Kropog Financial Group, LLC is an independent wealth management firm with offices in Mandeville and New Orleans, Louisiana. Because we are a family-owned firm, we have a sincere interest in the overall financial well-being of each and every client we serve. Since 1979, we’ve helped our clients organize their financial lives, pursue their financial goals, and preserve and grow their hard-earned assets.

We broker through LPL Financial, the nation’s leading independent broker/dealer*, which means we have no proprietary products, no sales quotas, no investment banking business relationships, or any other conflicts that get in the way of providing objective and unbiased financial planning and investment advice. Put another way: our independence allows us to provide our clients with financial advice aligned with their personal objectives, free from conflicts of interest.

In addition to the value offered by working with an independent firm, our clients also benefit from obtaining the advice of financial professionals who are diligent about improving their knowledge of the ever-changing financial world. Jim Kropog and Ryan Kropog have both earned the distinguished CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) designations, credentials that require experience, knowledge, continuing education, and ongoing adherence to regulatory standards. And, as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm, Kropog Financial Group is able to internalize many business practices non-RIA firms cannot, resulting in lower operational costs and therefore lower advisory fees.

Additionally, as CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professionals, Jim and Ryan have a fiduciary duty to their clients. This means that they have an obligation to act in their clients’ best interest and to place their clients’ interest ahead of their own, requiring good faith and honesty in all client relationships.



Jim Kropog, CFP®, RICP®

President

As an independent financial advisor, Jim creates customized investment and financial planning strategies that strive to help grow, manage, and transfer his client's wealth. In 1999, Jim earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, one of the premier designations in the financial services industry. In 2016, Jim earned the designation of Retirement Income Certified Professional®. Additionally, he holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24 registrations through LPL Financial.

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Ryan Kropog, CFP®, RICP®

Vice President, Director of Investment Management

Within Kropog Financial Group, Ryan’s work focuses on financial planning, portfolio analysis, portfolio development, customer service, marketing, and research. Ryan holds the FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 and also holds a State of Louisiana life insurance license. On October 12, 2012, Ryan earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, one of the premier designations in the financial services industry.

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Suzanne Kropog

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

In 1991, after teaching for 10 years in the Archdiocese of New Orleans parochial school system, Suzanne joined Jim in what is now known as Kropog Financial Group as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Her duties include opening and maintaining client accounts, administering client service work, managing compliance requirements, and handling the business’ personal bookkeeping and recordkeeping.

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Calvin J. Foster-Billiot

Operations Manager

Since graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and management, Calvin has worked in the banking industry gaining knowledge and experience in financial investing. In November of 2012, Calvin was welcomed to Kropog Financial Group, LLC as the Operations Manager. His duties include marketing strategy development, business technology expansion, RIA compliance oversight, client paperwork support, and client services.

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Jennifer Craddock

Financial Advisor

Jennifer was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she attended Benjamin Franklin High School and then graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. Jennifer has over 15 years of Environmental, Health, & Safety experience and also worked as a service representative for the Social Security Administration. As a licensed financial advisor with Kropog Financial Group, Jennifer assists with financial planning tasks and client services.

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Chris Rodriguez

Non-Licensed Financial Assistant

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Chris acquired his Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing in 2017. While continuing his studies at Tulane, receiving an MBA with a focus in Finance in 2021, Chris worked in the banking industry. Hired by Kropog Financial Group in August 2021 as a non-licensed financial assistant, he is currently studying for the FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 exams to become a licensed financial advisor.

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