Who We Are
Lynn M. Dunston, CFP® | Founder & Senior Wealth Planner
Lynn brings to Dunston Financial Group more than fifteen years of experience in the investment and financial planning industry. Lynn began his career as a manager with the self-directed retirement plan custodian, Lincoln Trust Company in Greenwood Village, CO. While at Lincoln Trust, Lynn assisted traditional clients with their retirement and investment needs, and he also worked with non-traditional clients who were interested in unique retirement plan investments, such as private placements, real estate, hard assets, promissory notes, and limited partnerships. Becoming the youngest manager in the company, Lynn managed the second-highest revenue producing department in the company.
Lynn continued his career as a manager and financial advisor for the Denver office of Boston-based New England Financial (NEF). While at NEF, Lynn specialized in working with small business owners and Colorado state government employees who were members of Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).
After spending several years with New England Financial, Lynn met the rigorous Exam, Ethics, Experience, and Educational requirements to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, after which he co-founded Madison Financial Partners, LLC (Denver, CO). Madison Financial Partners specialized in providing private wealth management, financial planning, and business succession services to more than 300 high-net-worth individuals and families.
In addition to working as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner for his own clients, Lynn worked for many years as an independent investment and retirement plan consultant for the $300 million government trust fund, the Housing Agency Retirement Trust (HART) in Louisville, KY. While consulting for HART, Lynn assisted the executive board and their more than 6,000 clients with investment and retirement planning needs.
Lynn studied business finance at Metropolitan State College and Regis University. After earning his undergraduate degree magna cum laude, Lynn went on to obtain advanced masters degrees at Gordon-Conwell (magna cum laude; South Hamilton, MA) and Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) where he studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy, the Divinity School, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Lynn was then offered full-ride Ph.D. scholarships at Edinburgh University and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and Lynn continued his work in academia as a doctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews. Lynn’s professional and research interests relate not only to his desire to help his clients with wealth management and financial planning, but also to the ways in which those disciplines more broadly intersect with issues of politics, ethics, economics, and even religion. By grounding his work in broader academic theory, Lynn is uniquely suited to help his clients with not only the concrete realia of their personal financial situation, but also with the deeper values that often undergird and influence his clients’ personal financial decisions.
INTERESTS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Outside of work, Lynn enjoys spending time with his two-year-old daughter and his wife, Natalie. Lynn also loves the outdoors, and he enjoys ultra-marathon trail running, mountain biking, and road cycling. Giving back to the community is also important to Lynn. He has served as a board member for the non-profit, Smart Girl, Inc., an organization committed to helping young girls make smart choices. Lynn also regularly serves underprivileged youth by taking them on mountain bike rides for the non-profit organization Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder. As a member of the Colorado Latino Forum (CLF), the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), and the Denver chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), Lynn is also committed to increasing the political, social, educational and economic strength of Latinas and Latinos in Colorado. Lynn is also a proud member of the premier association of Fee-only financial planners, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
Erin L. Hadary, MBA, CFP® | Partner & Senior Wealth Planner
Erin Hadary is a seasoned business professional with over 15 years of experience in comprehensive wealth management and finance. She has expertise in raising capital, leading investor relations, managing both individual and institutional investment portfolios and philanthropic advising. Erin enjoys helping clients make sound financial decisions and is committed to the client’s best interest and helping clients find purpose and clarity in their financial lives.
Erin is a Certified Financial Planner™, and currently a candidate for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation. Erin is a member of the Financial Planning Association, and Colorado Planned Giving Round Table.
Prior to becoming a Certified Financial Planner™, Erin served as Director of Foundations and Corporate Relations for Emory & Henry College. Previously, she worked as the Director of Investor Relations for SoFi, in San Francisco overseeing private placements. She also spent 5 years in private wealth management as a Registered Investment Advisor for Raymond James Financial Services working with individual clients and private family foundations.
Stoyan Panayotov, MBA, CFA | Chief Investment Officer
Native to Bulgaria, Stoyan Panayotov is a seasoned investment officer. As a child, he was raised with strong family values and big dreams. In 2002, Stoyan came to the United States to study in New York, where he earned his MBA. In 2004, Stoyan completed his Master’s Degree in Finance, graduating at the top of his class and, in 2006, he earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. The CFA charter is an investment credential that, for more than 60 years, has been the global standard for embodying the integrity, dedication, and advanced skills needed to build a stronger, more accountable financial industry. No credential is as widely respected for its focus on current investment expertise and performing in the client’s best interest.
Prior to joining Dunston Financial Group as Chief Investment Officer, Stoyan worked in fixed income & municipal bonds trading at Deutsche Bank, equity and equity derivatives trading with Wells Fargo, and investment banking finance with Credit Suisse. Stoyan has spent more than a decade on wall street, where he learned the ropes of the financial industry and investing. Stoyan has extensive experience in risk management, equity, and fixed income markets.
Cyndi Hackett | Executive Assistant
Cyndi brings 20 years of business administration experience to the team. Her ability to personally connect with clients and team members makes her an essential asset to the company. Since joining Dunston Financial Group, Cyndi has focused her expertise on creating and organizing operational systems. Prior to joining our team, Cyndi provided project management, financial oversight in both legal and commercial real estate businesses.
When Cyndi is not in the office, you can find her exploring, identifying and protecting native plants on the Colorado front range. Cyndi enjoys studying botany, holds a Medical Herbalism certification from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and is a member of the American Herbalist Guild.
Jetson | Chief of Staff
Jetson joined our team in March 2017 to handle day-to-day management of team morale. He routinely contributes to the company’s success by listening attentively to his team members and creating win-win solutions to keep his whole pack on task. Prior to joining Dunston Financial Group, Jetson was at the Colorado Retriever Rescue, overseeing a pack of hound dogs from various backgrounds seeking a forever home. He is missing his left ear after being bullied by an older dog when he was just a puppy and believes all people need a little comfort when dealing with difficult circumstances. When he is not at the office, Jetson enjoys practicing yoga, swimming and hiking in the mountains.