About SC Financial

Our firm was founded on the principles of deeply understanding and fostering our client’s true needs and goals. We believe that building a comprehensive financial plan is the most fundamental tool in proper financial planning. The financial plan forms the basis for the creation of the equally important investment strategy that is tailored to each client specifically.

Taking the first step towards reaching and maintaining your financial goals is the hardest.  Finding the right financial professional that matches your goals and expectations is crucial in building a lasting relationship. Make a commitment to your future. We welcome you to meet with us, to experience our firm and begin building this lifelong relationship.


SShane Smilinghane Cloninger – Managing Partner

Shane Cloninger has over 25 years’ experience in financial services. He is a co-founder of SC Financial Group, LLC and a registered principal of Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Mr. Cloninger graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1990 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics/Finance. 

He is currently a co-host on the ‘Retirement Freedom’ radio show on 820AM KGNW a call-in talk radio show developed to help the average investor gain clarity on a very complex financial world as well as ‘Market Connection’ on 1300am KKOL a comprehensive, local and personal show centered on the financial markets that offers insightful commentary & relevant global business news to simplify the complexities of finance.

 He has been a speaker at numerous financial conferences across the country and has personally hosted over hundreds of investment and insurance workshops and seminars over the years. 

Mr. Cloninger has focused his career on retirement income strategies, investor education and management of client portfolios. He has served on the boards of the Watts Foundation and the Everett Community College Foundation. The Watts Foundation was created to offer academic and athletic mentorships and funding to local youths in the spirit of Slick Watts former Seattle SuperSonic. The Everett Community College Foundation creates opportunity for college scholarships through community and local business support. His belief in education is driven by his own personal experiences both academic and professional. Shane enjoys hiking, backpacking and fishing in the Pacific Northwest with family and friends.


Susan_5189-150pxSusan Carter – Managing Partner

Susan Carter has 15 years’ experience in financial services and is co-founder of SC Financial Group. , Prior to her career in financial services, Susan was a recognized leader in the field of human services, where she held leadership positions for over twenty years.

She directed and managed major divisions within government and private health care organizations, and worked as a management consultant and coach to small businesses and non-profit organizations. Today she has incorporated her management and planning skills with her fine-tuned ability to listen, helping clients craft personalized plans for reaching their retirement and other financial goals. 

Susan is deeply committed to improving the financial skills of individuals and families through education and public speaking. Susan co-hosts a weekly, call-in talk radio show that strives to encourage and educate the average investor by offering understandable and usable advice in navigating complex financial issues. She regularly teaches workshops and speaks at conferences, and has developed special programs for women interested in improving their financial competencies.

As a managing partner in SC Financial Group, Susan leads the financial planning services of the firm including mentoring and training of other representatives. Susan takes great pride in building personal relationships with each client and ensuring their financial goals always remain foremost in our firm’s investment and client service practices.



Alex is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and registered representative of Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. and the co-host of ‘Market Connection’ on 1300am KKOL a comprehensive, local and personal show centered on the financial markets that offers insightful commentary & relevant global business news to simplify the complexities of finance.

Alex is in his fourth year working at SC Financial Group, LLC. Alex graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Entrepreneurship. Alex excels at helping couples and individuals strategize for their future as well as educating investors and managing client portfolios.

Mr. Carter is very active in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, participating in several sports leagues and volunteering in community programs. Alex can often be heard as a guest host on the “Retirement Freedom” radio show on 820AM Saturday’s at 10AM. 



Rumesh Senanayake – Administrative Assistant

Originally from Sri Lanka, Rumesh moved to the United States with his wife in 2012 to pursue his dreams in life. He began his college career at Northwest University, and transferred to Cascadia College to complete his Associates degree in Business. Rumesh is a very career minded individual and his ultimate goal is to be a Financial Advisor.

Rumesh is working towards completing his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and continue his studies to become a Certified Financial Planner while working with us here at SC Financial Group.  Being naturally drawn to finance and his genuine desire to help people are the two core reasons why he wants to be a Financial Advisor. 

Rumesh has a great love for sports. He played on the Sri Lankan National Basketball Team, and continued on to play Semi-professional. As an extremely driven individual, Rumesh has a proactive approach, and takes pride and joy in supporting us and our clients.