About Us

As an independent registered investment advisory (RIA) firm, Trajan Wealth is devoted to providing individuals in or approaching retirement with targeted asset management to help protect, maintain, and grow their financial portfolios. 

About the Founder And CEO

Jeff Junior

Jeff Junior has spent over two decades in the financial services profession helping individuals and couples in or nearing retirement better understand and prepare for the challenges associated with the ever-changing financial landscape. He holds his Series 65 and Life & Health licenses and has a proven track record of helping clients successfully align assets with objectives to leverage and manage investment portfolios that will weather market fluctuations.

A well-known speaker in the greater Phoenix area and an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Jeff frequently hosts public educational workshops in the community on a variety of financial and retirement topics. His high degree of knowledge and training has earned him numerous noteworthy awards, including membership in the Circle of Honor Society. Additionally, he has been quoted in articles published by The Boston Globe, CNBC, Reuters, Yahoo! Finance, Morningstar, and countless others.

Jeff grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin. His father owned a 10 lane bowling alley and his mother was a nurse. They instilled a strong pursuit of doing things correctly, working hard, and a passion to care for others. Jeff became a “devil dog” of the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served in a Marine Expeditionary Unit.

He obtained his degree in 1997 from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, and immediately entered the financial services and insurance sector. Jeff has served corporations large and small in roles such as financial advisor, vice president, senior partner, and now president and owner of Trajan Wealth.

About the Portfolio ManagerS

Udayan Mitra, CFA

Udayan Mitra, CFA, comes to Trajan Wealth with over two decades of experience in the investment management industry. He has held positions as a proprietary trader, senior portfolio manager, Investment Director, and CIO across institutional investment management firms, pension funds, and several large, institutional-class family offices.  His specialties include equity and fixed income analysis, derivative markets, alternative investments, asset allocation, and macro-level investment decision making.

Udayan has managed investment portfolios on a long-only basis against benchmark indexes as well as on an absolute return basis to generate uncorrelated excess returns. Udayan also has developed innovative asset allocation frameworks to optimize risk-adjusted returns, as well as derivative overlay strategies to mitigate unanticipated downside risk.

Udayan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA in Finance from Rice University. He is also a CFA charter holder. A keen student of the financial markets and a firm believer in long-term investing, Udayan enjoys immersing himself in Bloomberg, researching ongoing developments across the global capital markets. He also enjoys presenting at industry conferences. On the lighter side of life, Udayan is an ardent soccer aficionado and enjoys fine wine, music, and international travel.

Sterling Russell

About the Portfolio ManagerS

Sterling Russell, CFA

Sterling comes to Trajan Wealth with over three decades of experience in the financial services industry. Sterling has held positions as an analyst, portfolio manager, CIO and Director of Fixed Income. Sterling’s specialties include equity and fixed income analysis, security selection and macro level investment decision making, Sterling has managed investment portfolios for individuals and institutions including multi-billion portfolios of fixed income, equity and alternative investments. In addition, Sterling has developed and executed trading and hedging strategies for money center banks in Asia, Europe and North America using interest rate futures & options.

Sterling earned a BA in Political Science and an MS in Economics from Brigham Young University and completed Post graduate studies in Economics at The University of Virginia. Sterling is a CFA charter holder. When not immersed in the financial markets Sterling can often be found on his bicycle.

“OVER COMMIT TO SOLVE OTHER PEOPLES PROBLEMS. REGARDLESS OF OUR TITLE, IT'S ALL ABOUT HELPING YOUR FELLOW EMPLOYEE, CLIENT OR PROSPECT. ”

 – Jeff Junior