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Meet The Team

  • John C. Burroughs, CFP®

    john2John is a graduate of the University of Illinois.  He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm) professional. He has served the financial planning and investment management needs of Santa Cruz and Bay Area residents since 1967. He is a principal of Securities Broker-Dealer, Securities America. He is the founder and owner of Burroughs-Braley Wealth Management in Santa Cruz. John has also been actively involved in community banking for over thirty five years. He has been an organizer and founder of two Santa Cruz community banks: Coast Commercial Bank and more recently, Lighthouse Bank. He served on the Coast Commercial Bank Board of Directors from 1982 through 2000 when the bank was merged into Greater Bay Bancorp and later purchased by Wells Fargo Bank.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of Lighthouse Bank since its inception in 2007.

    In regard to community involvement, John is a member of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club and served as club President in 2004-2005.  He was President of the Cabrillo College Foundation in 2003-2004; has served as Chairman and President of the Dominican Hospital Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Dominican Hospital.  He has also been a Board Member of the Santa Cruz Symphony Association, Volunteer Center, Santa Cruz Arts Council and Museum of Art and History.

    John and his wife Linda are residents of Santa Cruz, and are major sponsors of many charitable organizations and events including season sponsors of the Santa Cruz Symphony Concert Series for several years.

  • Jason Braley, CFP®

    jason2Professional Experience

    Jason joined Burroughs Financial Services in July of 2010 as a Financial Advisor Associate. He is a graduate of CSU Monterey Bay with a BS in Business Administration. He has both his series 7 and 63 securities licenses. Jason obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm) certification in 2013.  Follow this LINK to learn more about this designation.  Prior to joining Burroughs Financial, Jason worked closely with Jeffrey Froshman, a financial advisor from Capitola, from 2004 - 2010.

    About Me

    I learned my first real lesson about money in 1983, when I was about 5 years old. Both of my parents were working a lot at the time. My dad as a machinist that worked the graveyard shift and my mom worked during the day as a cashier at Safeway. We lived on the "other side of the tracks" in Sunnyvale and didn't have a lot of money. One day, my mom took us to Toy's R Us and I can still vividly recall seeing a toy behind the glass that I really wanted. It was a Transformer that cost $13. My mom told me that if I wanted it, I'd have to pay for it myself. I ended up doing extra chores around the house until I had saved enough to make my purchase. The moral lesson I learned was that hard work pays off. The money lesson I learned was that earning and saving money is hard work! My Transformer sits on my desk today.

    My approach to financial planning starts with learning about the things that are most important to you. What are your goals, aspirations, and personal objectives? My goal is to help bring clarity to these things and with my professional experience, insight into how you can achieve them.

    As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ practitioner, I am held to rigorous ethical standards and always place my client's interests first. I strongly believe that by building strong relationships with my clients, it helps me to better address their needs. A financial plan is always evolving to adjust for changes in your life and the overall markets. With regular meetings and online access to your plan and investment holdings, we address these changes and keep you informed of your finances to make sure you are on track for your goals.

    My wife, Ashley, and I have been together for 15 years and married for 8. The old saying, "behind every successful man is a great woman," definitely rings true with us. I would not be where I am without her by my side. We have a son, Fox, who's 18 months old and a whirlwind of energy. On the weekends and evenings, there's a good chance of running into us on one of our long walks through the Seascape neighborhood or the Hidden Beach playground with Fox and our Boston Terrier,  Pepper. I've been mountain biking for most of my life so you might find me in Nisene Marks too, enjoying the huge playground we're lucky to have at our doorstep.


  • Kerri J. Berry

    Client Advocate and Office Manager

    kerri2Kerri began working with John in December of 2000. Before joining BFS, Kerri worked in banking for 12 years. Kerri has her Series 7, Series 63 and Series 24 securities licenses. 

    Kerri ensures that our clients receive the best possible service. She will book appointments for you, and is the first person you call if you have questions regarding your financial planning process. She will ensure that the appropriate member of our team responds to your query.