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Meet the Team

At Loper Financial, we pride ourselves on a team approach. We work closely with each other and with the team at Blue Ridge Financial, with whom we share a broker. We are separate companies, each branded differently and applying our own business philosophy, but working together to better one another and to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. We combine our resources and skillsets to ensure that every client reaps the benefits of our many decades of experience, our multiple perspectives, and our ability to build truly holistic financial plans. You might work with a single advisor, but there are no "lone wolves" on our team. We support each other as we work to support you and your financial goals.

Our Team

Abe Loper



Abe is a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor who has spent the last nine years growing his financial planning firm. His experience includes starting out as a financial professional with Northwestern Mutual where he set new regional records for first year advisors and spent four years working primarily to become an expert in leveraging life insurance for families and businesses. He was then recruited to MassMutual, where he was promoted to Leadership Director and Junior Partner of his 90-advisor firm, where he honed his skills as a wealth management advisor. Today, his local, independent firm is brokered by Equitable Advisors, leverages the strength of LPL Financial, and combines the best of what the last eight years have taught him about both insurance and investments. In Central Virginia, Abe is a well known for his community engagement, business experience and financial acumen. He has been awarded the Lynchburg region's Best Wealth Management Advisor (Lynchburg Business Magazine 2022, 2023, 2024 & Central Virginia Home Magazine 2023). As a community servant, he was voted Best Civic Leader in the region (Lynchburg Living magazine, 2021, 2022, 2023). And, as a local business owner he was voted Business Person of the Year (Lynchburg Business magazine, 2022). He’s a strategic thinker and problem solver, holding bachelor's degrees in Visual Arts and English, a Masters degree in Business, and an Ed.S. in Education. He is a former owner of local restaurants including The White Hart Cafe, a former instructor in the School of Business at Liberty University, and serves on local boards of directors for charities that include Horizon Behavioral Health, Freedom 4/24, and the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club. Abe lives in Lynchburg with his wife Emily and their two children.

Cristina Peniche

With over 7 years of experience in the financial services industry, I have developed strong skills in financial planning, communication, and investment recommendations. As a financial advisor at Edward Jones, I partnered with clients to understand their goals, needs, and preferences, and provided them with personalized and tailored solutions. I also leveraged my MA in strategic communications to create and deliver engaging and informative presentations, workshops, and newsletters to educate and empower clients and prospects. Previously, I worked as a financial associate at Wells Fargo Advisors, where I supported a team of senior advisors in managing a large portfolio of accounts, conducting research, analysis, and reporting, and ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations. I am passionate about helping people achieve their financial and personal goals, and I am always eager to learn new skills and insights in the rapidly changing and dynamic field of finance.

I am a native to Virginia; I attended Sweet Briar College and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts. I then went on to complete my Masters in Communication. In 2016, I joined the Wealth Management industry. After growing to love the process of helping clients move through various life transitions, I decided to move into the Financial Advisor role.

Extended Team at Blue Ridge Financial Partners

David Binns-Loveman

I have been in the business world for over 20 years. After starting my career in 1993 in engineering and
technology consulting, I made a major change in 2005 to financial services. I have always been an analyst, planner, and problem solver, just in different industries over my career.

As a financial professional, I prefer to take a holistic approach with my clients, evaluating their total financial circumstances, developing a strategy for their current and future needs, and recommending solutions to fulfill that strategy.

I work with clients of varying incomes and asset levels. As a biological and adoptive father of four, I particularly enjoy working with families to address their needs, including life insurance, retirement, and
college education planning.

I am a self-professed geek and lifelong learner. As such, I have earned several credentials in the financial
planning arena.

I am experienced in many aspects of financial planning, and might even be able to fix your computer.

Shannon Underwood

Shannon began his career in the financial services industry in 2005 and is currently a Regional Vice President in the East Region of Equitable Advisors. He began his career with a passion to provide financial and risk protection planning and investment management for companies, individuals, and non-profit organizations. His hope was that providing these services, he would better connect to the community for the purpose of improving and creating a better quality of life for all. In 2006, he wanted to share that passion with others and decided to become a Regional Vice President, where he has been training, recruiting, and retaining young professionals for over 12 years to help others as well.

In 2013, Shannon earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and was awarded the company related title of Retirement Planning Specialist.

In 2014, Shannon attended an internal advanced learning curriculum, hosted at Harvard University. This program is a significant part of his continued education in Asset Allocation and Wealth Management.

Shannon's desire to become a pillar in the community has not wavered. In 2011, he co-founded and became President of Blue Ridge Financial Partners, a company who's mission is to provide innovative and practical financial programs for valued clients. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and General Agency Managers Association (GAMA). He is a supporter of many charitable organizations within the Roanoke Valley, he and his wife are also members of Ut Prosim Society of Virginia Tech.

Shannon Underwood is a native and resident of Botetourt County with his wife Summer and their two children, Brayden and Addalyn. His hobbies include just about anything associated with Virginia Tech athletics, golf and he enjoys a lifelong passion and involvement in motorsports racing.

L Suzanne Cronise

Retirement Planning Specialist, EVP Sales & Development & Managing Partner



Mark Jenkins

VP of Investment Relations & Wealth Management


Dean Wilson

Certified Financial Plannerâ„¢, VP of Financial Strategies