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Your PPC Team

Preferred Planning Concepts was founded by principals Ken Lydecker and Dave Nicholson, veteran financial professionals who share core values regarding service, education, and financial planning. They guide the firm in developing creative and practical solutions and providing an exceptional level of client service.  Rounding out your PPC team are Todd Gilchrist, CFP; Therese Talarico, Director of Operations; and Maja Culafic, Insurance Director.

Ken Lydecker, CEO

PPC Co-Founder

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Ken is a co-owner and co-founder of PPC, as well as the CEO of PPC.  Ken's passion for helping clients achieve their financial goals continues to fuel his enthusiasm for his job, as he approaches his 50-year mark as an advisor. 

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Dave Nicholson, CLU, ChFC

PPC Co-Founder

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Dave is a co-founder and co-owner of PPC.  Dave is approaching his 30th year in the business and is known for mixing his outgoing personality with an analytical approach to planning.

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Todd Gilchrist, CFP ®, EA

Certified Financial Planner™

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As a former Naval Aviator and squadron Commander, Todd understands the importance of trust and confidence. Just as others placed their lives in his hands as a pilot, they now place their personal finances in his hands. 

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Therese Talarico

Director of Operations; Office Manager

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Therese Talarico joined PPC in 2000. She has over 30 years of experience in the securities and financial services industry and holds a Series 7 license. 

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Maja Culafic

Insurance Director

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Maja Culafic joined PPC in 2000. Maja has studied in the U.S. and abroad and holds a BA in education and languages. Maja is our Insurance Director. She holds a Series 6 securities license along with a life and health insurance license.

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