Meet the Team at Shoreline Financial Advisors

At SFA, we like numbers, but we won’t make you feel like one. You’ll be sharing very personal financial information with your advisor, so we know that trust is very important. Combined, we have more than 65 years of experience in finance. Plus, we have respected credentials, such as the CFA, CPA and CFP®. Put our experience and knowledge to work for you.

Brendan T. Smith, CPA, CFP®, MST


Brendan has been in the financial services industry since 1983 and a partner at Shoreline Financial Advisors since 1996. Before establishing SFA, Brendan was a partner at Simione, Scillia, Larrow and Dowling, LLC. Prior to that, he was a partner at Brown and Brown, LLC. These were both New England firms focusing on tax and estate planning, personal financial planning and accounting for pension plans. Brendan began his career at Arthur Anderson.

Education & Service

Brendan is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner™ professional. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College and an M.S. in Taxation from Bentley College. Brendan currently serves on the board of the Guilford Library and the Women and Family Life Center. He was also the recipient of the 2016 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager award in the Connecticut Magazine.

Other Interests

Brendan enjoys spending time outdoors: traveling, running road races, boating and fishing on Long Island Sound. He and Patrick have summited 45 out of the 48 highest peaks in New Hampshire. Brendan and his wife Susan have two children, Sam and Emma.

Patrick M. Smith, CFA, MSF


Patrick has been in the financial services industry since 1984 and a partner at Shoreline Financial Advisors since 2001. Prior to SFA, he was a Senior Vice President and portfolio manager at Pioneer Investments. Before Pioneer, Patrick was a Vice President and portfolio manager at Loomis, Sayles & Co, and he began his career as a securities analyst at Putnam Investments. He has appeared several times on CNBC as well as various public television programs to discuss global investment strategy and economics. He has been featured and/or quoted in USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Kiplingers, Money, Financial Planning, Bloomberg, Financial World, and Pensions and Investments.

Education & Service

Patrick has a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Finance from Boston College. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts. He also serves on the Guilford Pension Committee. Patrick has been a four year recipient of the FIVE STAR Wealth Manager award for the years of 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Other Interests

Besides summiting 45 of the 48 highest peaks in New Hampshire with Brendan, Patrick enjoys sailing, long distance biking and traveling and cooking with his wife, Susanna. They have two children, Katie and Nathan.

Kristi Joy
Office Administrator

Kristi provides operational support in areas of client service, new account processing, general accounting, fund transfers, accounts payable and special projects. She joined Shoreline Financial Advisors in 2008 and previously worked at Globe Pequot Press.

Kristi graduated from Katharine Gibbs Business School in 1997. She enjoys watching her two sons play sports, reading and sitting by the beach.

Stephanie Van Albert
Financial Advisor Associate


Stephanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University in 2018 with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Computer Information Systems. While at Quinnipiac, she was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and the Financial Management Association’s National Honor Society. Since joining SFA in June 2018, she has passed the Series 65 exam, which qualifies individuals to act as Investment Advisor Representatives.  Stephanie has also completed Part 1 of the Enrolled Agent exam, a credential awarded by the IRS. She is planning to take the CFP examination in Fall 2019.

Other Interests

She was also a member of Quinnipiac’s Division 1 Acrobatics and Tumbling team. Before attending Quinnipiac University, Stephanie competed in trampoline and power tumbling, a branch of competitive gymnastics, for 12 years and coached part-time for 5 years. She enjoys spending time kayaking, paddle boarding, cooking, and traveling.

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