Our team of professionals distinguishes itself with both financial experience and personal service. We strive to earn your loyalty through hard work, the right advice and a dedication to developing long-term relationships.
Michael James Carelli, CRPS®
With over 26 years of experience as a financial advisor, including 6 years of branch management experience, Mike brings a wealth of expertise and skill to his role as investment manager of our team. Mike enjoys managing client's assets and guiding them to grow and protect their wealth through personalized retirement and estate planning. Born and raised in Florida, Mike has been a resident of Tampa since 1991. He studied business, mathematics and engineering at the University of South Florida prior to completing the Financial Planner Program. Mike is FINRA-registered, holding Series 7, 63, 65, 31, 8, and 24 securities licenses, in addition to licenses for life, health and variable annuities. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his friends and family, travelling, volunteering and staying active in his local community.
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John Anthony Benitoa, CRPS®
As the corporate relationship manager of our team, John is dedicated to ensuring our client's needs and objectives are being met on an ongoing basis through distinctive and personalized business planning. John has over 19 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 4 years in branch and complex management. Born and raised in Tampa, he holds a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor degree in economics from the University of South Florida. John is FINRA-registered, holding Series 7, 63, 65, 31, 9, and 10 securities licenses, in addition to licenses for life, health and variable annuities. In his spare time, John enjoys riding motorcycles, classic cars, and spending good quality time with his wife Nadia and daughter Tessa Jane and Nova Joon.
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Ryan Brannon started his career in the financial services industry in 2008 and joined the The Gulf Coast Group in 2012. He believes his background in client service and planning were an ideal foundation for his work as a financial advisor. Attention to detail, good listening skills and great empathy are symbols of his appreciation by his clients. He is effectively supported by a team that works together to build long-term relationships with their growing client base and provide excellent service. Ryan is a proud recipient of University of South Florida’s Bachelor of Finance degree. His focus is on financial planning to ensure his clients' needs and goals are attainable now and throughout their retirement years. Ryan is FINRA-registered and holds Series 7, and 66 securities licenses, as well as licenses for life, health insurance and variable annuities. Ryan is happily married to his lovely wife Erynn. Away from the business, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and playing golf.
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Leslie joined The Gulf Coast Group in 2016 where she was able to gain ample experience and insight into the financial services industry, financial markets, and retirement planning. She has transitioned into a Wealth Strategic Associate and works as a Relationship Manager with our corporate clients. She enjoys providing a seamless client experience, bringing a holistic view through financial planning, and communicating with clients. Leslie graduated from the University of Tampa with her bachelor's degree where she pursued a double major in Finance and International Business Management. Leslie holds the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Being part of a military family, she spent a great deal of her childhood traveling but is happy to now call Tampa home. Due to her Brazilian background, Leslie is fluent in both English and Portuguese. Her hobbies include traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.
Mark joined The Gulf Coast Group in 2019 as a Client Service Associate. After graduating from the University of Tampa with his bachelor's degree, he worked as a currency consultant in foreign exchange before transitioning into client relations for a commercial property developer. Having been born and raised in London, he now calls Tampa and The Gulf Coast Group his home. His hobbies include soccer, golf and travelling.