Tom M. Smith CFS

President | Wealth Advisor

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 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 sporting event. His mission is to continue to develop lasting relationships with his clients while continuing to positively impact lives in the community.

C. Victoria "Torie" Smith

Director of Client Relations

Torie Smith has been working in the financial industry since 2006 and began her career as Financial Advisor in January 2014 with former broker dealer Waddell & Reed.

By being in a team environment, Torie works closely with the advisors and clients to ease the flow of processing and assist in any situations that may arise. She also meets with the clients on a regular basis to gather data, review portfolios and confirm risk tolerance and time horizon.

Torie is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and University of Louisville. She is a proud mother of two teenagers, Alex and Averi. She was PTA President and Girl Scouts leader of her children's elementary school and enjoys going to many events that Louisville and southern Indiana have to offer as well as supporting the local arts with her family and friends. In her down time she enjoys cooking, reading, binge watching Netflix, or working on puzzles, especially a good crossword.

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Michael Gauss CFP, MBA


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

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.

Mike Slyby CFP, MBA

Executive Vice President

Mike began his career in financial services in 1987 with National City Bank.  He saw firsthand the impact of not having proper planning in place and felt a strong desire to work with people developing proper plans to assure his clients be in the best position possible.

He spent the next two decades demonstrating and training proper techniques to both new and veteran advisors alike.  He was a featured speaker and trainer at many events all over the continental United States.

Mike now exclusively focuses on providing comprehensive financial advice to individuals and families about Risk Management, Wealth Planning and Legacy Creation.

Mike has earned a Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

He has also made the investment in himself and the industry by becoming a Certified Financial Planner®.

A life long resident of Central and South West Ohio.  He’s been married since 1988 and has two wonderful adult daughters.  Mike is currently attending University Baptist Church.

Mike is an honorably discharged Army Veteran (Field Artillery Officer).  He enjoys boating, hunting and helping at risk youth.

Debbie Murphy

Administrative Assistant

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