About Us

Lou Pappas

President/Principal Advisor

Lou is an Investment Advisor Representative and holds the following securities registrations: Advisor (Series 63 & 65), Investment Products (Series 6), General Securities Broker, (Series 7), as well as a General Securities Principal, (Series 24) and life licensed insurance agent FIC & FICF and is registered in multiple states.

Lou has been the host of the “Safe Money Talk Radio” show heard throughout the state of Arizona at various times since 2006 teaching the techniques used to provide guaranteed* retirement income streams without risk.

Gaining his first exposure to the financial services industry as a teenager, Lou held summer jobs as a runner at a Wall Street stock brokerage in New York City. After attending the University of Illinois, he worked in several diverse areas and opened several of his own successful businesses before concentrating his efforts in investment advising and estate planning.

Lou has concentrated on creating, for his clients, the same type of programs he has put into place for his own family's retirement needs by using both low risk and safe money techniques, which include the use of guaranteed* fixed annuities, as well as the full range of traditional financial products. He served as the branch manager for a well-known Arizona firm 14 years, and has been providing retirement planning services for clients from all parts of the country since 1994.

Lou credits his broad business experiences as the reason he believes that long-term retirement needs are best served by building a strong foundation of diverse financial investments that create growth and income streams designed to stand the test of time.

Lou married his wife Debbie in 1974 and they reside in Arizona. They have two sons, James, a former U.S. Air Force Captain now a Firefighter in Jersey City, NJ, and Christopher, an active duty US Air Force Major.

* Insurance based product

 

Natasha Marakowski 

Financial Planner

Natasha joined Pappas Wealth Management in 2017 and has her Series 7, 63, and 65 securities license and a graduate certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University.  As a graduate from the United States Air Force Academy she began her military career as Financial Services Officer stationed at Andersen AFB, Guam.  She was then selected for an assignment as a weapon system cost analyst at Hanscom AFB, MA conducting cost studies for Air Force research and development programs. In 2014 she was deployed to Afghanistan where she was awarded a Bronze Star for her contributions in financial management with the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs and Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).  Upon her return she was nominated and selected for a prestigious slot at the Pentagon working for the Secretary of the Air Force assigned to the cost and economics division.  Two years into her assignment she married Lou's youngest son and separated from the Air Force to jump at the opportunity to join the family business. Her analytical personality and statistical modeling background makes her a perfect fit for developing financial plans and strategies for clients.  Outside the office she enjoys home remodeling, spending time with her three stepchildren on family adventures,  and reading professional journals.