SEM Wealth Management was founded in 1992 by Rick Gage, an engineer experienced in the use of statistical design and optimization.  SEM's co-owner, Jeff Hybiak joined SEM in 1998. Today the team at SEM is comprised of both engineering and finance professionals who combine their knowledge and experience to navigate the uncertainties of the stock market.  Our approach to the financial markets utilizes technical analysis to develop computer-driven investment models.  These proprietary models, developed through extensive back-testing, have guided SEM's investment approach since its formation.

As of March 2021, SEM manages 3500+ accounts and over $700 million of client assets. Founded in Tucson, Arizona, SEM opened an office in the Richmond, Virginia area in late 2017 to better serve our east coast clients and advisors. Having dual operations centers on both coasts provides additional protection and support for all of our clients in case of a disaster or emergency. 














Richard Gage

Richard Gage

President & Chief Executive Officer


Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He founded SEM in 1992. When Rick is not following the markets, he enjoys long walks with his wife, Mary and riding his mountain bike in the foothills of Tucson, AZ.

Jeff Hybiak, CFA

Jeff Hybiak, CFA


Chief Investment Officer / Chief Operating Officer

Jeff is a CFA Charterholder and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance & Accounting emphasis) from the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked in the field of accounting and finance since 1992 and joined Strategic Equity Management, Inc. in October 1998. Jeff relocated to Virginia to open SEM's east coast office in 2017. Outside of SEM, Jeff is part of the worship team at LifePointe Christian Church in Williamsburg, VA where he plays the keyboard and bass guitar. 

Learn more about what it means to hire a CFA Charterholder here.

Stephen D. Goad

Stephen D. Goad

Manager of Investment Research

Stephen received BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, in 1977, 1978, and 1985, respectively.  From 1981 to 1997 he performed both research and design work in the power electronics field.  In 1995 Dr. Goad began research in market technical analysis and trading system development and in January 1998 joined SEM Wealth Management.

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Tim McCain

Garland Scott & Tim McCain

Business Development & Consultant (BDC) Director

The Business Development & Consultant (BDC) Director works with financial advisors to assist them in better managing their practice. The BDC Director assists each financial advisor in developing a process and investment line-up to meet the needs of their unique client base.

Garland received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He joined SEM in 2018. Outside of work, Garland enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. As a family they enjoy following several different sports. He has also spent many years coaching youth football and baseball.

Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Finance, and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He has been with SEM since 2006. Outside of work, Tim is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking with his family and dogs. 

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Sarah Payne

Financial Advisor

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce (Finance & Marketing emphasis) from the University of Virginia. She has experience in investment banking, corporate strategy, investor relations, and financial planning since 2005. She joined SEM in 2021. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys watching sports, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. 

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Ed Dudley

Financial Advisor

ED attended Northeastern University in Boston for a degree in Leadership. With over 20 years in financial services arena in various positions ED has a passion for serving people. He is also the founder of We Are Connect-ED, a business and professional networking collaboration with a mission to be a bridge to form strategic alliances, partnerships and collaboration for all. In his spare time ED is very active in the community and serves on several nonprofit boards such as Board Vice President of SwingPals, Interim Board Chair for United Against Slavery, board member of Helius Foundation, Co-Founder/Steering Committee member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn, and Co-founder of Shining Light in Darkness. 

Brandi Hybiak

Brandi Hybiak

Advisor Services & Operations Manager

Brandi received her Associates Degree in Business Management and has over 20 years of back office & customer service experience. She has been with SEM since 2001. Outside of work, Brandi enjoys watching her teenage twins play soccer and spending time with her adult children and grandkids.

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Cody Hybiak

Client Portfolio Manager

Cody received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting emphasis) from the University of Arizona. He has been with SEM since March 2017. Cody also helps with the teen program at the Bridge Christian Church in Tucson, AZ.

Shannon Chandler

Shannon Chandler

Executive Assistant/Investment Advisor Representative

Shannon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. She joined SEM in 2002. When not in the office, Shannon spends as much time as possible in the forest near her home in New Mexico. 

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Dustin Briles

Director of Technology

Dustin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (Security emphasis) from Western Governor's University. He started contract work for SEM in late 2017 and joined full-time in August 2018. Outside of work, Dustin likes playing the guitar, studying apologetics, and enjoying all that comes with raising his two children with his wife. He is also active in several ministries at LifePointe Christian Church.

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Courtney Hybiak

Business Development Associate/Marketing Manager

Courtney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Marketing emphasis) and minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She joined SEM part-time in 2016 while still in college and joined full-time in January 2020. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys coaching/playing volleyball and hiking. She also serves in the Pre-K class at LifePointe Christian Church.