John J. Ernst, AIF®
Founder and President
John founded Ernst Financial Group in 1990 with the goal of providing sound retirement planning strategies to businesses and individuals throughout Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. John is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, and completed his undergraduate degree in English at Hamilton College.
John also actively gives back to his community. He was a founding member of the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) to raise funds for school enrichment programs. He participates in the Read Aloud program at Bailliet Elementary School and is its Business Partner, funding enrichment programs for the students. John has been a past volunteer with the Community United Way of the Pioneer Valley and has been associated with Human Resources Unlimited, a social services non-profit, as a board member. He has also served as a board member and president of the Community Music School of Springfield, and was recently presented with the "Fab 4" award for long-time service to the school.
In his spare time, John enjoys any sport that allows him to be outdoors—golf, skiing, tennis—as well as singing tenor in the Worcester Chorus.
John Ernst is proud to have been recognized as a Summit Club advisor for 2016—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 30 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.
Matthew R. Landon, CFA®
Vice President - Consulting and Advice
Matt is the Vice President of Consulting and Advice at Ernst Financial Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in the retirement planning industry and has spent his entire career helping business owners, plan participants, and individual investors. Matt's prior roles include senior positions at MassMutual Financial Group, Fidelity Investments, and T. Rowe Price. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has earned the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation. Matt has successfully completed the required course of study approved by the National Financial Educators Council and has been awarded the title of Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI). Matt lives in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Zac and Alex. As a lacrosse fan and enthusiast, Matt serves on the board of the Longmeadow Boys Lacrosse Association and still suits up for an occasional over-40 lacrosse game.
Lisa R. Landon
Client Service Representative
Lisa is a Client Service Representative at Ernst Financial Group. In her role, Lisa is responsible for office management and day-to-day client service, problem solving , and support. Lisa is a graduate of Emory University. Her prior work experience includes financial planning analysis and project management roles at Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan. Lisa lives in Longmeadow with her husband Matt (yes our Matt!) and their two boys Zac and Alex. In her free time, Lisa can be found at endless soccer, basketball, and lacrosse games, reading a good book, or sweating through an exercise class.
Ashley J. Flouton
Client Service Representative
Ashley is a Client Service Representative at Ernst Financial Group. Her recent roles include project management and administrative and technical support at both an international manufacturing company and a regional printing firm. Prior to that, she was an EFL teacher in Panama City, Panama. Ashley loves to support her community, and started volunteering at a young age with her Parish and at the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke. Born and raised in West Springfield, she’s a true “Terrier” at heart. In her spare time, she enjoys bonfires and game nights with her family and friends, and of course, spending time with her pooch, Shadow. She is also a diehard home team sports fanatic, and loves going to hockey, football, and baseball games.