My Team

Our goal is to deliver unparalleled services and support for our clients. We specialize in and utilize a unique approach that defines and understands the characteristics of each client's needs and determine the most appropriate products to help ensure the plan meets their overall goals and objectives.

Ryan James Hougardy

Ryan James Hougardy

Director of Operations
Office 805-427-3257

As the Operations Manager, Ryan is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Irvine office.  Ryan continuously improves the processes and systems in order to ensure the office operates efficiently and always provides our clients with the highest level of service.  

Ryan brings a wealth of planning knowledge and experience to his position as he spent 2 years as a financial representative prior to joining the management team as the Operations Manager.  Ryan previously spent several years working as a District Representative for U.S. Representative, Ed Royce.  Ryan attended Chapman University for both his undergraduate and graduate studies where he received his MBA and his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Economics.

Ryan is originally from Thousand Oaks and has been living in Orange since 2005.  He enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and being active.

Vicki M. Bauer

Vicki M. Bauer, CFP®, RICP®

Investment Operations Coordinator
Office 213-243-7000

Vicki Bauer, CFP® joined Northwestern Mutual in 2013.  With over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, she assists with the creation of investment proposals and investment analysis of new and existing client accounts on a regular basis.

Vicki graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses as well as a California State Life and Health License. 

In her free time, Vicki enjoys hiking and reading.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM  and CFP®  (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.


Nick Socha, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Advisor


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