KAREN J. BACON, MBA, CFP®

President

Although Karen now resides in Rehoboth, MA she still considers herself a Rhode Islander. She grew up in Warwick and graduated from URI in 1993 with a double major of Italian and Business.  After graduation she moved to Boston to work for Putnam Investments in their Portfolio management division. During that time, Karen’s older brother pitched a business idea to her.  Soon thereafter they opened Steven Wright Productions – a live music promotions business which managed The Strand Theatre in downtown Providence, RI.  They successfully grew and managed the business for 5 years promoting over 1,000 live music events including Bob Dylan, B.B. King, The Black Crowes and Oasis.  Karen subsequently earned her MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College in 2001.  She is a Registered Representative and Principal, Investment Advisor Representative, Certified Long Term Care Planner and licensed insurance broker.  Karen received the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner™ in 2007.  In January of 2015, Karen became the President of Diversified Resources, LLC after her father and Founder, George E. Wright retired.

For the last 9 years Karen was recognized for excellence in insurance and investments by being named a Five Star Wealth Manager, as seen in RI Monthly Magazine.*  Karen has been a comprehensive financial advisor for over 17 years.  She is currently the Treasurer of the Estate Planning Council of RI as well as a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Karen and her husband Brad have two young sons Zackary and Alexander.  Their beagles, Daisy and Annie, round out the family.

*DISCLOSURE for Five Star Wealth Manager Award

Melissa Capuano

Client Services Manager

Melissa joined Diversified Resources, LLC in 2008 in an administrative support role for the entire office.  She proved to be an invaluable team member and was promoted to Client Services Manager in 2015.  As Client Services Manager, she is responsible for assisting clients and facilitating their administrative service needs.  In addition, Melissa assists Karen J. Bacon and The Team in meeting compliance requirements.

Melissa has multiple years of experience in customer and financial services working in banking and with CPA’s.  In 2014, Melissa received her Registered Paraplannersm designation from the College for Financial Planning.  She also has an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from New England Institute of Technology.

Born and raised in RI, Melissa loves spending time with family and friends.  She resides in Warwick with her husband John and two children Devyn and Leah.

Thomas J. Airozo

Portfolio Analyst

Thomas joined Diversified Resources, LLC in August 2014 and quickly established himself as a valuable member of the company. Striving for the broadest depth of knowledge he can acquire, Thomas is currently in pursuit of earning his  Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Certification.

Thomas grew up in East Providence, RI and currently resides in Providence, RI. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island with a BA/BS degree in Finance in May 2014.  During his time there, he was a member of numerous honors societies. Most notably, he was recognized for his academics as a part of the Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society that recognizes only the premier business students for their excellence.

When he finds off-time, Thomas enjoys golfing, watching sports, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

Marlon Pineda

Advisor

Marlon Pineda

In 1981 at 9 months old, Marlon arrived in Providence with his mother and father from Guatemala.  As is customary with his family and culture, a strong work ethic was instilled in him, and Marlon has been continuously working since he was 14 years old.  Marlon always had a passion for working with and helping people.  Unbeknownst to him, his true calling in finance would be found when he took a customer service job at a call center with Bank of America in 2013.  After a year of working there he felt that the customer interactions were transactional which mitigated his ability to assist people with the financial issues they faced throughout their lives.

He then took on a customer facing role as a Relationship Banker at local bank branches.  During the 4 years in that role Marlon learned that many of his customers lacked true financial literacy and that in order to truly have a comprehensive financial discussion with his clients, he needed to have more knowledge himself.  In January of 2018, Marlon accepted a position with Merrill Edge.  Within three months, he obtained both his Series 7 and 66 Licenses which allowed him to trade many types of securities.  As a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Diversified Resources, LLC since November 2018, Marlon hopes to now truly be able to fulfill his passion of providing comprehensive advice while helping people make informed financial decisions.

Marlon currently lives in Smithfield with his wife Lindsay, their son Miguel and his dog Oreo.  In his off time if you look hard enough, you’ll find him in the most remote places of New England doing landscape and Astro photography.

Kelli J. Bacon

Client Services Associate

After many years of providing administration services in a wide variety of industries, Kelli joined Diversified Resources, LLC in December of 2017.  She is the first face you will see upon entering our office and the first voice you will hear when calling us.  In a short amount of time she has become quite adept with the nuances of the financial services sector. As a Client Services Associate, she provides administrative and compliance support for the office.

She has three older children – Brianna, Joshua and Caitlyn. Kelli resides in Warwick with Joshua, Caitlyn and her pug Muffin.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading and going to the beach.

George E. Wright, CLU, ChFC

Founder

George began his career with MetLife as an insurance agent and agency manager.  During that period, he was awarded many industry awards and was a Life and Qualifying member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table.  In 1983 he left MetLife and founded Diversified Resources, LLC a registered Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor.  During his 33 years as a self-employed business owner, George cultivated long term relationships with hundreds of clients, many of whom became life-long friends.

Although George retired in December of 2014 as President of Diversified Resources, LLC he is currently a registered representative and investment advisor representative of the firm.  He is readily available to the staff and provides leadership and wisdom, similar to the role of Chairman of the Board.   George is also a licensed Insurance Broker.  Prior to his retirement as President and full time Financial Advisor he held the professional designations of Certified Financial Planner™. He is currently a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).  He has spoken nationally, appeared on television and radio regarding financial matters, taught financial planning at the URI adult education extension as well as Financial Planning for Bankers for the RI Chapter of The American Institute of Banking (AIB).  George is a past President of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).  He is a former member of the Estate Planning Council of RI and the Financial Planning Association.

George enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with his grandsons.