McLaughlin Ryder Investments

  • 1421 Prince Street, Suite 200
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • P: 703.684.9222
  • F: 703.684.9224
  • Toll Free: 866.684.9222

Meet the McLaughlin Ryder Team
of Financial Professionals


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Shawn P. McLaughlin, AIF®, President and CEO


With more than thirty years of investment experience, Shawn P. McLaughlin specializes in helping individuals, businesses and associations achieve their investment goals through careful and thorough financial planning. Mr. McLaughlin began his career with a major regional brokerage firm where he spent twenty years building his practice.

Mr. McLaughlin has established a reputation for delivering customized retirement plans for both medium and small businesses, as well as not-for-profit organizations and associations.

Mr. McLaughlin holds an Accredited Investment Fiduciary™ (AIF®) designation. In a post-Enron world, plan and endowment fiduciaries expect and demand that investment advisors demonstrate that they embrace a higher standard of care. The new pension reform legislation actually calls for the investment advisor to demonstrate that the investment advice provided is delivered with a fiduciary standard of care. Mr. McLaughlin sought the AIF® designation in order to clearly identify himself to clients as someone who meets these standards.

Mr. McLaughlin earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and remains active as a mentor to students in Georgetown's business school. He also regularly speaks to local honor students through the Alexandria Summer Economic Institute.

Mr. McLaughlin has been active in the Northern Virginia business and civic communities for over twenty-eight years.  He served on the Inova Health System Board of Trustees and is the past chairman of the Inova Foundation.  Governor Mark Warner appointed Mr. McLaughlin to the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority in 2004.  In March, 2008 Mr. McLaughlin was elected to the Board of Directors of Burke & Herbert Bank which is Virginia's oldest bank.

Mr. McLaughlin was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia College Savings Plan (VCSP) effective January 1, 2010.  The VCSP is an independent state agency that offers and manages Virginia's Internal Revenue Code Section 529 plan offerings.  In January 2010 Mr. McLaughlin accepted an appointment to the Board of Visitors of the School of Business at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

In 2003, Mr. McLaughlin helped establish the Alexandria Police Foundation and continues to serve as the foundation's first Chairman.  Mr. McLaughlin had the pleasure of serving on the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for over twelve years.  His fellow business leaders elected him Chairman of the Board of the Chamber in 1994.  Most notably, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce named Mr. McLaughlin the 2005 Business Leader of the Year.

Mr. McLaughlin holds Series 7, 9 and 10, 24, 63 and 65 licenses along with his Virginia Life, Health, and Variable Life annuity insurance licenses.

Mr. McLaughlin has been a resident of Alexandria for thirty years. He and his wife Cassie have four children.

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Scott A. Grebenstein, CFO

and Senior Compliance Officer

Scott Grebenstein joined McLaughlin Ryder Investments as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Compliance Officer in late 2010. Mr. Grebenstein also serves as general securities principal, options principal, and municipal securities principal for the firm.

With more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Grebenstein has held senior management positions at various broker-dealers in the areas of finance, sales management, and compliance.

Mr. Grebenstein began his career as a registered representative with a large regional broker-dealer in Washington, DC where he managed investment portfolios. From 1995 through 2003, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for a large insurance-affiliated broker-dealer based in Bethesda, MD. More recently, Mr. Grebenstein has focused his efforts in the areas of compliance and finance with a large regional bank broker-dealer.

Mr. Grebenstein holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He also holds several professional licenses including FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 63 and 65.

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Michelle Glicklin, Principal Vice President and Compliance Officer

Michelle Glicklin brings over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry to McLaughlin Ryder Investments. Her primary responsibilities include ensuring that all investments, account openings, transactions, and client communication matters conform strictly to regulatory requirements. Mrs. Glicklin's extensive training enables her to handle the compliance, regulatory, and business management matters of McLaughlin Ryder Investments.

Mrs. Glicklin has earned her Series 4, 7, 9 and 10, 24, 53, and 63 licenses, marks of distinction in the financial services industry. She also holds a Life, Health and Variable Insurance License in Virginia.

Mrs. Glicklin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brooklyn College in New York.

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Lanie Nikes, CFP®, Vice President / Financial Advisor

Lanie Nikes is a Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner and joined McLaughlin Ryder Investments in 2017. Ms. Nikes earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College and an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University. Ms. Nikes holds Series 7 and 66 licenses.

For the past 14 years Lanie has been a trusted advisor to families on all aspects of the financial planning process. Prior to joining McLaughlin Ryder Investments, Ms. Nikes spent her career as a wealth advisor in Tysons Corner, VA.

