Your Wealth Management Team

The advisors of Gradient Capital have a combined experience exceeding 70 years in financial planning and asset management.

Seasoned and engaged professionals

Over the years we have worked with people in all stages of life and economic backgrounds: pre-retirees concerned about outliving their retirement assets, successful entrepreneurs and business leaders in the prime of their earning years, even, through our mentoring program, teens just learning how to manage money. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you.

As a Registered Investment Adviser, we offer objective, independent advice. Unlike commission-based firms,we are held to a fiduciary standard that legally binds us to serve in the best interest of our clients. Gradient Capital Advisors is registered and overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission

Rodney A. Simms, ChFC®, CFP®  |  Senior Partner and Managing Principal

Prior to joining Gradient Capital Advisors, Rodney spent 25 years as a private wealth consultant with Ameriprise Financial. During his tenure with Ameriprise he was recognized consistently with the President’s Advisor Award and as a Private Wealth Group member. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration and received a Master of Science in Financial Services through the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Rodney holds the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian School of Business and has been a member of numerous nonprofit and foundation boards. Rodney has one daughter and enjoys spending time at his vacation home in Mexico, surfing, studying design in all its forms, and traveling off the beaten path. His volunteer work includes recurring trips to an orphanage in Haiti and mentoring college students.

Eric E. Simms, AAMS®, CRPC®  |  Senior Partner and Director of Wealth Management

Eric’s experience in the financial services industry spans over 20 years. Before joining Gradient Capital Advisors, he was a financial planner with Ameriprise Financial where he managed investment portfolios and provided financial consulting to a large number of wealthy individuals and families. Eric holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Eric is married with three children. He is an avid surfer who enjoys photography and cooking. He is a longtime volunteer with local youth sports programs and the co-creator of a recurring children’s community surf contest.

Timothy A. Sagawa, CFA®, CFP®  |  Senior Partner and Director of Asset Management

Prior to joining Gradient Capital Advisors, Timothy worked as a financial consultant with Ameriprise Financial. During the 12 years he spent with Ameriprise he was responsible for trading, investment research and portfolio management for a large number of High Net Worth families within the Private Wealth Group. He holds the Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Timothy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University. He is married with three young children. Timothy enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and volunteering at a local elementary school. He is an avid Padre fan.

Eric Hans Yeager, CFP®, AWMA®, AAMS®  |  Senior Wealth Advisor and Director of Retirement Planning Strategies

Prior to joining Gradient Capital Advisors, Eric spent 16 years with Ameriprise Financial where he provided financial advice to High Net Worth and sophisticated clients, receiving 100% client satisfaction scores from his surveyed clients. He holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA), and Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designations. Eric earned his Business Degree with an emphasis in accounting from San Marcos State University. Additionally, he graduated from the College of Financial Planning at San Diego State University. Before serving clients in his current role, Eric served his country in the US Marines and is a distinguished veteran of the Persian Gulf War (1990-91). Eric has been married to his wife Judi for 23 years, and they have two children.

Trevor Shaw  |  Portfolio Analyst

Prior to joining Gradient Capital Advisors, Trevor served as an analyst intern for HCAP Partners, a private equity firm providing growth capital to lower-middle market companies in the Western US.  He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University where he earned dual majors in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.  During his senior year, Trevor served as President for the Finance and Investment Club and competed on the school’s winning CFA Equity Research Challenge team, beating local schools UCSD, SDSU, and USD in order to compete at the America’s Regional Final in Atlanta, Georgia.  Trevor is an outdoor enthusiast who loves rock-climbing, mountain-biking, and camping with family.