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    Preservation Specialists, LLC is an independent financial services firm serving greater Columbia, South Carolina. Our goal is to help you live your retirement with confidence.

    Unlike many financial services firms and brokers who focus solely on your money, we understand the real questions have more to do with how you want to live your life and how your money should support your ambitions. For that reason, we offer a dynamic process that integrates your financial resources with your vision of personal fulfillment and security. The result is that your money is always at your service.

    Additionally, through phone conversations, personal consultations, email communications, “The Preservation Pages” (our monthly newsletter), money management services and live events, Preservation Specialists, LLC offers thoughtful and objective guidance to help you make smart financial decisions.

    Our firm offers the following services: retirement income strategies, wealth accumulation strategies, asset protection, tax minimization strategies, IRA and 401(k) rollovers, estate planning, tax planning and IRA legacy planning.


    Patrick A. Strubbe, ChFC, CLU, RFC

    Founder, Owner

    Patrick Strubbe is the founder and owner of Preservation Specialists LLC, established in 2003. Since 1997, Pat has been teaching consumers age 50+ how to preserve their assets and increase their income through the use of tax efficient strategies.

    Pat vividly remembers being in high school and how his grandfather’s need for nursing care at that time affected his entire family. His mom having to handle the bills and coordinate payments, his grandfather having to depend on someone else to take care of him both physically and financially — the entire situation wore down the family. This experience is what gave Pat the desire to help people attain their financial goals and avoid the problems his family faced.

    A well-known financial educator and retirement planning specialist, Pat is a recurring guest on the WIS (NBC)-TV news with anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank. He also was the financial columnist for the Lexington Chronicle for many years and has been featured in USA Today, Columbia Business Monthly, Investor’s Business Daily and other national publications. He has been a featured guest on numerous radio shows around the country and is often recruited as an area "expert" in the field of retirement planning. He is the host of the show “Save Your Retirement®” on WVOC and author of the Amazon.com best-selling book, “Save Your Retirement from Mass Destruction by the 7 Retirement Villains!” His professional designations include Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Registered Financial Consultant (RFC).

    Pat lives in Columbia, South Carolina, and is married to his beautiful wife, Janelle, who works as a nurse. He is the proud father of four children: son Carter who is attending college, daughter Ava who is a senior at Dutch Fork High School, two year old Gabriella, and finally their baby Isla. As you might imagine, Pat’s wife and children bring him immense joy, and with teens and young children, he can sometimes be sleep deprived! :-)

    Pat enjoys watching NBA basketball games with his friends and family. He loves to see his favorite team, the LA Lakers, whenever he can, and has fond memories of watching the Lakers in the era of Magic Johnson from his youth. Pat also is an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Irmo, where he has served as an elder of finances since 2003.

    Linda Young

    Financial Advisor

    In January of 2013, Linda joined our company from the banking industry- where she discovered her love for helping people achieve their financial goals. She is a licensed financial advisor, having earned her Series 7, 63 and 66  securities licenses from FINRA and her South Carolina insurance producer’s license 19-03 for life, accident and health. She is one-third of the advisory team (along with Pat and John) that meets with and helps clients plan their financial and investment strategies.

    Linda also takes the lead on our clients’ investments,  continually reviewing a range of investment offerings that are already in (or might best fit into) our clients’ portfolios. She regularly handles the coordination of the various investment stages within the life cycles of alternative investments and handles any market trading needed. If you have no idea what any of the above means, Linda also specializes in explaining things in “plain English” for you!

    Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2003, Linda traveled extensively and worked and lived in many different states and several countries. (Bermuda was one of her personal favorites!)  She graduated from the University of Vermont, with a B.S. degree in law and policy administration. Her wide range of professional experience includes management in the special events field as well as Christian education administration, all prior to her work in the financial world.

    Linda has one son, currently a college student at a small college in Minnesota. She often travels to the north to visit some of her family (and her favorite NFL team) in Wisconsin. She also serves on the finance committee for her church, being very comfortable reviewing columns of numbers and analyzing balance sheets.

    Linda can be reached directly at 

    John Farley

    Financial Advisor

    You may know John Farley as your weatherman, but he’s also been involved in the finance world for many years. After growing up in Massachusetts with his five siblings, he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts is in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. He ran a hedge fund for six years where he and his team developed and implemented statistical models used in trading commodities.

    John has a Master of Science in Meteorology from San Jose State University in San Jose, California. While in graduate school John worked with a team to create mathematical models that forecast fog at San Francisco International Airport. The team was awarded the Excellence in Aviation Award from the FAA in 2002 and John is happy to report that the FAA still uses these models today.

    John is also an EMMY Award Meteorologist and Certified Meteorologist with the American Meteorological Society. John believes there are a lot of similarities between meteorology and investing. He says, “Sometimes weather forecasters can get carried away with ‘wish-casting’ a major snowstorm or some other significant weather event. No one wins them all, but it’s usually prudent to stay grounded and have a process for how you approach weather.” John was thrilled to find that Pat and Preservation Specialists have very similar beliefs when dealing with their clients' finances.