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Brittany L. Barnwell, Associate Vice President and Registered Client Service Representative


Brittany Barnwell joined McLaughlin Ryder full-time in 2015, after interning at the firm during the summers of 2012 and 2013. She completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where she also earned her undergraduate degree with a concentration in Finance. Ms. Barnwell was an active student athlete on the collegiate lacrosse team for five years as well as being a team captain for two years. Ms. Barnwell holds a Series 6 license and her energies at McLaughlin Ryder are dedicated to providing full service of clients' day-to-day needs, including maintaining compliance requirements and facilitating trust and estate transactions. Ms. Barnwell currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia where she was born and raised.

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Elli R. Bernard, Executive Assistant


Elli Bernard joined McLaughlin Ryder in 2015, and is the Executive Assistant to Mr. McLaughlin. Elli is the first person you will speak to and meet when you visit our office, and handles client appreciation events as well as a number of administrative duties to help keep the office running smoothly. She enjoys greeting McLaughlin Ryder's clients and all those who call into and visit the firm. Ms. Bernard earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University and her Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University. Prior to joining McLaughlin Ryder, Elli worked for a number of years at St. Mary’s Catholic School. She resides in Alexandria with her family.

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Shea T. McLaughlin, Administrative Assistant

Shea McLaughlin joined McLaughlin Ryder in 2011. Mr. McLaughlin earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Georgetown University in 1996, and has worked as a management consultant with companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Karta Technologies, NCI Information Systems, AT&T Government Solutions, and Stanley, Inc. Just prior to joining the firm he was employed as an IT program manager with CGI Federal in Falls Church on a government project with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Mr. McLaughlin has worked in management consulting for such clients as the US Air Force, The Department of Treasury, and several other US Government clients. Mr. McLaughlin provides full service to client’s day-to-day needs including maintaining compliance requirements. Mr. McLaughlin has resided in the Del Ray section of Alexandria with his wife since 2013.

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Headshot photo of Mary Reed    Mary A. Reed, Client Service Representative

Mary Reed has been employed at McLaughlin Ryder Investments since its founding providing first-class care to our major clients who require extensive administrative services. Mrs. Reed has over fifteen years of experience working with non-profit organizations. At the national office of Catholic Charities USA, Mrs. Reed served as Director of Membership and Facilities. She also served as Associate Director and later as Interim Director at Our Little Brothers and Sisters, an organization serving poor and orphaned children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mrs. Reed earned her degrees in Business Administration and French from St. Mary's College. After graduation she volunteered in Honduras working with orphaned children and in Haiti helping to set up a pediatric hospital and orphanage for Our Little Brothers and Sisters. Mrs. Reed currently serves as a volunteer with Our Little Brothers and Sisters helping with Haitian relief efforts.  Locally, she has served as Treasurer on the boards of St. Louis School, the Alexandria Potomac Little League and Boy Scouts in Alexandria, VA.  She also currently serves as Vice President of the Diocesan PTO Executive Council for the Arlington Diocese Catholic Schools. 

Mrs. Reed and her husband Roy have six children.

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Oscar P. Ryder (Deceased), Senior Vice President

Oscar Ryder joined McLaughlin Investments, LLC in 2006 as Senior Vice President. Mr. Ryder and McLaughlin Investments, LLC shared and embraced the philosophy that integrity and client service are always the top priority. Oscar Ryder was considered the dean of the Alexandria financial community and brought his five decades of experience and expertise in the financial services industry with him to McLaughlin Investments, LLC.

With their shared commitment to integrity, expertise, old-fashioned personal service, and sound advice McLaughlin Investments, LLC and Oscar P. Ryder became McLaughlin Ryder Investments in 2006.

Early in his career Mr. Ryder opened and managed the first New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) branch brokerage office in Northern Virginia. He owned his own brokerage firm, which merged with Reynolds Securities and, several mergers later, ultimately became Morgan Stanley.

The hallmarks of Mr. Ryder's business were always integrity, expertise, and client service. His greatest asset was the trust given to him by generations of Alexandrians whom he felt honored to serve.

Mr. Ryder had a deep and abiding interest in the history of his hometown and founded the Historic Alexandria Antique show over fifteen years ago. He also founded and was chair of Antiques in Alexandria, now one of the largest shows on the eastern seaboard. Proceeds from the shows are donated to various non-profit and community service organizations in Alexandria.

McLaughlin Ryder Investments is honored to have had Oscar P. Ryder as an influential member of their team. Mr. Ryder's commitment to sound advice and old-fashioned personal service are his legacy and remain fully embraced at McLaughlin Ryder Investments today.

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