Serving you from CLAREMONT, CA

Pursue Your Goals

Our dedicated team helps individuals and families pursue their goals with customized financial strategies.

Our Team

The team behind Financial Designs is made up of qualified financial professionals with decades of experience in financial planning and active investment management.


Nino G. Pavan

Financial Advisor & President

Nino is the President and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Financial Designs. Nino has been in the financial services industry since 1993, he is thankful for the opportunity to empower individuals and families to effectively plan for their retirement years and achieve their goals. He feels grateful for the opportunity to serve his clients by ensuring a hassle-free retirement experience.

Vaughn G. Heydel

Financial Advisor & President

Vaughn is the Vice President and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Financial Designs. He is dedicated to fostering enduring and significant relationships with clients, ensuring their confidence and knowledge throughout the process. Vaughn strongly believes that being an exceptional advisor requires a genuine love and concern for clients, and their financial well-being.


Maria G. Morton

Senior Client Relations Associate

Maria has been a member of the Financial Designs team since 1997 and she has extensive experience managing and developing long-term relationships with clients. She is an excellent communicator with a proven track record of understanding client needs and delivering outstanding customer service.


Gizatta D. Law

Client Relations Associate

Gizatta has a strong background in providing exceptional customer service and support to clients. She is committed to delivering high-quality solutions that meet their needs and exceed their expectations.


Greg A. Morton

CFO & Director of Compliance

Greg has been with Financial Designs since 2010. He is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the business and compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards.


Adam J. Moody

Director of Communications

Adam develops and executes effective communication strategies that promote our message and reputation. He manages public relations, media relations, and internal communications to ensure consistent and accurate messaging.


Brandon A. Morton

Financial Advisor Assistant

Brandon supports Nino and Vaughn by performing administrative and operational tasks. He helps prepare financial reports, coordinate appointments, and manage client accounts to implement a smooth and efficient workflow.


Gregory Quezada

Events & Marketing Coordinator

Gregory is responsible for planning, promoting, and executing events. He develops marketing strategies and creates engaging content to increase brand awareness and promote educational events.

OUr Story

We help individuals and families retire with confidence
using customized financial strategies.

Why Choose Us

Our strategies are built to last. Planning and saving for retirement is a long-term commitment that requires dedication and sacrifice. You deserve a financial team that can help you maximize your savings.

Our Financial Designs team is committed to high-quality strategies and a service-oriented approach that puts your needs first always. Here’s what you get if you choose to work with us:

To offer a more tailored and individualized service, we intentionally limit the number of clients we serve. Unlike other firms that rely on a generic, one-size-fits-all approach to accommodate a larger client base, we prioritize quality over quantity to ensure we meet the unique needs and goals of each and every client.

You wouldn’t take a prescription from a doctor without a proper diagnosis. The same goes for financial strategies. At Financial Designs, we take the time to thoroughly assess your unique circumstances before providing advice or solutions. We are committed to offering only those recommendations that align with your specific needs and goals, and will never push any unnecessary products or services.

With our active investment management, you won’t have to worry about your portfolio being “set it and forget it.” We constantly monitor our clients’ portfolios to minimize risk, capitalize on opportunities, and keep up with changing market conditions.

By adopting a fee-based approach, we eliminate any potential bias toward promoting certain financial products. This allows us to provide recommendations based solely on what we believe to be the most suitable investments for your unique circumstances.

All our financial advisors hold the esteemed CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, which entails meeting rigorous standards of education, experience, and ethics. In addition, they must successfully complete comprehensive exams covering a wide spectrum of financial planning subjects.

When we say we’re a family firm, it’s more than just a phrase; it’s a fact. Our senior executives are actually family, and this is one of the many reasons why our clients can rely on us for consistent, dependable, and trustworthy service.

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Nino G. Pavan

Financial Advisor and President

Nino Pavan has been working in the financial services industry for more than 20 years and has helped hundreds of families navigate the retirement process. As president of Financial Designs, Nino oversees day-to-day business operations and uses his expertise in retirement planning to help his clients prepare for their future.

Nino has passed the Series 7, 24 and 63 securities exams and holds life and disability insurance licenses in the state of California (California license No. 0B24334). He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Investment Advisor Representative. He conducts retirement and estate planning workshops for employees of major California companies.

Nino has a Bachelor’s of Science in Telecommunications Management from DeVry Institute of Technology and a Law Degree from the University of Southern California.

Nino is a contributing advisor to Kiplinger.

Vaughn G. Heydel

Financial Advisor and Vice President

Vaughn Heydel is committed to helping clients remain confident and well-informed by cultivating long-lasting and meaningful relationships. Additionally, as part of the Financial Designs leadership team, Vaughn plays an integral part in providing valuable insights and analysis to both coworkers and clients.

Vaughn has passed the Series 6, 7 and 63 securities exams and holds his life and disability insurance licenses in California (California license No. 0G12844). He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Vaughn is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an Investment Advisor Representative.