Our Team

Meet Our Team

Tom M. Smith CFS

President | Wealth Advisor

(502) 716-6671

tom.smith@lpl.com

Tom began his career as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in 2001. He spent over a decade in management, recruiting and training Financial Advisors. He has been a featured speaker to financial representatives on how to build an advisor team. Tom now exclusively focuses his practice on working with clients in the areas of investment management, retirement income planning and estate planning strategies. Tom's passion is developing investment strategies to help his clients prepare for and enjoy the retirement they envision.

Tom has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northwood University and earned the CFS® (Certified Funds Specialist) designation from the Institute of Business & Finance. He was also a co-host of "The Financial Hour", a live call-in radio show. He has previously been a guest on the Mandy Connell radio show on 840 WHAS as well as WHAS 11 TV.

A lifelong resident of Louisville, Tom is married to Tobi and has two children: a daughter Alexa and a son Cade. He is very active in the community and has been fortunate enough to have coached both children's basketball and baseball teams. Tom is currently a member of Southeast Christian Church. He enjoys weight lifting and hot yoga when he is not working or attending a sporting event. His mission is to continue to develop lasting relationships with his clients while continuing to positively impact lives in the community.

Michael Gauss CFP, MBA

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERâ„¢

(502) 716-6678

michael.gauss@lpl.com

Michael became a Financial Advisor in 1995 after twenty years in the corporate arena, mostly in computers and finance. A graduate of Westport High School, he attended Wittenberg University and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in economics. Michael picked up his MBA at Bellarmine University in 1990.

Michael and his wife Marilyn have lived in Louisville most of their lives and have two adult sons, Brian and Sam. Coaching some of their numerous youth sports teams taught him that managing children also included managing their parents. Michael has had numerous interests through the years, at one time he was a nationally ranked competitive fencer (sabre).

Ken Baize

Wealth Advisor

(502) 716-6672

kenneth.baize@lpl.com

Ken has been in the financial services field since 2009. He started his career as a financial advisor with AXA Equitable where he obtained his Series 7 and 66 licenses, now held through LPL Financial. These licenses allow him to assist clients with securities investments including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, 529 plans and various other security instruments. As an LPL Investment Advisor Representative he can assist his clients with fee based advisory programs. He also holds insurance licenses which allow him to help clients in the areas of life insurance, long term care and annuities and estate planning strategies.

Prior to becoming a Financial Advisor, Ken spent almost 30 years in the personnel field focusing on safety, training and human resources. Ken was born in 1958. He attended the University of Louisville. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where he performed Search & Rescue and Law Enforcement missions. He has been married to Rebecca for 19 years. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

As a Wealth Advisor with WealthLine Financial Advisors, Ken’s focus is helping clients pursue financial freedom and enjoying the retirement they deserve.

Debbie Murphy

Administrative Assistant

(502) 716-6670

debbie.s.murphy@lpl.com

Debbie has been working in the financial industry for over 9 years. Prior to transitioning to the financial field, she spent over 25 years in the accounting field. She and her husband love to travel and incorporate their favorite hobbies of hiking, watching wildlife and photography. She also likes to spend time with her beloved American Eskimo dog named Oliie!

Debbie performs many functions for WealthLine Financial Advisors including event coordination, answering phones, greeting clients, appointment scheduling and various other administrative functions.

Debbie is not employed by LPL Financial., but acts as a non-registered associated person of LPL Financial. She is authorized to assist Financial Advisors with approved activities. She is prohibited from soliciting, creating a market or account for any securities, investment advisory or insurance services. These activities are the sole responsibility of the Financial Advisors, in addition she is not authorized to enter into any contractual obligations on behalf of LPL Financial or otherwise bind the firm. 06/18

Jeannie Samdani, MA Econ., CMFC

Financial Planner

5027166679

5027166684

jeannie.samdani@lpl.com

Jeannie joined Wealthline in April of 2024.  Previous to this she spent 9 years as a financial advisor with another local firm.  Jeannie was born in 1958.  She graduated from Grinnell in 1978 and has a 1981 MA in Economics from the University of Illinois.  Jeannie has 30 years of legal and financial experience, including stints as a paralegal, business broker, insurance agent, and stock market regulator.  She now works as an LPL financial planner, assisting Tom Smith.  She has been helping people with Medicare insurance since 2008.  

In her free time, Jeannie enjoys visiting friends, her 3 children, and her 5 grandchildren!  She is a member of the Sierra Club and Wild Ones, which is an organization for native plant enthusiasts.  She greatly enjoys tending to her own native garden, at her home in downtown Charlestown, Indiana.  She is working on her Spanish, enjoys her Telenovelas, and hopes to visit Mexico, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

Tobi Smith

Events Coordinator

Tobi was born and raised in Jeffersonville, Indiana and she loves her small town. She is a former small business owner and also a licensed barber in the state of Indiana since 2000. Tobi is married to Tom and has two children: a daughter Tanner and a son Shepherd. She loves her family, trying new restaurants, and traveling to the beach. She is an avid UK sports fan and any of the sports her son is playing at Providence High School. She loves planning parties and events for clients and family alike. 

How We Work

How We Work

Our reasons for becoming financial professionals are deeply personal. We repeatedly saw many friends and family struggling to find the help they needed to map out their financial future. We are confident that with our understanding of personal finance, coupled with our training as financial professionals, we can help people better prepare for the future. After years in the business, we have developed a reputation for educating individuals in an easy-to-understand manner so they can grasp personal finance and use those concepts to pursue their financial objectives. We feel a commitment to our community.