With more than three decades of experience as a financial professional, Candace is the co-founder and managing partner of Bahr Investment Group, a comprehensive, independent wealth management firm in Carlsbad, California. Candace and her husband, John Baranowski, founded the firm in 1998, and are affiliated with LPL Financial, the largest independent brokerage firm in the United States.* Honored as members of the LPL Financial Chairman's Club, she and John are in the top 8% of the firm's representatives recognized for outstanding performance and service. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and top advisor, Candace is privileged to have been named one of the “Top 10 Outstanding Brokers in the United States” for 2003 by Registered Rep, a leading industry magazine.
NATIONALLY KNOWN. Candace’s expertise is recognized far beyond the walls of her private wealth management practice. As a nationally recognized advocate of women and their financial independence, Candace leverages her decades of real experience and degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin to help women throughout the world. In 1988, she co-founded the nonprofit Women’s Institute for Financial Education (www.wife.org). Through Wife.org, Candace and her team have donated thousands of hours and substantial assets to help teach and empower women no matter what their financial circumstances.
LOCALLY FOCUSED. Locally, Candace originated the workshop, Second Saturday – What Women Need To Know About Divorce along with WIFE.org co-founder Ginita Wall. Run continuously each month for more than 25 years, it has helped 9,000-plus women (and some men) deal with the legal, financial and psychological issues of divorce. Additionally, the program has raised more than $300,000 for scholarships and other charitable causes. In honor of her work, KPBS named her a Local Hero for Women’s History Month in April 2013.
SHARING HER INSIGHTS. A woman with a message, Candace has hosted a weekly money segment on KUSI TV in San Diego. Her insights have been included in a PBS documentary on women and money. She has written a monthly financial column for Décor & Style magazine as well as a weekly personal finance column that commanded front page prominence in the business section of the North County Times. In 2004, Candace added a book to her accomplishments, It’s More Than Money--It’s Your Life! The New Money Club for Women (John Wiley & Sons, Inc). She is also frequently interviewed as a financial expert and has been quoted in the New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg, Money, and Oprah Magazine.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND RECOGNITION. Additionally, Candace has been a featured speaker at the UC Berkeley Women in Leadership Conference, at the San Diego Union Tribune’s Right On the Money Conference and the California Governor’s Conference on Women. She has been recognized as a Woman of Merit by the North County Times, as a Woman Who Means Business by the San Diego Business Journal, and she garnered the Women Helping Women Award from Soroptimist International North Coast San Diego. Candace is listed in National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and Who’s Who International. Candace makes her home in Carlsbad with her husband, John. Their daughter, Carrie, a graduate of USC, lives and works in Los Angeles.
*As reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2013, based on total revenue