Shaun Thompson & Chris Gaffney: 2022 Five Star Wealth Managers

Peak Financial Management, based in Wellesley Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that Senior Wealth Advisors Shaun Thompson and Chris Gaffney have been named 2022 Five Star Wealth Managers together for the second consecutive year. Using objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, Five Star Professional grants this award to wealth managers who they determine consistently demonstrate professional excellence and provide exemplary services to their clients. Award candidates are identified by one of three sources: firm nomination, peer nomination or pre-qualification based on industry standing.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by Five Star for another year. My colleagues and I at Peak are intently focused on providing outstanding services to our clients and the award is very much a reflection of our commitment to excellence in the industry. We have a deep bench and are completely engaged in applying our high standards to everything we do.”   – Shaun

“It is very satisfying to join Shaun as a Five Star Money Manager again in 2022. Along with the other professionals at Peak, we have created a culture of responsibility and dedication to the clients and friends we serve. We are proud of what we have been able to build collectively at Peak and constantly strive to improve upon it.” – Chris

Shaun and Chris wish to thank our valued clients and team members for their contributions to Peak’s continued success and the recognition by Five Star. The professionals at Peak Financial are always available to work with anyone in need of comprehensive wealth management services. As we often tell longstanding clients and first-time visitors, “We’re here to help, so put us to work.”


The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a registered investment adviser or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to 4,090 Boston-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 513 (13% of candidates) were named 2022 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2021: 4,069 considered, 480 winners; 2020: 3,580 considered, 463 winners; 2019: 3,619 considered, 566 winners; 2018: 2,819 considered, 532 winners; 2017: 2,467 considered, 623 winners; 2016: 2,530 considered, 632 winners; 2015: 3,542 considered, 801 winners; 2014: 1,707 considered, 655 winners; 2013: 2,362 considered, 713 winners; 2012: 2,591 considered, 454 winners.
Additional information, including management fees and expenses, is provided on Peak’s Form ADV Part 2, available upon request or at the SEC’s Investment Advisor Public Disclosure Site at