Our Team

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Michael Smith CPWA®

Managing Partner and Founder

  • Michael Smith (CPWA®) is Managing Partner and Founder of Emerald Advisors. Working with clients since 2005, Mike has always been driven to help people by sharing his financial knowledge and expertise. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Crichton College and MBA from Regis University. Mike attributes much of his success to 24 years of service in the Navy, dedication and devotion to others, and many valuable years at Merrill Lynch.
  • Mike is pursuing his private pilot’s license, enjoys golfing, reading, spending time with clients and friends, and is the proud father of Kat Smith. He is an active supporter and former board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, the ALS Foundation, the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center Seattle Children’s Hospital as well as supporting children’s mental health initiatives at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is a current member of the Legacy Council at Seattle Children’s hospital.
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Megan Cable Hannah, CFA

Portfolio Manager and COO

  • Megan Hannah (CFA), Emerald Advisors Portfolio Manager and COO, has spent her 20+ year career in investments including 17 years with BlackRock. Her experience includes investment research, data management, business oversight and strategic technology initiatives. Megan earned a BS degree Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Economics for Business and Management and Environmental Studies from Occidental College.
  • Megan loves spending time with her husband Scott, their two children and their dogs. She is passionate about giving back to the community and serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Washington, Northlake Young Life and North Puget Sound Young Lives, is a Girl Scout troop leader, and actively involved at The Bear Creek School.

Emily Weed, CFP®

Financial Planner

  • Emily Weed (CFP), is Emerald Advisors Financial Planner and has been in the investment arena for over five years and has worked closely with Mike during those years. She holds a BA in Finance from the University of Washington’s Foster Business School and her Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning from the College of Financial Planning. She is responsible for short and long-term planning and works closely with clients, helping them identify their specific goals. Emily is fluent in Spanish and brings youthful relevancy to our company.
  • When not helping clients, Emily enjoys watching sports and supporting the Seahawks and Mariners. She loves to cook, spend time with family and friends, enjoys exercising, and would like to run a half-marathon someday. Emily supports Junior League and FareStart because she views community involvement as a lifelong pursuit.

Breanna Chud

Communications Director

  • Breanna Chud is Emerald Advisors Marketing Director. She focuses on client communications, media systems and company culture. Drawing from years living abroad and helping establish multiple start-ups, she views communications through a global and inclusive lens. She has a BA in Communications from Northwest University and is working on her MBA there as well.
  • Breanna likes to adventure with her husband, Bryan, and their twin sons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, good music, traveling, cooking and would like to become an Enneagram life coach and write another book. Breanna supports the work of Rescue Freedom International, an anti-human trafficking organization.

Forest Krant

Client Administrator

  • Forest Krant is Emerald Advisors Client Administrator and the main point of contact for most routine administrative items (Electronic Funds Transfer, Wires, Account Maintenance, etc.). With his experience in client relations, Forest works to build strong and open relationships with clients. He is adept at navigating the nuances of the industry and applies that when supporting clients. He has a BA in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University.
  • Forest enjoys playing baseball, is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Mariners, and snowboarding. Forest is an active supporter of Support Pacific Northwest Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund and fought wildfires for the Department of Natural Resources.
Brian Blakeman

Brian Blakeman

Associate Financial Planner

  • Brian is joining the team after working at The Boeing Company for 13 years. Emerald looks to Brian as bringing valuable experience in management and engineering to the firm. He completed his Certified Financial Planning course work and is a CFP® candidate from the College for Financial Planning. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Master’s Degree from the University of Washington. Brian will work with clients to navigate and maximize our financial planning platform.
  • Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. He also appreciates hiking and backpacking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, as well as playing viola and traveling. He supports Seattle Children’s Hospital, Washington Trails Association, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, among others.

Kat Smith

Office Administrator

  • Kat Smith is Emerald Advisors Office Administrator and daughter of Michael and Kathy Smith. Kat is currently a full-time student at Arizona State University completing her degree in Forensic Psychology.
  • She speaks three languages—English, Italian, and her personal favorite, Japanese. She enjoys reading, writing and statistics and plans to write a book someday. Kat supports the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and MEOW Cat Shelter and Rescue Center.