Information regarding LS Financial Group and its principals:
Len Strickler, LS Financial Group Co-founder and CEO
With over three decades of business experience and financial services knowledge, Len has guided numerous seniors as they navigate through the many options for retirement. He presents strategies for principal protection and income accumulation without market risk. As a result, not one of Len’s clients has lost money in a market downturn. His motto “Safety First in Retirement”!
Len firmly believes in treating clients as family: always with the upmost honesty and integrity.
Len is the co-author of “The Power of Leadership; Being the Leader Producing Results.” Also, Len is an author of over 20 published articles and has made several radio and TV appearances on personal empowerment and financial freedom. Len continues to be an approved member of the National Ethics Association, National Social Security Association, National Association of Professional Agents, and the Better Business Bureau.
Len now hosts a radio show called “Safe Money Radio” airing in Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Naples, and West Palm Beach, Florida. His program is educational and discusses how to get out of the Wall Street Casino and away from the roller coaster that is the stock market. As an alternative, Len explains how fixed indexed annuities can provide security - never losing principal and participating in some of the upside through indexes offered by large, safe insurance companies.
Len has authored two articles: one on reducing risk in uncertain markets (Click HERE) and another about the advantage of annuities in bear markets (Click HERE) to read his articles and learn more. Hear Len discuss protecting retirement assets with the right investment strategy HERE.
Art Athanas, LUTCF, LS Financial Group Co-founder and President
With over 30 years in the financial services industry, Art specializes in challenging traditional industry thinking. Art works closely with his clients in an effort to develop successful and tax efficient strategies. Many of Art’s clients seek strategies relating to increasing their retirement income, purchasing real estate, early mortgage pay-offs, funding educational expenses for children, or expanding a business.
Over the years, Art has provided tax advantaged retirement planning to executives at a number of major international corporations, including Cisco, Georgia Pacific, Avaya, UPS, Citrix, and BASF.
Art started his career in 1990 with Mass Mutual Financial.
In 1997, Art joined Prudential Securities as a Financial Advisor at their Aventura, Florida offices.
Art was registered in the securities industry from 1992-2017 and has since focused on insurance and annuity services. He is licensed to sell Life Insurance in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Missouri. Art successfully completed the Life Insurance Training Counsel in 1994 and achieved the LUTCF designation. As an independent insurance broker, Art is able to utilize products offered by many of the largest companies in the industry. By not being tied to one company, Art can work together with his clients in an effort to seek out the best opportunities based on each client’s unique situation.
Art has lived in Fort Lauderdale since 1990. He has been married since 1969 and has 3 children and 2 grand children. He has been the District Governor and Club President for Gyro International. He has also been the President of Broward Business Associates.
Art recently authored an article on the compelling advantages of fixed index annuities. Learn how “Zero is Your Hero”. Click HERE to learn more.
Karey Hensley Rebello, CPA, CFP,
LS Financial Group Co-founder and Vice-President
Karey received her BS in Accounting from the University of South Florida in 1991 and became a Florida CPA in 1993. Karey earned her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2006. She formed Hensley CPA Firm PA in 1996 in Naples, FL where she developed a highly successful practice with several hundred clients. She opened another CPA Firm in Frisco, TX, in 2011 and currently oversees both her Florida, and Texas, CPA offices. She recently became an Investment Advisor Representative.
Karey is a consummate professional whose accomplishments include: real estate investing, speaker for the European Business Network, Intuit Pro Advisor Certified Specialist, Crown Financial Ministry Leader; and member of the Texas Society of CPA’s, Frisco Chamber, and former member of the Advisory Board of Hodges University. She has also appeared on Fox News as a Tax Analyst.
In 2017 she joined the co-founders of LS Financial Group to provide outstanding retirement planning for all of her clients. Karey has extensive experience assisting individuals and small business clients in various areas and enjoys helping clients accomplish their business & life goals. Her patient nature and mild manner reassures clients & keeps them focused. However, she also enjoys advocating for her clients and will do endless research to support taxpayer’s positions & challenge IRS positions. Karey and her three children live in Little Elm, TX.
Carolina Rivas, LS Financial Group Client Relationship Director
With over 35 years experience as an Administrator and Client Relations Director, Carolina always seeks to serve as an effective client liaison for business.
In 1983, Carolina started out as the Office Manager for the American Heart Association - analyzing the market and identifying customers’ needs, establishing trust, setting revenue targets, and developing custom solutions. In 1987 she became an Administrator - a position she held for the next 30 years. In this role she directed eight physicians and managed ten back office and client relationship representatives. Carolina prides herself on staying calm and friendly under pressure when handling conflicts inside and outside the office. Her motto is, “The Client is Always Right”. Her goal is to elevate the patient and client experience by going above and beyond the call of duty - always providing a pleasant and professional client experience. She graduated Barry University with a degree in Accounting and Business Management.
Offices in Fort Lauderdale, FL • Miami, FL • Bonita Springs, FL • Sarasota, FL • Dallas, TX