My Team

Ben Gantt is committed to helping his clients whether they are concerned about their own financial needs or those of their family or business.  When you became a client, you placed your trust in Ben to help make your vision a reality. Ben honors that trust with the help of his expert and effective staff. If at any time you have a question, concern or need, you may depend on Ben's team to provide assistance.

Together, with Heather, Sheila, Joey, April, Ben, Bonnie, Emilie, Pooja, Rob, and Tasha, Ben makes a strong commitment to exceptional customer service.

 

 
Sheila Yvette Doyle

Sheila Yvette Doyle, CFP®, ChFC®, RICP®

Director of Investments
Office 850-222-2124

As Director of Investments, Sheila is skilled in investment analysis and holistic financial planning. She brings more than 22 years of investment expertise, giving her a robust knowledge of all investment opportunities and the ability to provide in-depth, personalized portfolio analysis for each client. Sheila compliments these skills with an abiding commitment to client education. She digs deep to understand the needs and priorities of each client and will ensure they not only make the best decision, but that they understand the why behind each decision.  Sheila is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Professional and she holds the FINRA Series 6, 63, 65, and 7 licenses, as well as the 2-15 Life, Health and Annuity license.

Sheila is passionate about building value for our clients through education. Nowhere else will you find her level of commitment to research and sound decision-making. Sheila’s breadth of knowledge and experience contributes to The Gantt Financial Group’s ability to provide guidance in every aspect of a sound financial plan.

Sheila loves spending time with her South Georgia family and the absolute love of her life, her blue Weimaraner, Sadie Blue. She is a life-long vocalist and enjoys singing (mostly to the Lord as He has guided her and truly blessed her earthly journey). She enjoys walks with her dog, cooking, watching heartwarming and inspirational movies, and weightlifting.

 
Joey R Banghart

Joey R Banghart, FSS

Director of Financial Planning
Office 904-356-5155

As a US Navy Veteran, Joey brings discipline, commitment and unfailing follow-through to his role as the Director of Financial Planning. With 20 years of experience in financial planning, Joey chose Northwestern Mutual due to their financial strength and The Gantt Financial Group due to our preeminence in creating holistic financial plans.  He sees the optimal efficiency created when all the moving pieces of a plan are working together, and he has the expertise to design and manage these plans to meet the changing needs of our clients. Joey earned a degree in Banking and Finance from The University of North Florida and holds his 2-15, Series 7, and 66 licenses.

 

Joey strives to use his extensive experience and well-developed skill set to bring value to our clients as well as to other members of our team. No interaction with Joey is wasted. He is always fine-tuning a well-developed plan or helping a colleague gain a deeper understanding of the planning process.

 

Joey enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. They are avid outdoorsmen, enjoying time hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and traveling.

 
April Shockey

April Shockey, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®

Business Manager
Office 850-513-3302

April Shockey has been apart of Northwestern Mutual since 2003. For the past 18 years she has participated in many aspects of the business, i.e., Director of Operations, Chief Financial Officer, Client Relations Manager, RACE Coach, Associate Advisor and Managing Partner Executive Assistant, to name a few. She loves helping others and learning! She holds a 2-15 and Series 6 license, as well as, a Certified Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Certified Advisor in Senior Living designation. Going back to school in 2005, April obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Flagler College while working full-time for Northwestern Mutual. She also holds a Marketing Degree from the University of West Florida with a minor in Management.

April’s attention to detail and follow-up are invaluable to the team. She handles everything she does with a high level of perfection and optimism.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mike in their hometown of Monticello and doing ministry work for their church.

 
Ben Graybar

Ben Graybar, MBA

Director of Business Development
Office 850-222-2124

Ben Graybar brings a wealth of experience to The Gantt Financial Group with 30 years of experience in finance--including roles in Premier Client Management and Commercial Banking.  He is a frequent speaker on Cyber Security, and SBA loan options.  First licensed in 1992, his career background includes working at Prudential, New York Life, Bank of America, Synovus & Hancock Whitney. 

Ben’s deep understanding of the financial industry enhances the value of his role in helping our clients develop and implement a comprehensive financial plan. 

Ben’s outside interests include: F3 men’s workout group, Tallahassee Ruck Crew, coaching his son’s i9 flag football team, boating, fishing, kayaking, and golfing. He is the Organizer of the Tallahassee Beer Festival (a charitable tasting event), past President of Capital City Kiwanis and Sunrise Rotary Clubs, and current founding board chair of the TalTech Alliance.

