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Our Clients are Uncommonly Successful 

Founders, early employees, developers, executives, risk takers, serial entrepreneurs, and innovators.

Navigating Complexity.

Our team’s comprehensive expertise and diverse skill sets work together to manage, plan, and adjust the financial picture of our clients. Our hands on approach to wealth management provides clients confidence that their personal finances are in order while giving them the flexibility to build, disrupt, and develop their respective ecosystems whether it’s venture, startup, or tech world.

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Wealth Management

Looking at the Full Picture with a Planning-First Approach

Managing Risk

Stock Option Planning, Startups, and Satellite Investments 

Secondary Market

Liquidity Solutions & Access Vehicle to Private Stock


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About Us

Our Firm

Catalyst Private Wealth was formed to solve the unique wealth management needs of innovators and leaders. Our clients often carry outsized risks, concentrated stock positions, and the need for comprehensive planning to navigate liquidity before, during, and after an event.


Next Generation of Wealth

Catalyst Private Wealth is the next generation wealth advisory firm for the next generation of wealth. We’re a boutique team of experts who each focus on a specific area in the financial picture of our clients. We combine our varying specialties to build a holistic wealth plan and a unique client experience that evolves alongside our clients’ lives.  


Mutual Advisors, LLC

Catalyst has partnered with Mutual Advisors, LLC and Mutual Securities, Inc. The Mutual companies have a 35-year history with 30 full-time employees. As a SEC registered investment advisory firm, Mutual Advisors serves as a resource for independent, self-branded advisory firms. Mutual Advisors has over $1,000,000,000 of Assets Under Management (AUM).

Partnering with Mutual Advisors allows Catalyst to leverage the technology, compliance, transition support MA’s platform offers. As well as advisory services including middle/back office capabilities to allow the Catalyst team to focus on serving our clients.

Mutual Advisors, LLC: www.mutualadv.com

Wealth Management

Our Approach

The common characteristic amongst the individuals we work with is that at some point in their career, they have an over-weighted exposure to idiosyncratic risk.  Outsized risk directly impacts the way we address wealth planning and investment management.

When concentrated risk makes up a large portion of an individual’s net worth, it needs to be managed in correlation with the rest of their financial picture. In our truly holistic strategy, we work to create a balance between wealth generation, capital preservation, and asset protection, while taking into account the outsized risk of the individual situation.


Our Services


Wealth Planning (Asset Protection)
Outsized Risk (Wealth Generation)
Investment Management (Capital Preservation)

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Concentrated Equity Planning

Preserving wealth after an IPO, acquisition, merger, or other liquidity event can be challenging. However, working with an unbiased, knowledgeable financial advisory team before, during, and after a liquidity event, can position you and your family for the rest of your life.

Tax Strategies
Hedging & Structured Liquidation
Lending Solutions


Client Experience

A Unique Experience

Our clients receive a customized approach that constantly evolves along with their lives both proactively (retirement, first home purchase, starting a family, etc.), and reactively (new job, exercising equity, acquisitions, etc.). A second tier of what we deliver is a naturally progressing relationship with clients depending where they are on the risk spectrum, in the startup cycle, and from a liquidity standpoint.

The Catalyst Network

Our niche has required the Catalyst Private Wealth team to build meaningful relationships to support our clients and culture. We have cultivated an amazing network of clients, business partners, and investors. Our network serves as an important resource that connects people with similar interests, and is a vehicle for future partnerships and collaborations.


Our Team

A Unique Experience

Our clients receive a customized approach that constantly evolves along with their lives both proactively (retirement, first home purchase, starting a family, etc.), and reactively (new job, exercising equity, acquisitions, etc.). A second tier of what we deliver is a naturally progressing relationship with clients depending where they are on the risk spectrum, in the startup cycle, and from a liquidity standpoint.

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Mitch Sands

Founder – Wealth Advisor
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Mitch Sands

Founder – Wealth Advisor

mitch@catalystprivatewealth.com

Working as a Wealth Advisor, Mitch collaborates with the Catalyst team to deliver comprehensive planning & investment management to clients. He holds the Series 65 and is licensed to provide investment advisory services.

Before starting Catalyst Private Wealth, Mitch worked as a Senior Wealth Advisor at ClearPath Capital Partners.  In addition, Mitch is an investor and advisor to a number of early stage tech startups in the Ed-tech, Sports Tech, and Augmented Reality Space. Mitch graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Diego, where he earned Bachelor Degrees in Finance and Business Administration.  Mitch earned Dean's List First Honors and was a four-year member of the USD NCAA D1-AA Football Team.  Playing football, he was recognized on the Academic Honor Roll by the Pioneer Football League and was an active member of the Autism Tree Project Foundation.  He was also a Kappa Gamma Pi member and a member of the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society.

Mitch was born and raised in Southern California but has lived in San Francisco for the last five years, where he spends his free time golfing, traveling or on the water whenever he can - wake boarding, water skiing or fishing. Mitch is a Young Professionals Board Member for Best Buddies California, an organization he's been involved with since high school.

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Bryan Wilson

Founder – Wealth Advisor
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Bryan Wilson

Founder – Wealth Advisor

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Working as a Wealth Advisor, Bryan collaborates with the Catalyst team to deliver comprehensive planning & investment management to clients. He holds the Series 65 and is licensed to provide investment advisory services.

