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SoundPath Retirement Strategies


Benjamin J. Koval, MBA, CFP®

We are logic-driven consultants helping retirees create a consistent income stream they can rely on throughout retirement. SoundPath Retirement Strategies was established in the Greater Seattle area by founder Benjamin J. Koval because he believed that the needs of senior investors were not being adequately addressed by brokerages and typical financial advisory firms.

President and founder of SoundPath Retirement Strategies, Benjamin J. Koval, has over a decade of experience in finance and has a focus on retirement planning. Ben is an MBA, a Certified Financial Planner™, and an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) holding a Series 65 license. He is also a Washington state-licensed life insurance producer.

“I established this firm in response to my concern that the needs of senior investors were not being adequately addressed by brokerages and typical financial advisory firms,” Ben says. “SoundPath seeks to provide retired and soon-to-be retired investors a logical path for retirement success using cutting-edge financial analysis that helps address the specific needs of senior investors. We are a logic-driven firm focused on achieving retirement security for our clients no matter what the market is doing.”

SoundPath Retirement Strategies, LLC is licensed in Washington. All the firm’s financial advisors and planners are Series 65 licensed, meaning they cannot receive commissions on securities trades.

“My goal—and the goal for our firm—is to be absolutely honest and serve as a true fiduciary for our clients in the fullest sense of the word, ensuring their interests are foremost at all times,” Ben says.

Ben has appeared as a financial advisor in the media extensively both in radio interviews and webinars. He enjoys sharing financial knowledge and the firm is committed to providing free educational seminars, workshops and classes to the public in the Greater Seattle area. “Financial principles can seem complex at first, but they are important. They can be explained in meaningful ways. We want people to understand how they can retire successfully,” he says.

Ben’s greatest priority in life is his family, and he believes that having that sensitivity provides him with important insights as he helps others’ families with their financial planning needs. He says, “I am totally honest with my clients and my recommendations are always centered on what’s best for them and their families. I simply enjoy helping hardworking people realize their retirement dreams.”

Benjamin spent his preschool years on the Kitsap Peninsula and his school years at Lake Tahoe, returning to the beautiful Pacific Northwest shortly after completing graduate school. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

He and his beautiful wife, Michelle, have been married for 14 years and the family has resided in Redmond, Washington since 2014. They have four sons, ages four through 12. “My faith is the center point of our family,” Ben says. He enjoys spending time with his family when they are at home as well as when they are out exploring the many outdoor and cultural resources of the Northwest. In his free time, Ben plays recreational basketball. He is a lifelong active church member and currently serves as a volunteer youth leader. He has also served as a volunteer youth coach in soccer, football, and basketball.

“My greatest joy is seeing the relief my clients express when they see that their financial future is bright and their retirement goals can be achieved, often sooner than they expected.”

– Founder Benjamin J. Koval, MBA, CFP®

Meet the Leadership Team

Retirement Planner/Research Analyst

Richard Koval

Richard is a Series 65 licensed Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) in the state of Washington. Building upon his 25-year career as a senior consultant in a prominent consulting firm focusing on physician succession and retirement planning, Richard helps SoundPath Retirement Strategies clients ensure a lasting retirement. Richard is the leading Research Analyst for SoundPath Retirement Strategies.

“I have the ability to combine experience with innovation in solving many of the barriers that can get in the way of a client’s financial success.”


Connie Crouch

Connie is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and IS Systems. She oversees the firm’s operational accounting and regulatory compliance and, as part of the management team, develops and implements strategic planning for the firm. Connie has worked her entire career in audit, tax, and accounting systems ranging from non-profits and medical practices to wholesale distributors, retailers and manufacturing firms.

“I am dedicated to being honest and ethical at all times, applying my skills and experience in ways that create an optimal environment for clients and colleagues to achieve success.”

Office Manager

Alex Johnson

Alexis is a graduate of Seattle University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is a part of the firm’s management team, ensuring efficient operations. A long-time Seattleite, she enjoys Pacific Northwest scenery and cuisine. She has an established career in hospitality management, property administration, and project coordination.

“My career is client, guest, and customer oriented. Combining my knowledge in hospitality and business management, with a service-forward approach allows me to ensure smooth and efficient processes aligned with client success.”

True Fiduciaries

SoundPath is a fiduciary firm—meaning our focus is on providing you with retirement advice which is in your best interests at all times. Based on each client’s unique situation and needs. Below are some of the services and strategies we may utilize in your customized, comprehensive retirement plan. The overarching goals are retirement income security, tax efficiency, protection from retirement risks such as market risk and the risk of losing a spouse, and creating your desired wealth legacy.

Income Analysis/Cash Flow/Budget Analysis
Investment Analysis/Asset Allocation
Retirement Needs Analysis/Planning
Retirement Plan Review
Life Insurance Review
Long-Term Care Review
Estate Analysis/Estate Planning
Investment Counseling
Tax Efficiency Analysis
Portfolio Monitoring
Legacy Account Management
Tax Minimization Strategies
Survivor Assistance