James R. Laughton

James R. Laughton

  • CIMA
  • Managing Director - Investment Officer

Jim Laughton is a Managing Director – Investment Officer at Laughton Wealth Advisory Group and has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) professional, Jim provides his clients with guidance for investments, risk assessment and portfolio management. He specializes in assisting his clients with global asset allocation strategies, retirement income strategies, wealth transfer planning, wealth protection and education savings plans. All his recommendations are communicated to and coordinated with clients’ other professional advisors – such as your lawyer, accountant, tax specialist, trustees and estate planning attorney – before being implemented to ensure each expert is on the same page.

Throughout his career, Jim has earned numerous awards and acknowledgements for his client practices and service. He has been recognized as a Premier Advisor® at the firm every year since 1998. The Premier Advisor designation is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by completion of educational components, business production and professionalism. Additional criteria, including length of service, may also be used to determine recipients. In addition, he has been recognized as one of Barron's Top 1,200 Advisors1 from 2009-2015 and was named to the Financial Times Top 400 Advisors List2 in 2016.

Jim earned his bachelor's degree in Finance and Investments from the University of Southern California.  Jim holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst certification, administered by the Investments & Wealth Institute and taught in conjunction with the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. He holds Series 7, 63, 65, 3 and 8 securities registrations, as well as his State of Nevada and California Life and Health insurance licenses. CA insurance License Number: 0C34086. Resident State NV

Jim is a native Nevadan and has lived in the Reno area since 1959. Away from the office he is active in the Reno South Rotary Club, enjoys golfing, skiing, hunting and fishing and spending time with his wife Jamie and their four children Alicia, Trent, Lauren and Taylor. 

1The rankings are based on data provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included in the rankings were assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record and client retention.

2Rankings are based on data provided by investment firms. Factors include assets under management, experience, industry certifications, and compliance record. Investment performance and financial advisor production are not explicit components.

Peter Leuty

Peter Leuty

    • Financial Consultant
    Peter joined Wells Fargo Advisors and the Laughton Wealth Advisory Group in 2009. A native Southern Californian, Peter began his career in the financial industry in 1985 as a Specialist on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange. In this capacity, he oversaw the day-to-day trading operations of major Wall Street firms.

    Peter and his family moved to the Reno area in 2004. He spent several years with a major financial firm as a VP-Financial Consultant. Peter holds his Series 7 and 66 securities registrations, and insurance licenses. CA insurance License Number: 0M23670. Resident State NV

    Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and business management from Pepperdine University. He and his family enjoy the activities that the area has to offer, such as golf, skiing and hiking. Peter has two children: Ryan and Megan.
    Diana Evans

    Diana Evans

      • Senior Client Associate
      Diana Evans brings nearly three decades of experience to the Laughton Wealth Advisory Group. She is committed to providing clients with the highest level of personal service and creating a professional, well-organized environment that allows Jim Laughton, Managing Director - Investment Officer, to devote his full attention to helping clients manage their investments.

      As Senior Client Associate, Diana is primarily responsible for overseeing all operations for our team and the day-to-day administration of accounts including opening new accounts, managing account transfers and assisting clients with any next generation estate needs.  With her attention to details, Diana is able to handle complex situations accurately and quickly.

      Diana was educated at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She is originally from South Lake Tahoe, California and moved to the Reno area in 1988.  She enjoys spending time with her two sons, Alex and Brad.
      Amy Harte

      Amy Harte

        • Client Associate
        Amy Harte joined Wells Fargo Advisors and the Laughton Wealth Advisory Group in 2009 bringing years of experience to the team with a background emphasizing customer relationships.

        Amy's primary focus for the group is managing client relations.  She interacts with the clients on a daily basis, scheduling appointments for Jim Laughton, Managing Director - Investment Officer and strengthening the team's client relationships.  Amy also coordinates client appreciation events, manages all of the teams marketing efforts and assists Jim in providing each client with an individual long-term investment plan.

        Amy spends her down time with her husband Kevin and their children Conor and Avery exploring all the beauty of Northern Nevada.


        Kelly Waite

        Kelly Waite

          • Client Associate
          Kelly Waite brings 15 years of experience in wealth management and financial services to the Laughton Wealth Advisory Group. Her roles have included operations, compliance and client service management. Kelly graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and after spending 10 years on the East Coast, she is excited to once again call Reno her home.

          Kelly is responsible for all the day-to-day administration of accounts from transferring funds, remitting checks, wiring money, updating information and handling all of your service issues. If you have any questions regarding statements, online access, dividends or need additional literature, Kelly will be your point of contact. I am sure you will find her to be courteous, pleasant and helpful.

          On the weekends, Kelly enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her friends and family.