​The principals  

Dana Beards grew up in Eureka, CA.  After high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force.  Following four years of honorable service, Dana attended Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA and graduated with a degree in Communication Arts.

He returned to California and began a 15-year career as a TV-News Anchor and Reporter.  It was at this time that Dana began following the markets and became interested in investing.  As a reporter in the Silicon Valley,  Dana covered the IPO launches of dozens of emerging tech companies including Yahoo and Google and witnessed huge swings in the markets during the internet boom and bust that occurred at the turn of the millennium.

After finishing his TV career as a Reporter and Weekend News Anchor at Fox 40 in Sacramento, Dana accepted a position at VSP where he ran a program providing entrepreneurial support for young eye doctors looking to become business owners.

 Dana became a Registered Investment Advisor in 2014 and joined the team at Desert Capital Management.  He lives in Fair  Oaks, has 3 children and has been married to his wife Maeve since 1992.

Stephanie Mearse has worked with Desert Capital Management Group since 2014 and was recently promoted to Vice President of the company. Stephanie has a BA in Business Management and an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  She has been a professional in Marketing for over 15 years. In 2014, 2015, 2016, she received the companies Top Performer Award for her commitment to excellence and outstanding performance.

In her personal life, Stephanie is dedicated to her family, friends, and church. She's actively involved in Rotary Club, The Women’s Thursday Club, and her local Chamber of Commerce. Stephanie is co-Founder of Empower (Women's Networking Group) and was a recent finalist for a local Honorary Mayor position.  Married with a young son and daughter, Stephanie is passionate about impacting the lives of others, and helping those she meets to achieve both their professional and personal goals.