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Meet Our Team

Brandon Dixon-James, CFP®



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Brandon Dixon-James joined the management team at Associated Financial Advisors as of July, 2017, although his financial planning career dates back more than a decade. As a professional CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP™), Brandon helps clients identify, define, pursue and achieve their financial goals. Offering a boutique level of service that allows him to work closely with each client, Brandon uses his expertise to develop a customized, individual strategy catering to their unique financial needs.

Brandon is passionate about giving back and helping others find the financial resiliency within themselves. An established and sought-after speaker throughout California, he routinely shares his expertise with various young professional training programs to drive financial literacy.  He has also been a presenter and volunteer for the CFP™ Board’s “Financial Planning Days,” joining the effort to increase financial awareness in our communities. 

A graduate of California State University Fresno with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Finance, Brandon is a native of the San Joaquin Valley and has 2 young children with his wife, Nicole.  Together, they live an active, healthy lifestyle, with deep involvement in their children’s activities, church, and embracing each moment of life’s journey. 

Stanley  D. Dorrance, MBA, CFP®



Mr. Dorrance is President & CEO of Associated Financial Advisors. Mr. Dorrance is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Fresno and has been a Certified Financial Planner® since 1982. He is a past president of the local chapters of the Financial Planning Association® (FPA) and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. He is also an active member and past president of the East Fresno Rotary Club. He has been in practice for over 35 years and is the author of “You Only Retire Once - DO IT RIGHT!”

Mr. Dorrance has sponsored over 100 financial seminars and workshops for many companies in the San Joaquin Valley. These include CSUF, Southern California Gas Co., St. Agnes Medical Center, California Eye Institute and California Public Employees Retirement System. He has also worked closely with retiring employees and the direct rollover of their retirement accounts from AT&T, Pacific Bell, The City and County of Fresno, McDonald’s, ConAgra, Quickie Designs, The Fresno BEE, Continental Cable, PG&E, Southern California Edison, Shell Oil, IBM, Pelco and many others.

Mr. Dorrance has lectured in the Finance and Business Law Department at CSUF and taught courses in Business Finance, Security Analysis, Banking and Financial Consulting. Mr. Dorrance has been quoted on numerous occasions in The Fresno BEE and been featured many times on local radio and TV news broadcasts regarding Financial Planning, Retirement and Tax issues. Stan and his wife Kay have 3 children and two grandchildren.

Ronald P. Brannan, MBA, CFP®



Mr. Brannan has been a Financial Planner with Associated Financial Advisors, Ltd. For over 30 years and has advised clients regarding their personal and business financial affairs for over 32 years. He is a graduate of Fresno Pacific College and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Fresno (CSUF).

Mr. Brannan obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™(CFP®) designation in 1984 from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He is a past president of the local chapter of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association of the Central Valley.

Mr. Brannan has taught money management and investment classes for Fresno City College, Fresno Pacific College and Clovis Adult School for the last 15 years. Mr. Brannan has had the privilege of conducting financial classes or workshops for a number of organizations such as PG&E, Community Hospitals of Central California, City of Clovis and University California Cooperative Extension.

Mr. Brannan has been quoted several times in The Fresno Bee regarding Financial Planning, tax legislation and retirement planning. Mr. Brannan is a native of the San Joaquin Valley and is married and has 3 grown children.