ABOUT

Scott Garcia

President

Scott Garcia has been helping clients protect their nest eggs and plan for an abundant future for more than 30 years. The founder of Premier Estate & Income Planning was born in South St. Louis City. He attended Affton High School and received a full-ride baseball scholarship to Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO.

At an early age, Scott experienced how one of life’s curveballs can take you off course. Three weeks into baseball practice, at age 18, he was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer and told he had only three weeks to live. Luckily, his treatment worked and after two years of it, he was able to return to school. While training to requalify for his scholarship, Scott entered the financial services industry with Banker’s Life and Casualty. That was in 1986.

He enjoyed immediate success and was honored as the St. Louis Agent of the Year for six years in a row, beginning his first year. He was recruited into management for the company and remained there loyally for 17 years.

When he saw an opportunity to return to working with clients one-on-one to help them prepare for their financial futures, he founded the company that led to Premier Estate & Income Planning so he could operate independently and bring the best of all product solutions available to his clients. Over his career, he has helped more than 1,000 clients protect their financial futures.

Licensed in Missouri and Illinois, Scott truly loves helping people and changing their lives for the better.

Our Team of Strategic Partners

Andrew Victor

Vice President | Director of Planning Strategies

Andrew Auchincloss Victor has more than 24 years of experience in financial services. He specializes in strategies for Tax-efficient Income Planning, Wealth Transfer, Estate Planning, Business Succession and Insurance Planning. Victor supports advisors by presenting to their clients (and clients’ attorneys and accountants) complex and comprehensive solutions through succinct yet actionable guidance.

  • Harvard graduate
  • 24 years of experience in financial services
  • Consults on risk and tax mitigation strategies with a focus on lifetime income

Noell Holmberg

Director of Life Insurance

Noell’s experience as a medical surgery nurse, specializing in cardiology and neurology, gives her invaluable credibility when working with underwriters. Her persuasive advocacy results in insurers green-lighting client cases they may have otherwise denied. And her experience in handling jumbo life cases, whether $65 million or $450 million, adds even greater value to advisors and their high-net-worth clients.

Stacy Pearson

Universal Guardian Trust

Stacy brings an incredible background where she has legislated and advocates for individuals who have no voice. She has also spoken multiple times at the United Nations which brings a very unique perspective to our team approach. Stacy wears many hats at any given time and works directly with our Advisor Partners on training and mentoring them with amazing success to grow their business. Her personal style and professionalism stand apart from what most Advisors have experienced in this competitive industry.

Veronica Hill

Financial Planning & Tax Mitigation

In 1999 Veronica began her career in the financial sector on the securities side of the industry where she was Series 7 and Series 65 licensed. She moved to the life insurance side of the industry in 2005, working for a brokerage agency. Her journey on the life insurance side began in underwriting, assisting agents and their clients with obtaining the best possible offers by working hand in hand with the underwriters throughout the underwriting process.  She then moved to the marketing side of the business, where she has been assisting agents by helping them to determine what is best suited for their clients based on both financial and medical information on hand.

Craig Isaacs, ChFC, CLU, RFC

Estate & Tax Planning Specialist

Craig Isaacs joined CSI Financial Group as an Estate and Tax Planning Specialist. He’s spent more than four decades serving a diverse clientele, from professional athletes, entertainers and affluent families to the middle Americans so many other firms leave behind. Craig is often called on by accountants, attorneys, and financial advisors to provide his expertise in advanced planning areas. These include but are not limited to estate & wealth transfer planning, income and estate tax planning, business succession and executive benefit planning.

Jennifer Surmacz

Chief Counsel

In her role, Jennifer uses her experience in Estate Planning, Probate, Contracts, and other legal disciplines to review each eStatePlan™ file and collaborate with the eStatePlan™ team to ensure compliance with the client’s goals, objectives, and wishes. She works with client’s to review finished documents for approving their efficacy, suitability, and accuracy.

Ciara Lister, Esq.

Network Attorney

As a network attorney for eStatePlan™ Ciara Lister believes in three key pillars: planning, preparation, and prevention. A full-scholarship graduate of Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla., Lister began her law career as a Commercial Insurance Litigator in Boca Raton. She began seeing clients and her close friends struggle with the negative effects of probate proceedings, from dwindling inheritances to families destroyed by battles over money. This motivated her to change her focus to Estate Planning so she could help people avoid these issues before it was too late, rather than perform legal triage when the damage to families and their legacies had already been done.

Caroline Nahm

Caroline Nahm

Funding & Customer Service Specialist

Caroline Nahm offers CSI Financial’s Advisor Partners and their clients a kind, guiding hand to help them through the process of securing their financial futures. For almost a decade she has worked with one of our key Advisor Partners, refining her skills at client service and managing the workflow for completing important processes.