Our Team

NANCY KNOUS, CFP® SmartVestor Pro*

CEO Benchmark Wealth Management

A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a degree in Communications, Ms. Knous has 30 years of experience as a financial planner.  Her registrations, held with LPL Financial, include Series 7, 63, 24, and she is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner, and she is licensed in 25 states. She is also a SmartVestor Pro for Dave Ramsey.

Nancy is a 2009 graduate of The Leadership Academy and has served on various boards to support Memphis.  As a professor of Personal Finance at the University Of Tennessee School Of Pharmacy, she serves as a guide to wise investing and financial independence for future pharmacists.

Nancy's interests include gardening, being with friends, reading, and above all else, spending time with dogs, Buddy, Aibee, and Dot.  Her favorite breed is “rescue.”  Nancy is an active member of First Evangelical Church.

ELIAN LEVATINO, SmartVestor Pro*

LPL Financial Advisor, Branch Operations Manager

Elian graduated from the University of Memphis in 2000 with a BA in finance. Before arriving at Benchmark, he spent 10 years in the field of actuarial analysis and insurance. As Team Leader since 2010, he oversees the day to day operation of Benchmark Wealth Management in addition to his duties as financial advisor. He holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations through LPL Financial and is currently working towards his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and daughters, Lexi and Allie. He and his family are members of Central Church, where he has taught Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University for over a decade. He enjoys sports of all kind and cheers for the Memphis Tigers, the Tennessee Vols, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Chicago Cubs.

SHANNON ACOSTA, MSBA, SmartVestor Pro*

LPL Financial Advisor

Shannon graduated from Maryville College with a Business and Organizational Management degree, and she has an M.S.B.A in Finance from the University of Memphis.  Prior to joining our team, Shannon worked in accounting for Marriott Business Services and Marriott International.  Her focus is on client relations, financial planning, and client education.  She holds her FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations through LPL Financial.

Shannon lives with her husband, Hunter, daughter Annie, and dog Rue.  She enjoys running, studying history, and playing games.  She and her husband are active at First Evangelical Church.  

DARYL VRBAS

Client Services Associate

Daryl graduated with a B.B.A. in Business Management from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from SMU. Prior to joining Benchmark, Daryl worked 37 years in the food industry with ACH Foods, primarily in the financial, accounting, and commodity trading aspects of the business. He holds Series 7 and 66 registrations through LPL Financial.

Daryl has been married to Suzanne for 35 years and has a daughter (Lindsey) and a son (Jordan). Lindsey, a graduate of the University of Tennessee is married with three boys and two girls. Jordan graduated from Auburn University with his undergraduate and Masters degree and is currently working for Nashville Police Department. Suzanne and Daryl attend First Evangelical Church. Both love to travel and Daryl in particular likes fishing and the outdoors. Daryl has always enjoyed studying and analyzing financial markets, and coupled with his prior work experience, is well suited to his current role at Benchmark.

CAROLYN HUGHES

Marketing Specialist

Carolyn schedules appointment, plans client events, and maintains special contact with clients. She has a degree in Education from the University of Memphis, and came to us after raising 3 sons.  Married for 49 years, Carolyn and her husband Ralph have been active members of First Evangelical Church since 1979.  Carolyn likes to garden, travel and read great books.

YVETTE MARION

Administrative Assistant

Yvette is a lifelong resident of Memphis and worked in the banking industry for many years.  Yvette and her husband, Roger, attend Grace Evangelical Church.  They have a son, Paul Marion, and a daughter, Jana M. King and two grandchilden. 

Yvette enjoys visiting with her family, working in the yard, and loves to make scrapbooks.  Yvette performs general administrative operations and handles special projects.

SARAH BEACH

Administrative Assistant

Sarah graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Elementary education. She became a Memphian in 2005 when her husband, Andrew, became the Pastor of Student Ministries at First Evangelical Church. Andrew and Sarah attended Financial Peace University that same year and have applied those sound financial principals for the past ten years.

Sarah loves sunny weekends with Andrew and their three young children, road trips to visit their extended families, and cooking for a crowd. 

 

*TheSmartVestor program is a directory of investment professionals. Neither Dave Ramsey nor SmartVestor are affiliates of Benchmark Wealth Management or LPL Financial.