This year's pick for helping families make solid choices with their hard-earned dollars was South Valley Wealth Management's Allen Schutzky.

This year's pick for helping families make solid choices with their hard-earned dollars was South Valley Wealth Management's Allen Schutzky.

Schutzky was born in Portland and lived up and down the West Coast before coming to Medford.

According to the company website, Schutzky's interest in investing began while working as a retirement plan trustee in San Francisco.

He enrolled at California State University at Chico, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in finance.

Before joining South Valley Wealth Management, he worked at A.G. Edwards & Sons in Medford as an investment adviser and at Great Pacific Trading Co. in Grants Pass as a commodities broker.

Other favorites: Collin Lindsey, Nancy Smith, Ray Cox of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Rich Todd of Oregon Pacific Financial Advisors, Rick Hutchins of D.A. Davidson and Co., Scott Bybee of Pacific Quest Financial and Randy Loyd (note: this name has been corrected) of Edward Jones (tie).