George Sugden, CPWA®, CIMA®, CFP®

George founded Sugden Wealth Management in 2012 with a goal of providing the highest-caliber personalized, goal-based financial advice to his clients. George’s strong reputation is grounded in his high ethical standard, his extensive knowledge of capital markets, his ability to communicate financial concepts clearly and for always putting his clients’ interests first.

George began his career in the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Menlo Park, California. Working primarily with corporate executives, George quickly became one of the top rookie advisors within the company. George focused on stock option planning, concentrated stock position strategies and 10b5-1 plans. He also served his clients comprehensive wealth management needs. Before starting Sugden Wealth Management, George was an advisor with M.J. Smith, a top Registered Investment Advisory firm in Colorado. There he worked directly with the Principal in servicing the firm’s premier clients.

George began his career in Washington, D.C. where he was a special agent assigned to protect senior government officials. In addition to providing protection to the Senate majority leader and consecutive Speakers of the House of Representatives, George served in as Lead Advance Agent, traveling with and overseeing a team of agents before dignitary visits.

George’s hobbies include tennis, golf, hiking, traveling and camping.

George earned a BA in Business Administration from Drexel University and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).



The CIMA certification signifies that an individual has met initial and ongoing experience, ethical, education, and examination requirements for investment management consulting, including advanced investment management theory and application. To earn CIMA certification, candidates must: submit an application, pass a background check and have an acceptable regulatory history; complete an in-person or online executive education program through a Registered Education Provider; pass an online Certification Examination; Pass a second background check; and have three years of financial services experience at the time of certification.
CIMA certificants must adhere to Investments & Wealth Institute’s Code of Professional Responsibility, and Rules and Guidelines for Use of the Marks. CIMA designees must report 40 hours of continuing education credits, including two ethics hours, every two years to maintain the certification.
Investments & Wealth Institute (formerly IMCA) was established in 1985 to set the standards and practices for the investment management consulting profession and to provide investment consultants with the credentials and tools required to best serve their clients. Visit for more information.

The CPWA designation signifies that an individual has met initial and on-going experience, ethical, education, and examination requirements for the professional designation, which is centered on private wealth management topics and strategies for high-net-worth clients. Prerequisites for the CPWA designation are: a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or one of the following designations or licenses: CIMA®, CIMC ®, CFA®, CFP®, ChFC®, or CPA license; have an acceptable regulatory history as evidenced by FINRA Form U-4 or other regulatory requirements and five years of experience in financial services or delivering services to high-net-worth clients. CPWA designees have completed a rigorous educational process that includes executive education requirements and successful completion of a comprehensive examination. CPWA designees are required to adhere to the Investments & Wealth Institute Code of Professional Responsibility and Rules and Guidelines for Use of the Marks. CPWA designees must report 40 hours of continuing education credits, including two ethics hours, every two years to maintain the certification. The designation is administered through the Investments & Wealth Institute.

The Certified Financial Planner™ mark – also referred to as CFP® – ensures that the planner meets the education, examination, experience and ethics requirements set up by the Certified Financial Planner™ Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board). The CFP Board is a nonprofit, independent regulatory organization founded in 1985 and has since grown to educate government regulators and cover international practices. Its mission includes the continuing creation and enforcement of uniform standards in financial planning. Rigorous standards in education, experience and ethics are necessary as the financial world grows more diverse and complex. A financial planner who holds the CFP® certification adheres to these rigorous standards by upholding the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility as well as the Financial Planning Practice Standards as established by the CFP Board. More information about this certification, the CFP Board and its policies can be obtained at