 
Bonnie Gantt

Bonnie Gantt

Director of Marketing and Communications
Office 850-513-3301

In her role as Director of Marketing and Communications, Bonnie is the primary contact for Ben's busy calendar and is responsible for coordinating client meetings, speaking engagements and marketing events.  Bonnie is committed to excellent customer service and looks forward to speaking with you.

Bonnie started with Ben's team as an Associate Agent in 2006 bringing with her both government and private sector business experience.

Outside the office, Bonnie serves as a volunteer with Good News Outreach Elder Services, and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

 
Emilie Cranmer

Emilie Cranmer

Financial Planning Associate
Office 850-513-3338

As Director of Insurance Operations, Emilie works to ensure we not only meet your expectations, but we exceed them. She is the point of contact for all insurance underwriting. In this role, Emilie is passionate about ensuring clients and colleagues feel listened to and supported. She derives great joy from resolving client concerns and getting items processed efficiently. Her excellence in this area recently earned her national recognition when she was asked to speak at our Annual Meeting on the topic of our acclaimed review process. Emilie earned her B.S. from Florida State University and holds her 2-15 and Series 7 licenses.

 

An invaluable member of The Gantt Financial Group since 2010, Emilie continues to refine her skills always finding new ways to be sure our client needs are met promptly, completely, and with ease.

 

In her time away from the office Emilie loves spending time with her dog, putting together puzzles, and solving crossword puzzles. She can’t seem to leave her love of problem solving at work. ; )

 
Heather Suber

Heather Suber

Director of Operations
Office 850-513-3338

Heather’s cornerstone role as Director of Operations ensures our high level of execution runs flawlessly. Nearing her ten-year mark with The Gantt Financial Group and as a Certified Coach for Veteran Advisors, Heather has a commanding knowledge of every aspect and stage of our in-depth planning process. At The Gantt Financial Group we take the time to really understand your vision and goals, and Heather is instrumental in bringing those to life through her dedication to excellence in crafting and delivering optimal solutions for each client. She works relentlessly to be sure each member of the team has what they need to provide our clients with our award-winning service. Heather earned her B.S. in Political Science and currently holds a 2-15 license as well as Series 6, 63, and 7 licenses. She is also working toward her CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation.

 

Heather’s superior work ethic and helpful positivity set the bar for our team and the unparalleled service our clients receive.

 

Outside of work, Heather loves traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs. They love to fish at the coast and are often spend summer weekends on the water.

 
Pooja Prashant Patel

Pooja Prashant Patel

Associate Financial Representative
Office 850-222-2124

After working as an advisor on her own, Pooja joined The Gantt Financial Group as an Associate Financial Representative two years ago. She brings a drive to connect as many people as possible with the opportunities created by our planning process. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology as well as in Business Management. Pooja also holds a 2-15 Life, Health, and Annuity license.

Pooja is passionate about letting others know what is possible with a comprehensive financial plan tailored to each client’s set of circumstances as they relate to their goals. Many of our clients are living much better lives now as a result of Pooja’s ability to connect their vision with our planning process. 

When she is not working, Pooja enjoys Crossfit, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

 
Robert Rosenbury

Robert Rosenbury

Investment Operations
Office 850-513-3301
Mobile 229-221-0467

As an Associate Financial Advisor, Rob is passionate about helping our clients build and grow to achieve their most desired future.

Rob joined Ben’s team in 2018 bringing with him over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Rob graduated from Thomas University with a degree in Marketing.  He has his 2-15 Life, Health, and Variable Annuity license along with his Series 6, Series 7 and 63 Investment registrations.

Rob and his family are involved in his community, Thomasville Rotary Club, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Habitat for humanity, American Cancer Society and Tallahassee Hunting Retriever Club.

 
Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith

Director of Insurance Operations
Office 850-513-3338

In the role of Client Advocate, Tasha stands ready to meet every client need no matter how big or small. She always strives to provide prompt and friendly service--sure to give special attention to detail. Above all, she ensures every client of The Gantt Financial Group feels valued, fully informed, and confident in our management of their financial plan. Tasha is a south Florida native who holds a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. She has her resident Life, Health, Accident license in Oklahoma where she currently lives and works remotely as well as her non-resident license in Florida.

 

As a member of our team for five years, Tasha enjoys working with a group of people who truly care about each other and the people they serve.

 

In her free time Tasha can be found hiking, painting, or reading. She generally loves doing anything artistic or creative. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 5 years, and they have two surprisingly outgoing cats.

 

Ben Gantt
Wealth Management Advisor


The Gantt Financial Group

 

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