I believe in the power of having a financial blueprint for the future – and a trusted advisory team that can adjust it as life changes.
Driven by her passion for helping others, Laura uses her deep financial planning experience to help clients pursue their important life goals. Laura and her team pride themselves on offering an exceptionally high level of personalized service, building relationships for the long term.
Since 2006, she has had the privilege of leading the Steckler Wealth Management Group of Raymond James as Managing Director. Her efforts were recognized in 2020, 2021, and 2022 by Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors* and Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors**, as well as in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 by Working Mother Top Wealth Advisors.*** Laura was honored to be a recipient of the 2020 Women to Watch award by InvestmentNews honoring female financial advisers and industry leaders.**** For the past six years, she has also been a member of the Chairman’s Council*****, the highest level of recognition at Raymond James. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and panels, and has been quoted in several financial publications.
Growing up in a single-parent home in Brooklyn, Laura learned firsthand the effects of divorce on a family’s finances and the importance of a financial education. That hunger for knowledge propelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree from New York University. She has also earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, Certified Estate Planner™, and Certified in Long Term Care designations over the years. She applies all that she has learned for the benefit of clients, placing special emphasis on helping them successfully navigate life transitions, including divorce, widowhood and retirement.
Over the years, Laura has also developed a specialization in pension planning and analysis. She’s helped corporate as well as city, state, county and federal employees evaluate their options and assist in developing and executing a retirement strategy that is tailored to each person and their objectives. She is also skilled at creating and managing tax advantaged wealth accumulation strategies for professionals in the private sector.
Giving back to the community is a priority for Laura, who has supported a groundbreaking financial literacy initiative in Miami Dade County Public Schools as well as Funding the Future, a nonprofit with the ambitious mission of teaching financial literacy to every student in America. She has also worked with indigent seniors and has served a variety of women’s organizations. She is a staunch advocate for women in the financial services industry, having served on the prestigious Raymond James Women’s Advisory Council.
A married mother of two children, Gavin and Addison, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, playing tennis, traveling, training for marathons and dancing. Learn a little more about Laura's Brooklyn upbringing and the perspective she brings to her clients:
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*The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations, more than 5,000 advisors received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors for more info.
****The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Women Advisors was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively, a major component of a ranking algorithm that includes: wealth advisors with a minimum of 7 years of experience, client impact, industry experience, review of best practices and compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Research Summary (As of February, 2022) 34,500 nominations were received, based on thresholds (9,850 Women) 18,465 Advisors were invited to complete the online survey. 13,549 Advisors were interviewed by telephone. 2,610 Advisors were interviewed in-person at the Advisors' location and 1,203 were Advisor web based interviews. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience.
***Top Wealth Adviser Moms SHOOK considered women advisors with children living at home under 21 years of age. The ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone, virtual and in-person interviews and surveys, considering factors such as: service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, etc. and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC. Neither SHOOK nor Working Mother receives compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Research summary (as of 3/31/2021): from a total universe of 300,000 advisors, based on our thresholds we received 33,123 nominations, of which approximately 20% (6,624) were women and less than a quarter (1,400) at the time were mothers with children under the age of 21 and living at home. A final list of the top 500 advisors was then compiled based upon the quantitative criteria. Raymond James is not affiliated with Working Mother or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. For more information see shookresearch.com
****InvestmentNews Women to Watch submissions were accepted and reviewed based on the following criteria: demonstration of success and leadership, power to effect change, willingness to share expertise and community service. Several hundred nominations of registered investment advisers, registered representatives, financial planners, brokers, insurance agents, certified public accounts, bank trust officers, firm executives and those working for industry organizations were nominated by their firms and the top 22 selected by the Investment news staff. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not indicative of advisor’s future performance and is not based in any way on the individual’s abilities in regards to providing advice or management. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Investment News is not affiliated with Raymond James.
***** Membership is based mainly on assets under management, education, credentials and fiscal year production. Requalification is required annually. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor’s future performance. No fee is paid in exchange for this award/rating.