lakeview, and spends his time enjoying all of the festivals and culture that New Orleans has to offer.
Sophie Landry Senior Accountant
Summer SeaClient Concierge
Catherine Seeger Client Service Specialist
Chelsea Lucas Client Service Specialist
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