Our Profile

"To provide our clients with an investment and wealth management team offering the highest level of integrity, communication and service. We work to be the primary source of financial advice to our clients by focusing on their goals while we develop, implement and monitor their personalized plan."   -The BCJC Group

Douglas M. Crandall

Director
(216)737-7380
dcrandall@rwbaird.com

Douglas (Doug) Crandall is a Director of Private Wealth Management with Baird. Doug assists families with addressing important financial planning issues, while focusing his emphasis on investment management and PIM portfolios.  Doug services his clients out of the Baird Cleveland office.

Experience & Education

Doug entered the financial services industry in May of 1990.  Doug combines his experience, discipline and philosophy along with the vast products and research of Baird to help clients obtain their financial goals.  

Doug is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  He currently holds his Series 7, 63, 65, and 31 licenses.

Family & Community

Doug enjoys numerous sporting and social events.  He is active in his children’s school and church, St Albert The Great, chairing and helping with many fund raising and nonprofit events.  He is also very active in coaching intramural soccer and baseball in the local community, and also a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland.  He is the founder and current president of the Crandall Family and Friends Foundation, with the purpose of helping children.  

Doug was born in Fairview Park, Ohio.  Doug and Maureen were married on September, 23 1995.  They currently reside in Hinckley, with their children Hannah, Michael, Adam, Halle, Jacob and Nicholas.  

Gerald Jarzabek, CFP®, CPWA®

Senior Vice President
(216)737-7382
gjarzabek@rwbaird.com

Gerald (Jerry) Jarzabek is a Senior Vice President of Private Wealth Management with Baird.  He provides a wide variety of financial services to his clients through the Baird office in Cleveland.  He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional and Certified Private Wealth Advisor™ (CPWA®).

Experience & Education

Jerry began his career in the financial services industry in 1993 after graduating from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

Family & Community

Jerry is also very involved in volunteer activities.  He is past President of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Rotary Foundation, and Old Stone Foundation.   He is currently a trustee at Marymount Healthcare Systems serving on the finance committee.  

Jerry is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio.  He now resides in North Royalton with his with Kelly and daughters Olivia, Abbey and Grace.  He is an avid runner and has completed numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon.  

 

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirement.

Ryan W. Cox

Senior Vice President
(216)737-7383
rcox@rwbaird.com

Ryan Cox is a Senior Vice President of Private Wealth Management with Baird.  He provides a wide range of wealth management and investment services to his clients through the Baird office in downtown Cleveland.  

Experience & Education

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.   He began his financial services career in 1998.

Family & Community

Ryan is involved in local government.  He currently serves as Council President for Waite Hill Village and has been a Councilman since 2006.  In addition he is a co-founder and director for the Waite Hill Village Foundation.  Ryan is also a member of the Notre Dame Club of Cleveland. Ryan is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio and resides in Waite Hill Village with his wife Julie and daughters, Claire and Hazel.

Christine Benner

Financial Advisor
(216)737-7348
cbenner@rwbaird.com

Christine Benner is a Financial Advisor with Baird. She provides a wide range of wealth management and investment services to her clients through the Baird office in downtown Cleveland.  Her areas of expertise within financial services include life insurance strategies, retirement planning with a focus on investments and education and investment strategies.  Christine and her team have served clients for over 60 years.

Experience & Education

Christine earned her Bachelor's degree from The University of Toledo and graduated Cum Laude. She began her career in the Financial Services Industry in 1991.

Family & Community

Christine has a passion for using her finance and communication skills to strengthen her community. She has  been a participating member of Cleveland Rotary Club, Rocky River Chamber of Commerce and an Affiliate Board Member of Recovery Resources.

Christine was born and raised in Toledo, OH and now resides in Lakewood, OH. In her free time she enjoys fishing, outdoor activities, fitness, teaching, church and volunteering.

Michael Bongers, CFP®, CRPC®

Vice President
Senior Investment Consultant
(216)737-7342
mbongers@rwbaird.com

A Wealth of Experience

Michael Bongers is a Senior Investment Consultant at Baird, having joined the firm in January, 2010.  With over 30 year of experience in the industry, Michael specializes in designing comprehensive wealth management solutions for high net worth individuals and families.  His focus includes investment consulting, wealth protection, wealth enhancement, wealth transfer, advanced planning strategies, and effective charitable giving.

Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University.  He has also earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification, and his Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor  ( CRPC®) designations.  Michael has been recognized as a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager for four consecutive years.  

Family & Community

Michael serves as Chairman of the Board for the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region.  

Michael and his wife, Carol, have four children and two grandchildren.  They enjoy the theatre, golf and travel  

 

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirement.

Roger E. Godin

Financial Planner

Roger Godin is a Financial Planner within Private Wealth Management at Baird. Roger has been in the financial services industry for over 15 years and has seen first-hand the benefits of a comprehensive financial plan in helping individuals and families make informed financial decisions throughout their lifetime.


Experience & Education:

Prior to joining Baird, Roger was a Private Client Group Relationship Manager at PNC Bank and a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors.

Roger earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Walden. He also holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66, as well as an Ohio Life, Health and Variable annuity license. Roger has a passion for financial planning and believes it is the foundation for helping clients achieve their financial goals.

Family & Community:

Roger and his wife Stephanie were born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They now reside in North Olmsted with their two children, Ryan (17) and Allyson (13). Roger believes in staying active and enjoys playing tennis, hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks and volunteering with his family whenever time allows.

Please join us in welcoming Roger to our team.

Amanda Zuhse

Client Assistant

Amanda Zuhse is a Client Assistant in Baird’s Cleveland Office. She handles the administrative services and related requests for clients of the group.

Experience and Education
Amanda began working with the BCJC Group in December of 2008.  She is a graduate of Rocky River High School and is attending Cleveland State University for Finance and Anthropology.
 
Family and Community
Amanda resides in Fairview Park with her husband Dan.

Maura Mueller

Client Specialist

Maura Mueller is a Client Specialist in Baird's Cleveland Office. She handles the administrative services and related requests for clients of the group.  

Experience & Education

Prior to joining Baird, Maura was a Client Service Associate with UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Maura earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Ohio University. She holds her FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses and has a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland State University, Marshall College of Law.

Family & Community

Maura was born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, and currently resides in Rocky River near the Cleveland Metroparks. She enjoys health and fitness, kayaking and hiking in the Metroparks, exploring events in and around Cleveland and spending time with her four nieces and nephews.

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