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Our Team

The Triple Crown Wealth Finance team.

What Sets Us Apart

Our office listens to you, learns your goals and then analyzes your portfolio, your insurances, your position and makes recommendations to help meet your goals.

Portfolio management, planning and preservation are the Triple Crown solution to help guide your financial future. Our office seeks to have a higher standard of excellence toward meeting our clients’ objectives and goals. Our Three Step Plan for your independent financial future may have a lasting positive impact for you, your family, and your heirs. It is completed with the highest ethical standard protecting your privacy doing what is right for you at all times.

  1. Income Distributions Strategies
  2. Fee-Based Services for Objective Advice
  3. Tax Smart Retirement Income Planning
  4. Tactical Allocation
  5. Status and Performance Updates
  6. Monitored Financial Planning Achievement of your goals

Who We Are

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Lea Smith Johnson, CFP®

President & Founder
Lea Smith Johnson

Lea Smith Johnson

President & Founder

Lea is the President and Founder of Triple Crown Wealth Finance. She was a Graduate School research Assistant to the Insurance Department for the now Dean Emeritus of the Pennsylvania State University. She worked for the author of “Relationships Portfolio Theory to the Regulation of Insurer Solidity”. This study was based on the A. M. Markowitz, Diversification of Investment, and W. F. Sharpe, “Portfolio Theory and Capital Markets.” The study was published in both the American Bar Foundation Research Contributions and the Journal of Risk and Insurance.

She has professional corporate experience working for a Fortune 500 Company, Ford Motor Company, as a financial analyst. With experience as a tax auditor for the State of Florida and an independent financial representative for Financial Services Corporation, she founded Triple Crown Wealth Finance. As Founder and President, Lea brings many years of experience and knowledge in portfolio selection, financial planning, and insurance. She is dedicated to each client achieving their goals. Analytical ability along with her extensive studies in economics enables and supports her interpretation of investment cycles for appropriate portfolio allocations.

Lea is a published writer for the Bradenton Herald. Prior to the real estate crash, she wrote an article, which was published, explaining there was a bubble in the Real Estate industry that would not continue and why. She is active in the community both professionally and socially. She served as both Treasurer and President for the Manatee County National Association of Insurance and Investment Advisors. She is a current member of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants and a member of the Estate Planning Association of Manatee. She was a leader for Manatee County Computer Investment Club for many years, where she presented software programs using technical analysis of stocks. Lea is known throughout the community as a Christian Financial Consultant. Trusted as an advisor to individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations, Triple Crown Wealth Finance is on the same side as the client.

Professional Certifications, Licenses & Degrees

  • Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)
  • Registered Financial Counselor (RFC) 
  • Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) 
  • Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) 
  • Retirement Planning Specialist, MN 
  • Accounting, University of California, CA 
  • Finance Major, (MBA) Highest Honors, Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • Bachelors of Science (BS) Business
  • Highest Honors Penn State University, PA
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • Certification in Teaching, Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • Certification American College of Sports Medicine 
  • Series 7 (General Securites)
  • Series 24 (Principal Securires)
  • Series 63 (State Blue Sky)
  • Series 66 (Investment Advisor)
  • Life, Health, Variable Annuity
  • Real Estate License (California)

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CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and federally registered CFP (with flame logo) are certification marks owned by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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Debbie Drown

Divisions Operation Manager
Debbie Drown

Debbie Drown

Administrative Manager

Debbie is a native of Florida. Born in Lake Wales, she moved to Bradenton in 1972. She worked during college for Electro Corporation in Sarasota. She began work in Payroll. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Accounting, she continued her career working for Electro Corporation where she became Payroll Administrator for the department with over 200 employees. At this same company, she obtained Human Resources experience as well as working closely with the Human Resources Manager. Debbie was hired away from this position by Well-craft Marine in Bradenton. She worked as Assistant to the Cost Accountant for Well-craft Marine. At Well-craft, she also worked closely with both the Sales Manager and the CEO proving her ability to work successfully with a professional team.

Passionate about her family, Debbie supports her husband’s company and she is successfully raising three daughters. She regularly serves implementing technical assistance, at her church. In her free time, she delights in physical fitness activities and is an avid reader. Debbie’s authentic and trustworthy character adds to the Triple Crown Wealth practice. She has mastered the art of adding a warm personality to every endeavor.

Professional Certifications, Licenses & Degrees

  • Bachelors of Science (BS) Accounting, University of South Florida
  • Series 7 (General Securities)
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Whitney Johnson

Marketing Manager
Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson

Marketing Manager

The newest member of the Triple Crown Wealth Finance team, Whitney Johnson, was born and raised in a small town in southern Indiana. She attended Southern Illinois University and graduated from the School of Architecture with Honors in 2009. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture, she was hired by Grant's Gardens in Sarasota, Florida.

She worked for three years as a Landscape Design coordinator and was hired by Biological Tree Services in Sarasota, Florida where she coordinated residential landscaping. Her job responsibilities increased into the management of residential design landscaping. The average residential landscaping job size was $100,000 with jobs as high as $1,000,000. She was hired by The Artec Group, Inc. in Sarasota as an Analyst for the Manager of Engineering and Contract Construction. It was during this time, she developed an interest in investing and the markets and decided to make a career change.

Whitney has a strong belief in making her community better and her community work is extensive. She has served as a board member as well as an official board member for several professional organizations. She is currently serving as Chairman of Keep Manatee Beautiful and has been on the Board of Directors since 2014. Whitney is a newlywed and enjoys traveling with her husband as well as studying in her free time

Professional Certifications, Licenses & Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Architectural Studi, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Associate in Science Architectural Studies, Vincennes University
  • Series 7 (General Securities)