Meet the professionals who can help you Pursue Your Goals

We help individuals and families pursue their ideal retirements.

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 married to Andrea Blackston and has two children: Drew & Kyle, both Financial Advisors as well. In his free time, David is active in his church and partners with various ministries around the globe. David also enjoys playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren Brooklyn, Brightyn, Bennett and Baylor.

*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.


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.


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.



Kyle Blackston Your Total Advisor

A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Kyle is a registered life and health insurance agent in the state of Florida. He is known around clients as “The Golfer.” He played college golf at Troy University before graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism. After his college career, Kyle chased the mini tours for four years before hanging up his clubs and coming to Blackston Financial.

Kyle is a Financial Advisor with Blackston Financial Group. Kyle’s personality and tenacity to help others has helped his transition into the family business. Honor, integrity and a strong work ethic were instilled in him by his parents from a very young age. Kyle is married to Kim and has one son, Bennett.



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Giving Back

"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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