Rainer Schlichtherle CFP®, CASL®
Co-Founder and Private Wealth Advisor
Rainer’s German heritage gets credit for the 13 letters in his surname and his time at the University of Montana for his fondness of the Grizzlies. He started his career in 1985 with IDS/American Express then moved to Bank of America Investments where he was promoted to Senior Vice President. In 1999, Rainer joined Northwestern Mutual and has consistently been one of the top 100 investment producers in the country.
Rainer’s analytical strength helps him to be objective and understand how certain patterns affect one another. He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, Lauren and Hannah Claire. He still speaks German fluently, enjoys a good joke, and spends as much time as he can with his family in the Outer Banks.
Jarrod Markley CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®, MSFS
Co-Founder and Private Wealth Advisor
Jarrod grew up near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After graduating from The University of Virginia, he chose to make Charlottesville his home, where he started his Northwestern Mutual business in 2002.
Jarrod’s greatest strength is recognizing the unique qualities of each person. This helps him to create a customized financial plan based on individual style, motivation, and desire.
Jarrod enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, daughter Veda, and son Arlo. He also likes reading about neuroscience, being a technophile, watching mixed martial arts, and occasionally playing golf.
Megan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roanoke College in 2011 with a double major in Business Administration and Economics. Megan started her Northwestern Mutual career as a College Intern. She joined CrossPoint in 2015.
One of Megan’s greatest strengths is her ability to take control of a situation and make decisions. She is also especially adept at dealing with problems by figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
Megan lives with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Emma, in Richmond, Virginia. In her spare time, Megan enjoys building her culinary skills, reading thrillers, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family on the James and Rappahannock Rivers.
Stephanie Howard RICP®
Director of Operations and Client Service
Stephanie joined Northwestern Mutual in 2001. Originally from Southwest Virginia, she earned her B.A. in business administration. Stephanie is an entrepreneur by nature. In addition to her full-time work schedule, she has started and maintained a successful virtual assistant company since 2010.
One of Stephanie’s greatest strengths is her inquisitive nature. She enjoys collecting information, facts, books, and quotations. She enjoys hiking, painting, reading, and University of Virginia Lacrosse. An avid fan of all music, Stephanie often can be found at local venues enjoying all that the Charlottesville music scene has to offer.
Susanne joined Northwestern Mutual in 2001 and Jarrod’s team in 2003. After taking time off to raise her four children, Susanne rejoined our team in 2017. Susanne earned a bachelor’s degree at Randolph Macon College.
When our team is busy, Susanne stays calm and works to keeps things in order. Susanne brings steadiness to our team and develops strong relationships with team members and clients.
Susanne enjoys spending time with family, taking an occasional art class, traveling, and UVA basketball.
Ryan is a 2020 Virginia Tech graduate with a B.S. in Finance with a concentration in CFP® Certification. Ryan recently passed the CFP® Certification Exam and will obtain his marks in the coming months. Originally an intern scribe for CrossPoint Wealth Partners, Ryan has re-joined the team as a Resident.
Confidently using his technical acumen and puzzle-solving skills, Ryan works with clients to find holistic solutions that are unique to clients’ needs and goals. Ryan's passion for financial planning developed after seeing firsthand the impact that the lack of planning can have on close relatives. Wanting to help individuals and families avoid similar problems, Ryan decided to pursue a career as a Certified Financial Planner.
Currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ryan can be found surfing or relaxing on the beach after work, or spending time with his cat, Kukui.
Rich is a Virginia Tech graduate with a B.S. in Finance. He strongly believes in power of Financial Planning. He chose this profession to help clients reach their life goals and gain freedom from the anxiety and overwhelm often associated with personal finances. As an integral part of our team, He delivers the high-quality service our clients deserve.
Even after backpacking solo across Europe for four months, he still has a lot of the world to see. Unexplored frontiers next on the list include Spain, Portugal and much of Eastern Europe. At heart, he is a scruffy vagabond with a penchant for meditation and philosophy. He also enjoys spending time with friends, photography, and all things music.