Who's On Your Team

Dan Searles

Dan Searles CFP®, CEP®, LUTCF
Founder, Senior Partner, Financial Advisor

Dan Searles has been practicing financial advising since 1981. He earned his CFP designation in 1992. A published author, Dan’s financial writings include his syndicated column, Your Money Matters and his book, I Can Beat the Market and Other Lies from Financial Professionals (available on Amazon). In his spare time, Dan is a songwriter and recently wrote the screenplay and soundtrack for the upcoming western film, Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws.


John Stohlman MS, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, ChFEBCsm
Senior Partner, Financial Advisor

John has been assisting his clients with investments, insurance, retirement, and estate planning for over 30 years. He is the co-author of the book Navigating Your Federal Benefits, written for government employees. John’s mission is helping his clients identify their deepest values, set personal & financial goals, and manage the complex decisions and risks involved in achieving them. He also enjoys ballroom dancing, fishing, and racquetball.


John Stohlman
Laura Stohlman

Laura Stohlman CFP®, CEP®, ChFEBCsm
Senior Partner, Financial Advisor

Laura’s dedication of helping her clients reach their goals began over 35 years ago. She is the co-author of the book, Navigating Your Federal Benefits, written for government employees. Laura’s faith gives her passion for serving her clients and her community; believing what it says in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. She also works with community outreach programs and enjoys ballroom dancing.


Ryan Dunn ChFEBCsm
Partner, Financial Advisor

Ryan joined the Medallion family in 2011. He specializes in helping federal employees navigate the federal benefit system. As a leading expert in his field, Ryan has trained federal financial professionals on the Federal Employee benefit system. In his spare time, Ryan codes video games, serves as a church youth leader, is committee chair of the local Cub Scout Troop, and is the dad of three rambunctious kiddos.


Ryan Dunn
Josh Brunner

Josh Brunner CFP®
Partner, Assistant to Dan Searles

Josh earned his Bachelors of Finance degree from the University of Maryland University College, and in October 2012 earned his CFP® professional designation in October 2012. Starting in the banking industry in 1994, he held positions as Bank Manager, Business Development Coordinator, and Financial Advisor. Josh joined our Medallion family in September 2004, and has been Dan's right hand man ever since. He and his wife, Rachel, have one child, Jack.


John "JR" Robertson
Partner, Assistant to John Stohlman

JR has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from James Madison University and joined us January 2007. Life before Medallion included nine years in client services with a large national mutual fund company as a Financial Advisor. JR and his wife, Jennifer, have two girls, Julia and Caroline, and he is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington DC, a charitable and social organization of men of Scottish birth or ancestry.


John "JR" Robertson
Mark Searles

Mark Searles
Financial Advisor

Mark earned his Bachelor’s degrees in accounting and economics from Hood College where he graduated in 2019. During his time there he played on the baseball team, served as head Resident Assistant, and worked with the Blazing Alpha Fund, a student investment organization at that managed over $200,000 in assets. Mark also interned with the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits as well as with a private accounting firm doing tax preparation during his time in college. In his spare time Mark enjoys playing golf, hiking, and watching the Orioles.


Samuel De La Cruz
Financial Advisor

Samuel De La Cruz comes to us from New York City where he worked for a brokerage firm. He is securities registered and is eager to help serve Medallion’s clients. Sam played college baseball for Florence Darlington Tech and the University of South Carolina at Beaufort. In his free time, he likes to read and play pickleball.


Samuel De La Cruz
Daniel Searles

Daniel Searles
Financial Advisor

Daniel earned his degree in Business and Marketing from the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, where he played Catcher for the USCB SandSharks. Excited to be following in his father’s footsteps, Daniel is working hard to get fully credentialed. As soon as he achieved all his licenses, Daniel enrolled in the University of Georgia’s CFP program. In what little free time that affords, he enjoys playing baseball, fishing and hunting, and playing with his nieces and nephew.


Kelly Bratburd
Assistant to Laura Stohlman

Kelly first served Medallion as a project manager back in 2011 and later rejoined the team in 2018 as Laura's assistant! From running the front desk at her local elementary school to volunteering as a coordinator for her kids' theater troupe, Kelly has always been happiest when working with others in administrative roles. She currently lives in Mt. Airy, MD with her husband of 27 years, Barry, her college age daughter, Julia, and her high school aged son, Charlie.


Kelly Bratburd
Mike Fusi

Mike Fusi
Assistant to Ryan Dunn

Mike brings several years of experience to Medallion. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2012, he enjoyed living in Colorado where his financial services career began. Before joining the Medallion team, Mike lived in Costa Rica and taught English while volunteering for a local non-profit. In his spare time, he enjoys being active, traveling, and spending time with his partner and their two cats.


Essex Brown

Essex W Brown IV graduated from Towson University in 2020 with a BA in Economics. During his time at Towson University, he was able to create a clothing brand known as Mint Apparel. After graduating at Towson, he worked at Merrill Lynch under the Financial Advisor Development Program which ultimately led him to us here at Medallion Financial. Essex has found passion in helping others reach their goal of financial success. Outside of work Essex enjoys gaming with friends and play time with his cat Shadow, his first pet ever!


Essex Brown
Barry Cantor

Barry Cantor J.D., LLM, CPA
General Assistant

Before coming to join our team, Barry worked in the tax and accounting fields for many years. Barry has worked hard through the years earning his J.D and LLM, as well as the CPA. He is married and has two children whose numerous after-school activities keep him very busy after work. He spends the rest of his free time exploring new cuisine and bringing joy to the world through song and comedy.


Julia Kennedy

Director of First Impressions

Lauren Hooker

Assistant to Office Manager

Marie Michur
Marie Michur

Officer Manager and Assistant CFO

Eydie Searles
Eydie Searles

Senior Partner, Director of Communications

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