DRS Wealth Management was started by Matthew Albers, Mike Nixon, and Dane Grouell. Each of these three gentlemen has well over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. After working with many different broker-dealers and investment advisers, the partners have honed their sense of what works and what doesn’t work, and how to properly service their clientele.
Matthew D. Albers
Matthew D. Albers, AWMA®, is a partner and the Chief Executive Officer of DRS Wealth Management. Matt has been in the financial services industry since 1999. His experience encompasses all areas of comprehensive wealth management, with an emphasis on complex insurance planning, income planning, business succession strategy planning, corporate retirement plan consulting and the implementation
Matt graduated with High Honors from Lynchburg College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance. Matt is an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA), a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), and a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC).
The Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) designation, is a designation earned through the College for Financial Planning, which entails completion of a course of study encompassing wealth strategies, equity-based compensation plans, tax reduction alternatives and asset protection alternatives, as well as a course examination designed to demonstrate his ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.
Throughout his career, Matt has developed a robust client base consisting of physicians, corporate executives, business owners, retirees, professional athletes and non-profit organizations predominantly located on the East Coast.
Throughout his career, Matt has devoted a tremendous amount of time to serving the needs of his community. He served on the board of The St. Michaels Community Center from 2005 to 2011 and Compass Regional Hospice from 2012 to 2017. He has served on the board of Phillip’s Wharf Environmental Center from 2015 to Present and is currently the board Chairman. He also co-founded The Foundation for Community Development, an Easton, MD based community foundation, in July of 2019 and is a current board member of the foundation. Matt is a member of the Easton Rotary and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.
Matt lives in Easton, MD with his wife Diana.
Michael P. Nixon
Michael P. Nixon, AWMA®, is a Partner at DRS Wealth Management. Engaged in the financial services industry since 1992, his experience encompasses all areas of wealth management, with a focus on wealth preservation, retirement income planning and business succession solutions.
Mike holds an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) designation, given through the College of Financial Planning, which entails completion of a course of study encompassing wealth strategies, equity-based compensation plans, tax reduction alternatives and asset protection alternatives, as well as a course examination designed to demonstrate his ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.
Over the years, Mike built up a solid client base consisting of executives, business owners, medical professional, retirees, pro athletes and non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and southwest Florida. Prior to his current career, Mike served as a police officer with Sarasota Police Department and as a Special Agent with the Naval Investigative Service (NIS).
In 1999, Mike co-founded Scoring for Children with former Washington Capitals hockey players Michal Pivonka and Peter Bondra, a 501(c)3 organization that raised and distributed more than $500,000 for 22 children’s related charities in the Washington, DC area over its 4-year period. Mike is also author of Defen$e: Preserving and Creating Investment Income to Last a Lifetime.
Michael resides in South Port, North Carolina.
Dane Grouell is the Chief Compliance Officer of DRS Wealth Management. He is a 23-year veteran of the financial services industry. He has worked in management at various broker-dealers and investment advisers. Mr. Grouell was most recently the compliance officer of a FINRA broker-dealer and the chief compliance officer of the affiliated advisory division. Mr. Grouell has previously been the chief compliance officer of a $19 billion investment adviser and private fund manager. He has been a compliance consultant to firms of all sizes; from one-person financial planners to multi-national mutual fund companies. As a compliance consultant, Mr. Grouell has rendered advice to firms domiciled in the US, Europe and Asia. He currently holds the Series 65 and life insurance licenses.
Mr. Grouell lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and their 3 children.
Paula Gentile is an Administrative Assistant at DRS Wealth Management. Being in the Finance Industry since 2000, Paula has worked as an Independent Operation and Relations Assistant to a number of financial advisors/brokers. She has been with Matt and Mike since 2007. Prior to starting in the industry she was a Secretary at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior High School and a single mom of four.
Carrie Chudzikiewicz (who-g-kev-itch) is an Administrative Assistant at DRS Wealth Management. She previously worked at State Street Corporation as an Assistant Vice President of Compliance and Client Operations, as well as a myriad of positions from 2000 to 2016. While at SSC, among other matters, she helped onboard Australian funds, host a technology call with a major client, and be project lead on numerous new business initiatives.
Chudzikiewicz received her undergraduate degree from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.