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Our Team

staff2The experience, team work, integrity, and insight
of our advisory staff sets us apart.

Preston S CavesPreston S. Caves MBA, CFA

President, Majority Owner, and Senior Planner

Preston Caves is an investment management consultant and Chartered Financial Analyst, a respected credential for professionals involved with securities analysis and money management. His experience in asset management and financial planning spans over three decades.

Mr. Caves is a graduate of Stanford University. He completed his bachelors degree with a major in economics. He then received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Caves also completed approximately 1-1/2 years of post graduate work at Stanford Law School.

Mr. Caves founded the firm and has been involved in personal financial services and investment consulting since 1983. His duties include client liaison and marketing, and he supervises all aspects of the firm’s work, paying particular attention to clients’ asset allocations, details of positions, and minimizing taxes.  Professional Associations include The Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts.  Active in church and alumni organizations, Mr. Caves is married to Gayle, has a son, a dog, and lives in Manhattan Beach.  He enjoys skiing, golf, hiking in the Sierras, and cycling.


Sandra GafneySandra Gafney MBA, CFP

Co-Owner and Senior Planner

Sandra is an investment management consultant and Certified Financial Planner®. She earned her Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Florida and MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Sandra held analytical and management positions for Prudential Investments where she acted as client service liaison for corporate and union pension funds, foundations, and endowments for 11 years. Sandra then worked with high net worth individuals at a Century City investment counseling firm for three years.

With Caves & Associates since 2004, Sandra’s duties include client relationships and marketing, mutual fund research, and portfolio and financial analysis. She also supervises analyst work on portfolio monitoring and rebalancing and performance reporting. Professional organizations include the Financial Planning Association of Los Angeles.

Sandra and her husband Neil share their home with a ferocious Westie rescue, Marlo. As recent empty nesters, they enjoy the casual beach life, dining in town, and socializing with friends. She also enjoys family trips to Yosemite, Palm Desert, Hawaii, and New York.

Rob CavesRob Caves

Financial Analyst

Rob handles portfolio monitoring and rebalancing, performance reporting, and mutual fund research.  Rob has a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.  He is currently working towards obtaining his Certified Financial Planner® designation through coursework at UCLA.

Prior to joining Caves & Associates, he was an independent TV producer and then worked in 3-D post-production where he served as Post-Production Supervisor, overseeing the editing of various 3-D television shows and products. He also worked on the business side of the firm, helping with computer systems and office administration.

Rob enjoys cooking, bike riding, hiking, tinkering with electronics and computers, model trains, and financial discussions with his Dad.

Karen ChanKaren Chan

Financial Analyst

Karen’s responsibilities involve portfolio monitoring and rebalancing, performance reporting, and mutual fund research.

Prior to joining Caves & Associates, Karen spent 14 years with Compuware Corporation in computer software sales. Earlier in her career, she was an analyst in the Financial Control Department of Ford Motor Company.

Born and raised in Michigan, Karen spent three years living in New York City before heading west and settling in Manhattan Beach where she lives with her husband, Yu-Keung, and their two children, Zack and Tessa. Karen is an active volunteer for the school district, Manhattan Beach Little League, and other community events. When she isn’t working, volunteering, or driving her children to their sports events, you will find Karen on the tennis court indulging in her favorite pastime.

Jeanne OshiroJeanne Oshiro

Office Manager

Jeanne’s responsibilities involve public relations, general administration, and office management. She provides client service in all aspects of investment plan implementation, account administration, and liaison with broker/custodians. She also handles invoicing and accounts payable.  Prior to joining C&A, Jeanne spent twenty plus years as an Information Technology Professional with such engineering and software/hardware distribution companies as Hughes Space and Communication’s Group and Merisel Americas. She received her BS in Computer Science.

Jeanne lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, John, and two 4-legged canine family members. Their daughter, a Mira Costa alumna, recently earned her Bachelor’s degree and is enjoying living and working in New York City.

Ronnie KauffmanRonnie Kauffman


Ronnie’s responsibilities involve assisting with client service, data management, office administration, and daily operations. She also has quality control duties, handles word processing, and assists in tracking of mutual fund performance.

Prior to joining Caves & Associates, Ronnie spent eight years as an operations manager at Morph Design, a laboratory planning and design firm. Before taking an employment hiatus to raise two children, she was a paralegal for twelve years at corporate litigation law firms and at the Federal Public Defender. Ronnie lives in Redondo Beach with her husband, Andrew, and she enjoys hiking, traveling, and frequent walks along the oceanfront.