We Are Your Active Wealth Team

We are a private wealth management firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA. We believe in managing our clients’ assets actively. We employ a tactical asset allocation strategy in portfolio management. Our team is passionate about educating clients to empower them to invest and retire successfully. We work with three primary groups of people; Pre-Retirees, Retirees and Business Owners. We look forward to helping you reach your financial goals.

Our Custodian Partners

We work with these custodians to further protect your hard-earned assets. We will never take possession of your funds, we will only have limited trading authority within your account to implement your financial plan.

TD Ameritrade


The Active Wealth Process


The Active Wealth Team

Ford Stokes
Prior to founding Active Wealth Management, Ford exponentially grew over a dozen companies as a Chief Marketing Officer, he’s passionate about growing our client’s wealth and has over ten years experience in the financial industry. Ford also helped successfully grow a $3 Billion Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) and a $2 Billion Independent Marketing Organization (IMO) from start-up phase to mature and significant profitability as a minority owner in both companies.

He holds an undergraduate business degree and an MBA with a dual concentration in Finance and Economics. He’s published articles on FoxBusiness.com and hosts The Active Wealth Radio Show on WGKA 920 AM on Saturdays 12:00-1:00 PM in Atlanta. He educates clients to help them invest and retire successfully.

Ford is a native Atlantan who plays ALTA Tennis, Golf and cheers on our hometown Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United with his family. Ford and his wife, Diana, have a great time supporting their twin girls at their cheer competitions throughout the Southeast.

Brandy Seats
As Senior Vice President with Active Wealth, Seats provides a wide range of retirement planning services to clients, including complex life insurance case design as an investment vehicle.

Prior to joining Active Wealth, Seats was the Founder and President of Avalon Financial. In late 2019, Active Wealth acquired Avalon Financial, placing Seats in her current role. Before entering the financial industry, Seats worked in the healthcare industry for more than a decade working as Director of Sales and Marketing for several multi-billion-dollar clients.

Seats’ diverse work experiences allow her to take a unique, holistic approach when helping her clients’ plan for the future. Brandy holds a Series 65 Securities License and a Life and Heath License with the State of Georgia. In addition, Seats is passionate about her clients’ financial education and works to share the impact that smart money planning can have on their finances.

In her spare time, Seats enjoys volunteering and running her 501(C)(3) RAOK, Inc. (Random Acts of Kindness). RAOK brings value to the Atlanta community through projects like animal advocacy and financial literacy education.

Diana Stokes
Diana is a Registered Dietitian and has worked in Healthcare for over 20 years. She is passionate about helping clients with their healthcare and life insurance needs before and during retirement.
As a Mother of twin girls, she understands the importance of proper college planning that also provides flexibility for retirement.

Strategic Partners

Mark DiOrio, CFA
Mark DiOrio, CFAChief Investment Officer - Brookstone Capital Management
Mark DiOrio joined Brookstone as the Chief Investment Officer in 2015. In his role, he leads the firm’s investment committee and drives the firm’s investment policy, framework, and portfolio construction methodology. He oversees the portfolio strategy group that provides recommendations on strategic and tactical portfolio design. Mark directs research on external managers and develops internal strategies. He produces and presents content for advisor training, a weekly Market Watch update, and the firm’s quarterly market reports. Prior to joining Brookstone, he was responsible for launching and managing a boutique investment subsidiary of a publicly traded regional bank holding company. While there, Mark ran a global tactical asset allocation strategy and accumulated an 8 year GIPS® compliant track record. Mark has nearly 20 years of investment industry experience, including 10 years of multi-asset class portfolio management. He has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Mark received his MBA from Benedictine University, his BA from Eastern Illinois University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mark is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago.
DEAN ZAYED, JD, LLM, CFP®Founder & CEO - Brookstone Capital Management
Dean is the founder and CEO of Brookstone Capital Management LLC (BCM), a SEC Registered Investment Advisor. BCM has forged strategic relationships with independent investment advisors around the country who affiliate with BCM as Investment Advisor Representatives (IARs). In this capacity, the IARs are able to utilize BCM’s vast money management experience and infrastructure. This allows the IARs to provide their clients with BCM’s professionally-managed portfolios. As an independent firm, BCM is able to utilize a large array of investment options and vehicles, to create robust model portfolios that span varying levels of risk. BCM, through its network of IARs, provides comprehensive financial planning including asset allocation, retirement planning, education planning and portfolio management and is committed to offering a one-source solution for the management, growth, and preservation of its clients’ wealth.

Dean received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Northwestern University. He completed the Business Institutions Program, the Undergraduate Leadership Program and was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society. Dean received his Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He received his Masters degree in Taxation (LLM) from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dean is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and holds the Illinois insurance license for life, health and long-term care.

Achievements and Recognition:

Brookstone is ranked in the #2 Fastest growing RIA firm according to WealthManagement.com
Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), as well as the prestigious Top of the Table
Top 5 Finalists “Advisor of the Year Award” by Senior Market Advisor magazine 2006 and 2007
Featured on General Alexander Haig’s Chosen Topics, CNBC 2006 “Top 10 Wealth Managers of the Central US Region,” Goldline Research
He has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Channel, Bloomberg TV, the Street.com and WGN as a financial expert and has been published and featured in numerous financial publications.

Chris Seats
Chris SeatsPresident - V2 Financial Marketing
Chris Seats leads our Retirement Income Division. Chris is the President of V2 Financial Marketing, and has been working in the financial services Industry for over 17 years. Chris and his team are responsible for the proper wholesale distribution of more than $260+MM in Fixed Indexed Annuities Annually. Chris graduated from KSU in 2004, and immediately went to work for a Financial Marketing Organization, eventually becoming the President of V2 Financial. Chris has been published through Producers Web, Insurance News Net, and other top news outlets in the industry. Since 2010, he has been an active member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) as well as other prestigious groups. Chris’s expert advice has been sought by thousands of clients and agents around the country and has personally brokered over $1.2 billion in total annuity sales. Chris consistently seeks the best for his advisors and their clients, he regularly attends seminars and meetings to learn more about the industry and what he can offer.