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Evan C. Joffe

Evan grew up in New York and went to college in Illinois and received his B.S. from Northern Illinois University. His father was in the women’s apparel business, and when Evan moved back to New York, he eventually went into textiles working for Springs Industries and its spin-off Springfield LLC where he managed the military and government apparel fabrics business.

After completing the Professional Program in Business at New York University’s Stern School of Business and then moving to Orlando, Florida in late 2000, Evan made a career change and transitioned to financial services going from “rags to riches.”

Evan first worked for Legg Mason, who was purchased by Smith Barney in 2006. Then in 2009, Smith Barney was sold into a joint venture with Morgan Stanley.

Since starting as a financial advisor, Evan has taken a consultative approach to wealth management, listening to his client’s goals, values, aspirations and concerns, then working with them to develop tailored wealth management strategies.

Evan earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Specialist (CRPS®) designation from the College of Financial Planning and the Financial Planning Specialist (FPS) from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Evan has his FINRA Series 7, Series 66 and Life, Health & Variable Annuity Insurance licenses.

Evan and his lovely wife Amy have two children: Joel in 4th grade and Anne in 3rd grade at Bay Meadows Elementary. They live in Dr. Phillips and are active at Christ Church of Orlando where Evan teaches a Bible study class.


Financial Advisor · Morgan Stanley Smith Barney · 407-849-4738 · Contact by email

Michele L. Johnson, Esq.

Michele L. Johnson, Esq., is a shareholder in the Orlando office of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. She joined Greenberg Traurig in 2004 from an associate position at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began her legal career in 2000. Ms. Johnson has significant experience counseling and representing a wide array of clients regarding matters ranging from advice on statutory and regulatory interpretation and adherence to defense against, and prosecution of, small dollar to multimillion dollar claims. She focuses her civil litigation and advocacy practice on helping a broad spectrum of clients manage and resolve a varied universe of legal issues and disputes, through litigation or alternative dispute resolution, in both state and federal courts throughout Florida and her home state of Ohio.


Attorney · Greenberg Traurig, PA · 407-420-1000 · Contact by email

Penny Jones

Penny Jones is the Executive Director of Community Relations for Florida Hospital one of America’s largest hospitals. With more than 2,200 beds, the seven-hospital system admits more patients annually than any other hospital in the U.S. and is the largest provider of Medicare services. In her role, Jones works to strengthen community outreach and relationships. She has been with Florida Hospital since 1996. Formerly, she served as a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinical Research Associate at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jones graduated from Loma Linda University with a bachelor’s degree in Management. She is a licensed foster parent. Ms. Jones is active in her community, focusing on her passion for children’s issues and faith-based leadership by serving on the boards of Community Based Care of Central Florida (current Board Chair), Community Coordinated Care for Children (4C), Lifework Leadership, and the Central Florida Christian Chamber. She is the recipient of the 2013 CBC of Central Florida Inspiration Award.


Executive Director Community Relations · Florida Hospital · 407-303-7776 · Contact by email