Roger S. Desai, LUTCF, CFE
Roger serves as president of RSD Financial, with over 15 years experience in the financial services industry. In 1988, Roger received his Bachelors of Science degree in business management at Towson University.
Roger earned the designation of Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) in 1996 from the National Association of Life Underwriters. In August 2005, Roger earned his Certified Financial Educator (CFE) designation. He is currently working towards his CFP designation. Roger is also a member of both the Financial Planning Association and the Financial Life Planning institute.
Since 1993 Roger has been in the financial service business. He started as an account representative with Horace Mann Educators Corp. During his 3 years with Horace Mann, he provided clients with life, health, property-casualty insurance, annuities, and retirement planning. From 1996-1999, Roger was a registered representative with Edward Jones & Co., providing investment advisory services to individuals and small business owners. In November 1999, Roger joined Securities America, Inc. (SAI) a broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Roger is licensed for securities in the states of AZ, CA, DE, FL, GA, IL, MD, NY, PA, SC, TN, VA, WA,and WV.
Roger spends many evenings teaching investment classes at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Howard County Community College (HCC) Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), and various employers offices. He enjoys sharing his experience and abilities with others, believing that everyone should know the basics of investing and should have a financial strategy for their future.
As an independent financial planner, Roger is able to focus on his clients by customizing investment portfolios to match their needs. He has a strong recognition of the special challenges that face retirees, who need to carefully strategize their investments in order to enjoy the freedom that retirement brings.
His clients most appreciate the level of communication he maintains with them, and how he takes each individual's tolerance for risk into account. Roger makes it a point to keep in contact with his clients about the status of their investments. On occasion, he has been known to visit a clients home when they are unable to come to him.
Jessica serves as an Associate Member of RSD Financial with experience in marketing and customer service. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with degrees in merchandising management and marketing. She is continuing her education in Holistic Nutrition and Herbal Medicine. Jessica views finance in a holistic perspective, she assists Roger with office compliance processes, marketing, and customer relations. She looks forward to working with each client and help assist with their needs.
For the past several years, Kara has worked in the business development and fundraising field working for companies such as Living Classrooms Foundation, Educate, Inc., Sylvan Learning Inc., and Charmed Magazine. Prior to joining RSD Financial, Kara spent six years as a classroom teacher at a Title 1 school in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she developed the school’s project based instruction model, served on the Leadership Team, attended the Baldridge Academy for Performance Excellence, and received the National Education Association’s Innovation Grant.
As a member of the RSD Financial team, Kara will be dedicated to providing superior client services while helping RSD Financial to reach business development and growth goals while assisting with office processes.