Meet Our Planning Team

Rick MacBarron, JD*, CFP®, CBEC®, AEP®


Richard K. MacBarron, JD*, CFP®, CBEC®, AEP® is a fee based Estate, Business Succession, Investment and Executive Benefits financial planner who has focused on the needs of the highly affluent for the past 34 years.

In addition to his financial planning practice, Rick has also held management positions within the financial services industry. Rick was formerly the Co Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Irvine California office of Lincoln Financial Advisors/Sagemark Consulting. As a Regional Chief Executive Officer, Rick was involved on a daily basis in the Estate, Business Succession, Investment and Executive Benefits planning areas.

Prior to joining Sagemark, Rick was a Registered Representative of, and a manager with, Aetna Life & Casualty for 11 years. During that time he held a variety of positions involving Estate and Business Succession planning.

Before his Aetna affiliation, Rick practiced law in Connecticut for three years. During his law practice, Rick was active in the fields of Estate and Business planning as well as Estate Settlement and Administration.

Rick is a on the national Board of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, he is a member of the Orange County Estate Planning Council, and he is an active member of the Financial Planning Association.

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* Licensed, but not practicing

Jonathan (“Jon”) Lee, CFP®, ChFC®

Director of Planning

As a Director of Planning for Lincoln’s National Planning Department, Jon is the primary planning contact for Lincoln’s offices in Phoenix, Greater LA/Westlake Village, Orange County, San Diego, and the California Fringe Benefit RPG. In his role, Jon provides consulting services to Lincoln advisors in all areas of financial planning with specialization in estate and business succession planning. Jon also collaborates with advisors to develop comprehensive personalized financial plans to address their clients’ goals and objectives. Having served on several advisory committees for Lincoln, Jon was heavily involved in developing national planning initiatives so advisors had greater access to the intellectual capital and expertise available throughout the organization.

Jon graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1994 with a double major in physiology and psychology. After a career in the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist, Jon is utilizing his analytical background to further develop the financial planning practices of the advisors with whom he works.

Christopher Fromm, ChFC®, CFP®, CBEC

Director of Planning

  • Areas of expertise: Comprehensive financial planning for the High Net Worth market.

  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. Holds series 6, 7 and 66.

Jane Johnson, CFP®

Director of Planning

  • Areas of expertise: Estate, retirement, investment, and business succession plans.

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William and Mary. Member of the Northeast Florida Estate Planning Council.


Regional Director of Advisor Development, Northern Division

  • Areas of expertise: Jim currently coaches financial planners across the country in client acquisition including sales and technical areas of Business Succession, Estate, and Investment Planning.   Also responsible for all the advisor training in the region.

  • He is a sought-after speaker, trainer and coach within Lincoln Financial Advisors. He presents regularly at National Planning Forums, Fall Focus seminars, The Resource Group conferences, and many other training programs and forums.


Director of Financial Planning & Member of the Investment Strategy Group

  • Primary area of expertise is the strategy and philosophy of investment planning and wealth management, focused on asset allocation, vehicle selection, and behavioral economics.

  • Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, regular speaker at national events, and member of Lincoln’s Steering Committee and Investment Strategy Group.


Director of Financial Planning & Member of Investment Strategy Group

  • Areas of expertise: Investment Planning, Private REITs, Annuities, Gold-Silver, Alternative Investments, Behavior Finance and including the integration of the investments into the comprehensive financial planning processes.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University in 2000. National speaker/trainer for Lincoln Financial Advisors.


Regional Director of Advisor Development, Western Division

  • Areas of expertise: The development, training, and implementation of Lincoln’s fee-based financial planning model, cycle of operations and new client acquisition process. Provides group and one-on-one coaching to advisors.

  • A subject matter expert and trainer on many of Lincoln’s nationally supported advisor development training programs. B.A in Business Management from the University of Utah. Holds a Series 24, 7, 63, 65 and life licenses.

Robert E. Appel, J.D.*, LL.M., M.B.A.

Second Vice President of National Design/Advanced Planning

  • Member of the American and Connecticut Bar Associations.

  • BS degree (Accounting and Finance) from Central Connecticut State University; J.D. degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law; MBA (Finance) degree from the University of Connecticut; and LL.M. (Taxation) degree from Boston University School of Law.


Executive Director, Sagemark Consulting Private Wealth Services

  • Primary area of expertise is developing key concepts and strategies for the high net worth market.

  • Main platform speaker at the annual conference of the International Association of Financial Planning, the Allied Jewish Federation’s Annual Estate Planning Forum, GAMA International’s LAMP meeting, NAIFA and numerous technical and internal Lincoln business management sessions.


Chief Investment Strategist

  • Areas of expertise include fixed-income, equity allocations, alternative investments and affluent wealth management.

  • BA in Political Science from Lipscomb University in 1981 and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Holds a Series 7 registration.