Before starting Catalyst Private Wealth, Bryan worked as a Senior Wealth Advisor at ClearPath Capital Partners. Other professional experiences include working for Boston Private, E3 Healthcare, Sonus, and Borel Bank. In addition, Bryan is an investor and advisor to a number of early stage tech startups. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon where he was a Dean’s List scholar.

Born and raised in San Mateo, Bryan currently lives in the Marina, San Francisco. In his spare time, Bryan can be found on the golf course, binge watching the most recent Netflix documentary, and supporting all Bay Area local sports teams... except the Raiders.

Areas of Focus: Relationship Management, Stock Option Planning, Venture, Secondary Market, & Startups.

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Matt Faubion, CFP®

Partner - Wealth Strategist
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Matt Faubion, CFP®

matt@catalystprivatewealth.com

With a natural curiosity about money, markets, business, and their interplay, Matt has always been fascinated by finance. Matt has been one that friends and family entrusted going to for financial advice, and not only has he enjoy this, Matt found a way to turn his passion into his profession. For the better part of a decade, Matt has been by helping individuals and families fit together all of the pieces of their financial lives.

Matt began his career as a Wealth Advisor Associate with at a boutique wealth management firm in San Francisco. He was a team leader in advancing the firm's wealth management and planning platform, which specialized in working with high net-worth technology entrepreneurs. During his time at the firm, he became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional and was promoted to Senior Wealth Manager. He then joined a nationally recognized financial planning and wealth management firm in Walnut Creek, CA. He started there as a Wealth Advisor and was then had been promoted to Senior Wealth Advisor prior to joining the Catalyst team.

Matt graduated with honors from San José State University with a B.S. in Economics and minor in Business. He spent a semester in Dublin, Ireland, studying international monetary economics coincidentally at the height of the Euro-Zone debt crisis. He holds an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from San Francisco State University, and in December 2018 he passed the Level I exam of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Matt is a Bay Area native having grown up in Pleasanton, and he currently lives in Walnut Creek with his wife. Coming with the territory, he loves following the 49ers, Sharks, Warriors, and Giants. In his free time, he enjoys long walks with his wife, spending time with family, reading, travelling, and all of the great outdoor activities the Golden State has to offer.

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John Dodd, CFA

Founder – Chief Investment Officer
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John Dodd, CFA

Founder – Chief Investment Officer

john@catalystprivatewealth.com

John serves as the Chief Investment Officer overseeing Catalyst Private Wealth’s investment process. He chairs the Catalyst Private Wealth Investment Team, which manages a diverse set of portfolios. Previously, John was the Director of Research at another large wealth management firm as well as an Analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments.

He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Davis (B.S., Managerial Economics) and is an Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM designee. He is a CFA® charterholder, and also holds his Series 65 securities registration.

In his spare time, John is an avid home winemaker focusing on making wines from the Santa Cruz mountains and is also active in a local Church with his wife Jen.  On the weekends, he enjoys hiking and also having any excuse he can find to go to the coast.

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Ricki Radanovich

CLIENT SERVICE ASSOCIATE
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Ricki Radanovich

CLIENT SERVICE ASSOCIATE

ricki@catalystprivatewealth.com

Ricki Radanovich has always known she was a people person. She discovered early on though that she was also deeply interested in technology and in finance. It is no wonder then that she found her way to Catalyst, a place where she could combine all of her passions, working with tech founders and professionals, helping them achieve their financial goals.

Applying her aptitude for detail, and her ability to communicate and connect with clients, she ensures the details of their financial lives are taken care of so they can focus on what is most important to them.

Ricki graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a focus in accounting. Her career has included time with TeamCo Advisers, LLC where she gained experience with the financial industry, and with Deloitte where she was instrumental in helping with an IPO for a startup.

She has a solid foundation in project management, which she applies to managing the details and processes of client accounts and an innate ability to communicate numbers into relatable information.

Ricki is a runner who “enjoys” half marathons. Her first was the Golden Gate Half Marathon. She also enjoys music and attends as many concerts as she can on the weekends.

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Brendan Connaughton

Founder - Managing Director, Catalyst Private Wealth
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Brendan Connaughton

Founder - Managing Director, Catalyst Private Wealth

brendan@catalystprivatewealth.com

For over 25 years Brendan has been a leader in the wealth and investment management industry. As a strategist, researcher, author, speaker, and business owner he has developed and implemented investment and wealth planning strategies that have helped thousands of investors, individuals, charitable organizations, and corporations.

As the Managing Director, he leads the Catalyst team as they build innovative and customized wealth management solutions and strategies for clients. Brendan’s years of industry experience, success as an investor, entrepreneurial passion and strong work ethic make him a valuable resource for our unique client set.

Prior to founding Catalyst Private Wealth, Brendan held sr. level positions of Chief Investment Officer, Sr. Investment Strategist, Sr. Portfolio Manager, Securities Analyst and Bond Trader at some of the world’s leading firms including Blackrock, HSBC Private Bank, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth and Wells Fargo.

Brendan holds a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College and is licensed as an Investment Advisory Representative (he holds the Series 65 securities registration), Chartered Economist and Chartered Portfolio Manager.

He is a frequent media resource on wealth management issues having appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg Television. Brendan is a contributor for various media outlets as well including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones’s MarketWatch, the San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal and Houston Chronicle.

Brendan is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and has never lost his love of the Midwest or his treasured St. Louis Cardinals. Brendan has two wonderful college-age daughters he is immensely proud of and lives in Marin County, CA. Charitability, he gives his time and efforts to Catholic Charities, the St. Vincent DePaul society and the San Francisco Symphony.

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