    John and his wife Maura have been happily married for 25 years. They moved to Lexington in 2010 after living in California for many years. She is a Spanish teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Lexington. Their oldest daughter, Grace, will graduate from Clemson in May with a degree in Elementary Education. Their second daughter, Rosemary, will attend the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in the fall – also pursuing a degree in teaching. Their son, Jack, is a junior at Lexington High School.

    Karina Acosta

    Communication and Design Director

    Karina has been working for Preservation Specialists since 2014. She has done everything from reception to client service but has happily settled into Marketing. Having an extensive artistic background, Marketing and Event Planning is what makes her happiest and where she feels she can best serve the clients! 

    Karina has lived in Columbia since February 2013, when she moved here with her Husband, Jorge, and their hound-mix, Zelda. Since then, they have fallen in love with Columbia and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. In their spare time, they are involved with animal welfare and foster puppies and older dogs. They have two dogs, Zelda and Rocky. 

    At Preservation Specialists, Karina is in charge of managing social media accounts, designing the monthly newsletter, planning all client appreciation events, and making sure all clients are contacted when there is ever any important investment news. 

    If you ever have any questions, you can reach her at Karina@SCPreservation.com.

    Rachel Pedde

    New Account and Transfer Coordinator 

    Rachel Pedde was born in South Bend, Indiana. When she was in grade school, 3rd grade to be exact, she met Andrew, a very interesting 4th grader. Little did she know she would marry him 15 years later!

    In July 2010, Andrew, Rachel, and their 6-year-old German Shepherd mix, Indy, decided they wanted to move to South Carolina to be closer to Andrew’s family and get away from all of the snow shoveling in the midwest.

    A few years after moving, they welcomed Parker, their son, into the world! Some of Parker’s favorite things are candy, playing in the water, going to the zoo, Mickey Mouse, Ninja Turtles and singing songs.

    Rachel’s mom and dad currently live in Wisconsin, along with Rachel’s brother, his wife and their two kids. She also has one sister who lives in Arizona with her three kids and another brother who lives in Washington with his wife and three kids.

    The Pedde family are huge football fans, particularly when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts! Fall is Rachel’s favorite season because of football and cool weather.

    Rachel has over 10 years of experience in the life and disability insurance industry and document processing, which is what brought her to Preservation Specialists. She will be taking care of new business processing and client service requests and is happy to get to know all of you in the coming months.

    If you have any service questions, or just want to welcome Rachel to the team, feel free to send her an email to Rachel@SCPreservation.com.

    John Barlow

    Office Manager

    John Barlow, the new PS office manager, graduated from the Mississippi State University with a bachelors degree in Forest Management. In 2000, after many years in the forestry industry, John decided to go back to school to pursue his Masters in Organizational Management. For 27 years, John worked in the paper/wood products industry, and lived all over the Gulf and east coast, including Alabama and Maine. Living all over the US has awarded John to see many animals, including bears, cougars, moose, and gators!

    John has been married to his wife, Fay, for 25 years. Together they have two sons, Kyler, who is 30, and Jonah, who is 22.
    Kyler lives in Charleston with his wife Katie, and their daughters, Michaela, and Emilie, two years old and one week old, respectively. Kyler is an English professor at Charleston Southern University and Katie has been a caseworker for the Salvation Army but is now a stay at home mom.
    Jonah is working his first job since graduating. He is an IT professional at the Governors School in Greenville.

    In their free time, The Barlows enjoy traveling to visit their condo in Destin, FL, which they keep rented out most of the time. As a past-time, they both enjoy wood-working. John likes to give Fay credit for being much more creative than he is; she likes painting and building wall decorations. John enjoys building things like tables and coffee bars. They plan to make this a full-time business when they retire.

    Tonya Coleman

    Client Service Representative

    Tonya has been working for Preservation Specialists since May of 2018.  She graduated from Greenwood High School and went into the Nursing field, however, she realized within a year that she had a passion for taking care of others, just in a different way.  She landed a job in this industry 10 + years ago and found her calling.  She takes care of our new accounts, transfers, and she has a passion for serving others.
    Tonya was born and raised 28 years in Greenwood SC.  She has three wonderful kids, Dustin, Tristen, and Jayce which relocated to Lexington SC in 2005. Since then,  her family has grown with 3 precious grandchildren, James (Jay Bug), Aubree (Lady Bug), and Heyden will grace us with his presence in October 2018.  She loves fun in the sun, boat riding, and spending time with grandchildren.  

    Strategies for Financial Independence

    To schedule a time to discuss your financial future and the possible role of insurance or investments in your financial strategy, contact us at Info@SCPreservation.com or call us at (803) 798-1988 today!

    We are an independent financial services firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of investment and insurance products to custom suit their needs and objectives.


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