Benjamin Wong, CFP®, AIF®
Designations and Licenses
Benjamin is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designee.
Experience and Education
Benjamin specializes in helping clients find security and success in their financial lives. He assists with building wealth management plans and helps position his clients favorably for their financial future.
Prior to joining Mariner Wealth Advisors, he was the managing principal for Viewpoint Financial Network. Prior to that, he worked for Commonwealth Financial Network and several small regional broker dealers. He began his career at Waddell & Reed in Kansas City.
Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, East Bay and an MBA in finance from California State University, East Bay.
Benjamin has received the Five Star Wealth Manager Award from 2012-2021. He was named Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor, ranking #17 in 2021, Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors from 2018-2020 and Women’s Choice Award-Financial Advisor in 2019 and 2021.
Benjamin is an active musician. He has played with artists like Ronnie Montrose, Babylon AD, Peter Wolf and Larry Carter of Romeo Void. He enjoys cooking, golfing and spending time with his granddaughter.
The Five Star Wealth Manager award is given by Five Star Professional. To receive the award, a wealth manager must satisfy 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including registration as an investment advisory representative, employment as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years, favorable regulatory and compliant history, firm review based on internal firm standards and accepting new clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed in the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional. To view the full disclosure and award criteria, visit: https://www.fivestarprofessional.com/search/Index?r=DIA&p=WM
The Financial Times 400 and Ignites Research, the FT’s sister company, contacted the largest US brokerages in autumn 2019 to obtain practice information and data for their top advisers across the US and selected advisers with more than 10 years’ experience with $300m or more in assets under management. Financial Times’ methodology is quantifiable and objective. The RIAs had no subjective input. The FT invited qualifying advisors, about 940, to complete a questionnaire about their practices. This was added to their own research into firm practices, including data from regulatory filings. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, AUM growth rate, years of experience, SEC compliance record, industry certifications of key employees and online accessibility. For additional information visit: https://www.ft.com/content/ddb3b6e0-78bd-11ea-9840-1b8019d9a987
Forbes’ 2021 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list spotlights more than 5,000 top advisors across the country who were nominated by their firms. The ranking is based on is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, gained through telephone, virtual and in-person due diligence interviews and quantitative data from a pool of more than 32,000 nominated advisors. Those advisors selected have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes or SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Advisors do not pay a fee for placement on the list, which is independently determined by Shook Research. For additional information, visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/rjshook/2021/02/11/forbes-best-in-state-wealth-advisors-methodology-2021/?sh=c2cacb56d22e