Meet Your Retirement Planning Team

We guide individuals and families to retirement, through retirement, and protect their ability to stay in retirement.

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Drew Blackston, CRC® RFC® Certified Retirement Counselor

Drew is a registered Investment Adviser Representative and has earned the certifications of Certified Retirement Counselor®, Registered Financial Consultant®, licensed insurance agent, completed the Financial Planning Education Program through Kaplan University, and graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in business.

Originally from Kentucky, Drew moved to Florida for college and has worked in the financial services industry since graduating from the University of South Florida in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He began his career focusing on market research, analysis and financial strategies and gained valuable experience in asset preservation and retirement planning.

Drew, along with his wife, Valerie, founded Pearl Wealth Group with a desire to help individuals and families with their retirement and financial dreams. Drew hosts the “Your Financial EKG™” weekly podcast and YouTube channel and has created and trademarked his proprietary retirement process called the “Retirement EKG™.” Drew has been published in Kiplinger Investment Magazine, featured in Forbes and been a financial guest on Spectrum News.

Drew resides in Tampa with his wife, two daughters, one son and two lovable dogs. Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and taking them to the many beaches in the Tampa Bay area. Drew is also a huge fan of baseball and the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Valerie Blackston Director of Operations and Marketing

Valerie has been in the Tampa Bay Area for more than 20 years and has enjoyed an extensive career in the financial services industry. Since graduating from Southeastern University in 2011 with a degree in international business and minor in Spanish, she went on to work for a major Fortune 500 financial services company before founding Pearl Wealth Group with her husband, Drew.

Valerie’s day-to-day focus is on the marketing and operations of Pearl Wealth Group. Her passion is to give clients and prospects an experience that goes beyond the traditional financial services experience.

Valerie resides in Tampa with Drew, their three children, and two beloved pups. In her free time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, beach trips, crafting with her kids and baking.

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Matt McKeown Investment Advisor Representative

Matt McKeown is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He began his career in financial services in 2002

Over the years he has been awarded several industry honors. His areas of experience include retirement planning, estate planning and investment planning. Through proactive planning and management, Matt helps individuals and families gain confidence and control over their financial situation so they can accomplish their retirement goals. He is responsible for guiding clients from goal setting to the creation and implementation of their customized financial plan.

Matt has passed the Series 6, 63, and 65 securities exams and holds the FL 2-15 life, health and variable annuity agent license.

In his free time, Matt enjoys activities with his boys, family time, boating, diving, golfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and hanging out enjoying Florida with his wife, Tiffany, and their puppy Sailor.

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Jenny Gabicki Client Services Administrator

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Cooper and Gracie Chief Happiness Officers

Cooper and Gracie are the Chief Happiness Officers for Pearl Wealth Group. Cooper has been with Pearl Wealth Group and the Blackston family from the very beginning. After being rescued from the South Lake Animal League in 2015, Cooper has napped on every couch, bed, and blanket in the Blackston home. Gracie is the newcomer to the family and comes from a long line of AKC Golden Retrievers. Her greatest asset to the Blackston family and Pearl Wealth Group? Her contagious spirit to play play play. Together, Cooper and Gracie bring incredible joy and happiness to entire Blackston family and Pearl Wealth Group.

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