Meet The Team
The team behind Blackston Financial Group is made up of qualified financial professionals who are passionate about helping individuals and families achieve their ideal retirements.
DAVID BLACKSTON, CEP®, RFC®, CSA® Your Total Advisor
David is focused on helping clients work toward their retirement dreams through a well-thought-out financial strategy for retirement. He offers investment advisory services, tax forecasting and estate planning, all working together to provide a comprehensive financial strategy for clients — and a confident retirement outlook.
David began his career in the banking industry and worked his way up to senior vice president of a regional bank in central Kentucky. After realizing his passion was in serving the needs of individuals and families, David founded Blackston Financial Advisory Group, LLC in 1998. His steadfast dedication to client needs and financial expertise has helped him build a financial firm grounded in excellent client service and family-oriented values.
David has passed the Series 65 securities exam and holds licenses in life and health insurance and annuities in Florida, Kentucky, Virginia and several other states. He is registered as an Investment Adviser Representative and is a Certified Estate Planner® (CEP®), a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®), a Certified Senior Advisor® (CSA®) and a member of Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group.* David and his son, Drew Blackston, wrote the recently published book “Have You Ever Been Bitten by an Elephant? The Definitive Guide for Retiring Well.”
David is active in his church and partners with various ministries around the globe. He is married to Andrea Blackston and has two children who work with him at the firm: Drew, a financial advisor, and Kyle, director of communications.
*Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group (“Ed Slott”) is a membership organization. Qualifying criteria includes payment of annual dues and attendance of workshops. Membership with Ed Slott in no way implies that David Blackston is an IRA distribution expert. Ed Slott is not affiliated with Blackston Financial Advisory Group.
DREW BLACKSTON, RFC®, CRC® Your Total Advisor
A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Drew is registered as an Investment Adviser Representative and has earned the certifications of Registered Financial Consultant®, Certified Retirement Counselor®, licensed insurance agent and notary public for the State of Florida.
Drew has worked in the financial services industry since graduating from the University of South Florida in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He began his career focusing on market research, analysis and financial strategies and gained valuable experience in asset preservation and retirement planning. After spending two years handling the day-to-day trading of client accounts for a large investment advisory firm, Drew decided to join the family business and focus on individual clients.
Drew is co-author of the book “Have You Ever Been Bitten by an Elephant? The Definitive Guide for Retiring Well,” published in 2016, and has completed the prerequisite education to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) through Kaplan University. He has passed the Series 65 securities exam and holds licenses in life and health insurance and variable annuities in California, Florida and Michigan. He also has been published or quoted in Forbes Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and on Kiplinger.com.
Drew is married to Valerie and has two daughters, Brooklyn and Brightyn. Away from the office, Drew enjoys spending time with his family and taking them to Disney theme parks. He also likes to volunteer with his church’s youth group, play drums at the church and watch Kentucky basketball.
TRAVIS BENDER Your Total Advisor
Born and raised in Michigan, Travis’ dedication to family and meaningful work are the result of his tight-knit family upbringing. His sense of honor, integrity and a strong work ethic were instilled in him by his parents and are themes that run deep in his personal and professional life. He truly enjoys helping retirees and pre-retirees develop comprehensive retirement strategies and is committed to developing long-term relationships with all his clients.
Travis got his start in the financial services industry in 1997. His areas of focus include estate planning, rollovers, retirement income strategies, Social Security strategies, asset preservation and tax minimization. He also has experience in investment strategies, stock market analysis and asset preservation.
Travis has passed the Series 63 and 65 securities exams and is registered as an Investment Adviser Representative. He also holds licenses in life and health insurance and annuities in Florida and Michigan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in management and economics from Western Michigan University.
Jason Compton, CRPC® Your Total Advisor
A native Floridian, Jason was born and raised in central Florida, where his entire family resides. His strong beliefs in family values, manners and ethics have been an integral part of his life and professional career.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2001, Jason obtained his Master of Science in international financial management through a joint program with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Florida.
Jason began his career as a personal banker for a large regional bank, then moved internally to one of the top investment advisory teams within the bank. Jason’s primary focus was building strong relationships with his clients while educating them in the areas of financial, estate and tax planning. After 14 years as a financial consultant, Jason decided to join Blackston Financial Advisory Group because of the firm’s family-oriented values and blue-chip client service model. He has passed the Series 7 and Series 66 securities exams and is registered as an Investment Adviser Representative and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), and he holds life, health and annuities licenses in Florida and Georgia.
Jason and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Carson and Landry. Jason enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, playing golf and experiencing all that life has to offer.
Brandon Beck Your Total Advisor
Originally from Bossier City, Louisiana, Brandon began his career in the life insurance industry in 2005. He built his knowledge of financial concepts as a personal banker with National Bank from 2005 to 2008, then he became a financial advisor at a national bank and regional bank from 2009 to 2013. Following his career in banking, Brandon was recruited to work for a financial planning firm in 2015. There, he conducted over 100 retirement seminars for pre-retirees and retirees, covering topics like income planning, tax minimization strategies and investing.
Brandon aligned with Blackston Financial Group in 2019 to provide concierge service and continue clients’ coaching. He is humbled by the opportunity to serve the firm. Brandon has passed the Series 66 securities exam and has insurance licenses in Louisiana and Texas.
Brandon is the son of a locomotive engineer. He earned his general studies degree from Louisiana Tech University, where he met his wife, Samantha. They have one son, Braxton, and two dogs, Ginger and Onyx. Brandon enjoys live music and fishing with family.
"At Blackston Financial, we are all about giving back to the community. Each year, we donate over $20,000 to numerous charitable organizations in the area, as well as our time to different causes."
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