Our Team

Our Team

In today's informal Internet world where everything is a click away, having an informed and reliable team that is there for you and your family is our full-time objective.

Leo D. Boisvert, MBA, CIMA®, CDFA

Chief Financial Strategist, Senior Managing Partner

Leo D. Boisvert, senior managing partner and chief financial strategist of Private Wealth Consultants LLC, he holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) designations. He is responsible for strategic investment development and estate and financial planning. He combines his professional knowledge with clients' needs to provide appropriate investment strategies.

Along with his duties at Private Wealth Consultants, Leo, also known to many as the "Investment Doctor," is an adjunct professor of business and economics, as well as a national speaker and lecturer on wealth strategies for lifetime security, retirement planning, and personal financial management. He has completed MBA studies in financial management and is currently participating in post-graduate doctoral research in the area of behavioral economics. Leo was awarded the CIMA® designation from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, in association with the Investment Management Consultants Association. He also holds the FINRA Series 7 (General Securities Representative), 8 (Securities Management and Supervision), 31 (Managed Futures), 63 (State Blue Sky Laws), and 65 ( Investment Advisor Law) registrations as a registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. In addition, he is a licensed insurance representative in life and annuities.In 2014, Leo was named a Five StarSM Wealth Manager multi-year awad winner* by Gulfshore Life Magazine.

Most recently, Leo and Erik sponsored and funded the Private Wealth Consultants LLC Athletics Scholarship Endowed Fund through the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, providing educational scholarships to athlete/students based on need. To view scholarship information, please go to www.FGCU.edu/foundation/scholarships.asp.

Leo is actively involved in the community. He is on the committee for Strategic Planned Giving for the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, the Florida Gulf Coast University Athletic Boosters Club, and the Hodges University President's Council for Advancement. He regularly is a guest instructor for the Frances Pews Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University in Fort Myers and Naples, as well as a guest lecturer at Florida Gulf Coast University and Hodges University in Fort Myers and Naples and Florida Southwestern College Lifelong Learning in Retirement program at the Port Charlotte campus. Leo and his wife, Maryjane, have two children—Brent, a graduate from State University of New York Maritime College who now serves as a Third Officer in the Merchant Marines while working in the Maritime Industry and Jennie, a Division 1 Softball Player and Sophomore at Sacred Heart University in CT studying in the Physicians Assistants Program.

In his spare time, Leo enjoys participating in and teaching tae kwon do, as an instructor and third-degree black belt; golfing; reading; and cheering his children on at their sporting events.


*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 883 Southwest Florida wealth managers were considered for the award; 142 (17 percent of candidates) were named 2014 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.
 
 

Erik G. Heben, CFP®

Chief Investment Strategist, Managing Partner

Erik is a managing partner and chief investment strategist with Private Wealth Consultants. His focus is on investment evaluation, asset allocation, and portfolio management. Erik works with clients in evaluating appropriate investment plans to help meet specific goals and income requirements.

Erik began his investment career while still in college and has spent his 25-year professional career in the financial industry. Originally from Canton, Ohio, Erik graduated with a BA from Kent State University and has been awarded the national certification of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He holds the FINRA Series 7 (General Securities Representative), 9, 10 (General Securities Sales Supervisor), 30 (Branch Manager Futures), 31 (Managed Futures), 63 (State Blue Sky Laws), and 65 (Investment Advisory) registrations as a registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. Erik is also a licensed insurance representative in life, health, long-term care, and variable/fixed annuities.

In 2010, Leo and Erik sponsored and funded the Private Wealth Consultants LLC Athletics Scholarship Endowed Fund through the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, providing educational scholarships to athlete/students based on need. They continue to nurture and grow the endowment. To view information about the scholarship, please go to www.FGCU.edu/foundation/scholarship.asp.

Erik spent a number of years cohosting a popular investment radio show and has been quoted in the media for his opinions on a number of financial-related issues. Most recently in 2017, Erik was named a Five StarSM Wealth Manager* multi-year award winner in Gulfshore Life  Magazine. Also, in 2008, Erik was named to the Gulfcoast Business Review's "40 under age 40" list for his business and community contributions to the Southwest Florida region.

Gulfcoast Business Review 40 under 40 List recognizes local, young professionals Gulfcoast Business Review considered a candidate’s contributions to their company, leadership, and their community service from a pool of 200 nominees. This award is not specific to financial services and does not imply an endorsement, recommendation, or otherwise reflect the performance of the advisor or any accounts.

*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 477 Southwest Florida wealth managers were considered for the award; 124 (26 percent of candidates) were named 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

Erik; his wife, Paula; and their sons, Peyton and Preston, reside in Fort Myers, Florida, and are very involved in the community. Erik is a guest lecturer at the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University. Erik was a founding member, and former member of the Executive Committee, of the Florida Gulf Coast University Athletic Board, overseeing the booster club, known as the Eagles Club. He has been actively involved in South Fort Myers Little League for many years acting as the League Treasurer for 4 years.

In his spare time Erik enjoys sports, working out, reading and any time he can get where the family is together. Peyton, a graduate of Bishop Verot High School, is attending Georgia Southern University majoring in Sports Psychology. Preston is a Freshman at Bishop Verot High School, playing both basketball and baseball.

Paula Heben, BS

Administration, Head of Operations

Paula is the office manager as well as a registered client service representative. She responsible for facilitating, organizing, and administering the account needs of our clients. This includes account origination, transfers, and creating detailed capabilities within each account, wherever necessary. She has more than 25 years in investment account management and administration.

Paula has a BS in business management from the University of West Virginia and holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations through Commonwealth.

Paula has lived in Florida since 1986. She is married to Erik, and together they have two sons, Peyton and Preston. In her free time, Paula is all about family; although, much to her husband's chagrin, she does enjoy shopping.
 

Dawn Mannina Sanford

Administrative Assistant

Dawn is an administrative assistant and receptionist at Private Wealth Consultants having joined the firm in 2014. Dawn assists in all aspects of customer service and client administration of the firm.

Dawn, who is married to Rick Sanford, has a BA from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Chicago, Dawn moved to Orlando in 2005 and became a professional water skier at Sea World Orlando as well as Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. Dawn also performed as a professional ice skater at Cypress Gardens and was part of a traveling ice skating show that traveled throughout the U.S. and overseas military bases.

Dawn is an avid competitive tennis player in both singles and doubles. She enjoys working out, reading, and going to the beach every chance she gets.