About Us

The Johnson Financial Advisor Team

Our History

Johnson Financial Advisors (JFA) was founded in 1981 by Phil Johnson. At the time, Phil used an Apple II desktop computer to run his first retirement projections, which was a luxury for many business offices at the time.

Since then, technology has advanced significantly, offering a wide range of investment options and strategies. Today, clients can access stock quotes and financial data at their fingertips. However, one thing that has remained constant over the years is the trusted relationship between a client and their financial advisor.

At JFA, Phil and Marcus and their staff have seen firsthand the powerful impact that proper financial planning can have on individuals and families as they go through life's transitions. In fact, we are now serving many of the children and grandchildren of our early clients! We feel honored to continue serving our clients, even after they have passed away, as we assist their heirs.

At JFA, we understand the value of building long-term relationships with our clients. We take pride in offering personalized service and expertise to help our clients achieve their financial goals. Working with a financial advisor can provide a range of benefits, including objective advice, customized solutions, and personalized service. If you're looking for a financial advisor who can provide trusted guidance and support, we encourage you to contact JFA today.

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Philip O. Johnson, CFP

President & Advisor

Phil is President of Johnson Financial Advisors and has been involved in financial services since 1976. He is a popular speaker and writer on the subject of money management, Phil has been featured in USA Today, the Washington Post, Worth, Money Magazine, the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Business Gazette.

Phil has served on the national board of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and as President of the International Association for Financial Planning (IAFP), Greater Phoenix Chapter. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Not only was Phil born in Phoenix, but he is a fifth-generation Arizonan and is very committed to community and civic causes. He does fundraising for scouting and college scholarship programs and encourages parents to teach money skills to their children at a young age. When families cannot afford a financial advisor, he frequently donates his time and experience.

Phil and his wife, Lynn, are active in their church and enjoy time with their children and grandchildren.


Marcus F. Johnson, CFP

Vice President of Investment Management & Advisor

A sixth-generation Arizonan, Marcus is Vice President of Investments and an advisor at Johnson Financial. He brings technical expertise and a pragmatic perspective to the financial planning profession. He specializes in portfolio management and comprehensive financial planning.

Marcus is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has FINRA licenses (Series 7, Series 66) as well as life, disability, and variable annuity licenses. He earned a certificate in financial planning from Boston University and graduated in Finance from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University.

Marcus served as President of the Financial Planning Association of Greater Phoenix (a professional association of 400 financial advisors) and has been a financial advisor panelist for the Arizona Republic and local television and radio stations. His previous experience includes working at Beneficial Life Financial Group as well for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC.

Marcus has been active in the community having served on the Boy Scouts of America executive board, as President of the Rotary-Tempe South Club, and in various leadership capacities in his church. He also enjoys speaking to community groups about financial literacy. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoyed serving a two-year service mission in Mexico. Marcus and his wife, Alexandria, are proud members of the ASU President's Club and parents of six energetic boys.

Lynn T. Johnson, CFP

Vice President

Lynn has been involved in the business since its beginnings and earned her CFP designation in 1991. She oversees compliance and all operations at Johnson Financial. Although not an advisor, she is active in community causes and is frequently asked to speak regarding money management and the importance of women becoming financially literate. Passionate about philanthropy, Lynn encourages individuals and families to support worthy causes and to consider charitable gifts when doing estate planning. She and Phil are the parents of four children and 20 grandchildren.


Amy Stedelin

Operations & Client Support

Amy is well trained in all office operations and is eager to serve each and every client. She wants to give each individual the personalized and professional service they deserve.

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Derrick Petersen

Operations Support & Investment Research

Derrick loves helping each new client through the process of becoming a part of the Johnson Financial family. He is passionate about the client's experience. Derrick also provides investment research for JFA portfolios.

Is JFA right for you?

We seek clients that want to build a long-term relationship and are committed to a team approach in working toward their financial goals.

Why work with JFA?

Full Service

  • We do comprehensive financial planning, investment management, and retirement planning, and will coordinate with other professionals as needed.


  • JFA has been managing wealth for individuals and families for over 30 years.
  • Our staff have varied backgrounds in banking, securities, and finance.


  • As an independent financial services firm, we are focused on your best interests.
  • We are unlike banks and most broker-dealers who limit the services and investments that their representatives can recommend.

Small Office with big offering

  • Phil and Marcus are a Father-Son team
  • We pride ourselves in personalized service.
  • Affiliate with strong, independent broker dealer


  • Unlike some larger firms, you can phone or meet with Phil or Marcus as often as needed.
  • We encourage our clients to call us regarding all financial matters.


  • We value our clients and seek to build long-term
  • We will guide you through life's transitions and often work with multiple generations within a family.