Our Team

Mark Saunders

MARK SAUNDERS has been a Certified Financial Planner™ since 1983. He holds the following licenses:

  • Series 7 General Securities Representative
  • Series 24 General Securities Principal
  • Series 27 Financial and Operations Principal
  • Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law
  • Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law

He is licensed to work with investors who live in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York and Arizona.

Mark received his bachelor's degree from Averett University. He went on to earn a master's of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's of public administration degree from the University of Southern California.

Before forming Saunders Retirement Advisors in 1985, Mark worked as a registered representative for Wheat First Securities and Dean Witter Reynolds in Richmond. Mark ran Saunders Retirement Advisors as a broker-dealer until 2012, when he chose Summit Brokerage of Boca Raton, FL, to provide broker-dealer services for his company. His reason: he’d rather spend time with clients than with regulators.

Mark grew up on a farm in Halifax County, VA, but has lived in Richmond since 1975. He has served the community for many years through Rotary, ICFP (The Institute of Certified Financial Planners), IAFP (The International Association of Financial Planners) and FPA (The Financial Planning Association). In his spare time, he enjoys boating on Swift Creek Reservoir with his wife, Linda, watching college football and playing '60s music on his collection of vintage guitars.

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Tom Scott

TOM SCOTT has been a registered investment advisor with Saunders Retirement Advisors since 1994. He holds the following licenses:

  • Series 4 Registered Options Principal
  •  Series 7 General Securities Representative
  • Series 24 General Securities Principal
  • Series 51 Municipal Fund Securities Principal
  • Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law
  • Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law

He enjoys helping clients develop an asset base that will enable them to maintain and improve their living standards throughout their retirement years. His objective is to generate financial flexibility.

Tom is licensed to advise investors living in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New York and Missouri.

Tom earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a master's in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Saunders Retirement Advisors, Tom had 20 year of experience in operations, marketing and strategic planning.

Community involvement is important to Tom. He's lived in Richmond for more than 30 years. He referees soccer, belongs to the Kiwanis Club and serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations.

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Linda Saunders

LINDA SAUNDERS has provided client service, office management, marketing and event planning for our firm since she came on board in 2010. She brings a wealth of corporate executive experience, including over 20 years with Freddie Mac and 3 years with Anthem health insurance. She began her career as a reporter with the Richmond News Leader.

Linda graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in English and journalism.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking on the trails in Woodlake, swimming, reading, photography and volunteer work.

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