Meet Our Team

Charles G. Johanson


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I bring more than 35 years financial services industry experience to The Philadelphia Group, advising clients during many market expansions and corrections.  Prior to joining the firm, I was most recently a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.  In addition, I held senior positions in corporate finance and capital markets at major global banks in California, New York and Europe, and with management consulting firms in New York and Philadelphia– advising and educating corporate executives and banking professionals about financial markets, capital raising, and investment strategy.

As an investment advisor representative, I am fully committed to acting in my client’s best interest.  I seek to be the trusted financial advisor to affluent families, individuals (business owners and executives; law, accounting, medical professionals), and institutions (companies, retirement plans/401k, trusts, and foundations/endowments).


My comprehensive wealth management and financial advisory practice is built on a foundation of transparency and respect, with a client-focused, customized approach that begins with:

  • Assessing and prioritizing goals and developing a financial roadmap. This personalized plan relies on understanding my clients’ investment mindset, objectives, time horizon, and risk tolerance.
  • Implementation of tailored strategies for investment management (growth, income, and/or capital preservation), debt management, and risk management (insurance).
  • Conducting periodic reviews and communicating regularly to ensure financial plans remain on track.

I offer integrity and discretion, personal service, and thoughtful wealth management advice; NOT “products of the month”.  Market movements and geopolitical events may occur, but discipline and insightful thinking keep plans on target.

In addition to my extensive personal financial markets and business experience, as an independent financial advisor I also draw on the extensive resources of LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer in the country*.  My securities registrations include FINRA Series 7 and 66 through LPL Financial and Private Advisor Group**.  I hold Pennsylvania resident insurance licenses for life, health, and long term care.


I earned B.S. and M.B.A degrees in finance/international business from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.  I have lived and worked in California, New York, Germany, the Netherlands, and Connecticut, traveling internationally extensively for business and pleasure.  For the past 15 years my wife, Helena, and I have lived on Philadelphia’s “Main Line”.  I’m an avid golfer (Philadelphia Cricket Club), skier, tennis player, and aspiring fly-fisherman.

*as reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2017, based on total revenue

** Private Advisor Group and The Philadelphia Group are separate entities from LPL Financial