John Brighton entered the financial services industry in 2000 with a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. John is a qualified Portfolio Manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing his own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the Firm's Investment Advisory Program, a Portfolio Manager may manage his strategies on a discretionary basis. John's focus is in portfolio management and asset allocation. *Asset allocation does not need ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. *Accredited Asset Management Specialist and AAMS are registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning.