Meet The Team
The team behind Nature Coast Financial is made up of qualified financial professionals who are passionate about helping individuals and families achieve their ideal retirements.
Gary Marriage, Jr. CEO / Owner
Gary Marriage Jr. is the President and CEO of Nature Coast Financial.
Nature Coast Financial Advisors, Inc.’s mission is to develop stable retirement plans for individuals and business owners to ensure their savings will be there when they need it. We specialize in working with retirees and those nearing retirement, and therefore focus on IRA planning, estate planning and tax reduction.
Gary Marriage, Jr. is the president and chief executive officer of Nature Coast Financial Advisors, Inc., an independent insurance and financial services firm based in Crystal River, Florida. He holds insurance licenses in 23 states.
Gary was a co-author of the book, “SuccessOnomics,” which was on several Amazon best-seller lists. He has also appeared as a guest on local and national television and radio programs, as well as in a number of online and print publications. Gary has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS, NBC and Fox Business, among many others.
Along with educating the public through a number of local and national speaking engagements, Gary is a mentor to other financial professionals, revealing how they can help clients better protect their retirement savings and lower their income and estate taxes. He also designs plans that aim to increase estate size and reduce net worth from future excess taxation for high net worth individuals, such as athletes, celebrities and business owners. For business owners, Gary also sets up retirement plans to help retain employees and trusts to protect the business. The trusts often have several benefits to businesses that entrepreneurs are unaware of.
Gary is very involved within a number of community and charitable organizations, including the YMCA, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Wounded Warrior Project, National Wildlife and Turkey Federation and Relay for Life. He is a family man who values spending time with his son, Mason, and enjoys being in the outdoors, particularly golfing, fishing, diving and attending football games. In 2019, Gary was selected to play in the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open which is the highest-attended golf tournament held in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year he was grouped with PGA pro Xander Schauffele.
Maria Hernandez Investment Advisor
Maria Hernandez is an investment advisor representative with Nature Coast Financial Advisors, Inc. She has a degree in business administration. Maria holds a series 7 and series 66 license as well as her life, health and variable annuity licenses in the state of Florida.
Maria has over 17 years of experience as a financial advisor. She has spent many years focusing on retirement planning for seniors and educators alike. As a personal belief Maria makes doing the right thing a priority. She believes that living by the golden rule is the key to peace and happiness in life and business.
Outside of work her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Orlando and their two children, Dylan and Olivia.
Dee Mahler-Castillo Executive Assistant
Susan Jones Administrative Assistant
Amy Basty Operations Assistant
Christopher Fries Director of Marketing
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